Hope wraps it up for West Kelowna Warriors
Contributed/Kyle Anderson, West Kelowna Warriors
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April 13, 2016 - 7:15 AM
The West Kelowna Warriors will play for their first Fred Page Cup against the Chilliwack Chiefs after a 3-2 overtime win over the Nanaimo Clippers in the final game of the third round at Royal LePage Place.
After the Clippers opened the scoring, Kylar Hope tied the game up on a wrap-around on the power play after a great effort at the red-line from Liam Blackburn knocked it down and got it over to Hope as he tucked it over the line past Evan Johnson.
Jonathan Desbiens retook the team playoff scoring lead as he was left all alone to walk out in front of Johnson and getting around him, depositing the puck into the corner of the net to give West Kelowna a 2-1 lead.
It would remain the same until the final minute of the second period, when a bad turnover allowed Sheldon Rempal to tie the game at two heading to the third.
The teams traded chances in the final period, but neither team could find the go-ahead goal and overtime was necessary.
The Warriors had the majority of the scoring chances in the overtime but there was a pair of solid opportunities for the Clippers on a scramble in front of the Warriors goal but neither team could capitalize.
As the final minute of the first OT loomed, Connor Sodergren got the puck to Hope and walked into the middle of the slot. He kept going around the net and was able to beat Johnson and the defender to the front of the net and sent off a crazy celebration in the stands and on the ice.
The Warriors will now take on the Chilliwack Chiefs for the Fred Page Cup, the B.C. Hockey League Championship. Games one and two will be in Chilliwack on Friday and Saturday, while Games three and four will be in West Kelowna. Days and times will be announced this week.
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