The Penticton Vees and the West Kelowna Warriors will face-off in one of two BCHL Interior Division Semi-Final best-of-seven series, starting Tuesday, March 2nd at the South Okanagan Events Centre (SOEC).
The Vees finished first in the Interior and the BCHL with a 44-9-3-2 record, ending the 2014-2015 regular season with six straight wins. The Vees captured the Ron Boileau trophy for the second time in four years, by finishing first in the BCHL with 93 points. The West Kelowna Warriors grabbed the fourth and final playoff spot in the final week of the season, by finishing with 29 wins and 66 points; they won five straight to end the regular season.
This is the second time in three years the Vees and Warriors have met in the post-season. They last squared-off in the Interior Division Final in 2013, with the Vees winning that series in five games.
The Vees had a decided edge in the seven-game seasonal series with West Kelowna, winning five of the seven games between the two rivals. The Warriors only two wins against the Vees came at the SOEC. The Vees won all three games at Royal LePage Place, outscoring the Tribe 19-6.
Oct 10th 4-3 Vees, SOEC
Oct 11th 4-0 Vees, Royal LePage Place
Nov 5th 3-2 Warriors, SOEC
Nov 29th 4-3 Warriors, SOEC
Dec 19th 4-2 Vees, SOEC
Dec 20th 7-2 Vees, Royal LePage Place
Jan 20th 8-4 Vees, Royal LePage Place
Playoff Series Schedule
Game 1 March 3rd (SOEC) 7pm
Game 2 March 4th (SOEC) 7pm
Game 3 March 6th (Royal LePage Place) 7pm
Game 4 March 7th (Royal LePage Place) 7pm
Game 5* March 9th (SOEC) 7pm
Game 6* March 10th (Royal LePage Place) 7pm
Game 7* March 11th (SOEC) 7pm
* If necessary
Also the Vees handed out their 2014-2015 player awards after their game Saturday against Salmon Arm. Pat Newell was the only multiple award winner, taking home Most Sportsmanlike and Top Scorer. Hunter Miska was named the team MVP and Matt Serratore won the Robert Skinner Courage Award.
Here’s the complete list:
Robert Skinner Courage Award: Matt Serratore (Cantex Okanagan)
Most Improved Player: Miles Gendron (Sherwood Sports)
Best Conditioned Athlete: Steen Cooper (Kirk Chamberlain & Associates)
Academic Achievement Award: Cam Amantea (Parkers Chrysler, Dodge Jeep)
Humanitarian Award: Jack Ramsey (Tom Bast Sports)
Unsung Hero: Riley Alferd (Lang Vineyards)
Most Inspirational Player: Patrick Sexton (Penticton Vees)
Fan Favourite Award: Cody DePourcq (Elliot Row 4 Her 4 Him)
Most Sportsmanlike: Patrick Newell (Grizzly Excavating)
Leading Scorer: Patrick Newell (Game Time Sports)
Vees Most Popular Player: Mitch Newsome (DMS & Ifex Canada Ltd.)
Best Defenseman Award: Gabe Bast (Penticton Alumni Hockey Club)
Rookie of the Year: Tyson Jost (BC Hockey Hall of Fame)
Playoff MVP: TBA
MVP: Hunter Miska (Making Cents Bookkeeping)
The Vees organization would like to thank their fans, sponsors and media partners for supporting them throughout the regular season. The Vees open the first round of the Fred Page Cup Playoffs Tuesday, March 3rd, against the West Kelowna Warriors at the SOEC; puck drop is 7pm. The Vees and the SOEC are teaming up by offering $3.50 beer & $2.50 fountain pop for both games one and two.
Check out the Vees Facebook page for photos from the event!