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GAME DAY: Vees host Chiefs in BCHL Preseason finale


Today’s game will be broadcast on Hockey TV, starting with the pre-game show at 1:50 pm. Tickets are just $10 for adults and seniors. Local youth under 19 are FREE, courtesy of Peters Brothers Construction.

Penticton Vees

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Preseason Schedule:

September 9th, vs. Vernon Vipers (2-1 SOL)

September 16th at Vernon Vipers. (5-3 W)

September 17th vs. Chilliwack Chiefs, 2:00 pm- SOEC


The Vees picked up their first win of the preseason Friday with a 5-3 road victory over the Vernon Vipers at Kal Tire Place. Penticton trailed 3-2 heading into the third period, but scored three unanswered goals from Ben Brunette, Dovar Tinling, and Frank Djurasevic. Djurasevic was named the game’s first start after his three-point (1G, 2A) effort. Hank Levy picked up the win net for the Vees, as the Salt Lake City, UT product stopped 22 of 25 shots in the Penticton crease.

Today, Penticton plays their final exhibition game before their 2022-23 regular season opener against the Trail Smoke Eaters next Friday, September 23rd, at the SOEC.

Penticton will start Luca Di Pasquo in net, as he makes his second appearance of the BCHL preseason. He was excellent in the 2-1 shootout loss to the Vipers on September 9th. Josh Nadeau makes his preseason debut after miss the first two games with a lower body injury. Nadeau was the Vees’ top scorer a season ago when he had 40 goals in 54 regular season games.


Chilliwack Chiefs

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Preseason Schedule:

September 7th vs. Merritt Centennials (4-2 L)

September 9th vs. West Kelowna Warriors (9-7 L)

September 10th vs. Powell River (5-2 L)

September 16th at Merritt Centennials (4-0 L)

September 17th at Penticton Vees, 2:00 pm


The Chiefs are playing their final preseason game and are in search of their first win. Chilliwack is winless in their four exhibition tilts, including Friday’s 4-0 loss in Merritt. The Chiefs finished second in the Coastal Conference a season ago with 33 wins and 70 points in 54 games. Over the summer they have moved on their top four scorers from last season, but back is AJ Lacroix who had 40 points (21G, 19A) in 53 games. On the blue line, Chilliwack is led by Vegas Golden Knights prospect Abram Wiebe who is their Captain this season. Wiebe had 31 points (2G, 29A) in 54 games last year.

19-year-old Cole Savage is back between the pipes and will share duties with 18-year-old Austin McNicholas. Savage last season posted an 8-7-3-0 record, a 2.91 GAA, and .886 SV% in 20 games.