September 21, 2014 - 9:16 AM
CHILLIWACK – In recent years there seems to be two guarantees in Chilliwack in September: good weather and the Penticton Vees winning at the BCHL Showcase. Tyson Jost scored his first BCHL goal and then scored two more as the Vees held off the Alberni Valley Bulldogs 4-3 Saturday afternoon at Prospera Centre.
With the win, the Vees sweep their weekend and now, as a franchise, are a perfect 6-0 at the Showcase dating back to the inaugural event in September of 2012.
Jost opened up his scoring account midway through the first period. The 16-year-old pounced on a rebound off a point-shot that came off the pad of the Bulldogs goalie for his first BCHL goal at 10:39.
Riley Alferd doubled Penticton’s lead near the end of the first just as a Vees power-play expired. Alferd reached back behind himself and spun and fired a wrist-shot past the blocker of Billy Christopoulos at 17:13.
The second period had a heavy dose of Jost as the Vees forward scored two in the frame to put the Vees up by four. His second came just past the seven-minute mark when he hammered a slap-shot from the top of the circles. On an odd-man rush, Liam Finlay dropped it to Jost who went five-hole on Christopoulos at 7:18.
The hat-trick goal came late in the middle stanza as Jost darted down the middle, danced past the defender before wiring a wrist-shot over Christopoulos at 18:03. The Vees looked to carry a 4-0 lead into the break but the Bulldogs Darian Henry had other ideas.
During a Bulldogs power-play, Henry fired a wrist-shot from the blue-line that got through a crowd and past Hunter Miska just before the buzzer sounded. After a brief discussion amongst the on-ice officials the goal was upheld.
That late second period marker seemed to spur on the Bulldogs in the third period as they cut into the Vees lead. Scott Clark made it a two-goal came six and half minutes in after he snapped a shot up and over Miska on a counter-attack. Clark found a seam down the middle of the Vees zone and went upstairs at 6:37.
Dylan Haugen made it a one-goal game despite the ‘dogs being short-handed. During a Vees power-play, Haugen forced a turnover at blue-line and skated in on the short-handed breakaway. His shot was stopped but the puck rolled over Miska’s arm and just across the goal-line at 9:40.
That’s as close as the Bulldogs would get as the Vees managed to snuff out Alberni Valley’s comeback attempt inside the final minute of the third.
Final Score: 4-3 Vees
Shots: 35-22 Vees
Power-Plays: Vees 0-8 Alberni Valley 1-5
Three Stars: 1) Tyson Jost 2) Kurt Gosselin 3) Liam Finlay.
The win pushes the Vees record to 2-0 and they outscored their opponents 15-5 this weekend. Liam Finlay and Mike Lee each had two assists and Dante Fabbro, Matt Serratore and Lewis Zerter-Gossage picked up helpers.
The Vees are back on the road next Friday in Trail when they battle the Smoke Eaters at Cominco Arena; puck drop is 7:30pm. Fans can listen to the game on EZ ROCK AM 800 or they can watch at www.fasthockey.com.
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