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A five-goal second led Penticton Vees past the Warriors Tuesday

Warriors schooled by Vees

The Penticton Vees showed the West Kelowna Warriors why they are the number one team in the BCHLs Interior Division.

And, they gave them a glimpse of the heights the Warriors hope to attain.

The Vees, led by 2018 first round NHL draft pick Jay O'Brien, skated circles around the Warriors at times in the second period, scoring five times in a 5-2 victory.

"They've got some horses over there and the ran," said Warriors head coach Simon Ferguson.

"Credit to them, but I thought we got away from our game plan in the second period, and we kind of gave them some goals to be honest. It's a good hockey team over there, and hopefully we learned some lessons from them."

The Warriors staked themselves to a 1-0 lead in the first when John Evans beat Yaniv Perets low to the glove side on a shorthanded breakaway. They could have had more, but Carter Wilkie was denied on a breakaway of his own down the left wing earlier in the period.

The Vees took the game over in the second, peppering starter Johnny Derrick with 20 shots, and beating him five times, two the result of giveaways, two on the power play and one bouncing puck that seemed to go off Drew Elser. It proved to be the game winner.

Trailing 3-1, Evans did give the bench, and the crowd a boost converting a pretty give-and-go on a two-on-one with Tyler Cristall for his second of the night, but the Vees continued to apply pressure.

O'Brien wired home his second on a backdoor pass on a Penticton power play, then Tyler Ho slammed the door shut tapping home a centering pass with less than two minutes to go in  the second.

The Warriors' power play struggles continued Tuesday. They did not look dangerous at all on six opportunities with the man advantage.

They are 0 for their last 16, and 2 for 22 over the last four games.

The Warriors remain sixth in the interior, five points up on Merritt.

They'll host Vernon Friday in the first of a home-and-home set with the Vipers.



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