PENTICTON - Tyson Jost knows how to pick his spots. The Penticton Vees Captain scored the game-winner, with under three-minutes left in the third, as the Vees edged the Cowichan Valley Capitals 4-3 in front of over 2,500 fans at the South Okanagan Events Centre Saturday, Nov. 15.
Jost fired in a cross-ice pass from Nicholas Jones with just 2:08 left in regulation, as the Vees pushed their win streak to 22 games. The Captain scored two on the night, both on the power-play and David Eccles scored the only other Vees goal; Easton Brodzinski chipped in with two assists.
Zach Driscoll kept his perfect record intact, stopping 22 of 25 shots to improve to 8-0.
Matt Hudie, Ayden MacDonald and Patrick Geary scored for the Caps’ and Storm Phaneuf was tagged with the loss, stopping 24 of 28 shots.
Cowichan Valley broke the ice late in the first, as MacDonald jammed in the puck at the side of the Vees’ net. MacDonald couldn’t stuff in his wraparound attempt but forced the puck between Driscoll and the post at 17:14; just the second time this season the Vees trailed after one.
The Vees drew level early in the second and they got the tying goal from an unlikely source. David Eccles, who was goalless on the year, fired a seeing-eye shot from the blue-line that found the back of the net at 6:32.
Then two-minutes later, on a power-play, Jost got the Vees their first lead of the night. Just five-seconds into the man-advantage, Jost hammered a one-timer from the right-wing circle at 8:36.
Cowichan Valley clawed back and on a power-play of their own late in the middle frame. Driscoll stopped the knuckling point-shot but bobbled the rebound, and it fell to Matt Hudie in front at 15:47 to tie it 2-2.
Penticton grabbed the lead back midway through the third, as Mitch Brooks capitalized on a rebound in front of the Capitals net. Owen Sillinger had his shot stopped but Brooks was there to bury in the slot at 8:04; his second of the second.
The Caps wouldn’t go away however and came back to tie, again, and this time just four-minutes later. Just like their second goal, it was a forward capitalizing on a rebound right in the crease. The point-shot was blocked at the top of the crease but Patrick Geary smacked in the loose puck at 12:11.
It appeared the game was destined for overtime but the home side was awarded a late power-play with just over three-minutes left and made the most of their opportunity. Nicholas Jones took a drop pass from Jost and then found the Captain on the return feed, on the far-side for the one-timer at 17:52; his team-leading and BCHL best 21st.
Penticton held off one last push late from the Caps with their goalie pulled for the extra attacker.
Final Score: 4-3 Vees
Shots: 28-25 Vees
Power-Play: Vees 2-4 Caps 1-3
Three Stars: 1) Tyson Jost 2) Matt Hudie 3) Mitch Brooks
Jost leads the BCHL in goals (21) and points (46) with his two-goal effort Saturday; he also extended his point streak to 11 games. Dante Fabbro picked up an assist and bumped up his point streak to 15 games. The Vees improved their home record to 11-0 with the win; they’re 5-0 against the Island Division.
Penticton (22-1-0-0) is off until Wednesday, November 18th, when they host the Coquitlam Express on Teddy Bear Toss night. Fans are encouraged to bring a stuff toy to the game in support of the Salvation Army. Tickets are available at the Valley First box office, or online at www.valleyfirsttix.com.