January 13, 2013, Langley, BC (ISN) – The Vees put Friday’s controversial loss behind them and quickly Saturday, as they cruised to a 5-1 win over the Langley Rivermen. The Vees got goals from five different players and 10 in all found the score-sheet.
The Vees beat the Rivermen by the same score back on December 8th in Penticton; outscoring Langley 10-2 over the two-game season series.
Penticton scored two goals in the first and three goals in the second, building up a 5-0 lead through forty minutes, as they were too much for the Rivermen on this night.
Ryan Gropp opened the scoring near the midway mark of the first period, picking up his eighth goal of the season at 9:36. Gropp danced in down the right-wing, before cutting the middle and wiring a wrist-shot over the glove of James Barr.
Brad McClure wasted little time doubling the Vees lead later in the opening frame. McClure pounced on a juicy rebound at the side of the Rivermen net for his 21st at 14:16. Barr fought off James De Haas’s point-shot but the puck bounced right to McClure who tucked the puck up high in the yawning cage.
In the second, the Vees put the game away with three goals in a nine and a half minute span; Sean Flanagan kicking things off at 9:38. Flanagan walked down from the point and zipped a shot over Barr’s shoulder from the left-circle for his fifth of the season.
Jordan McCallum put the Vees up by four late in the stanza off a two-on-one. Troy Stecher led the rush on the right-wing and feathered a pass to McCallum who was streaking to the net. McCallum took the pass and finished off the play off with a fore-hand to backhand deke at 15: 22; McCallum scoring his first goal in over two months, his last coming November 3rd versus Chilliwack.
Mike Rebry finished of the Vees scoring when he picking up his first goal since returning from injury at 18:38. On the power-play, Rebry found a loose puck at the top of the crease and shoveled the biscuit past a fallen Barr for his 14th and first since October 26th.
Derek Sutliffe spoiled Nic Renyard’s shutout bid late in the third period with his 10th and fifth in as many games at 14:02. But that was the only blemish on an otherwise solid 25 save performance by Renyard for his sixth win of the season.
Final Score: 5-1 Vees
Shots: 40-26 Vees
Power-Play: Vees 1-4 Rivermen 0-4
Three Stars: 1) Ryan Gropp 2) Troy Stecher 3) Nic Renyard
The Vees bump up their record to 25-11-0-3 with the win and move eight points up on idle Merritt for top spot in the Interior Division.
The Vees continue their five game road trip with three games in two and a half days next weekend, starting in Powell River on Friday. The Vees play the Kings Friday, before stops in Alberni Valley Saturday and Coquitlam Sunday afternoon. Penticton returns to the SOEC on January 25th, when battle the Vernon Vipers. Tickets are available at the Valley First box office at the SOEC, or online at www.valleyfirsttix.com