Vees blank Warriors in West Kelowna
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October 12, 2014 - 9:37 AM
WEST KELOWNA – Demico Hannoun and Lewis Zerter-Gossage combined for six points and Hunter Miska stopped all 29 shots he faced, as the Penticton Vees shutout the West Kelowna Warriors 4-0 Saturday at Royal LePage Place.
The victory pushes the Vees win streak to five and they now sit five points clear of second place in the Interior Division win an 8-1-0-0 record.
Zerter-Gossage got things rolling early in the first period when he pounced on a rebound. Demico Hannoun rifled a shot of the mask of Andy Desautels and the puck fell to Zerter-Gossage who deposited the puck passed the prone Warriors goaltender at 5:40.
Desautels was the story in the first for West Kelowna, as he kept the Vees from adding to their lead. His two best stops came against Zerter-Gossage and Tyson Jost, as on both occasions he flashed the leather on eye-popping glove saves.
The Vees weren’t discouraged however, as they broke through early in the second, when Hannoun and Zerter-Gossage teamed up for another goal. Zerter-Gossage fired a pass from the corner to Hannoun in the circle, who hammered a one-timer over Desautels shoulder at 6:40.
The goal didn’t seem to satisfy the Vees as they continued to pressure the Warriors end and in the dying moments of the middle frame they picked up their third goal. Riley Alferd found Matt Serratore breaking down the left-wing and his shot along the ice fooled Desautels and slid underneath his pad at 19:55.
The Vees fired 21 shots on net in the middle frame and had 38 shots on goal after two periods. Desautels was relieved by Scott Patton to start the third period.
The goal of the night came in the third period and it again involved Zerter-Gossage. The winger busted down the middle of the Warriors zone, danced around the defenseman and then threw a pass across to Hannoun for the tap-in power-play goal at 18:14.
Final Score: 4-0 Vees
Shots: 47-29 Vees
Power-Plays: Vees 1-6 Warriors 0-5
Three Stars: 1) Lewis Zerter-Gossage 2) Demico Hannoun 3) Hunter Miska
The Vees are now 5-1-0-0 against the Interior Division and their road record improves to 4-1-0-0. With his three points Saturday, Hannoun extends his point streak to six games. Zerter-Gossage now has eight points in his last five games and Tyson Jost’s assist in the first period pushes his point streak to five games.
The Vees have five days off before they return to action next Friday in Vernon, on October 17th. It’s the Vees first visit to Kal-Tire Place this season and puck drop is 7 p.m. The Vees next home game is the following night, Saturday, October 18th, when they host the Victoria Grizzlies at the SOEC; face-off is 6 p.m.
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