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BCHL PLAYOFFS: Warriors and Vees set to do battle

The Westside Warriors and Penticton Vees will meet in the second round of the BCHL playoffs beginning Tuesday in Penticton.

Here's a look at how the teams match-up:

#2 – Penticton Vees vs. #3 – Westside Warriors

Penticton: 48-8-0-4; 100 points

Westside: 38-18-1-3; 80 points

Recent Form: The Vees and Warriors enter their second-round series on a roll after confidence-building wins to open the BCHL playoffs. The Vees became the first Interior squad to punch their ticket to the second round with a four-game sweep of the Merritt Centennials, while the Warriors pulled off four straight wins to finish off the Trail Smoke Eaters following a playoff-opening loss at home. Westside scored four goals in each of their victories and held Trail to no more than two goals. Penticton exploded for 15 goals in the final two games of the series, while holding the Centennials to only a goal in Games 3 and 4 at the Nicola Valley Arena.

Head-to-Head Record: The teams met eight times during the regular season with the Vees taking the series 5-3. After the Warriors won three of four against the Vees to start the year, Penticton bounced back to win the final four, including a 5-4 victory in the second-last regular season contest on February 19th. The Vees' four-game winning streak over Westside in the second half included a pair of road victories at Royal LePage Place.

Players to Watch: Penticton sports the BCHL’s two top scorers in captain Denver Manderson and Interior Conference Rookie of the Year Beau Bennett, who combined for 233 points this season. Manderson, who missed the final 10 games of the regular season due to injury, had a nice return in the first round against Merritt, tallying 10 points in the four game sweep. The Warriors also boast quality goal-scorers, most notably Trevor Bailey who piled up 41 goals during the regular season. Grayson Downing and Tyler Krause led the team with seven points in their five-game series with Trail, while defenseman Brendan Ellis notched three goals and two helpers in the first round. Westside and Penticton are both backstopped by tremendous goaltending; the Warriors’ Kevin Jebson (2.21) and Vees’ starter Sean Bonar (1.25) both sported solid goals-against averages in the first round of the playoffs.

Game 1: Tuesday, March 9th at Penticton - 7:05 PM, South Okanagan Events Centre

Game 2: Wednesday, March 10th at Penticton - 7:05 PM, South Okanagan Events Centre

Game 3: Friday, March 12th at Westside - 7:00 PM, Royal LePage Place

Game 4: Saturday, March 13th at Westside - 7:00 PM, Royal LePage Place

Game 5: Monday, March 15that Penticton - 7:05 PM, South Okanagan Events Centre

Game 6: Tuesday, March 16th at Westside - 7:00 PM, Royal LePage Place

Game 7: Wednesday, March 17th at Penticton - 7:05 PM, Penticton Memorial Arena

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