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GAME PREVIEW: Vees Look For 10 Straight In Matchup Against Wild At BCHL Showcase Festival

PHOTO: Cherie Morgan/Cherie Morgan Photography

The Penticton Vees (9-0-0-0) look to make it 10 wins in a row to begin the season as they face-off against the Wenatchee Wild (5-2-1-1) to conclude the BCHL Showcase Festival, presented by Bauer, at the South Okanagan Events Centre on Saturday night.

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REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE vs. WENATCHEE

Friday, October 5th @ South Okanagan Events Centre (7:00 PM)

Friday, November 8th @ Town Toyota Center (7:05 PM)

Saturday, November 9th @ Town Toyota Center (7:05 PM)

Saturday, November 16th @ South Okanagan Events Centre (6:00 PM)

Wednesday, December 4th @ Town Toyota Center (6:00 PM)

Friday, February 21st @ South Okanagan Events Centre (7:00 PM)

Saturday, February 22nd @ South Okanagan Events Centre (6:00 PM)

Penticton enters the final game of the BCHL Showcase Festival, presented by Bauer, looking for their 10th straight win to open the season after a 1-0 victory over the Vernon Vipers on Friday night at the South Okanagan Events Centre. Cade Webber scored the lone goal in the game, late in the 1st period for the Vees to come away with the victory. Yaniv Perets posted his third straight shutout, stopping all 15 of the shots thrown his way in his 5th win of the season.

The Vees picked up two wins in their six-game season series against the Wild a year ago, dropping the first three games of the season set before collecting a pair of victories, one on the road in a shootout and the other with a regulation victory at home. Wenatchee finished off the season series with a 3-1 win on the road and completed a 4-2 record against the Vees for the 2018/19 campaign. 

Vees Leading Scorers:

Jay O’Brien (5-8-13)

Danny Weight (6-5-11)

Lukas Sillinger (2-8-10)

Tristan Amonte (6-3-9)

David Silye (3-6-9)

Yaniv Perets continues to dazzle, posting his third straight shutout and having not allowed a goal in his last 180:55 played. The Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec native currently leads the BCHL in goals against at just 0.80 and save percentage with a .967 margin. The Quinnipiac University commit also holds the league lead in shutouts with his three and has helped the Vees to lowest amount of goals allowed this season with just 14 surrendered in 9 games.

The point streak was kept alive for Vees forward Colton Kalezic on Friday night, posting an assist on the lone goal in the game and extending his point streak to four games. The Northern Michigan University commit has scored twice while adding three assists for five points over that span and currently sits 7th in scoring on the team with his seven points.

Preventing goals has been a strong part in the Vees game this season, limiting opponents to no goals at all in three of their last five games and the penalty kill has played a large part in that success as well. Going 2-for-2 on Friday night, Penticton’s PK sits at 90.3% on the season, ranking 3rd in the BCHL having killed off 28 of the 31 penalties they have taken.

The Wenatchee Wild enter Saturday night’s game after a 3-2 loss to the Salmon Arm Silverbacks on Friday night at the BCHL Showcase Festival, presented by Bauer at the SOEC. Luke Ormsby and Harrison Scott each found the back of the net for the Wild while Daniel Chenard kicked aside 18 of the 21 shots he faced in his 2nd regulation defeat of the season.

Wild Leading Scorers:

Nick Cafarelli (5-5-10)

Brian Adams (7-0-7)

Brett Chorske (4-1-5)

Tyler Young (1-4-5)

Trevor Griebel (1-3-4)

Wenatchee brings back six players from the team that made it to the Interior Division Final a season including captain and forward Brian Adams. Matt Dorsey and Hunter Hastings join Adams up front as returnees while Trevor Griebel, Dylan Herzog and Drake Usher remain on the backend. The Wild did make a pair of deals in the offseason that saw the team bring in former Chilliwack Chiefs goaltender Daniel Chenard as well as former Coquitlam Express forward Dallas Farrell.

The string of goal scoring came to an end for Wild captain Brian Adams, who saw his streak of consecutive games with a goal come to a close on Friday afternoon. The San Ramon, California native posted goals in four straight contests, tallying five times in that span and seven overall throughout the course of the season. Adams currently ranks 3rd in goal scoring in the BCHL and leads the Wild with his seven markers.

The experience in between the pipes was upgraded over the summer as Wenatchee acquired the services of goaltender Daniel Chenard from the Chilliwack Chiefs. The Waterloo, Ontario native is a National Champion, winning the RBC Cup with the Chiefs in 2017 and comes to Wenatchee with a wealth of experience. Chenard has posted a 2.47 GAA and a .910 SV% this season so far through 7 games played.

The Vees and Wild drop the puck at 7:00 PM from the South Okanagan Events Centre with tickets available at the SOEC Box Office as well as ValleyFirstTix.com. If you can’t make it to the rink, the game will be broadcasted live on EZ Rock AM 800 as well as HockeyTV.com beginning with the pre-game show at 6:40 PM with the Voice of the Vees, Trevor Miller.