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Warriors ward off elimination with Game 5 victory
The West Kelowna Warriors have lived to fight at least one more night.
The Warriors downed the Vernon Vipers 4-1 on Monday at Royal LePage Place to avert elimination, and now trail the best-of-seven BCHL playoff series three games to two.
Game 6 goes tonight (Tuesday) at Kal Tire Place in Vernon.
David Pope scored twice including the game winner while Kylar Hope and captain Matt Anholt added singles, as West Kelowna tallied four times in the second period.
Brendan Persley scored the lone Viper goal early in the third period.
“We played great," said Anholt, the Warriors captain. "They had a good pushback in the third, but I’m happy with how the boys responded, especially after a quick one by them It’s only one though, we need two more and it all starts tomorrow.”
The injury-plagued Warriors welcomed back defenceman Ryan Ivey, who had played only one game since Jan. 19, and forward Jason Cotton who was injured in the opening game of the playoffs.
"It was big in the fact that our backs were against the wall and we were fighting for our lives and I think that's kind of what we did," said Warriors head coach Rylan Ferster.
"I thought we worked pretty hard and I thought it was a pretty even game when you look at the shots. We haven't done anything yet, we're still down 3-2 in the series."
Game 7, if needed, would be played at Royal LePage Place on Wednesday.