Josh Latta of the Vernon Vipers tries to get the puck past Jack LaFontaine of the Penticton Vees in BCHL play in November at Kal Tire Place. The Vees defeated the Vipers at the SOEC on Wednesday 2-1. Black Press file photo

Penticton Vees nip Vernon Vipers in last minute

Vees score with under a minute to play to defeat Vipers at South Okanagan Events Centre

Luke Loheit scored with 53 seconds left in regulation to lift the Penticton Vees (22-11-1-2) to a 2-1 win over the Vernon Vipers (12-15-6-3) Wednesday night at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

The first period saw no goals scored, but Jackson Niedermayer left the game after taking a heavy hit from Vipers defenceman Landon Fuller along the boards. Fuller was given a two minute boarding call on the play. Niedermayer didn’t return for the rest of the night.

Related: Penticton Vees players named to CJHL Top Prospects game

After a scoreless first period, Lukas Sillinger opened the scoring for the Vees. As he and Ryan Sandelin came into the Vernon zone two-on-one, Sillinger took the pass from Sandelin on his forehand before pulling it to his backhand and sliding it past Vipers netminder Bradley Cooper just 52 seconds into the second period.

The Vees had numerous power play chances over the course of the game, but the Vipers fended them off including five power play opportunities where the Vees had the man advantage.

“If we could have scored a power play goal we probably could have put the game away a little earlier. As a staff we were talking between the second and third that we knew we needed to get that next goal. We had a lot of zone time but it was something we couldn’t finish,” said Harbinson.

Against the flow of play the Vipers tied the game. After blocking a James Miller slap shot near the blue line, the Vipers skated ahead into the Vees zone.

Related: Penticton Vees forward going a cut above

A three-way passing play ended with Josh Latta redirecting a centring pass past Jack Lafontaine and into the net to tie the game with 11:11 remaining in regulation.

With under a minute to go in the final frame, Jack Lagerstrom came into the Vernon zone down the right wing and threw the puck on net. Cooper fumbled the puck and couldn’t catch it, so the rebound came right to the slot where Loheit was heading and he was able to get his stick on it and put it into the open net to give the Vees the lead with just 53 seconds left.

The goal stood up as the winner as the Vees outshot the Vipers 37-24 and held on for the 2-1 win.

The Vees now wrap up the pre-Christmas portion of their schedule with a home-and-home series against the West Kelowna Warriors (22-14-0-1) beginning Friday at the SOEC.

Following the conclusion of Friday’s game, Cassidy Bowes and long-time Vees season ticket holder Jon Race will have their hair cut on the ice to signal the end of Bowes’ GoFundMe campaign, raising money for children’s cancer research.

The Vipers hit the road for a double-header against the Wenatchee Wild on Dec. 21 and 22 before they break until Jan. 4.

To report a typo, email: editor@pentictonwesternnews.com.


@PentictonNews
newstips@pentictonwesternnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Penticton’s choice to host 2021 Centennial Cup well grounded

The strength runs deep throughout the Vees organization and the city in landing Centennial Cup

Okanagan inmate charged in Princeton kidnapping gets second trial extension

Afshin Maleki Ighani said he was unprepared for trial due to issues around a full disclosure package

South Okanaga SPCA receives over $21,000 from Penticton fundraiser

Barry Zarudenec almost single handedly raised over $21,000 for the South Okanagan Similkameen SPCA

Ranchers help grow PRH

Ranching family’s roots recognized through PRH donation

PHOTOS: Kids get big thrill out of Indigo Circus in Penticton

Indigo Circus kicked off 36th season of the Children’s Showcase on Sunday

Charles wows them at iconic South Okanagan venue

Blues musician Michael Charles played to a sold-out crowd at the Dream Café Saturday

Conservative candidate Tracy Gray wins Kelowna-Lake Country

The Canadian Press declared her the winner around 8:30 p.m.

Tories take North Okanagan-Shuswap riding with decisive lead

Incumbent Conservative MP Mel Arnold returns to Ottawa, Liberal Cindy Derkaz a distant second

Conservative Dan Albas wins Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola

Supporters for candidates gather in West Kelowna to watch election results

Second young woman dies after rollover crash near Williams Lake

‘Someone’s going to get her heart, which is awesome, because she has the best heart in the world’

Google searches for ‘how to vote’ surge on Election Day

Interest spikes despite social media campaign by Elections Canada

Troll Grandfather bridges gap in Okanagan

Spotlight Kids’ Series show comes to Vernon Sunday

Kelowna council opposes ‘racist’ Quebec secularism bill

The city joins Calgary, Montreal, Victoria, Kitchener and Brampton in condemning the bill

Alberta man pleads guilty, fined for hunting without a licence in North Island

It’s the responsibility of each hunter or angler to know whether they are considered a B.C. Resident.

Most Read