Penticton Vees route Trail Smoke Eaters to set North American record

A 10-0 drubbing of the Trail Smoke Eaters has given the Penticton Vees a new national record with 41 consecutive wins.

A 10-0 drubbing of the Trail Smoke Eaters has given the Penticton Vees a new national record with 41 consecutive wins.

Over 3,600 fans applauded the efforts of the No. 1 ranked team in the Canadian Junior Hockey League Tuesday night as the Vees earned their 53rd win. The record-setting night makes history on the same day 57 years ago when the Penticton V’s became world champions after blanking the Russians.

Ryan Reilly scored the game winning goal 5:40 into the first period as he beat Smoke Eaters goalie Lyndon Stanwood as he drove to the net. That was the first of two goals on the night for Reilly, who also added an assist. Joey Benik was named the first star as he scored once and set up four goals, including a one-timer goal by Steven Fogarty, who fed Benik a pass before getting it back.

Vees goalie Chad Katunar made 18 saves on the night. For full game coverage, check www.pentictonwesternnews.com Wednesday.