The West Kelowna Warriors tied a season high with six goals on an offensive “furry” on Teddy Bear Toss Night as they beat the Island Division’s Powell River Kings by a 6-1 score on Friday night at Royal LePage Place.
The crowd didn’t have to wait long to send their teddy bears to the ice as 7:30 into the game’s opening period, Braiden Epp did the honours. Epp powered his way past the defense on left wing and drove to the net, finishing off a power move past Kings netminder Brian Wilson to give the Warriors a 1-0 on Epp’s 11th goal of the season and now has goals in five straight games.
The Warriors took a 2-0 lead at the 9:56 mark of the 1st period as Jon Russell buried a rebound on Michael Ryan shot from the left circle for his 4th goal of the season, and second in as many games, to give the Warriors a two-goal advantage.
Just thirty seconds after the Russell goal, a familiar face hit the score sheet as Quin Foreman added the Warriors third goal. Connor Sodergren came in on the right wing off the rush and passed across to Foreman, who made no mistake on the blocker side of Wilson and buried his 18th goal of the season at the 10:26 mark of the 1st frame for a 3-0 lead.
Scott Allan added to the Warriors offensive explosion in the first period with the fourth goal of the stanza as his midpoint shot hit a body in front and defected past the glove side of Wilson for the 4-0 lead at the 15:46 mark of the opening period and gave West Kelowna their first four goal period of the season.
The Warriors added to their lead at the 4:03 mark of the 2nd period and came courtesy of Peter Tomaras. After a failed entry into the offensive zone by the Kings, Tomaras took over the puck on the left wing and skated in on a 2-on-0 and fired home his 2nd goal of the season and give the Warriors a 5-0 advantage and ended the night of Brian Wilson as Mitch Adamyk relieved him in the Kings crease.
The Warriors closed out their scoring at the 6:46 mark of the middle stanza as Michael Ryan made a nice outside-inside move around the defense and had his shot stopped by Adamyk but Logan Mostat was in the right place a the right time and tapped in the rebound for his 2nd goal as a Warrior and his 13th goal of the campaign and a 6-0 Warrior lead
Powell River hit the score sheet at the 17:05 mark of the 2nd period as Hunter Findlater was left alone on the blocker side after a pass stemming from point man Ian Ross and cut the Warrior lead to 6-1.
The teams would play to a scoreless third period with the Kings having an extended 5-on-3 power play for 1:11 but the Warriors would hold them at bay and Warrior goaltender Shane Farkas made 13 saves in the 3rd period to close out an impressive 6-1 win on home ice for the Warriors over the Kings.
In addition to his 13 third period saves, Shane Farkas made 35 saves total in the game on 36 shots for his 10th victory of the season while Brian Wilson started the game for Powell River, making 9 saves on 14 shots and is credited with the loss before being relieved by Mitch Adamyk, who made 8 saves the 9 shots he faced.
FINAL SCORE: 6-1 Warriors
SHOTS ON GOAL: 36-23 Kings
PP: Warriors (0/2) Kings (0/4)
3 STARS: 1) Michael Ryan (0-2-2)
2) Braiden Epp (1-0-1)
3) Peter Tomaras (1-1-2)
The Warriors (16-16-0-1) will look to close out their pre-Christmas schedule on a high as they host the Nanaimo Clippers (13-17-1-5) in their final game before the break. It’s also Ugly Sweater Night at Royal LePage Place so make sure to bring out your ugliest sweater for great prizes! Puck drop is 7:00 PM with tickets available for purchase at the Warriors office or by calling Kim at (250) 769-7051.
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