David Silye of the Penticton Vees heads down ice. He scored two goals against the Surrey Eagles in the Vees fifth straight win. Mark Brett/Western News

Penticton Vees win fifth straight game

The Penticton Vees defeat Surrey Eagles on the road

The Penticton Vees (18-7-1-2) jumped to a five game winning streak defeating a much feistier Surrey Eagles (7-23-0-1) squad than they met on home ice last week.

A 4-1 Vees win featured a plethora of penalties and nearly a line brawl at the South Surrey Arena.

Related: Vees ready to hit the road for important games

David Silye threw the first huge hit of the night, launching Mack Gray over the boards in-between the two benches as Gray was skating through the neutral zone.

Silye then made his mark on the scoreboard during the power play. After Massimo Rizzo’s shot was blocked in the slot, Silye found the loose puck in the same spot and fired it past the blocker of Hayden Missler to open the scoring with 5:47 remaining in the period.

Related: Vees skate past Surrey Eagles on home ice

The Vees carried a 1-0 lead into the second, but it didn’t last long. A shot blocked by an Eagles defenceman led them on a two man break. Liam Ryan fed the puck to Brandon Santa Juana who tapped it past Derek Krall to tie the game just 1:33 into the second.

The physicality reached a boiling point with seven minutes to go in the second. Vees forward Drew Elser hit Cody Schiavon into the boards in the Eagles zone, which drew a penalty. Before either team could touch the puck, both Schiavon and his defence partner Matthew Barnes jumped Elser and began throwing punches.

All five players on either team found a dance partner with players grappling and falling to the ice. After a very lengthy delay to sort out the penalties, Elser was given a two-minute checking from behind call and a game misconduct, while Barnes was also tossed from the game for fighting. Jack Lagerstrom andCarson Kosobud for the Vees and Ryan father Eagles were all given roughing penalties.

All told, the game resumed four-on-four for two minutes before a three-minute Vees power play. At the tail end of that man advantage, the Vees regained their lead. Skating in with a four-on-one rush, Cassidy Bowes sent the puck across to the right side for Andre Ghantous, which was then put on the stick of Ryan Sandelin who fired home his 18th of the season with 2:26 to go in the second.

Surrey began the third on the power play, but two minutes after killing it off the Vees extended their lead. James Miller’s shot from the blue line missed the net, but Bowes threw it in front for Silye who ripped it past Missler for his second of the game.

Jack Barnes put the scoring out of reach coming in on a two-on-none rush with Cole Shepard, feeding the puck to Shepard before knocking the rebound through the five hole of Missler to make it 4-1.

Schiavon then threw a predatory hit on Eric Linell, forcing his head into the glass in the Surrey end resulting in a five-minute major blow to the head penalty. Linell left the game briefly before returning.

Silye had a chance to compete the hat trick as he was given a penalty shot with 1:28 to go, but he was stopped by the pads of Missler.

The win was the fifth in a row for the Vees as they hold on to top spot in the division despite the Merritt Centennials win over the Salmon Arm Silverbacks. The Vees continue their four-game road swing Wednesday night in Wenatchee, the first meeting of the season with the Wild.

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


@PentictonNews
newstips@pentictonwesternnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Update: Highway 3 west of Keremeos open to alternating traffic

Details scarce about collision that has closed Highway 3 west of Keremeos

Behind the mask of the South Okanagan furries community

Penticton furries community member said it’s not a sexual thing

NHL alumni and Canadian country music stars gearing up for Okanagan charity extravaganza

A two-day May weekend event combines, hockey, golf, country music and a whole lot of fun

Festival planned for Easter weekend

Organizers preparing 10,000 eggs for hunt at Summerland’s Easter Egg-stravaganza

VIDEO: Men strut their stuff in Underwear Show for Penticton triathlete

Clients of Okanoggin Barbers strutted their stuff to raise funds for Ironman athlete Jen Annett

VIDEO: Restaurant robots are already in Canada

Robo Sushi in Toronto has waist-high robots that guide patrons to empty seats

Permit rejected to bring two cheetahs to B.C.

Earl Pfeifer owns two cheetahs, one of which escaped in December 2015

Real-life tsunami threat in Port Alberni prompts evacuation updates

UBC study says some people didn’t recognize the emergency signal

Care providers call for B.C. seniors’ watchdog to step down

The association also asks the province to conduct an audit and review of the mandate of her office

Okanagan librarian delves into trio of titles

Book Talk: Dark Matter, Lincoln’s Dreams and The Jealous Kind

Nitro Cold Brew Coffee from B.C. roaster recalled due to botulism scare

“If you purchased N7 Nitro Cold Brew Coffee from Cherry Hill … do not drink it.”

B.C. man gets award for thwarting theft, sexual assault – all in 10 minutes

Karl Dey helped the VPD take down a violent sex offender

Indigenous students recognized at ceremony at Okanagan College

The ceremony recognizes that students are getting an education while holding onto Indigenous background and teachings

Baby left alone in vehicle in B.C. Walmart parking lot

Williams Lake RCMP issue warning after attending complaint at Walmart Wednesday

Most Read