Blanchard, Hora given suspensions

Following last Wednesday’s brawl against the Warriors, the league handed out their discipline

Fisticuffs: The West Kelowna Warriors’ Parm Dhaliwal lands a punch to the back of the Salmon Arm Silverbacks’ Spencer Hora during a match at the Shaw Centre, Wednesday, Nov. 2.

Following last Wednesday’s brawl against the Warriors, the league handed out their discipline.

“What’s done is done. There is nothing we can do about it now. It’s out of our control,” said Silverbacks head coach Brandon West, in response to the second period melee.

Josh Blanchard was handed a three-game suspension, while Spencer Hora was given two for his part in the rough stuff after the whistle.

Also receiving two games was Warrior Parm Dhaliwal, while his teammate Braiden Epp was given the lengthiest suspension for his role, getting six games.

The rough and violent affair saw the West Kelowna Warriors prevail 4-2 against Salmon Arm.

The Silverbacks peppered the Warriors starting netminder, Trevor Martin with 16 shots in the first frame but they failed to capitalize on any quality scoring chances.

“I didn’t think we played a good first 20 minutes, but we hung in there and got a few lucky bounces our way,” said Warriors head coach Rylan Ferster.

Returning to the lineup after being sidelined for six weeks with a shoulder injury, Carter Cochrane made an impact, scoring a powerplay goal, and putting the ‘Backs up by one.

“It was really exciting to contribute on the scoresheet after being out for a while, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough,” said Cochrane.

Both sides traded chances in the third but Martin shut down the ’Backs attempts as he made 39 saves.

“We didn’t capitalize on our chances– plain and simple. I thought we gave a full 60 minute effort tonight, but costly mistakes ended up in the back of our net and cost us the game,” said West.

On Friday evening, the ’Backs hosted the high flying Vees.

“It’s going to be a challenging game for us. Penticton are always good and it will be a real test for our club,” said West ahead of the game.

The Vees Duncan Campbell scored four minutes into the game and they never looked back as they won 4-1. The loss to Penticton was the Silverbacks fourth loss in a row, equaling their worst losing streak of the season.

The ’Backs will face off against Trail on Tuesday evening, after the Observer’s deadline. On Saturday evening the Cents’ will be in town at the Shaw Centre, Saturday evening for the second part of a home-and-home series.


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