The Vees battle West Kelowna earlier in the season, the club has drawn West Kelowna as their first round match-up of the 2020 BCHL playoffs. (Cherie Morgan photo)

The Vees battle West Kelowna earlier in the season, the club has drawn West Kelowna as their first round match-up of the 2020 BCHL playoffs. (Cherie Morgan photo)

Penticton Vees to open first round of playoffs against West Kelowna

Penticton will come into the series as heavy favourites against the Warriors.

Buckle up, the first round of the Penticton Vees’ playoff schedule has been set.

The Vees will take on the West Kelowna Warriors in the Interior Division quarter finals to kick off the 2020 BCHL playoffs. Game one is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27 at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

This will mark the sixth time the Vees and Warriors have met in the playoffs, with Penticton coming out on top in all but one of the previous battles. The Vees hold an 18-8 all-time playoff record against the Warriors.

Penticton swept the regular season series between the two teams, winning all six match-ups and outscoring West Kelowna 28 to 12 in the process.

READ MORE: Meet the ultimate Penticton Vees fan

As the first-place seed in the Interior Division the Vees will have home ice advantage against the sixth seed Warriors. The Vees come into the series as heavy favourites, currently boasting a 42-12-1-1 record with two games remaining in the regular season, while the Warriors sit almost 50 points back with a record of 14-33-6-3.

Games one and two will take place at the South Okanagan Events Centre before the series shifts to Royal LePage Place for games three and four.

The first round schedule in it’s entirety is as follows:

  • Game one: Thursday, Feb. 27, 7 p.m. @ South Okanagan Events Centre
  • Game two: Friday, Feb. 28, 7 p.m. @ South Okanagan Events Centre
  • Game three: Sunday, March 1, 3 p.m. @ Royal LePage Place
  • Game four: Tuesday, March 3, 7 p.m. @ Royal LePage Place
  • Game five: Wednesday, March 4, 7 p.m. @ South Okanagan Events Centre*
  • Game six: Saturday, March 7, 7 p.m Royal LePage Place*
  • Game seven: Monday, March 9, 7 p.m @ South Okanagan Events Centre*

*If necessary

Playoff tickets will be on sale at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20 at the Valley First Box Office as well as online at ValleyFirstTix.com.

The Vees will conclude their regular season with a pair of back-to-back home games against the Wenatchee Wild, beginning the night of Friday, Feb. 21. Puck drop is at 7 p.m.

READ MORE: Penticton Vees clinch overtime win against Bulldogs

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