Warriors open playoffs Friday

The Westside Warriors kick off the B.C. Hockey League playoffs Friday, starting a best of seven series with the Trail Smoke Eaters on home ice.

The Warriors finished third in the BCHL regular season while the Smoke Eaters grabbed sixth place.

It’s the second straight year the two teams have met in the playoffs.

“We’re really excited to open at home, that was our goal,” said Warriors head coach Darren Yopyk. “We expect the town will come out and support us.”

One of the keys for the Warriors will be the play of the power play, a unit that posted the fifth best percentage in the BCHL this season.

It’s led by defenceman Brendan Ellis who this week was named the BCHL Interior Conference best defenceman.

Ellis, 20, had 58 points in 57 games and is rounding out a four year career with the Warriors.

It’s the third straight year the Warriors have had the best defenceman in the Interior after Justin Schultz earned the award two years in a row.

The Warriors play games one and two Friday and Saturday nights at Royal LePage Place in Kelowna before the series shifts to Trail.

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