Success continues for Penticton minor hockey teams in playoffs

Penticton minor hockey teams continue to advance through the Okanagan Mainline Amateur Hockey Association playoffs.

Penticton Smile Enhancement bantam Vees won their three-game series against the Kamloops Blazers in convincing fashion, taking the final game 7-1. With solid net minding from Shane Farkas, the Vees face Westside in the Okanagan Mainline Amateur Hockey Association Tier 2 final. The winner of the best-of-three series will earn a berth to provincials taking place in Kelowna on March 1. Farkas benefited from excellent defensive performances by Simon Snyman, Nick Graham, Daylan Devlin, Greg Brydon and Aiden Hutcheson, who held the visiting Kamloops team to a total of 14 shots against.

The Peaches Lingerie female midget Vees also advanced to the finals. They defeated Clearwater last weekend 6-1.The Vees dominated play and had one of their best sustained efforts.  Cassie Kolisnyk pottedtwo goals in the winning effort, while Megan Pisiak, Amy Main, Zoe Konanz and Bailey Johnson scored one each. The Vees now face Kelowna in the finals next weekend in what is expected to be a intense battle with their biggest rival.

The Penticton Barley Mill recreation midget Vees erased a 3-0 deficit in an intense semifinal against Westside No.3 at Royal LePage Place to win 4-3. The game was decided in a shootout after a five-minute overtime couldn't resolve anything. Tyler Trupp was strong in goal for the Vees, while  Adam Milanovic and Mason Burns each scored for the win. They begin their finals series against Westside 1 on Feb. 23.

Penticton peewee Game Action Vees are a perfect 6-0 in the playoffs.They defeated West Kelowna during the weekend 7-2 in Game 1 and 6-3 in Game 2. Vees coach Shea Sanche said played a gritty hardworking game and got strong goaltending. When it came to his own team, he was pleased with his blue line.

"Our defense played very well throughout the series effectively keeping one of the most offensive teams in the league to three goals or less per game," said Sanche. "We played a strong, hardworking series, passed the puck well and had a strong forecheck."

Game Action will play the winner of Princeton and Westside, which will be decided this weekend, in the finals.


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