PENTICTON VEES FORWARD Nic Pierog fights off Trail Smoke Eaters defenceman Nathan Browne in BCHL action Friday night at the South Okanagan Events Centre. The Vees defeated the Smoke Eaters 4-2. Below

Beauvais’ power play goal nets Vees win over Trail

Vees cash in twice on power play to erase Trail lead in comeback win at SOEC

Brett Beauvais provided the heroics for the Penticton Vees in a come from behind 4-2 win against the Trail Smoke Eaters Friday night.

The crowd of 2,523 had little to cheer for after a scoreless first period in which the Vees outshot the Smoke Eaters 9-7. Things didn’t get better as the Smoke Eaters opened the scoring midway through the second period on a power play goal by Scott Davidson. Less than two minutes later, it was 2-0 for Trail on a goal by Jesse Knowler. The Vees were outshot 12-9.

The Vees turned things around quickly on a fundraising night for team chaplain, Jamie Weberg. Three minutes into the final frame, Beauvais scored his 12th goal of the season on a setup by Jarod Hilderman and Erik Benoit. Twenty seconds later, Benoit tied things at two when Brad McClure and Steen Cooper set him up.

On the power-play, which didn’t generate much for solid chances in the first, struck has Beauvais potted the 3-2 goal, his 13th of the year, with Benoit and McClure credited with assists. Five minutes later, Cody DePourcq wasted little time in making Trail pay for taking a penalty for Too Many Men on the Ice. He was set up by Nic Pierog and Riley Alferd. The Vees’  man-advantage finished two-for-five, for 40 per cent on the night, while Trail went one-for-three.

Hunter Miska made 25 saves for his 18 win of the year. The Vees improve to 34-15-2-4 on the season and maintain a two-point lead on the West Kelowna Warriors for first in the Interior Division. The Vees play in Vernon tonight. The Vipers defeated the Salmon Arm SilverBacks 3-2 in overtime. The Vipers, who are hosting the 2014 RBC Cup, have officially clinched a playoff berth.