December 07, 2014 - 9:50 AM
PENTICTON - The Penticton Vees held one of the most potent lines in the BCHL at bay for nearly sixty-minutes and got some help from the blue-line, in a 3-1 win over the Powell River Kings Saturday.
Defensemen Gabe Bast and Miles Gendron scored in the first and second period respectively and Tyson Jost added a goal and two points for the Vees (26-4-0-1), as they won their third straight and for the ninth time in the last 10 games.
Kings’ (13-8-0-7) forward Jacob Pritchard spoiled Brendan Barry’s (9-0-0) shutout bid late in the third period, as the 17-year-old netminder was four and a half minutes away from back-to-back goose-eggs. The one goal against is impressive, considering Pritchard along with line-mates Jarid Lukosevicius and Kurt Keats combined for 50 of the Kings 95 goals coming into Saturday’s game.
Gabe Bast opened the scoring in the first, getting his first in 11 games after an extended shift inside the Kings zone. Just after a Vees power-play expired, Bast wired a shot from the top of the left-circle off the post and in. Jack Ramsey and Cody DePourcq picking up assists on Bast’s fourth at 7:37.
The Vees barely gave the Kings a look in the offensive zone, as Powell River mustered just one shot on net in the first twenty-minutes.
Tyson Jost doubled the Vees lead seven-minutes into the middle frame after some crafty work by Patrick Newell. The Kings were caught on a line change and Jost was alone at the far-post. Newell spun a no-look pass from the corner to Jost who wired the one-timer past Brett Magnus at 7:10. Newell and Hannoun picking up helpers on Jost’s 11th.
Jost turned play-maker in the third period when he setup Miles Gendron for the Vees third goal. Just after the Vees killed-off a Powell River power-play, Jost and Gendron skated into the Kings zone on a two-on-one rush. Jost showed great patience to move around a sprawled defender on the goal-line, before firing the cross-crease pass to Gendron for the tap-in at 9:18.
As mentioned, Pritchard broke up Barry’s shutout bid at 15:32 of the third when he snuck a shot up high on the short-side from the bottom of the left-circle.
Final Score: 3-1 Vees
Shots: 25-14 Vees
Power-Plays: Vees 0-6 Kings 0-6
Three Stars: 1) Tyson Jost 2) Jack Ramsey 3) Gabe Bast
The Vees are now 10-1-0-1 when they play three games in four days this season. The Vees are also 21-2-0-0 when leading through two periods; 16-3-0-1 when they score first. With the loss tonight, the Powell River Kings are still winless at the SOEC since the building opened in 2008. Including the playoffs, the Kings are now winless in their last eight games in Penticton; that streak stretches six seasons.
The Vees now enjoy six days off before they return to the ice next Friday, December 12th, when the pay a visit to the Salmon Arm Silverbacks; face-off is 7pm. The Vees next home game is next Sunday, December 14th, an afternoon contest against the Chilliwack Chiefs; puck drop is 3pm. It’s the Vees annual Teddy Bear Toss in support of the Salvation Arm. Fans are asked to bring a new or gentle used stuffed toy to the game.
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