March 3rd, 2020
WEST KELOWNA, B.C. – The West Kelowna Warriors look to avoid a sweep of the BCHL Interior Division Quarter Finals versus the Penticton Vees Tuesday. Puck drop is at 7:00 PM in West Kelowna.
A win tonight will mean the first win in 10 starts vs Penticton this year. Here’s how games have gone so far this season:
Warriors vs. Vees 2019/20: Vees SWEEP 6-0
Friday, September 27th @ South Okanagan Events Centre (7:00 PM) 3-0 Vees
Saturday, September 28th @ Royal LePage Place (6:00 PM) 7-3 Vees
Friday, December 6th @ South Okanagan Events Centre (7:00 PM) 5-1 Vees
Saturday, December 7th @ Royal LePage Place (6:00 PM) 3-2 Vees
Tuesday, January 21st @ Royal LePage Place (7:00 PM) 5-2 Vees
Sunday, February 9th @ South Okanagan Events Centre (2:00 PM) 5-4 OT Vees
Warriors vs. Vees Playoff Schedule
Thursday, February 27th @ South Okanagan Events Centre (7:00 PM) 7-1 Vees
Friday, February 28th @ South Okanagan Events Centre (7:00 PM) 4-1 Vees
Sunday, March 1st @ Royal LePage Place (3:00 PM) 9-2 Vees
Tuesday, March 3rd @ Royal LePage Place (7:00 PM)
Wednesday, March 4th @ South Okanagan Events Centre (7:00 PM)
Saturday, March 8th @ Royal LePage Place (7:00 PM)
Monday, March 10th @ South Okanagan Events Centre (7:00 PM)
Recap Sunday’s Game:
In front of a packed RLP Sunday afternoon, the Warriors came out strong out of the gate but the Vees took their game to a whole new level scoring five unanswered goals to win 9-2 and take a commanding 3-0 best of seven series lead.
The Warriors didn’t capitalize on their chances in the first and then coughed up the puck in their own zone in the second allowing the Vees to nurse a lead into the third and take over. The absence of Drew Vieten was also noticeable for the Warriors with the Vees dominating on the faceoff dot. Vieten was suspended 3 games after a hit near the Vees bench back in game number two. If the Warriors are to be eliminated tonight, Vieten’s suspension would carry over to the 2020-21 regular season opener.
Tonight the Warriors host the Vees inside Royal LePage Place for what could be the final game of the season for the Warriors. Looking back at all nine games between the Vees and Warriors this year.
The Vees have capitalized on Warriors turnovers, utilized their speed, won battles on the faceoff dot and also were more physical. In the regular season game Sunday February 9th the Warriors managed to play a near perfect game forcing the Vees into overtime.
Defensive play was great, scoring chances were capitalized on and the Warriors didn’t allow the Vees to breakout successfully in the neutral zone using their speed. The Warriors need to play a similar game to force a game five and save their season.
Post Season Special Teams
PP: 10th (13.3%) PP: 7th (27.3%)
PK: 10th (72.7%) PK: 7th (86.7%)
This evening’s game will be broadcast on both HockeyTV and the Warriors Mixlr Network. Puck drop at 7:00pm from Royal LePage Place in West Kelowna. For tickets to any upcoming home game visit the Warriors website for details and packages.