Vees take series stranglehold

The Penticton Vees have a chance to sweep their first round series with the Coquitlam Express on Wednesday night, thanks to a 7-2 win in game three on Tuesday.

For the first time all series, the Vees trailed in a game, as Coquitlam scored the first goal and led 2-1 after the first period on Tuesday — despite being outshot 25-10 in the frame.

Things went the Vees way on the scoreboard for the rest of the night, however. The visitors scored five second period goals and added one more in the third, and outshot the Express 26-7 in the final 40 minutes.

Wyatt Sloboshan led the way offensively with two goals and two assists, while Chris Klack had two goals and an assist. Other Vees goals came from Jackson Keane, Marcus Mitchell and Jack Barnes.

Adam Scheel earned his third win of the series in the crease, stopping 15 of 17 shots. He's allowed just five goals in three games but hasn't had to make more than 20 saves in any of those.

Final shots were 51-17 for the Vees, who went 3-5 on the powerplay and 3-3 on the penalty kill.

One black eye for Penticton from game three is that defender Nick Leivermann had to be stretchered off the ice late in the second after he was drilled from behind.

Express alternate player Dominic Davis was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct on the play.

The Vees said on Twitter that Leivermann "avoided serious injury" from the play, and while he won't play in game four he is expected to make a "speedy recovery."

Puck drop for game four is at 7 p.m. at the Poirier Sports and Leisure Centre. The Vees will also have defenseman James Miller back in the lineup on Wednesday, who served a two-game suspension after a checking-from-behind major in game one.

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