Photo: Jack Murray
Game Time: 7:00 pm PT
Radio: Bounce 800 am
Webcast: Hockey TV
GM & Head Coach: Fred Harbinson
2022-23: GP 23 23-0-0-0, 1st Interior Conference
Power Play: 36.9 (1)
Penalty Kill: 84.2% (2)
Top Scorer: Bradly Nadeau (24-24-48)
Top Scorer vs. Warriors: Josh Nadeau (4-7-11)
|Last 5 Games:||Next 5 Games:|
|7-1 W @ Alberni Valley (Nov. 25)||Dec. 9 @ Wenatchee, 7:05 pm|
|7-1 W @ Alberni Valley (Nov. 25)||Dec. 10 @ Cranbrook, 6:00 pm|
|5-3 W vs. Salmon Arm (Nov. 23)||Dec. 14 @ Merritt, 7:00 pm|
|4-1 W vs. Prince George (Nov. 19)||Dec. 16 vs. Wenatchee, 7:00 pm|
|11-2 W vs. West Kelowna (Nov. 18)||Dec. 17 @ West Kelowna, 7:00 pm|
Season Series vs. Warriors
10-3 W @ West Kelowna (Oct. 1)
4-1 W @ West Kelowna (Oct. 28)
11-2 W vs. West Kelowna (Nov. 18)
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
BCHL Stars of the Month: Josh and Bradly Nadeau were named the 1st and 2nd Stars for the month of November, the BCHL announced Thursday. Josh led the BCHL with 21 points in nine games, including a league-best 16 assists. Bradly had 17 points in nine games, including a league-best 11 goals. More info here.
Nic DeGraves Acquired: The Vees acquired 19-year-old forward Nic DeGraves from the Brooks Bandits in a three-team trade Wednesday. The Edmonton, AB product started the season with the Waterloo Blackhawks in the USHL. DeGraves won the 2022 Centennial Cup, the National Jr. ‘A’ Championship, last season with Brooks. More info here
Last Game: The Vees tied their second-longest win streak in franchise history last Saturday, with their 4-2 win over the Powell River Kings, at Hap Parker Arena. The Vees and Kings were tied 2-2 after one, before Penticton scored twice in the second period. The Vees scored three unanswered goals after trailing 2-1 in the first period. Hiroki Gojsic, Brett Moravec, Spencer Smith, and Frank Djurasevic scored in the win.
Tonight’s Game: Tonight, is the fourth game in the season series with the Warriors and second meeting at the SOEC. Penticton has outscored the Warriors 25-6 in three games. Penticton routed West Kelowna 11-2 in their last meeting on Nov. 18. Josh Nadeau leads the Vees with 11 points (4G, 7A) against the Warriors. Josh and brother Bradly are tied with four goals each against West Kelowna. Every player, outside of the goaltenders, has at least a single point against the Warriors. The Vees are welcoming back forward Dovar Tinling, who has missed the last five games due to injury. He hasn’t played essentially in 10 games, as he served a five-game suspension previously. In his first game back on Nov. 12 he got hurt on his first shift.
West Kelowna Warriors
GM & Head Coach: Simon Ferguson
2022-23: GP 22 14-6-2-0, 2nd Interior Conference
Power Play: 23.5% (5)
Penalty Kill: 75% (15)
Top Scorer: Jaiden Moriello (13-9-22)
Top Scorer vs. Vees: Felix Caron (1-1-2)
|Last 5 Games:||Next 5 Games:|
|4-3 W vs. Vernon (Dec. 2) SO||Dec. 7 vs. Prince George, 7:00 pm|
|4-3 W @ Prince George (Nov. 26)||Dec. 9 @ Cranbrook, 6:00 pm|
|2-1 L @ Prince George (Nov. 25)||Dec. 10 @ Trail, 7:00 pm|
|4-2 L vs. Alberni Valley (Nov. 19)||Dec. 11 @ Wenatchee, 6:05 pm|
|11-2 L @ Penticton (Nov. 18)||Dec. 16 @ Vernon, 7:00 pm|
Last Game: The Warriors posted their second consecutive win on Friday, earning a 4-3 shootout win over the Vernon Vipers at home. Jaiden Moriello tied the game late in the third to force overtime, then he scored the shootout winner. The Warriors led 1-0 after 20 minutes, before the Vipers scored three times in the second period, as they led 3-2 going into the third period. Moriello tied the game with just over three minutes left in regulation. Goaltender Justin Katz started the game but was replaced by Angelo Zol after the Vipers’ third goal in the second period. Zol stopped all 14 shots he faced the rest of the way, including all three shooters in the shootout.
It’s a busy stretch for the Warriors, as they are in the midst of playing six games in the next 10 days.
TIM HORTONS TEDDY BEAR TOSS
Tonight, is the Vees annual Teddy Bear Toss in support of the Salvation Army, proudly sponsored by Tim Hortons. Fans are encouraged to bring gently used or new warm winter outwear, along with stuffed toys, diaper, formula, infant / toddler clothing donations. All items collected from the ice will be donated to the Penticton Salvation Army, that has been serving the South Okanagan for 101 years. More info, click here.