October 26, 2013 - 9:56 AM
PENTICTON - Excuse Brett Beauvais if he has a grin on his face for the next few days. The Vees defenseman scored the game-winner, in double-overtime, on a penalty-shot, as the Penticton Vees edged the Vernon Vipers 6-5 Friday at the SOEC.
In the last forty-eight hours, Beauvais celebrated his nineteenth birthday, was named the Vees Player of the Month for October and tonight, scored the double-overtime winner.
Max Coatta opened the scoring in the first and in doing so ended a slump. On the Vees first power-play of the game, Coatta cleaned up a rebound in front of the net for his eighth of the season at 4:21; his first goal in seven games.
A former Vee brought the Vipers by level just past the midway mark of the opening period. Dexter Dancs redirected a Josh Bryan shot from the point, up and over the glove of Olivier Mantha at 11:01. The Vipers then took the lead inside the final two minutes of the first. TJ Dumonceaux finished off a nice passing play with Demico Hannoun, tapping-in a cross-ice feed past an outstretched Mantha at 18:44.
The Vees penalty-kill and “Trench Line” was the storyline in the second period, as it was the Vees turn to comeback from a one-goal deficit. Down a goal, the Vees killed off two Vipers power-plays before Cody DePourcq brought the Vees back level. A minute and a half after killing-off a second consecutive Vipers man-advantage, DePourcq found a lane to the net and daylight between the goalies legs. DePourcq walked into the right-circle and snapped the puck through the legs of Danny Todosychuk at 10:37; the two teams knotted up at two going into the break.
After just three goals in the first forty minutes, the two teams combined for six goals in a see-saw third period.
The Vees power-play flexed its muscle again early in the third period, as the Captain gave the Vees their second lead of the night. McClure moved into the top of the left-circle and wired a wrist-shot over the shoulder of Todosychuk just seventy-five seconds into the frame.
The celebration was short lived, as Jason Bird replied for the visitors two minutes later. On an odd play, Bird harmlessly threw the puck to the net from the left-wing boards. The puck seemed to dip in flight, which fooled Mantha, as it snuck in at the near-post at 3:07.
The Vees did well responding to the odd goal against, as they bagged two goals in just forty seconds to take a two goal lead. Cody DePourcq scored his second of the game at 6:43 when he finished off a sweet cross-crease feed from Travis Blanleil. Then, on the very next shift, Max Coatta grabbed his second after a tic-tac-toe passing play at the Vipers net. Josh Blanchard dished the puck out front to Coatta who made no mistake in bagging his ninth at 7:23.
The Vipers wouldn’t go quietly, as Jared Wilson made it a one goal game, seven minutes later on a seeing-eye shot from the blue-line. The puck found the Wilson at the top of the circle, and while off balance, his one-timer beat Mantha over the glove at 14:14.
Vernon then completed their third period rally in the final moments of regulation. Just after killing a late Vees power-play, Riley Gunther took a drop pass and managed to put his point-shot through a maze of bodies and past Mantha at 19:39; forcing overtime with just twenty-one seconds left.
Four-on-four overtime didn’t produce a winner so the teams went to a second, three-on-three overtime period.
Despite allowing five goals on nineteen shots in regulation, Olivier Mantha was dynamite in the two overtime periods. Mantha made several clutch saves, including a key pad save on a Demico Hannoun breakaway. Mantha’s goaltending clinic set the stage for Brett Beauvais’ heroics.
Late into the second overtime period, Beauvais was taken down by the stick of Josh Bryan just inside the Vees blue-line. The referee, after hesitating for a moment, elected to award the Vees defenseman a penalty-shot; a penalty in double-overtime is an automatic penalty-shot. Beauvais sealed the extra point and win with a nifty forehand- backhand deke through Danny Todosychuk’s legs at 3:31.
Final Score: 6-5 Vees
Shots: 45-26 Vees
Power-Plays: Vees 2-4 Vernon 0-3
Three Stars: 1) Brett Beauvais 2) Cody DePourcq 3) Max Coatta
The win bumps up the Vees record to 11-3-1-1, as they’re still atop of the Interior Division standings; one point ahead of second place West Kelowna. The Vees also remain undefeated in regulation at home, as their record moves to 8-0-0-1. Friday was the Vees fourth overtime contest in their last five games; their record moving to 2-1-1. Max Coatta led the Vees in scoring Friday, picking up two goals and three points.
The Vees are on the road tomorrow, when the pay a visit to the Salmon Arm Silverbacks; puck drop at the Shaw Centre is 7pm. Fans can listen to the game with Fraser Rodgers on EZ Rock AM 800.
The Vees don’t play again at home for twenty-two days, when they host the Nanaimo Clippers on November 16th.
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