Late heroics earn tie for BCHL's Warriors

Down 2-0 with just over a minute to play Sunday at Royal LePage Place, it looked almost certain that the West Kelowna Warriors would go down to defeat at the hands of the Nanaimo Clippers.

But the Warriors refused to go quietly.

David Pope and Jordan Masters scored goals in the final 64 seconds of the third period as West Kelowna earned a 2-2 with Nanaimo, extending its BCHL unbeaten streak to five games.

With goaltender Andy Desautels on the bench for an extra attacker, Pope tallied at 18:56, setting the stage for Masters, who netted the equalizer with just 7.4 seconds remaining in regulation.

It was the second time in six days the Warriors rallied late in the third period, as Pope scored twice 30 seconds apart on Monday to help West Kelowna gent past Trail in overtime.

"I thought we outplayed them (Sunday) and took it to them for a majority of the game," said assistant coach Brent Gough.

"Eventually you are going to score.  In Trail it was the same thing…in the last minute we get two goals.  If you keep doing what you want to do it's eventually going to go in and that's what happened these two games."

On Saturday, the Warriors won their fourth straight with a 7-3 victory over the visiting Trail Smoke Eaters. Seb Lloyd and Tyson Dallman scored twice each for West Kelowna.

The Warriors (22-12-2-2) are 7-1-1 in their last nine games and are third in the Interior Division, just a point back of second-place Vernon.

On Friday, the Warriors will host the Coquitlam Express, 7 p.m. at Royal LePage.



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