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Bucks bust slump versus Warriors

The Cranbrook Bucks ended their three game road trip on a positive note with a 2-1 overtime win over the West Kelowna Warriors Saturday.

The Bucks held the edge in play in the first period, and they were rewarded with an early power play goal from Loke Sodergren to go up 1-0. The Bucks outshot West Kelowna 14-10 through the opening frame, and led 1-0 at intermission.

Neither team made a dent in second period action, though West Kelowna was able to reverse the shots on goal trend by outshooting the Bucks 15-10. Cranbrook’s 1-0 lead held steady through forty minutes.

The Warriors managed to tie the game early in the third period when Viggo Nordstrom scored at 4:13. West Kelowna dominated the third period, but Carter Capton stood on his head in the Cranbrook crease, turning aside 16 of 17 shots. Regulation time ended with the Bucks and Warriors tied 1-1, despite West Kelowna holding a 42-27 shots edge.

Overtime was needed to decide a winner, and the Bucks made quick work of the extra frame. Bucks Joseph Blackley found the net at 2:14 to secure a 2-1 win for Cranbrook, snapping their six game losing streak in the process.

Saturday’s win pushes Cranbrook’s record to 4-11-1, they were outshot 44-28 by the Warriors. The Bucks finished 1/3 on the power play and 2/2 on the penalty kill.

Cranbrook returns home Friday for a bout with the Penticton Vees.

Buck Tracks:

  • Carter Capton stops 43 of 44 shots.
  • 1st BCHL goal for Joseph Blackley.