GAME DAY: GM #19 Vees vs. Warriors

Photo: Tami Quan Photography


Game Time: 7:00 pm PT

Location: SOEC

RadioBounce 800 am

Webcast: Hockey TV  

Penticton Vees

GM & Head Coach: Fred Harbinson

2022-23: GP 18 18-0-0-0, 1st Interior Conference

Home: 10-0-0-0

Away: 8-0-0-0

GF: 103

GA: 32

Power Play: 34.7% (1)

Penalty Kill: 83.7% (2)

Top Scorer: Bradly Nadeau (17-19-36)

Top Scorer vs. Warriors: Josh Nadeau (2-4-6)

Last 5 Games:

2-1 W @ Trail (Nov. 12) SO

6-2 W vs. Vernon (Nov. 11)

5-1 W vs. Wenatchee (Nov. 5)

4-0 W vs. Prince George (Nov. 4)

9-3 W vs. Trail (Oct. 29)

Season Series

10-3 W @ West Kelowna (Oct. 1)

4-1 W @ West Kelowna, (Oct. 28)

Nov. 18 vs. West Kelowna, 7:00 pm

Dec. 3 vs. West Kelowna, 6:00 pm

Dec. 17 at West Kelowna, 7:00 pm

Dec. 30 vs. West Kelowna, 7:00 pm

Feb. 17 vs. West Kelowna, 7:00 pm

Last Game: 2-1 win (shootout) @ Trail Smoke Eaters Nov. 12. Thomas Pichette scored the Vees’ only goal in regulation. Luca Di Pasquo made a season-high 31 saves, including six in overtime and stopped all three Trail shooters in the shootout. The power play was 0/1 and penalty kill was 0/0.

Tonight’s Game: Tonight, is the third of seven meetings with the Warriors. Penticton has won the first two encounters, both in West Kelowna, with their most recent win coming back on Oct. 28th (4-1). Josh Nadeau leads the Vees with six points (2-4-6) against West Kelowna. Aydar Suniev returns to the lineup after serving his two-game suspension. Suniev celebrated his 18th birthday on Wednesday. Defenceman Gabriel Guilbault returns after winning a silver medal with Team Canada Red at the 2022 World Under 17 Challenge in Langley last week. Di Pasquo is the Vees’ projected starter and is 2-0 against the Warriors, with a 2.00 goals-against average and .917 save percentage.

It’s the Vees’ annual Parents Weekend, as players parents have come from near and far to watch their sons play. The Vees are looking to extend the win streak in front of their families.

BCHL All-Star: Thursday, Bradly Nadeau was named to the BCHL’s Interior Conference All-Star team. Nadeau is one of 18 initial skaters selected for the 3-on-3 outdoor tournament, that is part of the BCHL All-Star weekend in Penticton, Jan. 20-21. More info here.

West Kelowna Warriors

GM & Head Coach: Simon Ferguson

2022-23: GP 17 12-3-2-0, 2nd Interior Conference

Home: 7-2-0-0

Away: 5-1-2-0

GF: 73

GA: 52

Power Play: 26.3%

Penalty Kill: 78.1%

Top Scorer: Jaiden Morello (8-11-19)

Top Scorer vs. Vees: 10 tied (1 pt)

Last 5 Games:

7-4 L @ Wenatchee (Nov. 12)

4-3 W vs. Vernon (Nov. 8) SO

8-1 W @ Merritt (Nov. 5)

4-3 W vs. Vernon (Nov. 4)

7-1 W vs. Salmon Arm (Oct. 29)

Last Game: The Warriors had their four-game win streak snapped last Saturday down south, losing 7-4 to the Wenatchee Wild. It was a testy affair, as the two teams combined for six game misconduct penalties in the third period alone. That third also included a fight and a match penalty. Four different Warriors scored in the loss. Goaltender Nicholas Cristiano stopped 27 of 34 shots in the loss. Alexi Van Houtte-Cachero is suspended for tonight’s game after receiving a major penalty for a Blow to the Head. Last season, the West Kelowna was 4-3-0-0

The Warriors return home tomorrow to face the Alberni Valley Bulldogs, then embark on a two-game trip up north to face the Prince George Spruce Kings next weekend to wrap up the month of November.