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Vees crush Trail at home


The Penticton Vees down The Trail Smoke Eaters with a final score of 8-1 tonight at the South Okanagan Events Centre (SOEC). Goals from Nick Jones, Demico Hannoun (2), Mitch Brooks, Scott Conway (2), Desi Burgart and Taylor Ward! Check out the clip of Taylor Ward's goal provided by Optikon.GO VEES GO!

Posted by Penticton VEES on Saturday, November 28, 2015

The Penticton Vees were well rested and had plenty of energy Saturday, and that was too much for the road weary Trail Smoke Eaters, as the Vees rolled over the Smokies 8-1 Saturday night at the SOEC.

Scott Conway paced the attack with two goals and four points, Demico Hannoun bagged a pair of goals as well and 13 players registered a point in the Vees win.

Zach Driscoll stopped 27 of 28 shots to improve to a 9-1 on the year and has won all three of his starts against Trail.

Evan MacEachern scored the only goal for the Smokies, who’ve now been outscored 26-6 in four games against Penticton this year, and are in the midst of six straight games on the road.

Nicholas Jones opened the scoring just 64-seconds into the game, as he scored his fourth of the season at the side of the net on a pass from Scott Conway. Conway then set up the Vees’ second goal later in the period on their first power play.

Conway threw a pass back across the goalmouth to Demico Hannoun at the side of the net, and he tapped-in his 10th at 14:22.

The Vees then blew the game wide open in the second, scoring three goals in two and a half minutes.

First, Taylor Ward scored his first of the year off the rush at 2:56. Ward fired a laser over the goalie’s glove from the right-wing that rattled of the underneath of the cross-bar.

Then, on the next shift, Mitch Brooks got his third of the year on a delayed penalty.

Brooks, wide open out front, took a pass, spun and fired through the wickets of Trail’s Bailey MacBurnie at 3:22.

Conway then turned scorer, coming down the left-wing and firing a rising shot in top corner, on the far-side at 5:24; that goal spelt the end of MacBurnie’s night, as he was replaced by Linden Marshall.

After a Trail power-play goal made it 5-1, Conway was at it again, getting one back for the Vees. Dante Fabbro’s point-shot was stopped, but Conway pounced on the juicy rebound in front at 19:02; his second and 22nd on the year.

Penticton added to their lead in the third, scoring two more to put the game well out of reach.

Demico Hannoun picked up his second of the night after he blazed a trail down the left-wing. Hannoun, at full speed, broke hard to the net and flipped a shot over the goalie’s glove on the far-side at 12:36 for his 11th.

Desi Burgart put the finishing touches on the Vees’ 26th win with his third goal at 18:42, going upstairs from the left-wing circle.

The Vees have now won 18 consecutive regular season home games dating back to February 11th, 2015 of last season; they’ve won all 13 games at the SOEC this year.

Scott Conway extended his point streak to 25-games and Tyson Jost’s streak now sits at 16-games. Jost took over the BCHL scoring lead Saturday with his assist, as he now has 57 points in 28 games. Dante Fabbro move into a tie for fourth in league scoring with three points tonight; he’s got 37 in 22 games.

Penticton (26-2-0-0) continues their five-game home stand Wednesday, when they face the Merritt Centennials (9-19-0-2) at the SOEC; puck drop is 7pm. 


Warriors fall in road finale

The Langley Rivermen were too much for the road-weary West Kelowna Warriors.

The Rivermen snapped a 1-1 tie with three straight goals in registering a 4-2 win over the Warriors.

West Kelowna finished 2-1 on its three game road trip after previous wins over Wentachee and Surrey.

Torrin White had a goal and two assists for the Rivermen while Max Kaufman and Matthew Graham each chipped in with a pair of assists.

After White opened the scoring early in the first, Garrett Forster got the Warriors back on even terms 2:26 into the second.

Langley assumed the lead for good a minute later before Adam Sinclair upped the lead to 3-11 in the final minute of the second, just 10 seconds after a Warriors power-play had expired.

Langley increased the lead to 4-1 early in the third before Liam Blackburn connected on a Warriors power-play in the final minute.

Keelan Williams turned aside 25 shots in a losing cause as the Warriors outshot Langley 35-29.

The Warriors return home to host Trail Tuesday and Cowichan Valley Friday.


Road Warriors clip Eagles

Make it two-for-two on their current three game road trip.

The West Kelowna Warriors scored four unanswered goals in the second period and held on for a 6-4 win over the Surrey Eagles Friday.

Connor Sodergren had a goal and two assists to pace the Warriors with singles going to Kristian Blumenschein, Rylan Yaremko, Kyler Hope, Brett Mennear and Reed Gunville with his first in the BC Hockey League scored for the Warriors.

Bryan Nelson, Garrett Forster and Jonathan Desbiens each chipped in with a pair of assists.

The Warriors trailed 2--1 after one but poured it on in the second.

Blumenscheim got the ball rolling in the middle frame, tying the game at 2-2 just 31 seconds in.

Power-play goals from Yaremko and Hope before the mid-point of the period put the Warriors up by two before Mennear stretched the lead two minutes after Hope's tally.

Gunville, second on the team with 17 assists, finally potted his first early in the third to put the game out of reach.

The Eagles scored a pair of late goals to make the final score look a little more respectable.

Aidan Doak, filling in for injured backup Stephen Heslop, turned aside 18 shots for his first BCHL victory.

Former Warrior netminder Forbes Ploszaj stopped just 18 of 23 shots before being pulled following Mennear's tally.

The win keeps the Warriors three points in back of second place Salmon Arm in the Interior Division.

The Warriors conclude their three game road trip Saturday night in Langley.

They return home to host Trail Tuesday and Cowichan Valley Friday.


Warriors tame Wild turkey

It was less than a happy Thanksgiving for the Wentachee Wild.

Kyler Hope had a goal and an assist to led the West Kelowna Warriors past the lone U.S. franchise in the BC Hockey League on U.S. Thanksgiving.

Liam Blackburn had a pair of helpers to match Hope's two point night.

Tanner Campbell, Connor Sodergren and Jonathan Desbiens also scored for the Warriors who held a 4-1 lead in the third before the Wild scored twice late to make the last few moments interesting.

The Warriors jumped out to a 2-0 first period lead on goals from Campbell and Sodergren.

After the hosts cut the deficit to one, Desbiens buried his team leading 14th on a power-play to restore the two goal lead.

Hope scored what stood up as the game winner with a shorthanded effort midway through the final period.

Late goals from Matthew Baker on a power-play and Mike Coyne gave the Wild some life but they were unable to get the equalizer past Keelan Williams.

A final minute scramble would not go the Wild way, as the Warriors open up their road trip with a 4-3 victory.

The outshot Wenatchee 37-26 in completing the two-game sweep of the expansion Wild.

The Warriors continue their three-game Coastal Division road trip Friday in Surrey and Saturday in Langley.


Vees defeat Vipers

Scott Conway scored the game-tying and game-winning goals, in the Penticton Vees 4-3 come-from-behind overtime win against the Vernon Vipers, Wednesday at the SOEC.

Conway redirected a point-shot into the Vernon net with 96-seconds left in regulation to force OT, and then he won it just over three minutes into four-on-four, as the Vees kept their perfect home record intact.

The Vees were down 3-1 seven-minutes into the third period, but Chris Gerrie and Conway scored 10-minutes apart to get the Vees to the extra frame.

Nicholas Jones scored the Vees other regulation goal, and Anthony Brodeur stopped 27 of 30 shots for his 16th win.

Christian Cakebread scored twice for the Vipers and Griffin James added another, as Vernon couldn't hold onto three separate leads.

Andrew Shortridge was tagged with the loss, stopping 28 of 32 Vees shots.

 The Vipers got on the board first, four-minutes into the first period after James hammered a point shot through a crowd in front of Brodeur.

The failed clearing attempt came right to James who went upstairs at 4:17.

The Vees best chance in the first came short-handed and on a two-on-one rush.

However, Dante Fabbro couldn't get his cross-ice pass on the stick of Demico Hannoun at the side of the net.

Vernon added to their lead early in the second and on a power-play.

Odeen Tufto was stopped from the slot but Cakebread popped in the rebound over Brodeur at 5:49; the Vees down two early in the middle frame.

The Vees power-play had an answer right away, as they came back and scored 49-seconds after the Vipers tally. Jones tipped in Fabbro's slap-shot from the point at 6:38; his third made it 2-1.

Penticton had another power-play late in the second and they were a few inches away from tying it. Conway had his one-timer from the right-wing knocked down in the crease by a diving Shortridge. Penticton trailed going into the third period for just the fourth time this season. 

Cakebread gave the Vipers their second two-goal lead and again it was early, just seven-minutes into the third. After an odd carom off the boards, the Vipers grabbed the puck and had numbers down-low, and Cakebread tapped-in a backdoor pass at 6:41.

Cue the comeback. 
Gerrie got it started 74-seconds after the Vipers third goal, as he was the one to pounce on a loose puck in front of the Vernon net.

Shortridge made two great saves in tight at the post but the puck came back out front to Gerrie, who put it up and over a sprawled Shortridge at 7:55; his ninth cutting the deficit to one.

Then, with less than 90-seconds remaining in regulation, the Vees found a way to tie it with the goalie pulled. The puck came back to Griffin Mendel at the point and his wrist-shot was tipped in front by Conway at 18:24. The goal was originally credited to Mendel but upon review, Conway got his lumber on the shot; setting the stage for his OT heroics.

Late in four-on-four, Tyson Jost dropped the puck to Conway on the boards and he did the rest, moving to the middle and snapping a wrist-shot on the short-side, over the glove of Shortridge at 3:07; his 21st and third OT-winner.

  • Final Score: 4-3 Vees (OT)
  • Shots: 32-30 Vees
  • Power-Plays: Vees 1-5 Vipers 1-3
  • Conway extended his point streak to 24-games with his two goals and Jost extended his to 15-games with his two assists.
  • The Vees are now 5-0 in overtime this year and 12-0-0 at the SOEC.
  • Tonight marks the first loss for Vernon in nine games when carrying a lead into the third

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