Brodeur earns first shutout in Vees victory over Kings

Anthony Brodeur makes 24 saves for his first shutout, while Conway nets winner in win over Powell River

Anthony Brodeur made 24 saves for his first BCHL shutout as the Penticton Vees handed the Powell River Kings a 3-0 loss at Hap Parker Arena.

For Brodeur it was his ninth win of the season and extended the Vees’ winning streak to 14 games.

The Vees outshot the Kings 14-5 in the opening frame, but couldn’t solve Jeff Smith. They finally got to him 2:50 into the second period as Griffin Mendel set up Scott Conway on the power-play, which went one-for-four. With the goal, Conway extended his scoring streak to 14 games and it was his 14th goal of the season. The Vees added to their lead as Luke Voltin setup Owen Sillinger for his fourth goal of the season at 6:51. The teams traded shots in the second period, firing 10 apiece.

In the third period, the Vees edged the Kings 10-9 in shots and 34-24 in total. They iced the win with an empty net goal by Tyson Jost, who was set up by Conway at 19:09. The Vees handed the Kings just their second loss at home this season.

The Vees, who are ranked third by the Canadian Junior Hockey League, played without defenceman Gabe Bast and forwards Demico Hannoun and Jason Lavallee, who are out with injuries. Affiliate players Chase Stevensen of the Okanagan Rockets filled in up front.

The Vees wrap up their Vancouver Island road trip in Cowichan Valley on Saturday night.