The Penticton Vees have released its 2014-15 BCHL schedule.
The BCHL calendar had been pushed back this season, as the puck drops on Sept. 19 with the third installment of the Bauer BCHL Showcase in Chilliwack. The Vees play the Surrey Eagles on Sept. 19 and the Alberni Valley Bulldogs on Sept. 20 at Prospera Centre.
The traditional BCHL schedule starts on Sept.26 and 27. The Vees play 58 regular season games, 28 home games and 28 road games, with one home and road game taking place at the Bauer BCHL Showcase.
Save the date. The Vees 2014-2015 Home Opener is on Friday, October 3 at the South Okanagan Events Centre (SOEC), as they welcome their North Okanagan neighbours, the Salmon Arm Silverbacks.
The Vees have expanded their successful “Wicked Wednesday” promotion, as they’ll have eight Wednesday home games this season, the first on October 8 when they tangle with the Merritt Centennials. Once again, those nights will feature discounted tickets, food, beer and soft drinks, plus significant raffle giveaways.
The first encounter with the Vernon Vipers is set for October 17 in Vernon, a rematch of the 2014 Interior Division Final. Vees fans get their first look at the Vipers on October 25.
Penticton’s first Island road swing is set for early November, when they hop on the ferry to face Victoria, Nanaimo and Cowichan Valley November 7-9. Their other significant road trip is in early February when they make stops in Chilliwack, Powell River and Alberni Valley on the sixth, seventh and eighth.
The Vees Christmas break is from December 21 to January 2 as the face the West Kelowna Warriors in a home-and-home series before breaking for the holiday season. The Vees ring in the New Year at the SOEC on January 2 against the Vipers.
The Vees have two matinee games on the calendar at the SOEC. The first matinee is scheduled for December 14 against Chilliwack and then again on January 11 versus Prince George.
The Vees wrap up the regular season, the way they started it, hosting the Silverbacks, on February 28. The BCHL regular season concludes the following night on March 1.
In total the Vees have 10 Friday home games, eight on both Saturdays and Wednesdays and two on Sundays. Friday & Wednesday home games are 7pm starts. Saturdays again are scheduled for 6pm, with the two Sunday games schedule for 3pm.