War­riors move into first place in In­te­rior

Penticton Herald - - SPORTS -

Fly­ing un­der the radar in the pow­er­ful In­te­rior Di­vi­sion, the West Kelowna War­riors sud­denly find them­selves in first place.

Ben­nett Nor­lin scored two sec­ond­pe­riod goals as the War­riors ral­lied from an early 2-0 deficit to edge the Sur­rey Ea­gles 3-2 in BCHL ac­tion Tues­day at the South Sur­rey Arena.

Jared Marino scored late in the first pe­riod for the War­riors after Sur­rey chased start­ing goalie Cole De­mers with goals by for­mer Pen­tic­ton Vees for­ward Desi Bur­gart and John Wesley in the first 3:44.

De­mers made just one save be­fore Nik Amundrud came on and blanked the Ea­gles (3-7-1-1) on 31 shots. Daniel David­son made 37 saves for Sur­rey.

West Kelowna im­proved to 8-3-0 and tied with Ver­non Vipers (7-2-0-2) for first place, though the War­riors would have the tiebreaker by virtue of more wins.

Trail is third at 7-3-1 for 15 points, the Vees re­main un­beaten at 6-0-0-1 for 13 and We­natchee is fifth at 5-3-1 for 11 points.

Salmon Arm Sil­ver­backs got in the con­ver­sa­tion too as Nick Un­ruh’s hat-trick goal on the power play with 39 sec­onds left in the first over­time pe­riod gave them a wild 7-6 win over the vis­it­ing Lan­g­ley River­men.

An­gus Crook­shank’s sec­ond of the game with four sec­onds to go forced over­time for the River­men (4-2-5-0).

Salmon Arm, which out­shot Lan­g­ley 51-49, im­proved to 5-6-0 on the sea­son.

Ver­non vis­ited We­natchee in a key game Wednesday night.

The Vees travel to Mer­ritt on Fri­day at 7 p.m. be­fore wel­com­ing the Vic­to­ria Griz­zlies to the SOEC Saturday at 6 p.m.

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