The Penticton Vees bested the West Kelowna Warriors 7-1 on Thursday night.

Fans saw a rare hat-trick from Vees’ forward Tyler Ho, as he scored all three of his goals short-handed.

“It was a special achievement for him.”

The Warriors opened the scoring at the 3:13 mark in the first period, but it was all Penticton afterwards.

The Vees scored seven unanswered in the second and third periods, as they routed the Warriors in game one of a best-of-seven series.

“We played with a lot of energy,” said Harbinson.

It was ultimately a one-sided affair, with the Vees peppering the Warriors goaltender with 43 shots on net. Warriors managed a total of 23 shots.

The win gives Penticton the upper-hand in the Interior Division quarter-final.

The puck drops at 7 p.m. on Friday night for game two at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

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