Penticton Vees players Ryan O’Connell, left, and Joseph Leahy vie for a loose puck with Nanaimo Clippers opponent Cal Babych during Friday’s BCHL game at Nanaimo’s Frank Crane Arena.                                Greg Sakaki/Black Press

Penticton Vees players Ryan O’Connell, left, and Joseph Leahy vie for a loose puck with Nanaimo Clippers opponent Cal Babych during Friday’s BCHL game at Nanaimo’s Frank Crane Arena. Greg Sakaki/Black Press

Vees gunning for number one spot

Penticton Vees sit in second place in the BCHL Interior Division

The Penticton Vees are looking to extend their winning streak to 11 games as they face the Salmon Arm Silverbacks on Wednesday night at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

Posting road wins on the weekend over the Nanaimo Clippers (2-1) and Port Alberni Bulldogs (5-2) has pushed the Vees (20-5-1-2) up the Interior Division standings. They now sit in second place, just three points behind the Vernon Vipers, and with four games in hand on the Vipers

The last place team in the Interior Division, the Silverbacks (12-15-3-0), visited the SOEC on Nov. 24, losing in overtime thanks to Owen Sillinger who scored just 42 seconds into the extra period.

The Vees beat them, 6-2 the other time they met this season, in September.

Ice Chips

The Vees will continue to be without defencemen Jonny Tychonick and Ryan O’Connell who made the Canada West team for the World Junior A Challenge.

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