Nic Jones helped the Penticton Vees dominate the Vernon Vipers 6-2 Wednesday night at Kal Tire Place with a two-goal performance.
Both Jones’ goals came on the penalty kill.
“I’ve never had that before,” said Jones, who scored one shorthanded tally in the regular season. “I felt I played good. My linemates are playing well with Luke Voltin and Demico Hannoun. I was able to get a couple of good bounces on the penalty kill. Got some chances and was able to finish.”
The Edmonton product has four goals and four assists to lead the Vees and the BCHL in playoff scoring. He feels that he’s been playing pretty well in the post-season, where he has noticed the intensity pick up.
Lining up with Voltin, as well as Brooks and recently Hannoun, the former Ohio State Buckeye said his line mates have been creating space for him.
“We’re able to find each other well. I think the penalty kill has been pretty good,” said Jones, who also teamed up with Scott Conway to set up Easton Brodzinski to put the Vees up 4-0 in Game 4. “Playing with Mitch Brooks, we’ve been playing really well on the PK.”
Jones was recently named the BCHL’s player of the week as he led all scorers in the first weekend of action of the B.C. Ford Dealers Road to the Fred Page Cup. Jones scored two goals and added four assists in two games.
“I didn’t really even know until the day after. It’s nice to be recognized,” said Jones, who finished fifth in Vees scoring in the regular season with 21 goals and 63 points in 42 games. “It’s more about the wins right now.
“Last game was probably our best game of the playoffs,” continued Jones, the game’s first star.
Owen Sillinger potted what would be the eventual winner at 14:12 of the first period.
Jones said the Vees are going to have to come out harder than Game 4 for Game 5 at the South Okanagan Events Centre on Friday.
“They are going to be a desperate team,” he said. “We’re really going to have to bring it Friday.”
Puck drop is at 7 p.m.