On a night where every shot seemed to be a Grade A chance and both goaltenders stole the show, it was a creative, "Did-you-see-that goal?" that had everybody talking.
It was Matt Kowalski's version of the lacrosse goal, and it couldn't have come at a better time for the West Kelowna Warriors.
After they were shut out in the home opener a week ago, and stymied in the early going against the Merritt Centennials on Saturday, Kowalski dug into his bag of tricks for the Warriors' first goal on home ice and his fourth of the year in a 3-1 victory.
Warriors head coach Rylan Ferster didn't see the goal until the intermission. But, guaranteed, all 900-plus fans inside Royal LePage Place saw it.
Kowalski said he learned the move a few years ago at Pursuit of Excellence, but didn't perfect it until he got to the BCHL's Nanaimo Clippers.
"Sheldon Remple, he was my idol. He was the guy I wanted to be," recalled Kowalski.
"He was the guy who taught me how to do it in one move and be confident enough to just let it go."
Kowalski says he didn't plan to use the lacrosse scoop move, but was trying to make up for a bad play earlier and said instinct took over.
Whatever it was, it gave the Warriors a 1-0 lead on the power play midway through the opening period, and gave the team the spark it needed.
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