The 2013-14 BCHL exhibition schedule now in the books, the West Kelowna Warriors are ready to get on with the real deal.
Rylan Ferster’s Warriors kick off the regular season this weekend at the league’s annual showcase event in Chilliwack.
West Kelowna will face Surrey on Friday night at 7:30, then will take on Surrey Saturday at 3 p.m.
All 16 BCHL teams will take part in the showcase over three days.
The Warriors’ home opener is Friday, Sept. 13 against Merritt.
Meanwhile, West Kelowna closed out its pre-season over the weekend with a two-game sweep of the rival Vernon Vipers.
The Warriors close out the pre-season with a 2-1-1 record.
After posting a 3-1 win on Friday in Vernon, West Kelowna followed up with a 5-4 victory over the Vipers on Saturday at Royal LePage Place.
Second-year forward Ambrose Firkus led the Warriors with three goals, including the winners with 3:32 left in regulation.
Based on the competitive nature of the weekend set between the teams, Warriors’ head coach and GM Rylan Ferster said both teams look well prepared for the new campaign.
“With both teams you can see the systems they are working on and both teams basically have their line-ups in,” said Ferster.
“I’m probably speaking for a lot of the guys in the league—we’re ready to go next weekend. Guys want to get at it.”
Brennan Clark and Liam Blackburn also scored for the Warriors.
Steven Myland went the distance in goal for West Kelowna stopping 22 Vipers shots as the Warriors outshot Vernon 32-26.