PENTICTON - It doesn’t matter how you start but how you finish and the Penticton Vees took that to heart Wednesday night, Oct 7. The Vees scored four, third period goals, en route to 5-3 come from behind win over the Trail Smoke Eaters at the SOEC.
Trailing 2-1 to start the third, the Vees rattled off four unanswered goals, two from Scott Conway and singles from Captain Tyson Jost and Owen Sillinger, as they pushed their win streak to eight.
Anthony Brodeur stopped 24 of 27 shots to keep his perfect record intact, as he’s won all six of his starts.
After a scoreless first period, the Smoke Eaters broke the deadlock three-minutes into the second. Harlan Orr capitalized on a turnover, beating Brodeur front the slot at 3:37.
Jason Lavallee tied the game for the Vees on an odd-man rush midway through the second. Lavallee kept the puck on a two-on-one and hammered a slap-shot over Bailey MacBurnie’s shoulder at 11:34.
Trail got the lead back before the intermission, short-handed no less, as Kienan Scott finished off a Trail odd-man rush. The Vees turned it over in the neutral zone and Orr fired a pace across to the streaking Scott for the shorty at 16:45.
The Vees, in particular Jost, worked some short-handed magic early in the third to tie things up. The Captain was the first to a puck behind the Trail net, curled out front, spun and then fired a dart into the corner at 4:41.
The goal seemed to be the spark the Vees needed, as they went on to score three more times in the third. Conway took the game over late, scoring twice inside three minutes. He scored his first at 13:45 when he crashed the crease, hunting down a rebound after a shot from Demico Hannoun. Then he scored his second at 15:25 on a great individual effort.
Conway raced down the right-wing, cut to the middle of the Trail zone, and then split both defensemen before wiring a shot over MacBurnie. Conway scored his seventh and eighth goals of the season in two minutes and forty-five seconds.
The Vees fifth goal wasn’t conventional by any means, as Owen Sillinger got credit for his third at 19:02. Trail’s Max Newton actually put the puck into his own net, as his pass back to the point split both defensemen and slowly slid into the open net at the other end of the ice.
Ross Armour got a consolation marker on a six-on-four for the Smokies at 19:39 to cut the deficit to two; too little, too late.
Final Score: 5-3 Vees
Shots: 27-22 Trail
Power-Plays: Vees 0-3 Trail 1-4
Three Stars: 1) Scott Conway 2) Tyson Jost 3) Harlan Orr
Jost (6-11-17) and Conway (8-8-16) are now third and fifth in the BCHL scoring race. Wednesday was just the second time this season the Vees haven’t scored first and the just the second time they’ve trailed after two periods. Dante Fabbro and Gabe sat out Wednesday’s game with lower-body injuries.
Penticton (8-1-0-0) welcomes their rivals, the West Kelowna Warriors (5-3-0-1) on Friday at the SOEC; puck drop is 7 pm. The Vees beat the Warriors 4-1 back on September 19th. Tickets are available at the Valley First box office (at the SOEC), or online at www.valleyfirsttix.com.