Bucks split weekend series with Warriors
The Cranbrook Bucks hosted the West Kelowna Warriors this weekend at Western Financial Place and skated to a one win, one loss record.
The local BC Hockey League (BCHL) club fell 4-1 on Friday night and gained revenge on Saturday with a 3-2 victory.
On Friday, Noah Quinn opened the scoring in the first period on a feed from Tyson Dyck but a four-goal second period sealed the deal 4-1 W for the Warriors before 2,221 East Kootenay hockey fans.
Nathan Airey made 37 saves in the loss.
A three-goal second period Saturday night, before 2,215 fans, was enough for the Bucks to post a 3-2 victory, with Kellen Hjartarson scoring his first two of the BCHL season and Tyson Dyck noting his fourth for the game-winner.
Carsyn Good, Jarrod Smith, Cole Assailly and Noah Quinn provided helpers and netminder Airey stopped 31 of 33 Warriors’ shots.
The Bucks are now .500 on the young season with two wins and two losses, good for seventh place in the Interior Division, one point back of the Trail Smoke Eaters for sixth and two points back of the Penticton Vees for first.
The Bucks’ next action is Friday, October 22 versus the Powell River Kings at the Chilliwack Coliseum. Game time is 2 p.m. Mountain).
Staying at Chilliwack Coliseum Oct. 23, the Bucks take on Cowichan Valley Capitals in another 2 p.m. tilt.
Both Powell River and Cowichan Valley are winless thus far in the season – both sporting 0-4 records.
The Bucks’ next home action is October 30 (7 p.m.) against the Nanaimo Clippers.