GAME PREVIEW: Vees Host Warriors On Feed The Valley Night

PHOTO: Jack Murray

The Penticton Vees (42-8-0-2) play the first of their two-game weekend to conclude the regular season as they host the West Kelowna Warriors (35-16-1-0) for Feed The Valley Night on Friday night at the South Okanagan Events Centre.





Tuesday, November 23rd @ Royal LePage Place (6-3 Vees) (BOXSCORE)

Saturday, December 18th @ Royal LePage Place (5-2 Warriors) (BOXSCORE)

Wednesday, December 29th @ Royal LePage Place (4-3 Warriors) (BOXSCORE)

Friday, December 31st @ South Okanagan Events Centre (3-0 Vees) (BOXSCORE)

Saturday, January 1st @ Royal LePage Place (4-3 Warriors/SO) (BOXSCORE)

Friday, February 18th @ South Okanagan Events Centre (3-1 Vees) (BOXSCORE)

Friday, March 25th @ South Okanagan Events Centre (7:00 PM)

Penticton comes into the final weekend of the regular season looking to earn their third victory in a row following a 4-3 triumph over the Wenatchee Wild on Wednesday night at the Town Toyota Center. Bradly Nadeau, Luc Wilson, Casey McDonald and Josh Nadeau found the back of the net for the Vees in the win while Kaeden Lane turned aside 24 of the 27 shots thrown his way in his 28th win of the season.

The Vees and Warriors will complete their season series with tonight’s game with each team having won three games in the season set with Penticton having won the last matchup with a 3-1 victory over West Kelowna in mid-February. Josh Nadeau scored twice in the game while Josh Niedermayer added a second period goal in the win with Kaeden Lane making 15 saves on 16 shots for the win in net.

Vees Leading Scorers:

Luc Wilson (28-43-71)

Josh Nadeau (38-28-66)

Bradly Nadeau (18-24-42)

Brett Moravec (20-17-37)

Fin Williams (12-25-37)

A goal on Wednesday night pushed the point streak of Vees forward Luc Wilson, who now has points in five consecutive games. The University of Minnesota State-Mankato commit has collected goals in four of his last five games, scoring 5 markers in that span along with 6 assists for 11 points during his 5-game point streak. The Duncan, BC native has now earned 71 career goals and 176 points in his 180 career games played between the Vees and Cowichan Valley Capitals.

Collecting a goal and an assist in each of his last two games, Vees forward Bradly Nadeau hasp points in three of his last four games. The University of Maine commit has scored twice along with adding three assists for five points in his last four games while the 16-year-old sits 2nd inn the league in scoring from a 2005-born player, registering 18 goals and 24 assists for 42 opoints on the season.

The West Kelowna Warriors enter the game on Friday night as one of the hottest teams in the BCHL, having won 13 of their last 14 games including a 6-1 triumph over the Vernon Vipers on Sunday at Royal LePage Place. Tyler Cristall, Charles-Alexis Legault, Marcus Joughin, Tyson Jugnauth, Nick Roukounakis and Christophe Farmer found the back of the net while Johnny Derrick made 22 saves on 23 shots in his 23rd win of the season.

Warriors Leading Scorers:

Felix Trudeau (27-34-61)

Tyler Cristall (28-27-55)

Elan Bar-Lev-Wise (21-29-50)

Tyson Jugnauth (8-39-47)

John Evans (18-28-46)

During their stretch of 13 wins in 14 games, the Warriors come into Friday night’s contest with having won each of their last 8 games. West Kelowna has outscored their opposition y a by a 46-12 margin in their last eight games, including having scored at least five goals in every one of those matchups. With the recent surge of goal scoring, the Warriors have climbed to second in the BC Hockey League in goal scoring with 220 goals for this season, placing behind the Vees, who sit with 243 markers on the season.

Goals in three straight games for defender Charles-Alexis Legault snapped a stretch o being held pointless in nine consecutive games as the Boston University commit has compiled three goals and two assists in his last three games for five points. The second-year Warrior blueliner has also accumulated 66 penalty minutes this season, going to the penalty box in each of his last six games and eight of his last nine contests.

The Vees and Warriors play the seventh and final game of their seven-game season series on Friday night at the South Okanagan Events Centre. Puck drop is slated for 7:00 PM while tickets can be purchased at the Valley First Box Office as well as online at valleyfirsttix.com. Fans are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to donate for the Feed The Valley Night. Fans are also reminded that this is a make-up game and tickets that were issued for Wednesday, March 16th against the Warriors are valid for tonight’s game.