The Penticton Vees opened up their exhibition schedule with a win in West Kelowna on Wednesday night, holding off the Warriors 3-2 at Royal LePage Place.
The two team’s rosters were mainly comprised of younger prospects as no veterans or recruited players dressed for the Vees
Peter Zhong (Chicago Mission Under-18) opened the scoring in the first for the visitors, as he cleaned up a rebound in front of the Warriors net at 7:29. The Vees carried a one-goal lead into the dressing room.
Action picked up in the second and the Vees had a string of power-plays but couldn’t cash in on three opportunities, leaving the door open for the Tribe.
The Warriors made the most of their first man-advantage, tying the game at 11:44 on an odd-man rush down low.
The Vees jumped back into the lead eight-minutes later in the dying moments of the middle stanza. Joseph Santalucia (Burnaby Winter Club) had his wrist-shot from the blue-line sneak its way through a crowd and over the goaltenders glove at 19:18.
Shane Farkas (Okanagan Hockey Academy) was sharp in goal for the Vees, stopping all 13 shots he faced in the first thirty-minutes of the game. He thwarted two breakaway attempts by Warrior shooters, including a nice glove save whilst the Vees were on a power-play. Nolan Hildebrand (Okanagan Hockey Academy) took over halfway through the second.
Zhong padded the Vees lead early in the third period when he bagged his second of the night at 3:50. Michael MacLean (PMHA) raced down a puck behind the Warriors’ net and fed Zhong on the doorstep.
A key moment just before that third Vees goal was Hildebrand making a nice reactionary pad-save on a Warriors three-on-one rush. The Vees eventually headed down the other way and scored; a two-goal swing.
The Warriors made it a one-goal game inside the final four-minutes, as Josh Latta took a pass from the boards and rifled a one-timer past Hildebrand’s glove at 16:32.
That’s as close as the Tribe would get, as the Vees young guns stood tall in the final moments.
FINAL SCORE: 3-2 Vees
Shots: 41-29 Penticton
Power-Plays: Vees 0-4 West Kelowna 1-2
The Vees and Warriors do it all over again one week from tonight, when they reconvene at the SOEC on Wednesday, September 2nd; puck drop is 7pm. Tickets are just $5 for adults and seniors. Students (18 and under) and children are free courtesy of Peters Brothers Construction*
*Free student and children tickets are not applicable in the premium seating sections at the SOEC