October 24, 2015 - 10:52 AM
POWELL RIVER, B.C. - You would have to count the bodies on the bench to realize the Penticton Vees were playing short-handed Friday night, Oct. 23. With just 16 skaters, the Vees blanked the Powell River Kings 3-0 at Hap Parker Arena, winning their 14th in a row.
Easton Brodzinski and Owen Sillinger scored in the second period and Tyson Jost put the game on ice with an empty-net goal late. Anthony Brodeur picked up his first career BCHL shutout making 24 saves for his ninth win.
The Vees, who had just 11 forwards and five defensemen dressed because of rash of injuries, had a great start despite a scoreless first period. The Vees outshot the Kings 14-5 in the opening frame and had a chance to break the ice on the opening shift of the game.
Tyson Jost worked the puck out front to Easton Brodzinski who missed the tap-in when the puck jumped over his stick.
Brodzinski made the most of his second chance as he broke the deadlock early in the middle stanza on a Vees power-play. Scott Conway fired a wrist-shot from the left-circle that Brodzinski managed to get a piece of in front of the net; Brodzinski bagging his ninth at 2:50.
Four-minutes later the Vees doubled their lead thanks to Owen Sillinger. The 17-year-old took a drop pass from Luke Voltin and fired a dart over the glove of the Kings netminder at 6:51; Sillinger picking up his fourth of the season.
The Vees tightened the vice in the third period, as the Kings were held to just nine shots and three scoring chances over the final 20 minutes.
Captain Jost salted the game away with an empty-net goal inside the final minute to clinch the Vees 14th straight win.
Final Score: 3-0 Vees
Shots: 34-24 Vees
Power-Plays: Vees 1-4 Kings 0-1
Three Stars: 1) Anthony Brodeur 2) Jeff Smith 3) Griffin Mendel
Conway extended his BCHL-best point-streak to 14 games with his two assists Friday; he also pulls into a tie with Jost for the team scoring lead. The Vees are now 2-0 against the Island Division and 4-2-1-1 in Powell River in the last nine seasons.
The Vees (14-1-0-0) head over to Vancouver Island Saturday for a date with the Cowichan Valley Capitals (8-3-1-2) at the Island Savings Centre; face-off is 6 pm. Fans cans listen to the game on EZ Rock AM 800 or they can watch online at www.fasthockey.com.
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