Express down Vees in overtime to sweep weekend series

Express net winner after Vees goal in OT disallowed

The Penticton Vees were better on Saturday but the still couldn’t solve Gordie Defiel and the Coquitlam Express. Bo Pieper scored the game-winner on a partial breakaway in double-overtime, as the Express stunned the Vees 2-1 at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

The win gave the Express a sweep of their weekend series with the Vees.

After being tossed from Friday’s contest, John Saunders made the most of his return to the line-up Saturday, as the Express rear-guard opened the scoring midway through the first. The puck went to Saunders, who then worked his way across the blue line to his left before flipping a wrist-shot towards the goal going through a crowd and handcuffed Hunter Miska. Minutes before Saunders scored, Miska made a huge save with his pad.

In the second period, the Vees fired 12 shots on Defiel, but couldn’t beat him. The Vees kept pushing in the third period and with under five minutes remaining, Patrick Sexton threw a pass across to Alex Coulombe at the right-point. The defenseman’s shot appeared to glance off of Matt Berry’s skate and past Defiel at 15:46. Anthony Conti was credited with the goal, his eighth, as he was jousting with Berry in front of the Express net.

For the fourth time in the Vees last seven home games, the game needed overtime to decide a winner. Four-on-four period didn’t solve anything and the two teams needed a fifth period to produce a winner. The three-on-three overtime come without controversy.

Travis Blanleil let go a one-timer from the right-circle that ramped off an Express defender’s stick and up and over Defiel. Cody DePourcq, standing at the top of the crease, got to the trickling puck and shoved it across the goal line. The referee immediately waved off the goal citing “unintentional goaltender interference.”

Shortly after, the Express scored the game-winner off the rush. Two Vees skaters got stuck on the boards in the Express end allowing Bo Pieper to dart down the ice on a partial breakaway. Pieper wired a wrist shot over Miska’s glove before crashing into the Vees puck-stopper.

The Vees are now in second-place in the Interior Division with a record of 15-6-1-3. They trail Vernon by one point for first place and are tied with Merritt for second, but have three games in hand on the Centennials.

The Vees’ next game is Tuesday in West Kelowna against the Warriors.

Just Posted

Penticton firefighters douse fire in social housing

Small fire at former Super 8 motel quickly controlled

How much should city council be paid?

External review of Penticton city council pay being recommended

50 charities receive grants within the South Okanagan-Similkameen

Community Foundation of the South Okanagan-Similkameen has approved granting of over $380,000

City of Penticton wants problem building demolished

Mobile home was damaged in Aug. 15 fire

Icewine harvest begins for some Okanagan wineries

Cold temperatures prompted wineries to start their icewine harvest

‘Are we going to play?’ Alberta boy with rare illness no big deal for classmates

Porter Stanley is one of 30 people in the world to be diagnosed with Beare-Stevenson syndrome, a craniofacial disorder.

Publication ban on name of girl killed in Abbotsford school lifted

Reimer’s family had supported an application by Black Press to lift ban

Family saved but pets lost in Shuswap house fire

Firefighters manage to extinguish the blaze but a cat and dog perished

B.C. securities regulator probes ‘most expansive’ alleged trading scheme in its history

Liht Cannabis Corp states it’s doing internal investigation, welcomes BC Securities Commission probe

Air passenger rights: 6 things about what the Liberals are offering

For 3- to 6-hour delays, compensation is $400. Between 6 and 9 hours, $700. Over 9 hours is $1,000

RCMP, civilian vehicles rammed in North Okanagan incident

Police attempt to stop truck near Enderby, thought to be tied to alleged Salmon Arm armed robbery

New biker gang with ties to Hells Angels crops up in Lower Mainland

The Street Reapers were formed late last year and have been seen in Fort Langley.

10-lane George Massey bridge too big, B.C. study says

Consultants say replacement tunnel cost similar to new bridge

Couple caught up in B.C. Legislature bomb plot to learn their fate

John Nuttall and Amanda Korody were arrested as part of an undercover RCMP sting on Canada Day 2013

Most Read