With the playoffs getting closer, the Penticton Vees are keeping up their momentum with a home-ice victory over the West Kelowna Warriors.
The Vees and Warriors met for the sixth and final time in the regular season and Penticton picked up their sixth win for a clean sweep, adding another notch to their winning streak.
The first period was evenly matched, with the Warriors opening the scoring five minutes in. Vees captain David Silye evened the score 3:46 later with an assist from Jackson Neidermeyer.
The Warriors found their way past the blockers of Yaniv Perets for the second and last time of the night 16:10 into the game.
West Kelowna held the lead after the opening period 2-1, but it was not enough as the Vees came back 2:15 into the second with a powerplay goal to tie things back up. Connor Hutchison picked you the final touch, with assists from Jay O’Brien and Lukas Sillinger.
The Vees kept up the offensive through the period, outshooting the Warriors 19 to 8. Jackson Niedermeyer netted the second goal of the period and earn the Vees the lead at the 8:43 mark, with assists from David Silye and Nico Somerville.
The start of the final period looked like the end of the Vees win streak, with a roughing penalty on a check by Ethan Martini allowing the Warriors to tie up the game, an opportunity they were quick to seize, scoring at 3:07. The Warriors followed that goal up a minute later with another to retake their lead.
Penticton wasn’t out, tying things up at 8:15 and holding on for overtime. Jackson Niedermeyer scored on a breakaway with the assistance of Lukas Sillinger to make the tying goal.
In overtime, the Vees once again found themselves facing down a Warrior’s powerplay, with O’Brien receiving a 10-minute major for a boarding call just 51 seconds in.
Despite some close calls, Perets and the Vees weathered the penalty, before retaking the momentum and hammering away at the Warriors.
Nico Somerville scored the winning goal, assisted by Connor Hutchison, with just 1:27 left to go before a shootout.
Yaniv Perets was in goal for the Vees and earned his 24th win of the season. He turned away 32 of 37 shots, including fending off a 5-on-3 after a pair of calls in the second that had the fans howling at the referees.
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