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A hat trick and near shot-out victory extended the Penticton Vees season win streak to 22 games, earning a 7-1 victory over the Alberni Valley Bulldogs on Friday at the Alberni Valley Multiplex.
Jackson Nieuwendyk recorded his second career hat-trick in the win and was named the first star. Spencer Smith, Frank Djurasevic and both Nadeau brothers also scored. Ethan Mann and Brett Moravec each had two assists. Six of the Vees’ seven goals were scored at even strength.
Luca Di Pasquo was less than four minutes away from his second shutout, but still picked up his 16th win and was very sharp, as he stopped 21 of 22 shots fired his way.
It was a scoreless first period, but Penticton scored four times in the second to make up for it. Spencer Smith had the first goal just before the five-minute mark, before being followed by goals from Frank Djurasevic and Jackson Nieuwendyk, who scored 41 seconds apart.
Josh Nadeau made it 4-0 near the midway point of the period, taking a loose puck in the crease after a shoot-in from centre ice bounced out in front and settled in the net.
Just 10 seconds into the third period, Bradly Nadeau followed up his brother's goal with his own to make it 5-0. Brett Moravec dropped the puck to Bradly's right of the opening face-off and his one-timer found the top corner.
Nieuwendyk grabbed his second of the night five minutes into the last period when he took a puck from a Bulldog behind their net and quickly stuffed it inside the far post on a wraparound.
Alberni Valley spoiled Di Pasquo’s shutout bid with a power play goal by Matt Kursonis at to make it 6-1. But the Vees answered right back.
Nieuwendyk scored his third goal, on the power play, with just 31 seconds left in play to put the Vees up 7-1. The 20-year-old put the puck under the goalie’s glove from the face-off circle.
The Vees next game is Saturday night against the Powell River Kings at 7 p.m.
The West Kelowna Warriors losing streak has reached a season-high four games.
The Prince George Spruce Kings Friday scored late in the second and early in the third, then hung on for a 2-1 victory over the Warriors in the first of back-to-back games in the northern city.
The Warriors managed just 16 shots on Spruce Kings netminder Jordan Fairlie, including only two in the final period as Prince George shut things down once they gained the lead.
Jaiden Moriello got the Warriors on the board first with his team-leading 12th of the season. It was the only puck they would get past Fairlie on the night.
Austin Fraser beat Justin Katz with 68 seconds left in the second, then scored his second of the night 42 seconds into the third with the Warriors down a man.
The defence took over the rest of the night.
The Spruce Kings scored once on their four power plays while the Warriors went scoreless on their four opportunities.
The win vaulted Prince George into sole possession of second in the Interior Conference, two points up on the Warriors.
West Kelowna get a chance to even the score when the two teams meet again Saturday night in Prince George.
Photo: Cherie Morgan/Cherie Morgan Photography
The Penticton Vees earned their 21st straight win with a come-from-behind victory against the Salmon Arm Silverbacks on Wednesday night at the South Okanagan Events Centre.
The game kicked off with a 2-0 first period deficit for the Vees, as CJ Foley and Jayden Grier scored Salmon Arm.
The Vees started to come back in the second period when Josh Nadeau scored on the power play at 2:34.
Salmon Arm replied with a power play goal from Ethan Ullrick ten minutes later, once again gaining their two goal advantage midway through the frame.
Penticton then got back-to-back power plays late in the second period and got back-to-back goals from Bradly Nadeau. Bradly made it 3-2 coming on a 5-on-3 power play, then his second during an extender man advantage, after the Silverbacks were handed a four-minute high-sticking penalty.
Aydar Suniev scored his two goals in the third period, with his first on another Vees’ power play. Bradly fired a cross-ice pass over to Suniev for the one-timer.
His next goal put the game away, firing on a breakaway with five minutes to go. Thomas Pichette used a lob pass down ice from his own end to spring Suniev on the breakaway, for a final score of 5-3.
The Vees' next game will take place on Friday, Nov. 26 against the Alberni Valley Bulldogs at 7 p.m.
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Photo: Wayne Moore
The Alberni Valley Bulldogs erased a 2-0 deficit with four unanswered goals, skating to a 4-2 victory over the West Kelowna Warriors Saturday at Royal LePage Place.
Trailing 2-0 and being badly outplayed, the Bulldogs drew even with nearly identical goals 75 seconds apart past the midway point of the first.
Nicholas Beneteau tipped home a point shot on a power play to cut the deficit to one, then a minute 15 seconds later Matt Kursonis deflected a point shot past Angelo Zol to even the score at 2-2.
Cam VanSickle scored what proved to be the winner seven minutes into the second. He found himself all alone in front of Zol, waited and deked to the backhand to give the Bulldogs their first lead of the night.
They iced it into an empty net.
The Warriors, embarrassed 11-2 in Penticton Friday, came out like gangbusters, forced the Bulldogs into early penalty trouble and took advantage.
Chris Duclair opened the scoring with a one-timer from the slot with Bulldogs netminder Hobie Hedquist down and out at the side of the net.
Hedquist has made two spectacular saves just prior to the goal and appeared to have the puck covered with his pad at the side of the net. The Warriors managed to it and work it to the front of the net where Duclair was stationed.
The Bulldogs' protests that the play should have been blown dead were dismissed by the officials.
Minutes later on another power play Riley Sharun buried his first of the season off a rebound again after Hedquist made a few big saves to keep the Warriors at bay.
West Kelowna held a 14-1 shots advantage by the midway point of the period, but an Alberni power play goal turned the game completely around.
"The first 13 minutes were really good. We outplayed them, the shots were 14-1 and then we thought it was going to be easy and doing things that aren't in our DNA," said head coach Simon Ferguson.
"That creates energy for them, creates penalties for us and allows us to score on the power play.
"Second period we came out flat in my opinion. The third period, we outplayed them, we carried the puck, did the things we are supposed to do, we just didn't score a goal."
The Warriors had several chances to get the equalizer with the man advantage. They opened the third period with 1:44 of power play time and drew two more penalties shortly thereafter but didn't generate many good looks.
When they did get a good scoring chance, Hedquist was equal to the task.
The Warriors, who had been averaging nearly 4.5 goals a game have average just over 2-and-a-half a game over the course of their three game losing streak.
"It's not playing the right way. There are ways to score and ways you think you are going to score.
"We started doing things we thought were going to create opportunities but all they do is create opportunities for the other team."
The Warriors head north for a pair of key games in Prince George next Friday and Saturday.
The teams are deadlocked for second in the Interior Division with 26 points apiece. The Warriors have played one fewer game.
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The Penticton Vees extended their win streak to 19 games with an 11-2 triumph over the West Kelowna Warriors on Friday at the SOEC.
Brothers Bradly and Josh Nadeau were proving their skills with a combined nine points for the game, including a second career hat-trick and four points in the win for Bradly. Older brother Josh had a pair of goals as part of a five-point effort.
Aydar Suniev, Ryan Hopkins, and Josh Niedermayer each had three points. 11 Vees had multi-point games and all but three skaters had at least one point.
The Vees had a close call early in the first, with the Warriors close to taking an early lead, but the Vees’ captain’s quick thinking kept it scoreless.
Penticton started off with three goals in a span of two minutes and five seconds, with Brett Moravec opening the scoring at 4:09, followed by Aydar Suniev’s goal 27 seconds later, then it was Josh Nadeau scoring on the power play at 6:14.
The West Kelowna stormed back with two in under two minutes late in the first period to close the gap by one goal. Ben MacDonald scored on a breakaway for the Warriors to make it 3-1, then one minute and 42 seconds later it was Rylee Hlusiak scoring to make it 3-2.
Early in the second, the Vees were holding a 3-2 lead, Ryan Hopkins saved a goal with a diving shot block with the goalie out of the net.
Josh and Bradly Nadeau each scored. along with Thomas Pichette, and Hopkins, as the Vees led 7-2 by the end of the middle period.
Bradly scored twice in the third period to earn himself a hat trick. Niedermayer and Hiroki Gojsic scored back-to-back power-play goals to cap off the scoring.
The Vees' 11 goals is a season-high, bettering their previous high-water mark of 10, also set against the Warriors.
Penticton will face off against Prince George Spruce Kings on Saturday night at 6 p.m. at the SOEC.