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The flu, not the Warriors, does in the Chiefs

League hopeful the Oct. 15 NCHL tilt between Westlock and Fort Saskatchewan will be rescheduled
The Westlock Senior Warriors are in Bonnyville Oct. 23, then return to Westlock Oct. 29 to face the Morinville Kings.

WESTLOCK - A flu outbreak that decimated the roster of the Fort Saskatchewan Chiefs has been blamed for the cancellation of a scheduled Oct. 15 North Central Hockey League tilt between them and the Westlock Senior Warriors, with the league saying the game will be classified as a forfeit, although they’re hopeful that with the season so young, “the managers can get together and come up with an alternative date to have the game played.”

Warriors captain Mike Ivey said Oct. 16 that he hasn’t seen a league game cancelled in a while, adding that he was still waiting to hear from the Chiefs to see if the game can be made up. Heading into the tilt, the Warriors were looking for their first win of 2022-2023 following their Oct. 1 season-opening 6-1 home loss to the Lacombe Generals.

Through the first handful of weekends, the Generals and Camrose Crush sit atop the NCHL with perfect 3-0 records, while the Morinville Kings stand at 1-1-0-0 and the Red Deer Rustlers are 1-2-0-0. The Devon Barons are 0-2-0-0, while Westlock, Fort Saskatchewan and the Bonnyville Pontiacs all sit at 0-1-0-0.

The Warriors will now travel to Bonnyville Oct. 23, then return to the Rotary Spirit Centre to host the Kings Saturday, Oct. 29, at 8:30 p.m.

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