Mar 2014 14

Vees – Vipers Showdown For Interior Division

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Courtesy of Fraser Rodgers – Vees Play by Play
Photo courtesy of Cherie Morgan Photography.

The Penticton Vees and the Vernon Vipers will face-off in the BCHL Interior Conference best-of-seven series, starting Friday, March 14th at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

The Vees swept the Merritt Centennials in their first round match-up, while the Vipers took out the West Kelowna Warriors in six games. This will be the sixth time the two teams have met in the Fred Page Cup playoffs since 2005. The rivals last met in the 2010 Interior Conference Final, which the Vipers took in six games.

The season series between the two teams was close but the Vees bettered the Vipers, winning four of the seven meetings, including two of three at the SOEC. The Vees outscored the Vipers 24-18 in the season series.

Playoff Series Schedule
Game 1 March 14th (SOEC) 7pm
Game 2 March 15th (SOEC) 6pm
Game 3 March 17th (Kal-Tire Place) 7pm
Game 4 March 18th (Kal-Tire Place) 7pm
Game 5* March 20th (SOEC) 7pm
Game 6* March 21st (Kal-Tire Place) 7pm
Game 7* March 22nd (SOEC) 6pm
* If necessary

Cody DePourcq led the Vees in scoring against the Vipers in the regular season, picking up six goals and nine points in seven games. Brad McClure came in second with three goals and six points and Brett Beauvais finished with a goal and six points. Both Vees goalies split the season series versus Vernon and both finished with two wins each. Olivier Mantha was 2-2 against the Vipers, while maintaining a .904 save percentage. Hunter Miska was 2-1 with a .933 save percentage.

Game one of the Best-of-Seven Interior Conference Final goes Friday, March 14th at the SOEC; face-off is slated for 7pm

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