September 06, 2014 - 9:48 AM
PENTICTON - As the saying goes, it’s not how you start but how you finish and the Penticton Vees took that to heart on Friday. The Vees erased a two-goal first period deficit, en route to a 3-2 win over the West Kelowna Warriors in exhibition action at the SOEC on Friday.
Patrick Newell put the finishing touches on the comeback win midway through the third period, when he ripped a wrist-shot over Andy Desautels’ glove. Newell and Hannoun played give-and-go before Newell wired the game-winner from the top of the right-circle at 10:11.
After the Warriors built up a 2-0 first period lead, Mitch Newsome was the only player to bulge the twine in the middle stanza, as he dashed out of the penalty-box to cut the deficit in half. As the Warriors power-play expired, Riley Alferd fired a pass out to centre for Newsome, who was sent in alone and he snapped a shot up high and past Desautels at 17:22.
Alferd had his finger prints all over the second period, as he had two great chances to hit the scoresheet. First, he just missed a redirect at the near-post and then later he darted down the middle of the Warriors zone but had his wrist-shot clang off the cross-bar.
Jack Ramsey drew the Vees level seven and half minutes into the third period, as he was the beneficiary of a nice pass by his line-mate. Lewis Zerter-Gossage broke wide on the left-wing before dropping the puck back in front to Ramsey for the one-timer at 7:32.
The Warriors Liam Blackburn opened the scoring back at 16:13 of the first period as he pounced on a rebound out front of the Vees net. With the Vees on the penalty-kill, Blackburn had a rebound kick-out right to his stick and deposited it in the open net to put the visitors ahead.
Kylar Hope doubled the Warriors lead two-minutes later when he found the idle puck in the Vees crease. Hunter Miska made the initial save but lost sight of the puck in his pads and Hope poked the puck over the line at 18:44.
FINAL SCORE: 3-2 Vees
Shots: 29-25 Vees
Power-Plays: Vees 0/3 Warriors 1/6
The Vees and Warriors go at it again tomorrow night in West Kelowna, in the back half of the home-and-home set; face-off from Royal LePage Place is 7pm. The Vees are providing an audio only stream at www.mixlr.com/penticton-vees. Penticton wraps up its exhibition schedule on Sunday, September 14th when they host the Merritt Centennials.
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