The Penticton Vees are healthy and ready to go.

The Vees (21-4-0-2) host the league-leading Salmon Arm Silverbacks (22-4-1-0) tonight in a battle for first place in the BCHL.

Game time is 6:30 p.m. at the South Okanagan Events Center.

With each team having played 27 games, Salmon Arms holds the top spot by one point.

“They’re 11-0-0-1 on the road and we’re 13-0-0-1 at home so it’s going to be quite a battle,” Vees coach Fred Harbinson said in an interview with The Herald, Tuesday.

In the only game of the season between the two, Salmon Arm won 4-3 in an overtime shootout on December 10 at SOEC.

Last week, the Vees were among the teams whose games were postponed due to COVID security measures.

On Tuesday, the league announced that its Road Show event scheduled for Feb. 26-27 at Burns Lakes will be postponed until next season.

“We are healthy and ready to go,” Harbinson said. “We still have a few injuries but other than that from a health point of view we’ve been training hard the last few days and everyone is feeling great.”

The Vees just added Brady Smith, a 16-year-old Saskatchewan Midget AAA defenseman, before Monday’s trade deadline.

The 6’3, 170-pound defenseman is expected to be in the lineup tonight.

Tickets for tonight’s Wicked Wednesday promotion are $ 10 and are available at:

Participation is limited to 2,500 fans and proof of vaccination must be provided.