Warriors battle South Okanagan rivals

West Kelowna sneaks into BCHL playoffs with good finish, meets first-place Penticton in playoffs

It took 58 games and some help on the last day of the regular season, but the West Kelowna Warriors are back in the B.C. Hockey League playoffs.

The Warriors, who finished fourth in the Interior Division, are in the process of taking on the first-place Penticton Vees in the opening round.

The series opener went Game 1 goes Tuesday night in Penticton, followed by Game 2

Wednesday, also at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

Games 3 and 4 will be played at Royal LePage Place on Friday and Saturday nights.

Penticton won the season series this season by a 5-2-0 margin, taking all three games at Royal Lepage Place, while the Warriors who beat the Vees twice at the SOEC, the only team to do that all season.

West Kelowna has faced off with the Vees three different times in the post-season in their history, but for the first time in the opening round.

The Warriors, who grabbed the final seed in the Interior Division with a 6-2 win over Surrey on Saturday, were thankful for their first round opponent,  as Penticton knocked off the Salmon Arm Silverbacks in overtime the same night.

The Silverbacks, who finished fifth and one point out of the playoff picture, finished with 65 points which would have been good enough for second in the Mainland Division.

The Warriors also helped themselves by going 5-0-0-1 in their last six games.

The other Interior Division series has the Vernon Vipers taking on the Merritt Centennials.

Tickets are on sale now for Friday and Saturday’s games at Royal Lepage.

 

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