SURREY, B.C. - The Penticton Vees picked up their first road win of the season on Friday and did so in style, dumping the Surrey Eagles 6-2 at South Surrey Arena.
After dropping their season opener to Salmon Arm, the Vees have now won back-to-back games, going into Saturday’s showdown, Sept. 19, with the West Kelowna Warriors.
Tyson Jost paced the attack with three assists and three other Vees finished with two-point nights. It was milestone night too, as two Vees scored their first BCHL goals and Émilien Boily, who was officially signed Friday, won in his debut, stopping 21 of 23 shots.
The Vees struck first and early, as Chris Gerrie opened the scoring just shy of the three-minute mark. Gerrie had his redirect in front stopped but tapped-in the rebound after it leaked through Eagles’ starter Justin Laforest.
Despite the hot start, the Vees couldn’t build upon the lead and that led to the Eagles tying it late. Matthew Hermary leveled the game at ones, after walking off the boards and beating Boily five-hole at 17:17.
The second period brought good fortune for the Vees, as they scored three goals in less than three-minutes early in the frame. Desi Burgart put the Vees ahead at 3:27 after he got a piece of Dante Fabbro’s point-shot, beating Laforest over the glove; his first career BCHL goal sparking the offense.
Easton Brodzinski got the power-play on the scoresheet after he cleaned up a rebound in front of the Surrey net at 4:52; his first of two on the night. Then Owen Sillinger made it 4-1 after he finished-off a tic-tac-toe in the Eagles end. Jason Lavallee spotted Sillinger with a cross-ice pass for the tap-in at 6:20.
In the third, the Vees offense picked up where it left off in the second and quickly. Half-a-minute in Scott Conway redirected Colton Poolman’s shot from the blue-line for his third goal in two games.
Then Brodzinski was at it again, as he found himself alone between the circles and he spun and fired a shot over the shoulder of the Eagles goaltender; his fourth making it 6-1 just shy of the four-minute mark.
Surrey got a consolation marker late in the game when Darius Davidson potted a rebound at 17:18, but that’s all the Eagles had to cheer about on Friday.
FINAL SCORE: 6-2 Vees
Shots: 38-21 Vees
Power-Plays: Vees 2-10 Eagles 0-4
Three Stars: 1) Easton Brodzinski 2) Tyson Jost 3) Émilien Boily
Jost, Brodzinski, Conway and Lavallee each had two or more points in the win, and 13 Vees hit the scoresheet. Dating back to last season, the Vees have won their last four games against Surrey, outscoring them 38-4 over that span.
Penticton (2-1-0-0) finish up their weekend Saturday, Sept. 19, in West Kelowna, as the visit the Warriors (2-1-0-0) at Royal LePage Place; face-off is 7p.m. West Kelowna was idle Friday but are coming off an 8-3 win over Trail Tuesday. The game can be heard on EZ Rock AM 800, or fans can watch on www.fasthockey.com.