Warriors and Vees meet in annual school game Tuesday

Rare midday game for school kids in West Kelowna pits top two teams in BCHL Interior

Ambrose Firkus scores a goal on the weekend for the Warriors. West Kelowna is playing rare mid-day game Tuesday.

A special Tuesday morning edition of the B.C. Hockey League makes a stop at Royal LePage Place.

At 11 a.m., the West Kelowna Warriors will play host to the defending national champion Penticton Vees.

The unconventional start time is designed to accommodate school kids from the surrounding area who will be attending the game.

The two Okanagan rivals will meet again Friday night in Penticton.

With a four-game win streak, the Warriors have pushed their 2012-13 record to 8-2-0-3 and are just four points back on the Interior Division-leading Vees (11-2-0-1).

West Kelowna picked up a pair of big road wins over the weekend, starting with a dramatic 4-3 double overtime victory over the Merritt Centennials on Friday.

Josh Monk tied the game in the third period, then buried the winner at the 23-second mark of the second extra session.

“It was a great win for us,” said Monk.

On Saturday, the Warriors followed up with a 5-2 victory over the SilverBacks in a rough and tumble affair in Salmon Arm.

The second period saw the teams combining for 49 minutes in time penalties plus four misconducts.  West Kelowna also had forward Brent Lashuk and associate coach Brent Gough ejected from the game.

Offesively, Marcus Basara paced the Warriors with a goal and two assists, and now has 10 goals on the season.

David Pope and Braxton Bilous each had a goal and an assist, and Seb Lloyd added two helpers. Lloyd leads the Warriors with 18 points on five goals and 13 assists.

Despite a combative showing from both teams, the Warriors were thrilled with the way the game played out.

“Those are the ones that we all live for,” said Bilous afterwards. “Rough stuff, a bunch of goals, too…it’s always nice to play in those games.”

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