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Penticton Vees hammer Express in Coquitlam

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January 10, 2015 - 10:47 AM

COQUITLAM - The Penticton Vees were too much for the Coquitlam Express Friday, as four different players lit the lamp in a 4-1win at the Poirier Sports & Leisure Centre.

The Vees (31-6-2-1) directed a season-high 53 shots at the Express (15-20-1-4) net, and controlled the game from the outset. With the win the Vees sweep the two-game season series and have now won three of their first four games in 2015.

Jack Ramsey, who had a goal and an assist Wednesday, opened the scoring Friday and courtesy of a goalie gaffe. The Express netminder misplayed the puck at the top of the crease and Ramsey was able to rake it across the goal-line at 6:04.

The power-play then kicked into gear, as the Vees scored twice the man-advantage to build up a three-goal lead. Gabe Bast made it 2-0 when his wrist-shot from the blue-line found its way through a crowd and underneath Chris Tai at 13:57.

Lewis Zerter-Gossage bagged another power-play goal inside the final minute of the opening period, as he finished off his end-to-end rush with a wrist-shot from the right-wing at 19:06.

The Vees dominated the first period, not only on the scoreboard but the shot clock as well, throwing 21 shots at the Coquitlam net.

The score didn’t change in the second despite the Vees pouring on the pressure. The story was Coquitlam’s Chris Tai, who stood on his head, turning aside all 18 shots the Vees threw at him in the middle stanza.

Tyson Jost picked up his second point of the night when he rippled the mesh in the third period. After he was stopped on a rush down the middle, Jost quickly regained the puck and got out of traffic before wiring a shot from the right-circle and 3:09.

Brett Supinski spoiled Hunter Miska’s shutout bid midway through the third. Corey Makin grabbed the puck behind the Vees net and fed Supinski in front, who forced a shot past Miska at the post at 11:13.

Final Score: 4-1 Vees

Shots: 53-21 Vees

Power-Play: Vees 2-6 Express 0-5

Three Stars: 1) Tyson Jost 2) Chris Tai 3) Lewis Zerter-Gossage

The Vees remain undefeated against the Mainland Division, as they improve their record to 8-0-1-0. The Vees bump their road record to 15-4-1-1 and now have won five of their last six games. Once scoring corrections are submitted, Dante Fabbro will have finished with game high three points (0-3-3).

The Vees are off Saturday before they return to action at the SOEC on Sunday afternoon, when they host the Prince George Spruce Kings; face-off is 3pm. The Spruce Kings lost 5-3 in Vernon Friday and visit Salmon Arm Saturday. Tickets for Sunday are available at the Valley First box office (at the SOEC), or online at

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