(ISN) – PENTICTON, BC –Longtime rivals meet again in the BCHL Interior Division final. For the second consecutive season, the Penticton Vees will face the Vernon Vipers as the two teams vie for the Ryan Hatfield Memorial Trophy as Interior Champions.
The best-of-seven Division Final kicks-off this Saturday, March 14th, at the South Okanagan Events Centre (SOEC); puck drop is 6pm.
The Vees advance to their four consecutive Interior Division Final after a five-game series win over the West Kelowna Warriors, in their Divisional semi-final matchup. Monday the Vees closed out the series with a resounding 7-0 with at the SOEC. Including the regular season, the Vees have now won 10 of their last 11 games and finished first in the BCHL in the regular season with a 44-9-3-2 record.
The Vernon Vipers swept the Merritt Centennials in their Divisional semi-final matchup and are looking to win back-to-back Interior Championships. The Vipers edged the Vees last spring in a hard-fought seven game series; game seven was decided in overtime. The Vipers finished in behind the Vees in the regular season, with a 36-18-1-3 record; 17 points back of Penticton.
The Vees won six of seven regular season meetings against Vernon, including winning all three at Kal-Tire Place in Vernon. The Vipers only win against Penticton was at the SOEC on February 11th.
Oct 17th 3-1 Vees, Kal-Tire Place
Oct 25th 1-0 Vees, SOEC
November 14th 4-2 Vees, Kal-Tire Place
Dec 5th 4-3 Vees, Kal-Tire Place
January 2nd 3-0 Vees, SOEC
February 11th 2-1 Vipers, SOEC
February 27th 3-2 Vees, SOEC
Playoff Series Schedule
Game 1 March 14th (SOEC) 6pm
Game 2 March 15th (SOEC) 6pm
Gam 3 March 17th (Kal-Tire Place) 7pm
Game 4 March 18th (Kal-Tire Place) 7pm
Game 5* March 20th (SOEC) 7pm
Game 6* March 21st (Kal-Tire Place) 7pm
Game 7* March 22nd (SOEC) 6pm