Penticton Vees forward Ryan Sandelin ending a 23-game goalless drought on Wednesday night with a goal against the Coquitlam Express in the Vees 7-1 victory. Western News file photo

Four point night for Sillinger as Penticton Vees defeat Coquitlam Express

Penticton Vees take over first place in the Interior Division of the BCHL

A five goal burst in the third period launched the Penticton Vees (36-11-2-3) to a 7-1 win over the Coquitlam Express (14-36-1-3) at the South Okanagan Events Centre on Wednesday.

Don’t let the score fool you, it had been a tight game up until that point. The Express had a great chance to open the scoring in the game as their first shot on goal came off a two-on-one rush, but Adam Scheel made the glove save to negate the chance.

Related: Penticton Vees coach says destiny is in their hands

The Vees opened the scoring as Ryan Sandelin deflected in a long slap shot from Jonny Tychonick, ending a 23-game goalless drought 8:45 into the first.

After skating into the second period with a 1-0 lead, it was more of the same in the second period with just one goal for the Vees. Wyatt Sloboshan leaned into a slap shot from the right circle and Clay Stevenson kicked the rebound right to the slot where Owen Sillinger jumped on it and scored his 28th of the year half way through the period.

Related: Familiar faces join the Vees lineup

The Express carried a power play into the third period and 58 seconds in cut into the Vees lead. Jack McNab deflected in a shot from the blue line to make it a one-goal game.

However, it was all Vees after that. First it was Sandelin getting his second of the game, firing a wrist shot from the right circle off the rush into the top corner over Stevenson’s blocker.

Just over three minutes later, Kenny Johnson took a slap shot from near the left point that deflected off the stick of Jordan Schulting and through the legs of the Stevenson for Johnson’s first goal in 84 games dating back to last season.

A minute and a half after that, Sillinger did a goal line drive from the right wing before cutting in front of the net, beating Stevenson over the glove to make it 5-1 with 10:28 remaining in the game.

Under a minute later, Taylor Ward gathered a loose puck near the Express blue line and skated down the middle before wiring a shot under Stevenson’s glove for his 17th of the year.

Related: Penticton Vees forward Klack clicking with new linemates

Finally, Sloboshan capped off the onslaught by finishing off a nice passing play as he took a feed from Chris Klack on the goal line in front of the net for his sixth of the year.

Scheel finished with 20 saves in goal, recording his 25th win of the season.

The Vees now get set to finish off the home and home series with the Express when they meet Friday at the Poirier Sports and Leisure Centre.

Just Posted

RCMP searching Penticton channel for ‘evidence’

RCMP divers are on scene at the Penticton channel, just past Green Avenue.

Okanagan Wildfires: Monday morning update on wildfires and evacuations

A Monday morning look at the major wildfires impacting the Okanagan and Similkameen.

Nitty Gritty Dirt band returns to Penticton

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band will perform at the South Okanagan Events Centre

Penticton Airport celebrates 76 years

Penticton Flying Club fills the field with aircraft of all description

Mt. Conkle wildfire near Summerland remains 118 hectares

This fire has several good water sources and has good road access.

Update: Police probe Toronto shooting that killed 2, injured 12; suspected gunman dead

Paramedics said many of the victims in Danforth, including a child, were rushed to trauma centres

Canada beats Triple Crown for Canada Cup softball title

National team’s championship is first at B.C. tournament since 1996

Record high in Japan as heat wave grips the region

The temperature in a city north of Tokyo reached 41.1 degrees Celsius (106 degrees Fahrenheit) on Monday, the highest ever recorded in Japan.

Feds looking at ways to tackle wave of gun violence in Toronto: Minister

Toronto mayor John Tory spoke to the press following a mass casualty event in Toronto.

Inquest set in death of RCMP’s spokesperson for Robert Dziekanski case

Former Mountie Pierre Lemaitre died of self-inflicted injuries in Abbotsford in 2013

Man extradited to Canada in B.C. killing, following arrest in South Korea

28-year-old Jui-Kai Weng was charged with second-degree murder and attempted murder

Soaring temperatures, high winds could worsen fires in B.C.’s southern Interior

Environment Canada’s forecast for the next week in the southern Interior does not inspire confidence, with temperatures in the 30s and winds gusting over 40 kilometres per hour.

Okanagan Mountain Park fire remains the same size

Crews built hand guards and continued to extinguish hot spots.

Most Read