Vees ride power-play over Warriors
Oct 19, 2013 / 9:00 am
Contributed by Jon Zacks
Brad McClure struck the winner midway through the third period as the Vees beat West Kelowna 3-2 on Friday.
Two power-play tallies from Penticton proved the difference, as the Vees overcame an early deficit to win the first match-up of the season between the divisional rivals.
Jason Cotton capped off a fantastic opening period from the Warriors when he converted a scramble in the Penticton crease 14 minutes into the game.
The Vees would prove unable to beat West Kelowna netminder Andy Desautels until seven minutes into the second period, when Paul Stoykewych blasted through traffic during a Penticton 5-on-3 advantage.
Penticton would notch another power-play goal when Brett Beauvais stormed up ice and buried his own rebound five minutes later.
West K. clawed back to an even footing when Jason Cotton recorded his second of the night on the Warrior’s fourth breakaway of the game.
The third period proved tight-checking, with McClure’s wrister giving the Vees the eventual game-winner with 11 minutes remaining.
West Kelowna entered the game missing a slew of key players, with David Pope, Ambrose Firkus, Brennan Clark, Liam Blackburn, Adam Osczevski, and Jaden Schmeisser all out due to injury.
Defenceman Adam Plant knows that while his team can’t use injuries as an excuse, the way the remaining players competed gives the team cause for optimism moving forward.
“A loss is a loss and it’s pretty painful, especially to the Vees” Adam Plant concedes. “But I think we just build on what we did out there tonight and come back strong the next time.”
Plant admits that the Vees succeeded largely due to special teams on Friday, though he also gave credit to an aggressive Penticton game plan. “They established a very good forecheck right off the bat” he says.
Plant says it’s one more thing his club will be ready for the next time. “We just need to come in with that mindset, that they’re going to be coming hard, and just get the puck off as quick as possible.”
West Kelowna’s short-bench became a little shorter on Friday when forward Tyson Dallman left the ice in the second period, and was unable to return.
As well, Ryan Ivey, making his West Kelowna debut, was ejected for a kneeing major early in the second period.
The 6’2” Ivey was acquired from the USHL’s Tri-City Storm earlier in the week, as Coach / GM Rylan Ferster looked to add a physical presence to his blue-line.
“He’s a guy who’s going to block some shots and make a good first pass” Ferster says, adding “He’s a veteran.”
Prior to the game the Warriors did receive a dose of good news earlier in the day, with three skaters named to the Team Canada West evaluation camp roster for the upcoming World Junior ‘A’ Challenge.
Defenceman Adam Plant and forwards Seb Lloyd and David Pope will join 63 other players from Canada’s five western Junior ‘A’ leagues at the selection camp Oct. 26-30 in Calgary.
“My mind was racing when I got the call” an ecstatic Adam Plant grins. “I couldn’t really hear what he said” Plant says of his invitation, “I was just too excited.”
Plant says he isn’t too sure of what he’ll have to do to make the final roster, suggesting he’ll “just go there, work my hardest, play my game, and hope for the best.”
The 22 successful candidates will represent Canada West at this year’s competition in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia in November.
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