The Penticton Vees only needed one goal on New Year’s Eve as they cruised to a shutout victory against the West Kelowna Warriors at the South Okanagan Events Centre. (Cherie Morgan/Cherie Morgan Photography)

The Penticton Vees only needed one goal on New Year’s Eve as they cruised to a shutout victory against the West Kelowna Warriors at the South Okanagan Events Centre. (Cherie Morgan/Cherie Morgan Photography)

Penticton Vees bounce back against West Kelowna, make first trade of 2022

The Vees cruised to a 3-0 victory against the Warriors after losing two in a row

Carter Serhyenko notched his first career British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) shutout on Friday night (Dec. 31), leading the Penticton Vees to a 3-0 victory against the West Kelowna Warriors at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

After two consecutive losses to the Warriors (17-10-0-0) on Dec. 18 and 29 respectively, the Vees (21-4-0-1) bounced back in convincing fashion on New Year’s Eve.

Early in the first period, on the team’s second shot of the game, forward Grayson Arnott beat West Kelowna goaltender Johnny Derrick for what would eventually become the game-winning goal.

Penticton added two more markers, courtesy of Casey McDonald and Josh Nadeau, to cruise to a 3-0 win.

In the crease, Serhyenko recorded the shutout in his second appearance with the Vees after signing with the team earlier this week.

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The 19-year old netminder wasn’t busy on Friday night but still made 15 saves, keeping the Warriors off of the scoresheet.

Serhyenko’s shutout also represents the goaltender’s first ever win in the BCHL.

Penticton was able to bounce back after losing two games in a row for the first time this season on Dec. 29.

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In the aftermath of Friday’s game, the Vees’ front office made their first transaction of 2022.

Forward Trevor O’Brien was shipped to the Coquitlam Express in exchange for future considerations. O’Brien played in 18 games this season for Penticton, scoring two goals and adding four assists.

The Warriors and Vees will go at it yet again Saturday night (Jan. 1). The New Year’s Day showdown will mark the fourth consecutive time the teams have met.

Puck drop for the Vees’ rematch with the Warriors is set for 7 p.m., with the game being broadcast on bchltv.ca and Bounce Radio 800.


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