The West Kelowna Warriors look to add to an impressive pre season thus far as they host the Penticton Vees tonight at 7 PM at Royal LePage Place.
The meeting is the first in RLP between the two teams since the Warriors epic Game #6 victory to secure the Interior Division crown back in April. Again, as I said on Wednesday, this game obviously does not have the same stakes up for grabs but bragging rights are to be had and the Warriors would like to avenge a 2-0 loss they suffered to the Vees in Penticton last Wednesday.
The Warriors haven’t played since Saturday night when they defeated the Salmon Arm Silverbacks by a 4-3 score, getting a late 3rd period power play goal by Mitch Martan to propel them to victory. The lineup looks about the same for the Warriors from Saturday, with a couple of additions.
Jake Harrison draws into the lineup for the first time this pre season while Stephen Kleysen, who the Warriors acquired early in August from Winnipeg (MJHL), will also see his first action. Jared Marino, Connor Sodergren, Quin Foreman, Reed Gunville and Tyler Anderson are a few other returnees that get into tonight’s lineup with Shane Farkas starting in between the pipes.
For the Vees, they are coming off of a 4-2 win in Penticton against the Vernon Vipers last night. The game’s first 5 goals were scored in the first 14 minutes of play and was capped off by an empty netter by Taylor Ward. The Vees are 3-0-0 in pre season, defeating the Vipers twice and beating the Warriors last Wednesday.
As for Penticton’s lineup, it remains with a steady diet of returnees. Desi Burgart, Ben Brar, Taylor Ward, David Eccles and Griffin Mendel draw into tonight’s lineup as both teams will play without their captains (Nick Rutigliano for the Warriors and Nick Jones for the Vees). Mitch Meek, the veteran of 193 BCHL games, also gets into the Vees lineup for tonight’s contest with Nolan Hildebrand getting the nod in goal for the visitors.
Puck drop tonight is slated for 7:00 PM and the game can be seen live on pay-per-view on FASTHockey.com. Pre game starts at 6:55 PM with Sheldon Bank and I on the headsets. The Warriors will conclude their pre season schedule this week with a pair of games on Friday night at RLP against the Merritt Centennials and then the two teams will switch venues and head to Merritt for a 7:00 PM face-off against the Cents. Both those games can be seen on FASTHockey.