Penticton Vees forward Taylor Ward tips this shot at Vernon Viper goalie Darion Hanson during Game 2 of the BCHL Interior Division Final. The Vees won 4-2 at the South Okanagan Events Centre on April 1. Ward assisted on the winning goal by Taylor Sanheim. Emanuel Sequeira/Western News

Vees Victorious

The Penticton Vees struck back against the Vernon Vipers in the BCHL Interior Division Final.

The Penticton Vees struck back with their power play, picking up a 4-2 victory over the Vernon Vipers in B.C. Hockey League playoff action Saturday night at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

The Vees went 3-for-8 on the man advantage getting goals from Mitch Meek, Nicholas Jones and Taylor Sanheim. Sanheim netted the winner with 1:12 remaining in the second period. Sanheim’s goal came 23 seconds after the Vees killed off the last 4:30 of a Vipers five-man advantage in which the visitors scored 30 seconds into the major penalty assessed to Gabe Bast.

“It was huge. It kind of gave us a little bit of relief,” said Harbinson of Sanheim’s goal. “When you get that five-minute major, you lose a defenceman. Maybe they go and score a couple of goals on it. Instead we get out of it even. I just thought our guys were pretty resilient. I thought we did a good job on the rest of the kill.”

The Vipers clawed back in with a pair of goals on 11 shots in the middle frame. Jesse Lansdell tipped a point shot by Jimmy Lambert who skated the puck high in the Vees zone before letting off a light shot. It is the first goal of the playoffs for Lansdell. Past the midway mark, Bast took Jagger Williamson hard into the boards. He was also assessed a game misconduct. Williamson, who returned to the Viper lineup briefly from injury, was helped up and was taken to the dressing room. He tried to comeback but couldn’t continue. Thirty seconds into the power play, Chris Jandric fed Cameron Trott in his wheelhouse. The six-foot-two, 205-pound blueliner unloaded a cannon that beat Robson high glove.

“It was a tough loss. We didn’t come out like we wanted to in the first period and they took advantage of that,” said Viper defenceman Michael Ufberg. “We took a couple of penalties and were down right away, but I think we did a good job coming back. It just wasn’t our night. That’s alright. We’ll take this one, learn from it and move on to the next one. We came in here and grabbed one and we just gotta make sure we’re ready for Monday night.”

Sanheim’s goal came after Jones rang a shot off the post. The rebound went to the former Calgary Hitmen, who fired the puck into a gap between Darion Hanson and the post. Nash iced the game as he took a few whacks at the puck, which eventually crossed the the line.

”I thought we played a lot smarter than yesterday that’s for sure,” said Campbell. “We put the puck deep and got in on the forecheck. Overall a pretty good performance. We were a little pissed off after what happened yesterday. We kind of got cheated out of a possible win. We didn’t play to our full potential.”

In the opening period the Vees came out with jump. They outshot the Vipers 12-9 and capitalized on two power plays. The first was by Meek, who got the puck from James Miller who took a massive hit to make a play. Meek fired a wrist shot from the hashmarks to beat Hanson. Seven minutes later, Bast was at the blueline and fed Chris Klack near the boards. Klack put it towards the net and Jones tipped it by Hanson.

“He (Miller) made a heck of a play. You have to take a hit sometimes to make a play and we scored a big goal on it,” said Harbinson.

Harbinson said they will send tape on the hit that Bast delivered on Williamson. If it holds up, the defenceman will miss the next two games Monday and Tuesday nights at Kal Tire Place in Vernon. Ufberg said the hit was cheap.

“We didn’t think it should be a major,” said Harbinson.

In other BCHL action, the Victoria Grizzlies defeated the Chilliwack Chiefs 2-0 to even that series.

 

Penticton Vees forward Jared Nash takes the puck from Vernon Viper Connor Clouston during BCHL Interior Division Game 2 action at the South Okanagan Events Centre April 1. Emanuel Sequeira/Western News

Just Posted

Human remains found at Silver Creek property

RCMP have been searching the property in the 2200 block of Salmon River Road for the past three days

Rollover closes road

No serious injuries reported in a rollover off South Main in Penticton

Raven story shines light at Children’s Showcase

Season opener of the Children’s Showcase in Penticton

Student leadership conference hits home

Nearly 500 Grade 5 students taking part in leadership conference in Penticton

Penticton dancers headed to Germany for world championship

Penticton dancers representing Canada at World Dance Championships

VIDEO: Sears liquidation sales continue across B.C.

Sales are expected to continue into the New Year

New B.C. acute care centre opens for young patients, expectant mothers

Facility aims to make B.C. Children’s Hospital visits more comfortable

Search ramps up for B.C. woman after dog, car found near Ashcroft

Jenny Lynn Larocque’s vehicle and dog were found in Venables Valley, but there is no sign of her

Police officer hit by car, stabbed in Edmonton attack back on job

Const. Mike Chernyk, 48, returned to work Thursday

UBC medical students learn to care for Indigenous people

Students in health-related studies to take course, workshop to help better serve Aboriginal people

Dorsett has 2 goals, assist in Canucks’ 4-2 win over Sabres

‘It was a real good hockey game by our group,’ Canucks coach Travis Green said.

Berry disappointed: Bear tries to eat fake fruit on woman’s door wreath

A Winnipeg woman has taken her berry-embellished wreath down, after a hungry bear visited her porch

B.C. search groups mobilize for missing mushroom picker

Searchers from across the province look for Frances Brown who has been missing since Oct. 14.

Have you heard about Black Press scholarships?

Up to 37 scholarships are awarded each year to students throughout British Columbia

Most Read