- The Kids are Alright: The Vees are getting significant contributions from their two youngest players. Dante Fabbro leads the Vees defensemen in scoring with two goals and seven points in as many games. Fabbro has two goals and four points in his last three games, including a goal and an assist in Wednesday’s 4-2 win over Merritt. Tyson Jost leads the Vees in scoring with four goals and 10 points and his four goals have him tied with three other Vees for the team lead. Two great starts for the Vees two 16-year-old rookies.
- Passing the Litmus Test, So far: The Vees are in the heart of a five game stretch against divisional opponents and so far, they’re passing with flying colours. The Vees have won three in a row, two against Salmon Arm and most recently against Merritt. This weekend, it’s a twin bill against another familiar foe in the West Kelowna Warriors. The Tribe is in the Vees rear-view mirror, just two points back of the Division leading Vees. A win tonight creates that much more breathing room.
- Missing Their Veterans: The Vees again will be without Co-Captain Patrick Sexton who’s sidelined with an upper-body injury. Sexton will likely be joined by the Vees other Co-Captain in Cody DePourcq, who took a spill Wednesday and did not return to action.
- Don’t get Blackburn’ed: The Warriors’ Liam Blackburn leads the BCHL in scoring with 16 points in seven games. In fact, Blackburn has registered at least a single point in every Warriors game thus far. He’s had multi-point games in five of seven games this season, including a goal and an assist in their win last Saturday against Cowichan Valley (5-2).
- Silencing The Warriors Big Guns: Blackburn, along with Jason Cotton, Jonathan Desbiens and Jordan Masters account for 54 percent of West Kelowna’s scoring (17 of 31 team goals). The Vees did a good job of keeping Merritt’s top two lines at bay on Wednesday and they’ll be challenged with the same task tonight.