November 29, 2014 - 9:54 AM
LANGLEY - The Penticton Vees power-play punished an undisciplined Langley Rivermen team, as they scored three times with the man-advantage en route to a 6-0 win at the Langley Events Centre Friday.
The win was the Vees sixth in a row and their second in nine days against the Rivermen, as the Vees swept the two-game season series.
Mile Gendron opened the scoring in the first when he skated in off the right-wing and wired a wrist-shot past starter Bo Didur at 3:12; Gendron’s third and first since Halloween night.
Langley ran into penalty-trouble in the first period as they handed the Vees four power-plays in the opening twenty-minutes. The Vees finally capitalized on the fourth power-play and just in the nick of time. Riley Alferd pushed the face-off towards the net and Jack Ramsey, from his knees, forced the puck through Didur with just three-tenths of a second left on the clock.
Didur was replaced by Darren Martin to start the second but the Vees kept finding the back of the net. Just after a Vees penalty expired, Dakota Conroy forced a turnover at the centre and fed Patrick Newell. The speedy winger broke into the Langley zone on a two-on-oh rush with Connor Chartier. Newell slid the puck over to Chartier who quickly went forehand-backhand for his second at 11:32.
The Vees power-play flexed its muscle in the third, when Langley ran into more penalty-trouble. With two Rivermen in the box, the Vees scored twice in a fifty-six second span. First, Dakota Conroy tipped-in a one-touch pass from Demico Hannoun from the corner at 6:41 to make it 4-0. Then Jack Ramsey one-timed the puck from the left-circle which snuck just inside the post at 7:37.
Cam Amantea put the finishing touches on the win, scoring the sixth and final goal in the dying moments of the game. Amantea kept the puck on a two-on-one rush and went five-hole on Darren Martin at 19:45 for his fourth.
Final Score: 6-0 Vees
Shots: 34-24 Vees
Power-Plays: Vees 3-9 Rivermen 0-4
Three Stars: 1) Jack Ramsey 2) Connor Chartier 3) Brendan Barry
The Vees are now 23-3-0-1 and remain 14 points ahead of second place Vernon who kept pace with a 7-5 win in Salmon Arm. Patrick Newell extended his BCHL-best point streak to 14 games with his second period assist. Brendan Barry picked up his second career BCHL shutout, stopping all 24 shots he faced; he’s now a perfect 8-0-0. The Vees are a perfect 6-0-0 against the Mainland Division. Prior to the game, Gabe Bast, Dante Fabbro, Miles Gendron, Demico Hannoun and Tyson Jost were five of 25 BCHL players invited to Canada West camp for the 2014 World Junior ‘A’ Challenge.
It’s a quick turnaround for the Vees, as they host the West Kelowna Warriors at the SOEC tomorrow night; face-off is 6pm and the game sponsor is Home Hardware. West Kelowna dropped a 3-1 decision in Trail Friday but did snap the Vees 13-game win streak back on November 5th, with a 3-2 win at the SOEC. Fans can purchase their tickets at the Valley First box office (at the SOEC), or online at www.valleyfirsttix.com.
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