Given nine opportunities, the Vees rang up four tallies on the man advantage, including the first two goals of the game in the second period. That pair of goals came 1:03 apart and proved to be all the scoring the home side needed in a 6-1 win.
The Bandits’ lone goal was also on the power play. Mark Reners got the visitors within a goal early in the third but it was the only puck to beat Michael Garteig on the night.
Penticton had the run of play most of the night and controlled the puck for long stretches in the Brooks end, especially on the power play. Probably the most impressive goal of the night, however, came off the rush when Troy Stecher outworked a Brooks defender along the boards in the neutral zone and then slid the puck over to Ryan Reilly who made no mistake on the 4-1 goal.
Unfortunately, late in the game after the Vees added their fifth and sixth goals, emotions bubbled over and a melee ensued when Jeremy Burns collided with Garteig in his crease. Zach Urban bore the brunt of Burns’ aggression when the latter’s stick came up and he was given a game misconduct. Less than a minute after that dustup, another one broke out and several other misconducts were handed out.
Game 5 goes Friday night and with their season on the line, the Bandits will need to keep those emotions in check since the Vees power play appears in top form right now. A large crowd, maybe the biggest of the season, is expected at South Okanagan Events Centre. Will they see the Doyle Cup awarded to their team tonight? We’ll find out shortly.
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