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*Broadcast starts at 5:15pm PST; puck drop 5:30pm PST
The Penticton Vees and Merritt Centennials wrap-up their respective BCHL pre-season schedules this afternoon at the SOEC. These two Interior Division foes will meet seven times in the BCHL regular season but today is the first opportunity for the two teams to measure up with one another.
The Vees come in with a 1-2-0-0 record in exhibition, splitting a home-and-home set with the West Kelowna Warriors last weekend. The Cents’ are 3-1-0-0 in exhibition play, their only loss coming last Saturday, September 6th, a 4-2 setback in Trail. They posted wins of 6-5 (OT) AND 7-2 over West Kelowna in a back-to-back set during the September long weekend, and outscored Trail 7-5 last Friday in the first of two against the Smokies.
After today, both teams open the BCHL regular season at the Bauer Showcase in Chilliwack September 19th-21st.
Broadcast Notes: Trevor Miller and myself will have the call of this afternoon’s game on Fasthockey and mixlr.com starting at 5:15pm. Guests include both Fred Harbinson and Merritt’s Luke Pierce in the pre-game show. In the intermissions I chat with Hunter Miska and Calgary Flames GM and former Penticton Knight Brad Treliving.