Warriors sit in third with BCHL season winding down

Westside club drops 5-4 decision to Alberni Valley on the weekend; will wait to find out first round playoff opponent

The Westside Warriors lost 5-4 in double overtime to Alberni Valley on the weekend, dropping its only game of the weekend but maintaining its hold on third place in the BCHL Interior Conference.

The Warriors are 37-15-1-2 with just five games remaining in its BCHL schedule. The club will finish in third place in the BCHL Interior Conference and will play the sixth place team in the Interior Conference in the playoffs.

Depending on how the rest of the regular season goes the team’s opponent will be Quesnel, Trail or Merritt. Westside will open the playoffs at home on Feb. 27.

“I think our team is starting to gel well,” said Warriors coach Darren Yopyk. “We’re playing good hockey. We have a few areas to shore up but I like where we are. We are excited for the playoffs.”

The Warriors play twice this weekend in Trail, meeting the Smoke Eaters on Friday and Saturday. They round out the regular season against Trail (Feb. 16, Royal LePage Place) before playing in Penticton (Feb. 19) and hosting Vernon (Feb. 20).

Yopyk says the rest of the season is about preparing for the playoffs.

“We want to continue to improve and work hard.” he said. “We want to win every game and get better every game and get ready for February 26.”

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