Saturday, October 17, 2015

Warriors Preview



Goals For
Goals Against
15.25% (13th)
Power Play
28.85% (2nd)
71.21% (16th)
Penalty Kill
80.65 (11th)

Venue: Royal LePage Place
Game Time: 7pm
Last Year’s Matchup: Both teams won on their home ice.
Season Series: This will be the first meeting between the two teams.

West Kelowna Home Record: 1-2-0-1
Warriors Leading Scorer: Jonathan Desbiens (7 goals, 8 assists, 15 points)

Prince George Road Record: 2-5-0-1
Spruce Kings Leading Scorer: Corey Hoffman (5 goals, 9 assists, 14 points)

Player to watch:
Spruce Kings:
Now on an eight game scoring streak, Corey Hoffman has a commanding lead in team scoring. Up to this weekend he was close with Adam Brubacher, but has managed to pull away with four points in the last two games, after having a productive weekend last week as well.

Last season Liam Blackburn was one of the top producers in the league, and so far he he’s right back at it with 14 points in 12 games. The ’96 New Hampshire committed player had one assist last night against the Silverbacks, and will look to crack the score sheet once again.

In the Standings:
Despite going 0-2 so far this weekend, the Spruce Kings haven’t been passed by the Surrey Eagles. Their Interior rival are one point back, and won’t play until Tuesday when they host the Langley Rivermen. With a win tonight they can give themselves some breathing room, which will be important as Surrey will have the game in hand following tonight’s matchup.
The Warriors only have one win in their last four, but that one win was a 3-0 shutout against the powerhouse Powell River Kings. They’re 4th in the Interior, but have two games in hand over Vernon who is one point ahead of them.

Special Teams Battle:
Prince George has been improving on the PK, but they’re up for a challenge against West Kelowna. The warriors have the 2nd best power play in the league, and scored twice on six chances last night against Salmon Arm. Prince George has had a much improved power play lately, and a big part of that is Bryan Basilico. He has three goals in seven games with the team, and all of those goals have been on the man advantage. The Warriors have a decent penalty kill at 11th in the league, so Prince George will look to capitalize on any power plays they can muster up.

Broadcast Info: For all games, you can listen to the action on Mixlr

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