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West Kelowna bounce back from disappointing loss in convincing win over Vernon

Warriors thump Vipers

The West Kelowna Warriors feel they were jilted out of at least a single point Sunday afternoon.

They made sure no one would deny them a win Monday.

Carter Wilkie broke open a tight game with goals 63 seconds apart midway through the second, leading the Warriors to a convincing 5-1 victory over the Vernon Vipers.

Wilkie added an assist for a three-point afternoon. The 19-year-old leads all Vernon pod players with five goals in six contests, and shares the overall points lead linemate Marcus Joughin and Noah Serdachny of Salmon Arm.

All three have nine points.

Rookie Cameron Hicklin also scored twice while Zach Brooks also scored for the Warriors.

Joughin and newcomer Porter Dawson both chipped in with a pair of assists.

Luke Pakulak spoiled Johnny Derrick's shutout bid with an unassisted marker with less than four minutes left.

Each goaltender faced 23 shots on the afternoon.

The game was the Warriors fourth in five days while the Vipers were playing their fourth in six.

The three teams in the Vernon pod will again face a busy four in five or four in six weekend coming up.

Vernon kicks things off against Salmon Arm Wednesday before the Warriors battle same Silverbacks Thursday.

It was the Warriors fourth game in five days while the Vipers were playing their four in six - concluding a busy week in the Vernon pod.

The three teams, including Salmon Arm will face a similar schedule in the upcoming weekend.



Penticton Vees bear Trail Smoke Eaters 6-1 on Sunday night

Vees extend win streak

The Penticton Vees earned their fifth straight victory on Sunday evening at the South Okanagan Events Centre with a 6-1 triumph over the Trail Smoke Eaters.

Getting an early jump in the game, the Vees scored four times in the opening 20 minutes of play beginning with a marker from their captain, Fin Williams, just over five minutes into the game.

Williams got the puck in past the Smoke Eaters goaltender Cayden Hamming on the blocker side, earning his second goal of the season at the 5:01 mark of the opening period to give Penticton a 1-0 lead.

Just 16 seconds after that, Tom Richter finished with his first goal as a Vee, shooting it past a defender on the right wing as he slid a pass on his backhand to the blocker side, sending it over the shoulder of Hamming.

Ryan McGuire increased the Vees lead to three goals at the 10:26 mark of the opening period, after taking a pass in the right face-off circle and sending a shot off of a Smoke Eaters defender and past the glove side of Hamming for his second goal of the season.

Then Jacob Quillan scored in his second straight game to push the Vees lead to 4-0, snapping a shot past the glove side of Hamming for his third goal of the season and a four-goal Vees lead heading into the middle period.

Both goalies held their own in the second period, with no shots coming by on net.

McGuire increased the Vees lead to five goals at the 4:16 mark of the third period with his first two-goal game of his career.

Luc Wilson capped off the Vees scoring at the 11:22 mark of the third period on a 5-on-3 power play advantage. Wilson patrolled his way to the blue line where he let a shot go through traffic that beat Hamming on the glove side for his fifth goal of the season and extended the Vees lead to 6-0 over halfway through the third period.

Cam Moger ended the shutout bid for McEachern with a shot over the blocker shoulder of the Vees goaltender at the 17:44 mark while shorthanded to make the game at 6-1 final score.

Kaleb McEachern turned aside 20 of the 21 shots he faced in his first win as a Vee and in the BCHL while Cayden Hamming stopped 34 of the 40 shots thrown his way in his third loss of the season.

The Vees (5-0-0-0) look to extend their winning streak to six games as they face-off against the Cranbrook Bucks (1-4-0-0-) on Monday night. Puck drop is slated for 7 p.m.



A controversial non-call stood up as the winner as Salmon Arm edged the Warriors 5-3 Sunday

Warriors come up short

The West Kelowna Warriors didn't get many breaks Sunday afternoon - both from the officials and the iron.

Ben Woodhouse found the crossbar on three different occasions, as the Warriors hit the iron four or five times during a 5-3 loss to the suddenly red hot Salmon Arm Silverbacks in the Vernon pod.

But, it was a non-call in a tight game early in the third period the really piqued their ire.

Seconds into the period, trailing 3-2, the Warriors claim Cameron Recchi was blatantly offside during a Silverbacks entry into the offensive zone.

The play was not whistled down, and seconds later, the Silvbverbacks doubled the lead.

If was a deficit the Warriors were unable to erase.

"If it wasn't for a couple of plays that went against us, it would have been a different game," said head coach Simon Ferguson on the post game broadcast.

"We generated a lot of chances...sometimes the hockey Gods aren't with you."

Zach Brooks opened the scoring with his first as a Warrior since being obtained in an off season deal with Cowichan Vally.

The goal came against the run of the play as the Silverbacks dominated the Warriors through much of the period.

Salmon Arm finally tied it when Sullivan Mack beat Zach Bennett with less than 18 seconds left in the opening period.

After Simon Tassy gave the Silverbacks a 2-01 lead in a second period power play, Woodhouse returned the favour two minutes later.

But, just 30 seconds later, the Silverbacks took the lead, then extended it on that controversial play early in the third.

Tyler Cristall brought the Warriors to within a goal during a five-minute power play late in the third, but they were unable to get the equalizer.

Tassy iced it into the empty net in the dying moments.

The Warriors, 2-2-1-0, face the Vernon Vipers at 1 p.m. Monday.



Penticton Vees take out Cranbrook 5-3 Friday night

Vees win fourth straight

The Penticon Vees extended their winning streak to four to open up the season, besting the Cranbrook Bucks 5-3 at home Friday night.

All of the Vees five goals came from different players, with Liam Malmquist notching his first goal of the season with about five minutes left in the first period.

The Vees' Crae Dawson doubled their goals near the start of the second period, but after a couple quick goals from the Bucks, the game was all tied up.

Just 18 seconds after the Bucks' tying goal, the Vees' Ryan McGuire put Penticton ahead once more, at the 8:22 mark of the second period, but five minutes later, the Bucks tied it up at three apiece.

Tristan Amonte would cap off the wild second period with the Vees' fourth goal, and eventual game-winner, collecting a rebound for his second goal of the season.

Luc Wilson grabbed the insurance goal in the third period, as the Vees allowed just two shots in the entire last 20 minutes of play.

Penticton had 43 shots on goal compared to Cranbrook's 18.

Now 4-0 in the season, the Vees will be back in action against the Trail Smoke Eaters Sunday afternoon.



BC Hockey League has given notice it wants to leave the CJHL and go it alone

BCHL confirms exit

UPDATE 7:35 p.m.

The BC Hockey League has issued a short statement confirming the league's departure from the CJHL.

"After reviewing our options, the BCHL has chosen to no longer belong to the Canadian Junior Hockey League. The BCHL is not withdrawing from Hockey Canada or BC Hockey," the statement reads.

"We wish the current CJHL partners well and look forward to completing our current season and returning for our 60th anniversary in the fall."

No other details on how the break-up will be managed were released.


ORIGINAL 8:55 a.m.

The Canadian Junior Hockey League has confirmed what has been speculated for weeks - the BC Hockey League wants out.

The body, which oversees the 10 Junior A leagues in Canada, released a brief statement Friday morning, stating the BCHL" has submitted a notice to withdraw their membership from the CJHL, effective March 24th."

"The remaining nine Leagues within the CJHL, will continue with their commitment to player development, through their partnership with Hockey Canada, and its members, as well as the National Hockey League, which includes the presentation of the Centennial Cup national championship, the World Junior A Challenge, and the CJHL Prospects game," the statement concludes.

There has been speculation for several years the league was looking to go it alone.

Those rumours intensified last month when the president of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League said the BCHL had sent a letter to the CJHL outlining its intention to break away.

Since then, it's also been rumoured four Alberta Junior hockey League teams could also make the jump, although that has not yet been confirmed.



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