A second-place finish in the Interior Division and home-ice advantage in the first round of the BCHL playoffs will both be on the line when the West Kelowna Warriors and Merritt Centennials meet this weekend for a home-and-home set.
The teams will face off Friday night at LePage, before heading to Merritt for a rematch on Saturday night.
The Centennials (31-15-2-3) lead the Warriors (26-13-3-9) by three points for second place.
Both teams have five games remaining in the regular season.
The Warriors are a perfect 5-0 against the Centennials this season, but all have been decided by one goal, including two of those in overtime.
“Playing against Merritt is obviously a big deal and so far we have done well with Merritt,” said West Kelowna Warriors forward Devon Hascarl.
“When you go into Merritt it’s a small arena and you have to be ready for a battle. Every win we get towards them is a big win for our team.”
It was Hascarl who scored the game winner for the Warriors in a 2-1 win over Vernon Tuesday night at LePage.
Goaltender Steven Myland was solid in the West Kelowna net making 34 saves for his third in in the last four games,
Shawn Hochhuasen scored the other marker for the Warriors who won for the seventh time in nine games.
Friday night’s game at LePage is West Kelowna’s final home date of the regular season.
Following this weekend’s series with Merritt, the Warriors will wrap up the regular season with three games on the road next weekend in Victoria, Cowichan and Nanaimo.