The Penticton Vees gave the hometown crowd an early Christmas gift with a 4-0 win over the Powell River Kings Friday night.
From the opening faceoff, the Vees were in command of the game, opening the scoring 24 seconds into the first period. Tristan Amonte found the net with a shot between the legs of former Vees’ goalie Derek Krall, for Amonte’s ninth goal of the season. Tyler Ho and Darwin Lakoduk assisted in the quick goal.
The Vees kept up the offensive pressure through the first period, with the Vees’ Yaniv Perets facing down three shots from the Kings.
Lukas Sillinger picked up his 14th goal of the year seven minutes into the second period off assists from Jackson Niedermayer and Evan McIntyre.
The final period belonged to the Vees, despite an opportunity for the Kings to halve lead 13 seconds in. Danny Weight, assisted by Conner Hutchison and Ethan Martini, took the momentum back for the Vees with his 16th goal of the season 1:54 into the third.
The Vees’ captain David Silye rounded off the scoring for the night with his 13th of the year. Lukas Sillinger and Conner Hutchison assisted Silye as the Vees found the gap between the legs of Krall for the second time of the night.
Perets earned his fifth shutout of the season with 19 blocked shots on the night to tie for the league lead, while Krall took home his sixth loss of the season and fifth since leaving the Vees.
The Vees are back on home ice for the last game of the year Saturday against the Cowichan Capitals. The puck drops at 6 p.m. at the South Okanagan Events Centre.
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