Vernon Viper Rob Short beat Penticton Vees goalie Sean Bonar 2:20 into overtime after driving to the net to give the home team a 3-2 win. Bonar slapped his stick on the ice as the Vees are now down 2-0 in the series and are in a must-win situation for Game 3 at the South Okanagan Events Centre on Tuesday.
The Vees came out with a better effort on Game 2 after being pounded 6-0 for their worst loss of the season. Vees defenceman Bo Dolan got the Vees on the scoreboard first 7:32 into the first period. Dolan was surrounded by his teammates as they were finally able to solve Graeme Gordon who had shutouts in three consecutive games. His streak lasted 205:52.
Four minutes later, the Jones twins, Kellen and Connor set up a beautiful play that left Sahir Gill alone on Bonar. Gill went backhand to forehand and had Bonar stretched out trying to make the save. Jones then made it 2-1 before the first ended.
Thirty-nine seconds into the second period, Logan Johnston wired his sixth of the playoffs upstairs on Gordon from in close after being set up by Eric Filiou. Against the Vipers, the Vees power-play was contained going 0-for-2 and Game 2 and 0-for-5 in two games while the Vipers are 2-for-6.
Following Game 1 Vees coach-general manager Fred Harbinson said Vernon deserves credit as they were ready to play.
“They created a lot of the issues that we had, but at the same time, when your best players don’t show up, that’s the result,” said Harbinson. “We had some of our best guys on the ice for four or five goals against.”
Harbinson added that the Vees had not had a game like that one all year and said that “Vernon saw blood in the water and they went for it.”
“It might have been one of our worst games of the year which is tough this time of year,” said Vees’ defenceman Derik Johnson following Game 1. “We’ve got to find a way, us veterans, to get the young guys to bounce back and re-energize. We’ve got to let them know that one game doesn’t decide this series.”
Game 3 and 4 return to the SOEC on Tuesday and Wednesday.