October 11, 2014 - 11:37 AM
PENTICTON - The West Kelowna Warriors trailed the Vees early on Friday night, battled back to take a lead, and ultimately fell 4-3 to their Southern Interior rivals.
An early shorthanded marker from Matt Serratore got the Vees off on the right foot, and they'd follow that up with a Tyson Jost marker to get off to a 2-0 lead.
The Warriors pressured with the man advantage late in the opening frame, as Jonathan Desbiens would get his fifth of the season on a tap in from a Jason Cotton pass.
In the middle frame, the Warriors were noticeably better, and at 14:10 on the Powerplay once again, Kristian Blumenschein got his first goal in the BCHL on a wrister while leading the rush to tie it up after 40 minutes.
The Warriors would jump out to a 3-2 lead thanks to another career first at 8:15 when Cole Plotnikoff raced in and fired a shot that got re-directed past Brendan Barry.
The Vees did not quit, and late in the final period Jost scored his secnd of the night while falling in the slot to tie it up.
The Warriors were hemmed into their own zone during a last minute foray, one player without a stick, and Riley Alferd would score with 19.1 on the clock to grab the winning goal in a 4-3 Vees victory.
Good news for the Warriors is their game Saturday is also against the Vees, so after a tough loss, a big bounce back is expected.
Box office at Royal Lepage Place opens at 6 p.m. Saturday, no ticket sales available during the day. The puck drops at 7 p.m.
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