Penticton Vees complete their preseason with a perfect win streak, beating the Salmon Arm Silverbacks on Saturday night

Vees bring in another win

The Penticton Vees finish out their preseason with another win on Saturday night, in a 5-2 victory over the Salmon Arm Silverbacks at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

The first period was one without any goals for either team, as they struggled to take get their shots past the netminders. The Silverbacks outshoot the Vees 8-7, but the score remained 0-0 into the second period.

That didn't last long for the second period, when just 28 seconds in, captain Fin Williams put his team ahead by a 1-0 score.

Luc Wilson slid a pass to the middle where Williams pushed past an out of position Silverbacks goaltender Liam Vanderkooi for his third goal of the preseason and a 1-0 lead.

The Vees got a push to bring that lead further after a four-minute, double-minor penalty kill. Spencer Smith shot on the blocker side of Vanderkooi, who stopped the shot but not enough as it passed through his blocker side and he swept it in at the 6:49 mark.

The third Vees goal would soon follow from Bradley Nadeau, taking a neutral zone pass at the offensive blue line and sneaking behind the defense to send a shot to the blocker side of Vanderkooi that snuck through his right side and across the goal line.

Casey McDonald concluded the Vees scoring in the second period with their fourth goal of the frame at the 15:37 mark. McDonald jumped on a puck out front of the Silverbacks net and sent it through the legs of the goaltender to push Penticton ahead by 4-0.

The Silverbacks jumped on the scoreboard close to two minutes into the third period, with Danny Ciccarello getting shot underneath the glove of Vees goaltender.

Smith pushed the Vees lead to 5-1, after grabbing a pass from Beanie Richter in the neutral zone and zipping a shot over the glove shoulder of Vanderkooi for his second goal of the game.

Just 17 seconds later, Nathan Morin scored on the same power play for the Silverbacks that got Salmon Arm within three goals. Morin gathered the puck after a scramble in front of the net and beat Purcell over the left shoulder from the bottom of the right face-off circle to make it a 5-2 score.

Purcell earned his second win of the preseason making 29 saves on 31 shots in the Vees crease while Vanderkooi turned aside 32 saves on 37 shots in his second loss of the exhibition season.

The Vees open up the regular season with their home opener on Friday, Oct. 8 as they host the Vernon Vipers at the SOEC. Puck drop is slated for 7 p.m. with the Vees honouring the 1985/86 Penticton Knights with a pre-game ceremony and puck drop while also donning special Knights jerseys for the occasion.

Tickets are available for purchase at the SOEC Box Office as well as online at valleyfirsttix.com

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