October 05, 2014 - 9:35 AM
SALMON ARM - Celebrating his 19th birthday, Demico Hannoun gave himself the best present possible. Hannoun scored on a penalty shot in double overtime, as the Penticton Vees squeaked out a 4-3 win over the Salmon Arm Silverbacks Saturday.
With the overtime win the Vees sweep the weekend home-and-home set against the Silverbacks and push their record to 5-1-0-0.
Coming into Saturday’s game, the Vees had only opened the scoring once in their previous five games. Riley Alferd reversed that trend late in the opening period when sniped his second of the season at 15:52. Gabe Bast lobed the puck into the Salmon Arm zone and Alferd tracked it down, cut to the middle and went over Zach Dyment’s glove.
Alferd and Bast teamed up again for the Vees second goal early in the second period. Bast had his point-shot stopped but Alferd gobbled up the rebound at the side of the net to double the Vees lead at 3:11.
The lead held up until the dying moments of the second when the Vees ran into penalty trouble. After Hunter Miska was handed a double-minor spearing penalty, Chase Priskie’s shot from the blue-line found its way through traffic to cut the Vees lead in half at 19:50.
Early in the third, Salmon Arm had another man-advantage and used it to level the game at two’s. Taylor Maruya was the last player to touch the puck during a goal mouth scramble, as he just pushed the puck across the line and past Miska three-minutes in.
Salmon Arm rode the momentum and grabbed their first lead near the midway mark of the period. Shane Danyluk crashed the net and smacked a rebound past Miska at 8:33. Taro Hirose one-handed the puck towards the crease from the right-wing and Danyluk snuck in behind the defender and potted the loose puck over Miska’s arm.
The Silverbacks only lead of the night was short lived, as Lewis Zerter-Gossage brought the Vees back level just over two-minutes later. Zerter-Gossage danced around the defenseman on the goal-line then came out front and snapped the puck five-hole for his fourth at 13:59.
The two teams needed double-overtime to decide a winner and the Vees had a couple of chances to end it before Hannoun’s heroics. The best chance was on a Vees two-on-oh rush but Steen Cooper just pushed a centering pass wide from Gabe Bast.
The Vees were awarded a penalty-shot midway through the fifth period when Hannoun was hit from behind on the side boards; any penalty in double overtime is an automatic penalty-shot. Hannoun didn’t squander the golden opportunity, as he wired a wrist-shot over the Salmon Arm goalie’s glove at 2:50 of sudden-victory period.
Final Score: 4-3 Vees
Shots: 31-30 Vees
Power-Plays: Vees 0-3 Salmon Arm 2-6
Three Stars: 1) Demico Hannoun 2) Taro Hirose 3) Riley Alferd
The Vees five wins and 10 points moved them into a tie with the Merritt Centennials for top spot in the Interior Division; the Cents’ do hold the tie-breaker. Alferd and Hannoun each had two points in the win and Hannoun now has goals in back-to-back games. The Vees are now a perfect 5-0-0 when they lead after forty-minutes.
It’s a first place showdown on Wednesday, October 8th when the Vees host the Centennials at the SOEC. It’s the first “Wicked Wednesday,” of the season, as tickets are just $5 for adults and seniors and beers are just $2.50. The Vees will also be raffling off a 2005 Pontiac Sunfire in the second intermission. Wednesday also marks the debut of the Vees Cantex Construction Third Jersey. Fans can get their discounted tickets at the Valley First Box Office (at the SOEC), starting at 10 a.m. on Monday morning.
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