Make it nine wins in a row for the Penticton Vees.
Scott Conway’s fifth game-winner of the season kept the streak alive as the Vees topped the West Kelowna Warriors 4-3 at the South Okanagan Events Centre Friday.
Defenceman Colton Poolman, who assisted on the winner with captain Tyson Jost, said it was a huge goal.
“Get the puck to Scotty and see what he can do,” said Poolman, after coming out victorious in front of a crowd of 2,406. “He can find the back of the net. Put the puck in his hands and let him do what he can.”
The goal was Conway’s ninth, which ties him with Jost, who scored the other three goals. After the Warriors opened the scoring at 14:49 of the first period on a goal by Garrett Forster, Jost got the Vees back on even terms nearly three minutes later. He then gave the Vees a 2-1 lead at 10:15 of the second period. His hat-trick goal came 26 seconds into the third period on the power-play.
“We were pretty spotty I thought. We had some good shifts, some bad shifts,” said Poolman. “We found a way to win, that’s the most important thing.”
Between the pipes for the Vees was Zachary Driscoll, who turned aside 25 shots for his second win and first at home.
“It was a great feeling. The boys played great tonight,” said Driscoll. “We had a little lapse in the second period, but credit to them, they kept working. They really helped me out there.”
The lapse in the second period resulted in the Warriors scoring two goals in 34 seconds to take a 3-2 lead into second intermission. Along with Forster, the Warriors other scorers were Liam Blackburn and Kylar Hope. Driscoll said the Warriors were good.
“It surprised me how fast they were in transition,” he said. “they were a very good team, it was a good game.”
The Vees travel to Chilliwack Saturday to take on the Chiefs, who picked up an easy 6-1 win in Surrey. In other league scores, the Powell River Kings used overtime to defeat the Coquitlam Express 4-3, the Cowichan Valley Capitals edged the Victoria Grizzlies 3-2, the Vernon Vipers downed the Nanaimo Clippers 6-2, the Langley Rivermen defeated the Wenatchee Wild3-9 and the Trail Smoke Eaters earned a 7-3 win over the Prince George Cougars.