The Penticton Vees are keeping their momentum going as they take game two against the West Kelowna Warriors in the opening playoff series.
The Vees stormed through game one with a 7-1 final score, including a hat trick from Tyler Ho.
In goal for the Vees, Yaniv Perets had a strong game, keeping out 22 of 23 shots.
The first period was high energy, with hits and shots at both ends.
A penalty to Lukas Sillinger, back on the ice after taking a shot off the leg in game one, gave the Warriors the edge they needed to get one past Perets and in at 14:18
The Vees turned up the pressure in the second period, but despite outshooting the Warriors 14 to six, they were unable to even the score.
A late penalty gave the Vees their own advantage in the last 45 seconds of the period, and they carried it and the momentum over into the final period.
The third period opened with what looked like the tying goal 1:19 in, only for it to be waved off after review and discussion amongst the referees.
Forty seconds later, Danny Weight buried the puck in an indisputable goal.
The Vees continued to keep the pressure up, with two shots ringing off the corner of the net, before Jay O’Brien found the back of the net for the Vees’ first lead of the game.
O’Brienpicked up his second goal at 10:27, he dragged the puck as he headed towards the back of the net, before sliding it in behind the sprawling Warrior goalie.
Liam Malmquist was next on the board, 27 seconds later, extending the Vees lead to 4-1.
The Warriors tried to mount a comeback, but Perets was steady, blocking all seven shots in the period.
The Vees now head to West Kelowna for games three and four. Game three starts at 3 p.m. at on March 1 and game four starts at 7 p.m. on March 3.
If there is a game five, it would be in Penticton in March 4.
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