Tyson Jost was at the right spot at the right time in the Penticton Vees’ 4-3 win over the Cowichan Valley Capitals on Saturday.
The Vees captain gave his team their 22nd straight win when he rippled the twine behind Storm Phaneuf from the left side with 2:08 remaining. The goal came on the power-play after Jost took a feed from Nichoas Jones, who was in the high slot. Easton Brodzinski set the sequence in motion in what Jost said is sort of a set play.
“We have done it a few times and it was an unbelievable pass from Jones,” said Jost, who had two goals on the night. “We’re excited about the 22 wins, but it’s not a focus.”
Also scoring for the Vees were David Eccles and Mitchell Brooks.
The Capitals opened the scoring late in the first period when Ayden MacDonald repeatedly jammed at the puck with Zachary Driscoll trying to keep it out. Eccles tied nearly seven minutes into the second period with a shot from the point. Two minutes later, Jost’s first goal gave the Vees a 2-1 lead. The Capitals got back in when Matt Huddle jumped on a loose puck and beat a diving Driscoll.
In the third period, Brooks gave the Vees a 3-2 lead at 8:04 then Patrick Geary got the Captials back on even terms four minutes later.
“We prevailed and played good Vees hockey,” said Jost, who got the crowd of 2,564 in a frenzy when he popped the winner. “Cowichan Valley is a great team.”
Jost leads the BCHL in goals with 21 and points, 46, with his two-goal effort Saturday. He extended his point streak to 11 games. Dante Fabbro picked up an assist and bumped up his point streak to 15 games. The Vees improved their home record to 11-0 with the win; they’re 5-0 against the Island Division.
The Vees were without defenceman Gabe Bast and Seamus Donohue to injury, while Domenic Masellis served the first of a two-game suspension for a head shot against the West Kelowna Warriors on Friday. The Vees were also without forward Scott Conway who was on a school visit.
Penticton (22-1-0-0) is off until Nov. 18 when they host the Coquitlam Express on Teddy Bear Toss night. Fans are encouraged to bring a stuff toy to the game in support of the Salvation Army.