PENTICTON - With an opportunity to match a season high win streak, the Penticton Vees didn’t leave it to chance, as they scored an emphatic 7-1 win over the Surrey Eagles at the SOEC. The win is the Vees fourth in a row, which matches a season high established back on September 14th.
The Vees remain in top spot in the Interior Division with 20 wins and 44 points.
Saturday’s game followed a similar script to Friday’s early on, as the Vees got out to another two-goal first period lead. Ben Dalpe broke the scoreless tie eight-minutes into the first when he pounced on a rebound. Bo Didur kicked-out a Chris Rygus point-shot but the puck darted straight out to Dalpe, who wired his 10th past Didur at 8:01.
Brad McClure, who scored twice on Friday night, scored his first of two on the power-play with under two-minutes left in the frame. Dalpe turned from scorer to play-maker, as he sent a sweet feed across to McClure, who went down to a knee and one-timed the puck in the top-corner at 18:30.
The Vees kept coming in the second scoring three more times, Blake Butzow getting things going three minutes in. Butzow let go a shot from the blue-line that hit a Surrey defender and ramped up and over Didur’s glove at 2:55; Butzow’s first goal in a Vees jersey.
Anthony Conti pushed the lead to four seven-minutes later, when he showed-off his hand-eye coordination in front of the Eagles net. Jarod Hilderman sent the puck to the net from the point and Conti deflected it down and through Didur’s legs at 9:55.
Brett Beauvais capped-off the second period scoring, when he picked the corner from the right-wing. Paul Stoykewych slid the puck across to Beauvais, who fired a wrist-shot from the right-circle, which found the corner over the glove of Didur at 16:52; Beauvais scoring in his fifth straight game.
The offense kept coming early in the third period, as Matt Serratore scored his first goal in 12 games two-minutes into the frame. Jack Ramsey made a move to the goal-line at the side of the Surrey net, and then spun a pass across the goal-mouth to Serratore for a tap-in.
Danton Heinen spoiled Olivier Mantha’s shutout bid with just over six-minutes left in the third, when he cashed-in on a rebound in front at 13:51. But McClure would have the final say, as the Vees Captain stole the puck at the Eagles blue-line, moved into the right-circle, and snapped the puck through Didur’s legs at 16:44 to put the finishing touches on rout; McClure’s league-leading 26th goal.
FINAL SCORE: 7-1 Vees
Shots: 33-32 Vees
Power-Plays: Vees 1-4 Eagles 0-3
Three Stars: 1) Anthony Conti 2) Olivier Mantha 3) Jack Ramsey
Record: 20-7-1-3 (44 points) / Home: 12-2-0-2
With the win, the Vees remain in first place in the Interior Division, one point up on Vernon. With his three points, Brad McClure is just one point back of Salmon Arm’s Landon Smith for top spot in the BCHL scoring race; McClure has 47 points. Six different Vees scored and 15 had at least a single point in the win.
The Vees return to action Wednesday, December 11th, when they host the Trail Smoke Eaters at the SOEC. Its “Wicked Wednesday” as tickets are just $5 and beer is just $2.50. Also, there is a guaranteed car giveaway, as one lucky fan will take home a 2002 Pontiac Aztec, courtesy of Michelle Jamieson of Royal LePage Realty. Tickets are available at the Valley First Box Office (at the SOEC), Monday to Friday, 10am-5pm.