Penticton Vees dominate over the Prince George Spruce Kings wth a five goal win

Vees bring home a win

With five different goal scorers and a massive amount of saves on net, the Penticton Vees earned a 5-1 victory over the Prince George Spruce Kings on Wednesday night at the Rolling Mix Concrete Arena.

The opening period began with a lead for the Spruce Kings, who were able to find the back of the net and give themselves a goal just over four minutes into the game.

Connor Elliott managed to send a shot and tip the puck past the glove side of Vees netminder Kaeden Lane for the one-goal advantage.

Lane was strong in the Vees net in the opening 20 minutes, turning aside six of the seven shots thrown his way, while Spruce Kings goaltender Aaron Trotter pushed aside each of the five shots.

The Vees tied the game at the 4:29 mark of the second period, with Josh Nadeau taking a pass from Finn and beat Trotter past the glove side for his 14th goal of the season to even the score at 1-1.

Just a minute and a half later, Stefano Bottini pushed the Vees ahead for the first time in the game with his sixth goal of the season, sending a shot past the blocker side of Trotter.

Casey McDonald extended the Vees lead by sliding the puck past the glove side of Trotter for his eighth marker of the season and a two-goal Vees lead at the 14:45 mark of the period.

Penticton’s took advantage of a power play at the 2:24 mark of the final period, with Luc Wilson firing a shot over the glove side of Trotter for his 12th goal of the season and ended the night of the Spruce Kings netminder as Jordan Fairlie took over.

The final goal of the night was shot by Spencer Smith, tallying his third goal of the season and pushing the Vees lead to 5-1. Smith was able to take a rebound shot off net past Fairlie at the 11:25 mark of the period.

Lane turned aside 26 of the 27 shots thrown his way in his 11th win of the season while Trotter made 10 saves on 14 shots in his fifth loss of the season before Fairlie played the final 18+ minutes of the game, stopping 10 of the 11 shots thrown his way.

The Vees will return home for a pair of weekend games, beginning on Friday night against the Cranbrook Bucks at the South Okanagan Events Centre. Puck drop is slated for 7 p.m. with tickets available online at ValleyFirstTix.com as well as in person at the Valley First Box Office at the SOEC Box Office.

Friday marks the annual Teddy Bear Toss taking place after the Vees opening goal of the night. Bring a new or gently used teddy bear, stuffed animal, pajamas, mittens, toques and more wrapped in a plastic bag to be collected after the Vees opening goal of the game.

Interior Health also lifted capacity restrictions as the SOEC will now host 100% of their capacity, for the first time this season, on Friday night.

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