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It’s a Thanksgiving long weekend clash between two Okanagan rivals at the SOEC tonight. The Vees, searching for their ninth straight win, host their neighbours to the north, the West Kelowna Warriors; puck drop is 7 pm.
The Vees won their eighth in a row Wednesday, coming from behind to beat the Trail Smoke Eaters 5-3. It wasn’t the Vees best performance of the season, as they trailed 2-1 heading into the third period, before they erupted for four goals over the final 20-minutes.
Scott Conway scored twice, Tyson Jost and Owen Sillinger scored short-handed markers and Jason Lavallee picked up his second in as many games. Anthony Brodeur got his sixth straight win, making 25 saves to remain undefeated on the young season.
This is the second meeting of the season between these two teams, as the Vees took the season series opener back on September 19th, 4-1 in West Kelowna. After tonight they play back here at the SOEC on Wednesday, October 21st.
The Vees were without Dante Fabbro and Gabe Bast on Wednesday, as both defensemen sat out with lower-body injuries. Bast hasn’t played since the Vees win in Chilliwack on September 25th. Fabbro will likely play tonight but it appears Bast will miss his fifth straight game.
Zach Driscoll will get the start tonight in goal and is making his first start at the SOEC. In his Vees debut last Saturday in Prince George, Driscoll stopped 22 of 24 shots in the 5-2 win.
The Warriors have alternated wins and losses in their last three games and are coming off a 3-2 OT setback at home on Tuesday at the hands of the Coquitlam Express. Charlie Barrow was a pain in the rear end for the Tribe, as the Express forward scored the game-tying and game-winning goals on Tuesday.
West Kelowna is also banged up on the blue-line as both Jake Harrison and Kristian Blumenschein won’t play tonight. Harrison was hurt in Tuesday’s game and Blumenschein was put on the 30-day IR retroactive to September 23rd.
Forbes Ploszaj will get the start for the Warriors tonight, as they’ve made some changes in their crease. Daniel Mannella was traded back to Ontario and the team signed 20-year-old Stephen Heslop from the Princeton Posse.