The Wenatchee Wild, entering their fourth season in the British Columbia Hockey League, have established a healthy rivalry with their nearest geographical opponent, the Penticton Vees. The two clubs will wrap up their preseason schedules with a home-and-home weekend series, beginning Friday night at 7:05 pm in the iFIBER Rink in Wenatchee, then moving to the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton, BC on Saturday at 6:00 pm.
In Wenatchee’s first three seasons in the BCHL, it’s been the Wild and the Vees who have enjoyed most success. Each team has won a Fred Page Cup Championship, and the Ron Boileau Memorial Trophy for best regular season record has been passed back and forth. Interestingly, two years ago the Wild had the best record but the Vees won the Cup, and last year the Vees had the best record but the Wild won the Cup.
When the Wild first joined the BCHL, they were in the Mainland Division and only faced Penticton twice a year. After moving into the Interior Division last year, the Wild and Vees saw each other six times. Overall, each team has won 5 of the 10 games they’ve played. They’ve yet to meet in the postseason.
Friday’s preseason game begins at 7:05 pm. Tickets are sold exclusively at the door, and all seats are $10 general admission. Saturday’s game in Penticton will start at 6:00 pm, and will be streamed live on HockeyTV.com.
Wenatchee opens the regular season with their first eleven games on the road, beginning Sept. 7 at the Vernon Vipers. The Wild Home Opener will be Friday October 12 against the Nanaimo Clippers, and will feature the unveiling of the Championship Banners, a Ring Ceremony, and more.