It’s now 13 straight wins for the Penticton Vees.
The Vees dispatched the Trail Smoke Eaters 6-2 at the South Okanagan Events Centre in front of 2,044 fans improving to 16-1 and remain perfect at home at 8-0-0.
“It’s awesome to win and keep this streak going,” said Vees co-captain Patrick Sexton, who returned from an upper body injury that kept him out of 12 games. “Outside the of the first seven or eight minutes, I thought we played a really good game.”
After the Smoke Eaters opened the scoring on a goal by Scott Davidson at 7:14, Vees co-captain Cody DePourcq evened things up when he redirected a Gabe Bast point shot on the power play. DePourcq would later get the game-winning goal with a shot that beat Adam Todd high four minutes into the second period.
“We did a good job of handling their pushes. Trail is a good team,” said Sexton. “I thought we did a good job of grinding it out in the D-zone.”
Also scoring for the Vees was Patrick Newell, Demico Hannoun and Riley Alferd with a pair. Newell led the Vees with three points.
“We wnat to push the pace every game. Our forwards are unbelievable like that,” said Sexton. “I know I don’t like practicing against them because they go hard there too. I couldn’t imagine playing against them. They do a great job of being aggressive and getting after the other teams D core.”
On the power play, the Vees went three-for-seven with DePourcq,Newell and Alferd scoring. Hunter Miska stopped 24 shots to earn the victory.
While Sexton returned to the lineup, the Vees lost forward Cam Amantea who crashed hard into the boards following a breakaway and skated off favouring his left arm.
Hunter Miska, who made 24 saves in the win, was named the BCHL Player of the Month for October. He was 9-0, with a 1.08 goals-against average, a .959 save-percentage with three shutouts.