Vees jolt past Red Bull Salzburg

The Penticton Vees and EC Red Bull Salzburg played a physical and fast game in second stop of the Austrian team's BCHL tour

Penticton Vees Darius Davidson crosses the blue line ahead of Red Bull Salzburg defender Emil Quaas during second-period exhibition action against the Austrian junior squad at the South Okanagan Events Centre

Penticton Vees Darius Davidson crosses the blue line ahead of Red Bull Salzburg defender Emil Quaas during second-period exhibition action against the Austrian junior squad at the South Okanagan Events Centre



The Penticton Vees showed up as advertised to EC Red Bull Salzburg coach Matt Curley.

The Vees, No. 2 in the Canadian Junior Hockey League rankings, cruised to a 6-1 win over Salzburg at the South Okanagan Events Centre Wednesday night.

“That’s a really nice hockey team they have,” said Curley, as the club’s battled in a physical and speedy affair part of a BCHL-Red Bull Salzburg four-game tour that started with an 8-6 win in West Kelowna Monday. “It was a good challenge for us. We’re glad to have the opportunity.”

Vees forward Scott Conway lifted the crowd of 1,673 to its feet 1:17 into the opening frame when he banged home a centring pass by Easton Brodzinski. Later on, Brodzinski had a chance to make it 2-0 but failed to convert. Salzburg nearly hit the scoresheet when a shot squeezed through Zach Driscoll, but rolled past the post.

The second period opened up offensively, but it was the Vees who executed. Vees forward Luke Voltin kick started it when he buried a behind-the-back, no-look pass from Nicolas Jones past Mark Vlahovic.

“That pass was pretty unreal,” said Vees captain Tyson Jost. “It was pretty special to watch.”

The Vees added two more goals in the first six minutes. Affiliate player Cassidy Bowes made it 3-0 when he finished off a play by Conway. Skating into the Salzburg zone, Conway took a feed and dragged the puck between his legs and in the same motion, dished a backhand pass over to Bowes, who tapped it in. Forty-five seconds later, Voltin buried his second goal after Darius Davidson was denied at the crease. Voltin pounced on the rebound.

“It was unreal,” said Voltin of his two-goal performance. “Just to put two in was a lot of fun. It was two nice passes from my teammates that set it up.”

Salzburg finally cracked Driscoll with 11:37 remaining in the period to make it 4-1 as Maximilian Egger redirected a shot. Egger said they played well in the Vees zone. Teammate Phillipp Lindner aimed for his stick when shooting the puck and Egger was able to deflect it.

Egger pumped his fist in relief. He also felt a comeback could be possible as they had some chances. Salzburg had seen Driscoll before when he was in the United States Hockey League.

“He was not that good here. A lot of free bounces,” said Egger of Driscoll, who finished with 26 saves. “We have to go harder to the net.”

The Vees added one more goal that period by Conway, who tipped a point shot. In the third period, Griffin Mendel blasted a shot past Vlahovic from the point.

“I thought we started a little on our heels,” said Curley. “I don’t know if our guys were a little intimidated. We’re happy with the first. In the second period I thought we let it get away from us a little bit. We responded there with a goal to make it 4-1. We hit a post the next shift. it could have changed the tide. We ended up taking a penalty and giving up a goal (to Conway). At that point it kind of slipped away from us. We were happy with our guys effort.”

Curley added that getting the competition they are is the reason they were excited about coming over. It allows the players to measure themselves. Curley said his players stuck to it and didn’t give up.

“It’s a very good hockey team. They play so smart,” said Eggers. “They always bring the puck to the net. They always move the puck very quickly. Beat us always with speed.”

Jost said playing Salzburg was awesome and that they are a good team.

“They are fast. It was a fun game,” he said. “They had a quick transition game. They had a lot of skill too. It was a cool experience.”

Now the Vees get ready to host Chilliwack on Friday at 7 p.m., then travel to Wenatchee to play the Wild for the final time in the regular season. Chilliwack is first in the Mainland Division with a record of 27-8-4-1. The Wild are right behind them at 24-13-2-3.

 

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

Just Posted

Oliver
A couple more South Okanagan schools with COVID-19 exposures

Penticton Christian School adds more exposure days, Oliver Elementary new on the list

The City of Penticton’s temporary permit expired at Victory Church so the province took over. The city said the location, near seniors’ homes and downtown shopping, is inappropriate. (Jesse Day Western News)
Special meeting Monday in Penticton to go over appropriate shelter locations

No-go zones include Main Street, 100 to 300 block of Martin, anywhere near schools

A controlled burn got underway at Crater Mountain on Sunday, with smoke seen in Keremeos and Hedley. (Submitted)
A controlled burn got underway at Crater Mountain on Sunday, with smoke seen in Keremeos and Hedley. (Submitted)
Smoke and fire visible from Highway 3 is a prescribed burn

The controlled burn on Crater Mountain is to help bighorn sheep habitat

Windsurfers enjoying a windstorm on Skaha Lake in Penticton on March 28, 2021. (Sandy Steck Photography)
Wind warning issued for Okanagan Valley

Boaters are being warned of gusts up to 70 km/h by late afternoon on Sunday

This is what’s left of a truck that caught fire at Pyramid provincial park off Highway 97 Saturday night. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
PHOTOS: Truck gutted by fire at Pyramid Provincial Park, trees saved

Just a metal shell of what once was a pick up truck is left at the scene

Vancouver resident Beryl Pye was witness to a “concerning,” spontaneous dance party that spread throughout social groups at Kitsilano Beach on April 16. (Screen grab/Beryl Pye)
VIDEO: Dance party erupts at Vancouver’s Kitsilano Beach to the dismay of onlookers

‘It was a complete disregard for current COVID-19 public health orders,’ says Vancouver resident Beryl Pye

A North Okanagan man in his late 20s was flown to hospital by air ambulance Saturday, April 17, shortly after 6:30 p.m. after allegedly crashing on his longboard on a Spallumcheen roadway. (File photo)
Suspected longboard crash in Okanagan sends individual to hospital via air ambulance

Accident involved a North Okanagan man in his late 20s on Otter Lake Road in Spallumcheen

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland responds to a question during Question Period in the House of Commons Tuesday December 8, 2020 in Ottawa. The stage is set for arguably the most important federal budget in recent memory, as the Liberal government prepares to unveil its plan for Canada’s post-pandemic recovery even as a third wave of COVID-19 rages across the country. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Election reticence expected to temper political battle over federal budget

Opposition parties have laid out their own demands in the weeks leading up to the budget

A Kelowna Pride Festival 2019 participant holds up a flag. (Kelowna Pride Society)
Kelowna Pride, RCMP continue to work on ‘Safe Place Program’

A new committee has been formed to refine the ‘Safe Place Program’ created by the Kelowna RCMP

Coldstream Fire Department crews stationed at Kal Lake Provincial Park parking lot on Cosens Bay Road on Sunday, April 18, after a car went over a cliff in the area. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Driver escapes after car goes over North Okanagan cliff

The driver has been transported to hospital with unspecified injuries

A strange odour at a West Kelowna apartment building prompted the evacuation of 150 residents on Sunday morning, April 18. (Aaron Hemens - Capital News)
Strange smell at West Kelowna apartment prompts evacuation of 150 residents, pets

150 residents ordered evacuated from a West Kelowna apartment building early Sunday morning

Vernon Vipers goalie Roan Clarke celebrates his team’s 3-2 B.C. Hockey League pod play shootout win over the Salmon Arm Silverbacks Saturday, April 17, at Kal Tire Place. (Lisa Mazurek - Vernon Vipers Photography)
Vernon Vipers use shootout to subdue Salmon Arm

Snakes score 3-2 B.C. Hockey League pod play win at Kal Tire Place

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
B.C. to open up COVID vaccine registration to all B.C. residents 18+ in April

Registration does not equate to being able to book an appointment

Most Read