Penticton Vees forward Cam Amantea

Penticton Vees forward Cam Amantea

Vees riding two-game win streak after clipping SilverBacks 3-2

Early goal from captain Troy Stecher meant Penticton fans didn't have to wait long to toss their teddies

After losing four in a row, the Penticton Vees are now on a two-game winning streak.

The Vees defeated the Salmon Arm SilverBacks 3-2 at the South Okanagan Events Centre Friday night.

It also the club’s Teddy Bear toss fundraiser night for the Salvation Army, which is distributing the toys to Penticton kids.

The crowd of 1,726 didn’t have to wait long to toss their bears as Vees captain Troy Stecher scored the first goal at 3:06 on a wrap around. Three minutes later, Stecher setup Wade Murphy, who one-timed home his 11th goal of the season past Adam Clark. With the goal, he extended his point scoring streak to 17 games.

The eventual winner came six minutes later as Brad McClure used teammate Sam Mellor as a decoy. Breaking down the right side on a two-on-one, with Mellor on his left, McClure used the space he was given to get closer to Clark then released a perfect wrist shot high to the glove side.

The matchup also pitted Vees forward Brock Balson and recently acquired defenceman Sean Flanagan against their former team.

Alex Jewell, Shane Hanna, Evan Anderson and Mitchell Ferguson were on the other side.

Anderson, who was traded a week before Jewell with Ferguson, earned an assist on the SilverBacks first goal. He then scored his first BCHL goal when Jewell set him up with six minutes left in the game.

Steven Iacobellis, who was part of the trade with Jewell that brought Flanagan to the Vees, also faced his former team. He played for the Vees in 2010-11. During the off-season, he was traded from the Cowichan Valley Capitals to Powell River but never reported. He was traded to the Vees for defenceman Noah Henry.

Two of the Vees’ goals came on the power play and Chad Katunar made 21 saves for the win in net.

The Vees travel to Trail today to face the Smoke Eaters at Cominco Arena. The Smokies defeated the Prince George Spruce Kings in overtime 8-7 Friday night on a goal by Valik Chichkin. Penticton’s Tyler Berkholtz was awarded the second assist on the winner.

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