January 29, 2015 - 9:20 AM
PENTICTON - A late first period tally from Tyson Jost was all the Penticton Vees needed Wednesday, as they manufactured a 1-0 win over the Salmon Arm Silverbacks at the South Okanagan Events Centre.
The shutout win extends the Vees (36-7-2-1) win streak to four, as they now look ahead to a weekend doubleheader against Trail. Hunter Miska made 19 saves for his BCHL-best fifth shutout on the season.
Wednesday was measure of revenge for the Vees, as they were shutout 3-0 by Salmon Arm back on January 3rd.
Salmon Arm (19-19-3-5) dropped their third straight and remain four points back of the fourth and final playoff spot in the Interior.
Tyson Jost brought the 2,368 fans to their feet late in the opening frame, when he fired a bullet into the top corner at 16:19. Gabe Bast skipped the puck across to Jost and as it bounced, Jost snapped the puck over the arm of Salmon Arm’s Angus Redmond for his 18th of the season. Jost was thwarted earlier in the period, when another one of his hard shots smoked the cross-bar.
Redmond was very good in the first, as he had to turn out 14 saves and got some help from the posts. Newell, like Jost, struck iron in the first, as his shot off the rush went through the goalie but smacked the base of the post and stayed out.
The Vees best chance to double their lead in the second came off the blade of Miles Gendron. Gendron tried to redirect a pass on a two-on-one rush but his tip just fluttered wide of the post.
Anthony Gardner gave Hunter Miska his toughest test in the middle frame, when he stepped into a rebound in the slot but the Vees goaltender got his pad on the blast.
The Vees made another push in the third to add an insurance marker but Redmond held the Vees offense at bay. Their best chance was late when Cody DePourcq was robbed on the doorstep, as Redmond threw out his glove to take a goal away.
Salmon Arm did send out the extra-attacker late in the third period but the Vees snuffed out any comeback attempt; they only surrendered five shots in the final frame.
Final Score: 1-0 Vees
Shots: 34-19 Vees
Power-Plays: Vees 0-3 Salmon Arm 0-2
Three Stars: 1) Tyson Jost 2) Angus Redmond 3) Hunter Miska
The Vees look for their fifth straight win on Friday, when they host the Trail Smoke Eaters at the SOEC. It’s the annual Valley First Feed the Valley night, as we ask fans to bring a non-perishable food item to game, in support of the local Penticton Salvation Army Food Bank. Fans can get their tickets at the Valley First box office (at the SOEC), or online at www.valleyfirsttix.com.
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