The West Kelowna Warriors will get another crack at the Penticton Vees this weekend as the teams meet Friday night in BCHL action at the South Okanagan Events Centre.
The Warriors came out on the short end of a 4-3 overtime verdict on Tuesday afternoon at Royal LePage Place.
Michael Rebry scored the game-winning goal for the Vees 2:06 into the extra period.
In an unconventional 11 a.m. start, close to 1,300 school kids from across the Westside attended the game.
The Vees have had the Warriors’ number the last couple of years, posting 14 consecutive regular season victories over West Kelowna.
On Tuesday, the Warriors started strong with goals from Marcus Basara and Ambrose Firkus for a 2-0 lead early in the second period.
However, the Warriors ran into penalty trouble and the Vees roared back with three straight goals, while firing 19 shots at goalie Tyler Briggs in the second period.
Shawn Hochhausen tallied for the Warriors two minutes to play in regulation.
West Kelowna head coach and GM Rylan Ferster wasn’t entirely pleased with his team’s effort.
“I don’t think we played the way we should have for a game like this in our building,” said Ferster.
“I don’t think our compete level was where it had to be at for 60 minutes to play a team like that.”
Veterans Brett McKinnon and Max French both missed Tuesday’s game with injury and will remain sidelined for Friday’s game in Penticton.
The Warriors (8-2-0-4) are tied for second in the Interior Division with Merritt, five points back of the Vees.