Marty Westhaver was the hero for the Victoria Grizzlies on Sunday in a 3-2 overtime win over the West Kelowna Warriors at Royal LePage Place in the B.C. Hockey League.
The Victoria native scored the tying goal and the overtime winner, his first two goals this season.
West Kelowna actually led 2-0 six minutes into the second period thanks to goals from Levi Stauber and John Evans. But Victoria scored three straight to improve to 2-2 this season.
Henri Schreifels had a goal and an assist for Victoria.
The Warriors dropped to 1-3-1 after winning their first game of the season Friday night, an 8-5 shootout against the Rivermen in Langley.
West Kelowna outshot Victoria 41-23, but couldn’t beat Joe Howe late. Brock Baier took the OT loss after facing 23 shots.
Victoria was 1-for-2 with the man advantage while the Warriors went scoreless in four tries.
With less than three minutes to go in the first, the Warriors drew first blood with a Max Bulawka steal leading to Brandon Dent going hard to the net.
Howe stopped them, but give up a juicy rebound for Stauber to make it 1-0.
The Warriors were quick to pounce again in the second frame with Evans taking a Brendan Pigeon pass and wristing his second in as many games to extend the lead to two.
Schreifels tapped the puck into an empty net while Baier was on his back during a scrum in the second. Baier would lobby for goaltender interference to no avail.
A third-period Grizzlies’ power play marked the beginning of the end for West Kelowna. With six seconds left in the man advantage, Westhaver beat Baier to tie the game and eventually send it into overtime.
The Warriors would finish the third and start overtime on the power play, but could not cash in, leading to the Grizzlies once again finding momentum.
With under three minutes remaining in the extra frame, the Warriors lost a puck in the attacking zone and Westhaver went the other way, beating the Warrior defenders and firing a shot through the Baier’s five-hole to secure the 3-2 victory.
The Warriors next game is Friday versus the 0-3 Centennials in Merritt.
The Warriors next home game is Sept. 21 when the Trail Smoke Eaters (0-3-1) arrive for a 6 p.m. contest at Royal LePage Place.