Penticton Vees 6-3 win over the Cranbrook Bucks with four goals in the last period

Vees nab another win

The Penticton Vees were determined for another win in their books early in the season, shooting four goals in the third period for a 6-3 win over the Cranbrook Bucks on Saturday night at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

These two teams that had not faced each other in their histories, but the game opened up with both goaltenders as the strong points. Kaeden Lane remained solid in the Vees crease, turning aside each of the 12 shots he faced in the opening period. Bucks goaltender Nathan Airey was equally as good in the Cranbrook net, turning aside each of the 11 shots thrown his way.

The Bucks were first to get a first goal in franchise history with Cam Reid being the recipient of a drop pass from Walker Gelbard to give Cranbrook a lead. Reid beat Lane over the glove shoulder at the 12:56 mark of the second period.

Penticton followed up with a goal of their own just under two minutes later. Fin Williams fed Wilson with a pass in the slot as the forward buried a shot underneath the glove of Airey for his first goal as a Vee at the 15:13 mark in the second period to tie up the game

Ryan Upson pushed the Vees to their first lead of the hockey game at the 17:58 mark of the middle period as his line with Wilson and Williams played a strong game. Upson got a shot in on the rebound past the blocker side of the Bucks netminder for his first Vees goal and a 2-1 advantage heading into the third.

The Bucks would not go away, however, and tied the game at the 3:30 mark starting in the third period, with AJ Vasko benefitting on a play from Zeth Kindrachuk, who stole the puck from a Vee on the goal line. Vasko scooped a shot over the blocker shoulder of Lane to even the score at 2-2.

The Vees got their lead back, for good in the game, just over a minute later at the 4:37 mark of the third period. Wozney got in a shot over the glove shoulder of Airey for his first goal in a Vees sweater to give Penticton a 3-2 advantage.

Amonte added to the Vees lead shortly after, at the 9:26 mark of the period, taking a pass from Jacob Quillan, missing on his first attempt but scoring off the rebound for his first goal of the game and extended the Vees lead to 4-2.

Then Philippe Chapleau found the back of the net for his first goal of the season and his first as a Vee, sniping in a shot over the shoulder of Airey to give Penticton a 5-2 lead at the 13:57 mark.

Tyson Dyck got the Bucks within a pair of goals at the 16:49 mark before Amonte iced the game with an empty net tally, his second goal of the game with 36 seconds remaining in the period to finish the game off and give the Vees a 6-3 victory.

The Vees (2-0-0-0) will have a few days off before their busiest stretch of the season, beginning on Thursday night against the Trail Smoke Eaters (0-1-0-0). Puck drop is slated for 6 p.m.

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