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Warriors head to Merritt and PG in tight BCHL race for first
In a tight race for top spot in the B.C. Hockey League Interior Division, the West Kelowna Warriors will head out on a two game road trip this weekend, looking to keep pace with the Penticton Vees as the BCHL comes down to the final dozen or so games in its regular season.
The Vees (30-13-2-4) broke a first place tie with a win on Wednesday night as Penticton doubled Trail 6-3 to inch two points ahead of the Warriors (29-13-3-3).
Penticton now leads West Kelowna by just two points the Interior Division where the top five teams are separated by just 11 points with Salmon Arm currently occupying the fourth and final playoff spot with Merritt just a point behind.
West Kelowna will play two road games this weekend, traveling first to Merritt (25-18-4-1) on Friday night to take on the Centennials before heading north to Prince George for a date with the Spruce Kings (28-15-3-2).
The Warriors are coming off a solid 5-2 win over Salmon Arm on Tuesday, snapping the Silverbacks five game winning streak and getting back into the win column after a pair of losses last weekend.
West Kelowna was missing several regulars in the win but it's expected some players will return on this weekend's road trip.
Andy Desautels, Braden Pears, Ryan Ivey, and Jordan Masters were all scratched for the game but may get back into the lineup soon.