September 12, 2015 - 8:02 AM
WEST KELOWNA - The West Kelowna Warriors scored three times on a seven minute power-play to come back and defeat the Merritt Centennials 6-4 in front of 1152 fans at Royal Lepage Place last night, Sept. 11, for the team's regular season opener.
Merritt would jump on the Warriors at 7:56 with a goal from Tyler Ward from the slot. The young forward snapped one upstairs on Daniel Mannella.
Off the ensuing face-off, Zach Zorn got a pass from Cole Arcuri and buried his chance, giving the Cents a 2-0 lead just seven seconds later.
The Centennials opened up a three goal lead on the power-play when Nick Jermain finished a pretty three-way passing play from Gavin Gould and Nick Fidanza.
The Warriors did not panic, re-grouping in the final minute of the period as Paul Lovsin broke in and beat Anthony Pupplo upstairs to make it 3-1. It was Lovsin's first BCHL goal after coming over from the AJHL's Spruce Grove Saints.
The turning point happened at the buzzer of the first period, as Ryan Forbes dropped his gloves from behind Kyle Marino, and would not get a reaction from Marino, although he landed numerous punches. The Warriors were awarded a seven-minute man advantage to begin the second after the incident.
West Kelowna got the power-play off to a solid start, as it would be Marino who made it 3-2 at 1:35.
Brett Mennear tied the game up at 3:42, before Jake Harrison's second BCHL goal from the point made it 4-3 at 6:49.
Jake Tesarowski scored his first in the BCHL after jumping up in the play and burying one past Pupplo just 49 seconds later.
The teams traded goals in the third period, as Henry Cleghorn made it a one-goal game at 13:15, then Rylan Yaremko sealed it for the Warriors with a goal at 16:16.
Marino was named first star with a goal and an assist, while Harrison picked up third star honours. The Cents Arcuri was the second star.
West Kelowna out-shot Merritt 41-20.
The Warriors and the Centennials continue their rivalry Saturday night, Sept. 12, in Merritt.
Listen on the WIN network (www.mixlr.com/bchlwarriors) starting at 7:10 p.m. with the pre-game show.
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