The Westside Warriors head to Chilliwack tonight with a chance to close the gap on one of the teams they are chasing for the final playoff spot in the BCHL Interior Conference.
The Warriors trail Chilliwack and Vernon by eight points for the final playoff spot with just 11 games remaining in their regular season after closing the gap with a convincing 7-2 win over Salmon Arm on Wednesday at Royal LePage Place.
“Every game just gets bigger and bigger for us,” said Warriors head coach Rylan Ferster after Wednesday’s win. “We’re in must win territory and that’s how we have to approach the game. We’ve had some success against Chilliwack this year. We’ve been there twice and lost in overtime and tied.”
Wednesday’s win improved Westside’s record to 18-24-2-5, good for 43 points. Chilliwack and Vernon sit at 51 points and are tied for the final playoff position in the Interior.
With the schedule winding down, the Warriors don’t have much room for error. Compounding its must-win scenario is a looming Saturday night game in Penticton against a nearly unbeatable Vees club who has won 30 games in a row, a new BCHL record.
Ferster says all cliches apply.
“I know you’ll quote every cliche, one shift at a time, one game at a time but that’s really how it is,” he said. “We’re a young team and our guys really play hard most nights and we get some chances. We’re just going to keep doing that and worry about ourselves for the last few games.”
The Vees established a new BCHL record for consecutive wins when they earned their 30th straight in a 7-0 road win over the Chilliwack Chiefs Tuesday night.
Penticton also plays tonight hosting the Salmon Arm SilverBacks. They can now set their sights on matching the 89-90 Royals mark of 38 games undefeated. The Vees sit at 42-3-0-2 so far this season.