Warriors move into first place in Interior
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.