March 01, 2015 - 10:00 AM
PENTICTON - Jack Ramsey scored 1:48 into four-on-four overtime, as the Penticton Vees edged the Salmon Arm Silverbacks 2-1 at the South Okanagan Events Centre on Saturday night, in the Vees regular season finale.
Ramey grabbed the puck on the left-wing, cut to the goal-line, and then tucked the puck around a sprawled Angus Redmond, giving the Vees (44-9-3-2) their sixth straight win to close the regular season.
The overtime loss, coupled with West Kelowna’s win over Surrey, knocked the Silverbacks (28-21-3-6) out of the playoff picture. West Kelowna now faces the Vees in a best-of-seven Interior Division semi-final, starting Tuesday in Penticton.
Dakota Conroy opened the scoring early in the first period, when he walked in from the left-wing and went five-hole on Redmond at 4:40; Conroy finishing the regular season with goals in back-to-back games.
The scored held up until midway through the third period and largely in part because of Angus Redmond. The Silverbacks goaltender stood tall in the Salmon Arm, as he faced a barrage of shots in the second period-24 to be exact.
Redmond kept his team in it and they repaid him with an equalizer midway through the third period. Ross Heidt took a drop pass in the left-circle and went short-side on Hunter Miska at 8:42; the shot actually deflected off a Vee before changing direction.
The Vees had a golden opportunity to win the game in regulation, as Heidt was called for late cross-checking penalty. The power-play carried over to overtime but nothing materialized.
Final Score: 2-1 (OT) Vees
Power-Play: Vees 0-4 Silverbacks 0-1
Three Stars: 1) Jack Ramsey 2) Angus Redmond 3) Dakota Conroy
The Vees finish with an impressive 25-3-1-0 record at home and an equally as impressive 26-7-1-1 record against the Interior. Patrick Newell finished as the Vees top scorer with 47 points in 58 games; one point up on Riley Alferd and Lewis Zerter-Gossage.
The Vees now host the West Kelowna Warriors in games one and two of their Interior Division semi-final series. Game one is set for Tuesday, March 3rd at the SOEC; puck drop is 7pm. Discounted playoffs tickets are on sale until 12pm, on Monday, March 2nd. Fans can get tickets for just $10 per game, for the first two games. Tickets are available at the Valley First Box Office (at the SOEC).
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