Courtesy of Trevor Miller
Johannes Løkkeberg and Jackson Kyrkostas each tallied three points while Rorke Applebee turned aside 26 shots as the West Kelowna Warriors knocked off the Vernon Vipers 4-1 on Wednesday night at Kal Tire Place.
Two goals in the opening period for the visitors catapulted a strong start in enemy territory and it kicked off with Jackson Kyrkostas registering his 9th goal of the season to get the scoring started.
Johannes Løkkeberg pressured the puck free from the left wing corner as he centered to the front of the net where Viggo Nordström accepted the feed and went to his backhand in tight before Ethan David kicked the puck away in the Vipers crease before Kyrkostas followed up on the play and finished the rebound on his backhand at the 7:10 mark of the period to get ahead by a 1-0 score.
That line was at it again later in the period as they took advantage of a miscommunication at the side of the Vipers net to get ahead by a pair of goals.
The Vipers attempted to get out from behind their net before a turnover at the glove side of David saw Kyrkostas center the loose puck for Løkkeberg in the left face-off circle as he backhanded a shot past the glove side of David at the 13:33 mark of the opening frame and his 6th goal of the season gave West Kelowna a 2-0 edge.
Løkkeberg added his second of the night on a similar play in the 2nd period, converting a turnover into the back of the net to give the Warriors a three-goal lead. A giveaway inside of the defensive end allowed Kyrkostas to intercept the puck and bring it to the front of the net before sending a pass from the blocker side of David to the glove side where Løkkeberg finished for his 7th goal of the season and second of the night at the 4:43 mark of the middle frame to make the score 3-0.
Applebee was strong in the Warriors net, turning aside each of the 16 shots thrown his way through two periods before an early 3rd period power play helped the Vipers get onto the scoresheet and back into the game just 27 seconds into the final period.
Another Vernon power play immediately following the goal had the Vipers in a position to take advantage but the Warriors penalty kill came up strong and were rewarded with a three-goal lead once more courtesy of Caden Kemkaran-Humble.
As the puck was worked into the Vipers zone, a puck came off a body to the slot where Jack Farrell sent a shot to the front of the net that was deflected by Kemkaran-Humble at the bottom of the right face-off circle past the glove side of David for his 2nd goal of the season at the 4:34 mark of the 3rd period to give the Warriors a 4-1 lead.
Applebee continued his strong stretch of play throughout the game with 26 saves on 27 shots for his 9th win of the season while Ethan David made 29 saves on 33 shots in his 6th loss of the season.
The Warriors, winners of three straight hit the road in Merritt Friday before they return home to host the Salmon Arm Silverbacks Saturday at Royal LePage Place.