by Kyle Anderson
(ISN) – It took 58 games and some help on the last day of the regular season, but the West Kelowna Warriors are into the BCHL playoffs.
The Warriors, who grabbed the 4th seed in the Interior Division with a 6-2 win over Surrey on Saturday, were thankful for their 1st round opponent Penticton knocking off the Salmon Arm Silverbacks in overtime the same night.
It’s the Silverbacks now on the outside looking in, and with 65 points on the season, frustrated that they would have finished 2nd in the Mainland division, and 3rd on the Island.
For the Warriors, playing Penticton is great for the fans based on the rivalry that has developed over the years.
Penticton won the season series this year by a 5-2 margin, winning all 3 games at Royal Lepage Place, but it was the Warriors who beat the Vees twice at the SOEC, the only team to do that all season.
West Kelowna has faced off with the Vees 3 different times in the post-season in their history, but this will be the first time they have played in the 1st round. Penticton has won all 3 series.
The Warriors will play games 1 and 2 on the road Tuesday and Wednesday at the SOEC, while game 3 and 4 will be Friday and Saturday at Royal Lepage Place. There will be a big courtyard party before each game this weekend at the arena.
The other Interior Division series will see the Vernon Vipers take on the Merritt Centennials.
Complete 1st Round Schedule
Game 1 – Tuesday March 3rd – Warriors @ Vees – 7:00 SOEC
Game 2 – Wednesday March 4th – Warriors @ Vees – 7:00 SOEC
Game 3 – Friday March 6th – Vees @ Warriors – 7:00 Royal Lepage Place
Game 4 – Saturday March 7th – Vees @ Warriors – 7:00 Royal Lepage Place
Game 5 – Monday March 9th – Warriors @ Vees – 7:00 SOEC – *IF NECESSARY*
Game 6 – Tuesday March 10th – Vees @ Warriors – 7:00 Royal Lepage Place – *IF NECESSARY*
Game 7 – Wednesday March 11th – Warriors @ Vees – 7:00 SOEC – *IF NECESSARY*