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Chiefs welcome Posse in playoffs

The Kelowna Chiefs already know their agenda and opponent next week for the start of the KIJHL playoffs.

But first things first, the Chiefs will be looking to close out the 2010-11 regular campaign this weekend on the right foot as they visit Penticton Friday and Sicamous Eagles on Saturday night.

Kelowna will then open the playoffs on Monday night at home to the Princeton Posse.

“We obviously want to play well this weekend and build some momentum for the playoffs,” said Chiefs assistant coach Grant Sheridan.

“We want to be doing all the little things right.”

Despite a short bench, the Chiefs did a lot right on Saturday as they knocked off the Revelstoke Grizzlies 5-2.

Top scorers Landon Andrusiak and Colton DeFrias were sidelined with injuries, but the Chiefs responded to the challenge as Jordan Wood notched a hat-trick in the win.

Conor Barrie stopped 40 shots in goal.

“That was a pretty big win for us against one of the league’s top teams, especially with two of our top guys out,” Sheridan said.

“It’s a good sign.”

The Chiefs (24-21-1-2) will finish in second in the Okanagan Division, their first season in Kelowna since moving from Chase in the summer.

“We’d like to be in first but all in all, our first year here has been good,” Sheridan said.

“There have been growing pains, a lot of what you’d expect but we’re going to finish in the upper half of the league, so that’s a positive.”

During the regular season, Kelowna took six of eight games from the Posse.

Games 1 and 2 are of the divisional semifinal set for Feb. 14 and 15 at Rutland Arena. Games 3 and 4 go in Princeton Feb. 17 and 18, with a fifth game, if necessary set for Saturday, Feb. 19 in Kelowna.

For more information or tickets, visit www.kelownachiefs.com, or call 250-862-8020.

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