Penticton has found themselves once again on Top of the CJHL National Rankings for the 2nd week in a row. The Warriors had a week as an honourable mention, but dropped out of that after a 1-1 record over the past 7 days. Games against the Vees and Silverbacks this weekend could change that, although the rankings are the last thing on the Warriors mind ahead of Friday nights game.
The Vees have all 3 wins in the season series, including 1 in overtime. West Kelowna was happy with their play in the overtime loss, although they had a lead erased early in that one. They'll be a hungry hockey team when the puck drops.
Special Teams, we talk about it constantly but you'll see the top 2 power plays go head to head in the game. The difference between these two teams is that the Warriors have the 9th best PK, while the Vees PP is the top. The Warriors will hope that the opportunities are even throughout the game, as they enter with a Special Team differential of -27 (27 more times short-handed than on the power play) and is 2nd last in that category. Penticton enters with a +18, creating 18 more opportunities for themselves so far this season. The other teams in the bottom 4 for differential are Surrey (-28), Cowichan (-18), Prince George (-13), and Chilliwack (-9). It will be up to the Warriors to stay disciplined and keep their feet moving to try and get a couple more opportunities in the hockey game.
Keelan Williams is expected to start for the Warriors, coming in with a 2-1 record since acquiring him from Camrose. In the other net, it's a toss-up who starts, as the Warriors have seen both goaltenders this season, including Zach Driscoll the last 2 starts. The Vees have a +55 goal differential, but with only 39 allowed in 21 games, the goaltending and team defense has definitely been solid.
Penticton – 20-1-0-0
HOME – 10-0-0-0
ROAD – 10-1-0-0
Tyson Jost (18 G, 25 A)
Scott Conway (16 G, 25 A)
Easton Brodzinski (17 G, 10 A)
GF – 94
GA – 39
PP – 1st – 31 for 103 (30.1%)
PK – 1st – 78 for 85 (90.6%)
West Kelowna – 12-6-0-2
HOME – 9-3-0-1
ROAD – 3-3-0-1
Liam Blackburn (10 G, 17 A)
Jonathan Desbiens (11 G, 10 A)
Garrett Forster (8 G, 11 A)
GF – 71
GA – 63
PP – 2nd – 23 for 85 (27.1%)
PK – 9th – 89 for 112 (81.2%)
Next Game – Saturday November 14th @ Salmon Arm – 7 PM Shaw Center
Head-to-Head Lifetime – West Kelowna is 18-46-0-8 All-Time vs Penticton
Warriors are 9-22-0-5 vs Penticton at Home
This Season Head to Head: Warriors are 0-2-0-1.
September 19th – Penticton wins 4-1 in West Kelowna
October 9th – Penticton wins 4-3 in OT in Penticton
October 21st – Penticton wins 4-2 in Penticton