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Warriors withstand late barrage for win over Silverbacks

<who>Photo Credit/Cover Design: Lorne White/KelownaNow </who>

On a night when they paid tribute to the Canadian military, the West Kelowna Warriors withstood a siege in the third period to defeat the Salmon Arm Silverbacks 5-2 in B.C. Hockey League action at Royal LePage Place.

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Winning goaltender, Cole Demers, stopped 20 of 22 shots in the final 20 minutes and Chase Dubois scored his seventh and eighth goals of the season to lead the Warriors (13-8-0-0), who had lost four of five games going into Wednesday’s encounter but posted their fifth straight win at home.

<who>Photo Credit: Lorne White/KelownaNow </who>The Warriors' Chase Dubois celebrates his first of two goals.West Kelowna minor hockey products, Chase Stevenson and Jake Harrison, also scored for the Interior Division’s third-place team while Michael Lombardi added his fifth of the campaign. Captain Jared Marino and Michael Ryan contributed two assists each

The Warriors, 3-1 losers in Salmon Arm nine days earlier, built up a 5-0 lead by the 10:39 mark of the third period when Riley Hayles broke Demers’ shutout bid. Hayles added a second goal with five seconds left in the game.

A pair of powerplay goals — by Dubois and Stevenson — less than two minutes apart midway through the first period staked the Warriors to the early lead.

Dubois fought off a slash to the arm to open the scoring with a shot from the slot, while Stevenson was in the right spot at the Salmon Arm crease to tap in a rebound on a shot by Marino.

Harrison made it 3-0 at 3:41 of the second period, beating Salmon Arm goaltender Kyle Dumba with a shot from the point. Lombardi and Dubois rounded out the scoring, putting away rebounds from in close.

<who>Photo Credit: Lorne White/KelownaNow </who>Kyle Dumba of the Salmon Arm Silverbacks kicked out his leg to stop the Warriors' Parm Dhaliwal in the first period.The hosts outshot the Silverbacks 38-37.

The Warriors, seven points behind the division-leading Trail Smoke Eaters and Vernon Vipers, are back in action on Friday when they bus to Wenatchee to take on the Wild while they return to RLP for a Sunday afternoon encounter (2:30 p.m.) with the Prince George Spruce Kings.

<who>Photo Credit: Lorne White/KelownaNow </who>Warriors' newcomer, Lucas Cullen of Kelowna, follows through on a slapshot against the Silverbacks.

<who>Photo Credit: Lorne White/KelownaNow </who>Chase Stevenson of the Warriors raises his arm in celebration of his first-period goal.

<who>Photo Credit: Julie Pringle/Snap Photography </who>Warriors captain Jared Marino takes a ceremonial opening puck drop with Silverbacks captain Grayson Constable. The B.C. Dragoons were among the Canadian military honoured during the BCHL game on Wednesday at Royal LePage Place. The Warriors wore special commemorative jerseys for one night only to pay their respects to the veterans. The jerseys are available for auction through the Warriors' website.

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