Warriors win on penalties
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Goaltender Rorke Applebee ensured the West Kelowna Warriors had a chance to extend their winning streak to eight games.
Playing two under the roster limit due to injury and the loss of Johannes Løkkeberg to the World Junior's, Applebee was upside down through the third period, 10 frantic minutes of overtime and a shootout to lead the Warriors to a 4-game victory. -3 over Salmon Arm Silverbacks. Wednesday in Salmon Arm.
The Warriors jumped out to a 3-0 lead after 20 minutes, but it was the Silverbacks who turned the game around in the final 50 minutes, peppering Applebee with 39 shots in the final two periods of regulation and 10 minutes of three-on-three overtime.
The Warriors built their lead in the first period with goals from Eliot Compton on a power play, Cal Hughes and defenseman Landon Hilditch.
For Compton, it was his second goal of the season after scoring his first BCHL goal just two games ago.
Nathan Mackie and Maddux Martin cut the deficit to one in the second, with Ryan Grout on the bench for an extra attacker, Isaac Lambert finally equalized with 1:17 left in regulation.
Extra time resolved nothing, forcing a shootout to decide the outcome.
Michael Salandra and Isaiah Norlin scored for the Warriors in shootouts, while Applebee did his job, stopping all three Salmon Arm shooters.
The victory, the Warriors eight in a row, leaves them two points clear of the third-placed Silverbacks and just four behind the Inner Division leader Penticton Vees.
The Warriors and Vees close out the pre-Christmas portion of the schedule with a home-and-home this weekend. The teams play Friday at SOEC before returning Saturday at Royal LePage Place.