December 20, 2015 - 10:34 AM
PENTICTON - The West Kelowna Warriors could not find a tying goal in a highly entertaining hockey game on Saturday night, Dec. 19, in Penticton, as they fell 3-2 to the Vees at the South Okanagan Events Centre.
One night after Matthew Greenfield was the story in a 41-save shutout performance, Anthony Brodeur made the key saves he needed in a 38-save, first star performance.
The Vees got a power-play marker in the first from Scott Conway, with Kyle Marino in the box on an interesting call for Penticton's first advantage. Marino set up shop in front of Brodeur, but was deemed to have initiated contact and took a two minute penalty.
It was the Warriors who had the opportunities throughout the opening period but Brodeur stood tall, forcing Jonathan Desbiens to miss the net on a breakaway early, and making other big stops as well. The Vees turned it around halfway through the frame but only had a one-goal lead through the first 20 minutes.
Penticton scored a pair in the second period to widen the lead to 3-0, as Luke Voltin snapped one home, as well as Nicholas Jones. Liam Blackburn made a dandy of a deke in tight to make it 3-1 with just 50 seconds remaining in the period, setting up a third period battle for two points.
Jonathan Desbiens capitalized on the power play halfway through the third period, but could not complete a breakaway attempt shorthanded as Brodeur led his team to victory.
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