The Penticton Vees lost to the Vernon Vipers in OT at the South Okanagan Events Centre on Feb. 8. The teams rematch on Feb. 9 at Kal Tire Place. Brennan Phillips/Western News

The Penticton Vees lost to the Vernon Vipers in OT at the South Okanagan Events Centre on Feb. 8. The teams rematch on Feb. 9 at Kal Tire Place. Brennan Phillips/Western News

Vees come up short against Vipers in OT

The teams rematch tonight at Kal Tire Place at 6 p.m.

The Penticton Vees came up short against the Vernon Vipers in an overtime shoot out on Feb. 8 at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

The Vees were quick to take the lead in the first period thanks to a goal by Eric Linell, who made use of a rebound from a shot by Peter Muzyka. Muzyka would go on to be ejected from the game in the second for a five-minute blow to the hea major when he threw a heavy open-ice hit on Ben Hegelson.

Following the hit, Hegelson laid motionless on the ice for a few moments but was able to be helped off the ice. He did not return for the remainder of the game.

The Vipers were unable to make use of the their five minute power play, registering only one shot on net during that time. The Vees got a power play of their own when Ty Pochipinski was hauled down at his own blue line.

This man advantage allowed Massimo Rizzo to throw the puck to Mason Snell, who delivered a centring feed that hit a Vipers’ skate and slid past Aidan Porter makign the game 2-0.

After the first two periods, Jack LaFontaine was sitting at 24 saves. Rizzo took a slashing penalty in the offensive zone, giving the Vipers another power play.

This time, Vernon was able to put a point on the board thanks to a slap shot from Jack Judson that zipped over LaFontaine’s glove. The pressure was then on for the Vipers to tie the game and send it into overtime, a feat they acheived with just 17 seconds left in the game thanks to a goal by Lane Zablocki, who made use of a loose puck and got it over LaFontaine’s glove.

A mental error ended up costing the Vees the game when the puck was in the neutral zone and the two Vees on the backend didn’t see Zablocki behind them. He took a stretch pass leading to a breakaway, then slid the puck past LaFontaine’s left pad, ending the game.

The rematch for the teams is on tonight, Feb. 9, at Kal Tire Place in Vernon. The puck drops at 6 p.m.

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

BCHLPenticton Vees

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

The Victory Church shelter has been a source of contention between city council and the provincial government minister of housing David Eby. (Jesse Day)
Penticton council calls on Union of B.C. Municipalities to support them in fight against province

Mayor John Vassilaki sent a letter asking for UBCM’s support over the Victory Church shelter

(Natalia Cuevas-Huaico - Kelowna Capital News)
Morning Start: Foot bones don’t harden until you’re an adult

Your morning start for Tuesday, April 13, 2021

The old Shielings Motel is being demolished for an eventual roundabout to reduce congestion between Skaha Lake Road and South Main Street. The city is also hoping to have affordable seniors housing there too. (Brennan Phillips - Penticton Western News)
Affordable seniors housing coming to Shielings Motel site in Penticton

The city hopes to turn a portion of the site into affordable housing

A syringe is loaded with COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Interior Health announces 89 cases of COVID-19 in the region

Currently, there are 900 active cases in the region

Penticton Christian School. (Facebook)
UPDATE: COVID-19 exposure at Penticton independent school after school program

The exposures are the latest in a quickly growing list in Interior Health schools

Burnaby MLA Raj Chouhan presides as Speaker of the B.C. legislature, which opened it spring session April 12 with a speech from the throne. THE CANADIAN PRESS
B.C. NDP promises more health care spending, business support in 2021 budget

John Horgan government to ‘carefully return to balanced budgets’

Dr. Bonnie Henry gives her daily media briefing regarding Covid-19 for the province of British Columbia in Victoria, B.C, Monday, December 7, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C. urges people to stay in their neighbourhoods, discourages out-of-household meet-ups

Dr. Bonnie Henry says there should be no travel, even to the next city over

Dr. E. Kwok administers a COVID-19 vaccine to a recipient at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Most Canadians plan to get COVID-19 vaccine, but safety fears drive hesitancy: poll

This comes as confidence in governments is plummeting in provinces being hit hardest by the pandemic

Marathon of Hope runner Terry Fox is shown in a 1981. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/CP)
Terry Fox’s legacy of resilience resonates during COVID-19 crisis, says brother

Fred Fox said his brother’s legacy of resilience has taken on renewed resonance as COVID-19 rages on

A five-storey, 60-unit building has been proposed for 8709 Jubilee Rd. E., Summerland. The proposal will be the subject of a public hearing on March 22. (Image by GTA Architecture)
Zoning, OCP amendments adopted for Summerland housing development

Council gives final readings for controversial five-storey, 60-unit housing development

A youth was arrested following a car crash on Wallace Street on Saturday, April 10. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)
Onlookers laugh and jeer as B.C. teen beaten, then forced to strip and walk home

Police arrest older teen, call video shared on social media ‘disturbing’

The Red Pill Rapper performs to the crowd gathered for the Rally For Food Security at Blackburn Park on Saturday, April 10, 2021. (Kristal Burgess Photography)
The Red Pill Rapper performs to the crowd gathered for the Rally For Food Security at Blackburn Park on Saturday, April 10, 2021. (Kristal Burgess Photography)
Suspicion of ‘fake news media’ makes rally uncomfortable for Salmon Arm event photographer

More than 300 people counted at city park for ‘Rally For Food Security’

A lady wears a sticker given out after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine at a clinic in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS
B.C.’s COVID-19 case count slows after last week’s peak

3,219 new cases since Friday, 18 additional deaths

Most Read