BCHL: Penticton Vees double West Kelowna

The Vees scored another road victory Saturday by downing West Kelowna

  • Oct. 23, 2016 11:00 a.m.

Courtesy of Fraser Rodgers

The Penticton Vees don’t waste time getting to work on the road.

The Vees scored three goals in just 44-seconds in the first period, as they doubled up the West Kelowna Warriors 6-3 Saturday, at Royal LePage Place.

Ryley Risling, Kenny Johnson and Captain Nicholas Jones scored in under a minute midway through the first period, as the Vees got off to another hot start. Jones scored again in the second, short-handed, and Ben Brar and Ty Amonte added singles in the third. Mat Robson turned aside 23 of the Warriors’ 26 shots for his tenth win of the season.

After being blanked by Nanaimo one week ago, the Vees scored 10 goals in their two wins over Merritt and West Kelowna this weekend. Connor Sodergren scored twice for West Kelowna and Quin Foreman added another, as the Warriors lost their sixth straight game.

The Warriors sit sixth in the Interior, now three points behind the fifth place Salmon Arm Silverbacks.

Penticton’s offensive barrage in the first started just past the halfway mark. Just after a Vees’ power-play expired, Risling fired home a pass from behind the net from the slot at 10:17. 12-seconds later, the Vees found the back of the net after a clever tic-tac-toe play.Defenceman Kenny Johnson finished off the pretty passing play for his second in as many games at 10:29.

The flurry didn’t end there, as they orchestrated another pretty passing play, this time with Jones tapping it into an open net at 11:01; his first of two on the night.

West Kelowna got on the scoresheet late in frame, after a turnover just outside of the Vees zone. Foreman walked in on the left-wing and snapped it over Robson’s glove at 18:41, to give the home team some life.

Penticton got their three-goal lead back midway through the middle stanza and shorthanded no less. Jones stole the puck at his blue-line and rushed it back the other way on a two-on-one. The Captain kept the puck and picked the corner over the goalie’s blocker at 9:08.

The home team pushed back in the latter half of the second, as Sodergren scored twice in just over a five-minute span. First, he tipped-in a pass at the side of the net at 14:42 to make it 4-2, and then he fired from the slot, through a screen, at 19:02 to make it a 4-3 game late in the second period.

West Kelowna almost came all the way back early in the third period but Robson came up with two excellent saves in the opening moments to preserve the one-goal lead. First, he robbed Foreman with a point-blank toe-save and then followed that up with an excellent shoulder save on the rebound attempt by Reed Gunville. That saved loomed large, as the Vees pulled away with two more goals minutes later. Ben Brar padded the lead at 2:10 when he redirected Griffin Mendel’s waist-high point-shot from the slot; Brar’s second in the last 24-hours. Then Ty Amonte made it a 6-3 game when he scored blocker-side on another odd-man rush at 6:23.

With the win, the Vees (13-2-0-0) increased their lead to seven points atop of the Interior Division over the idle Merritt Centennials. They also bump up their road record to 9-1-0-0 and their record against the Division now sits at a perfect 6-0-0-0.

The Vees are back on the ice Wednesday, Oct. 26, when they face the Surrey Eagles at the South Okanagan Events Centre. It’s another “Wicked Wednesday,” presented by BCAA and it’s also “Vees Fight Cancer” night.

Read more:Penticton Vees fight cancer night a hair raising event

The Vees will be wearing special pink jerseys for the game and fans can make a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society at the game.

Just Posted

Spiritleaf, Penticton’s first cannabis retailer opened in 2019. (Western News File)
Penticton expands cannabis store hours to match liquor stores

Cannabis stores are now allowed to operate until 11 p.m. in Penticton

(Jennifer Smith/Black Press file photo)
Poll: Should Penticton hold Canada Day celebrations this year?

The spotlight on residential schools has caused the rethinking of Canada Day

A committee held its first meeting on June 9 to consider opionions for incorporation of the community of Okanagan Falls. At present, Okanagan Falls is the largest unincorporated community within the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen. (Contributed)
Study begins for Okanagan Falls incorporation

Committee held first meeting on June 9

(Pixabay photo)
Morning Start: Hot and cold water have different pouring sounds

Your morning start for Wednesday, June 16, 2021

(Facebook)
New trial date set in Penticton for Thomas Kruger-Allen’s triple assault charges

May trial was delayed after Crown witnesses failed to show up

The border crossing on Highway 11 in Abbotsford heading south (file)
VIDEO: Western premiers call for clarity, timelines on international travel, reopening rules

Trudeau has called Thursday meeting, premiers say they expect to leave that meeting with a plan

Spread out on the staircase of the Kelowna courthouse on June 10, 2021, were several signs with messages calling for justice against Curtis Sagmoen and an end to violence. (Aaron Hemens - Capital News file)
Sagmoen cop assault trial set for 2022

Pre-trial conference set to start process Jan. 26, 2022

Kayla Rogall, a Summerland singer-songwriter, has released three singles. The songs can be found on her website at kaylamariemusic.com and on most music streaming platforms. (Contributed)
Summerland songwriter’s music an expression of emotion

Kayla Rogall has released three singles

St. Joseph's Mission site is located about six kilometres from Williams Lake First Nation. (Photo submitted)
Williams Lake First Nation to search residential school site for unmarked graves

St. Joseph’s Mission Indian Residential School operated from 1886 to 1981

Tuesday’s Lotto Max draw went unclaimed. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Tuesday’s Lotto Max draw went unclaimed. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Lotto Max jackpot goes unclaimed again

42 of the 64 Maxmillion prizes of $1 million were won, the majority were sold in Ontario

FILE - This July 6, 2017 file photo shows prescription drugs in a glass flask at the state crime lab in Taylorsville, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
Contaminants in generic drugs may cause long-term harm to DNA: B.C. researcher

Scientist says findings suggest high volume overseas facilities require strict regulation

Restaurant patrons enjoy the weather on a patio in Vancouver, B.C., on April 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Labour shortages, closed borders major obstacles to B.C. restaurant, tourism restarts

Industry expert says it won’t start to recover until international travellers can visit

Vernon-Monashee NDP MLA Harwinder Sandhu supported a motion in the B.C. legislature for Canada to create a national Indigenous History month Monday, June 13, 2021. (Contributed)
June needs to be a month of reconciliation, Vernon MLA agrees

Harwinder Sandhu supports motion to recognize June as month to advance reconciliation efforts with First Nations

Most Read