Venue: Prospera Centre
Game Time: 7pm
Season Series: 1-1, Dec 14th
Vees Road Record: 17-5-1-2
Vees Record vs. Mainland Division: 9-0-1-0
Vees Leading Scorer: Lewis Zerter-Gossage 17-25-42
Chiefs Home Record: 10-11-0-1
Chiefs Record vs. Interior Division: 6-1-1-1
Chiefs Leading Scorer: Craig Puffer 24-22-46
Friday is the start of a three-game Mainland / Island Division road trip for the Penticton Vees, who visit Chilliwack, Powell River and Alberni Valley and in just two and a half days. The Vees start in Chilliwack tonight, as they face the Mainland Division leading Chiefs at Prospera Centre.
The Vees are coming off 3-2 overtime loss to Trail last Saturday on the road. The Vees did have a 2-0 lead early in the third period, before the Smoke Eaters scored three straight, including Jake Lucchini scoring the game-tying and game-winning goals.
The Chiefs also lost in overtime, 3-2, in Coquitlam on Wednesday and four of their last five games have gone past regulation. The Chiefs have won three of their last five games and have picked up seven out of a possible 10 points.
This is the second and final meeting between the Vees and Chiefs, as they met in Penticton in December. The two non-divisional opponents played to a 1-1 tie back on Sunday, December 14th at the SOEC; one of the more entertaining games at the SOEC this season.
The good news about a Vees loss? They’re 7-1-0-0 the game after a loss, outscoring their opponents 33-18. The Vees last loss was back on January 16th in Merritt and they won 6-3 the following night in Trail.
More good news is the return of Matt Serratore to the line-up. The 20-year-old had been sidelined since November 22nd with a broken ankle. Serratore will be reunited with line-mates Riley Alferd and Jack Ramsey.
The start of the road trip won’t be easy, as the Chiefs have the most home wins (17) in the Mainland Division and only Penticton, Vernon and Nanaimo have more home wins. The Chiefs are also 6-1-1-0 against the Interior and an impressive 4-0-0-0 at home against Interior opponents.
The Vees have had the Mainland’s number this season, as they sport 9-0-1-0 in 10 games; 5-0-0-0 on the road.
Hunter Miska will get the start in net for the Vees and owns a 27-8-2 record, with a 1.89 goals-against average and .929 save-percentage.
Chilliwack will counter with 19-year-old David Jacobson in goal. The former USHL’er is 3-4-0 in seven starts with 3