January 19, 2013, Powell River, BC (ISN) – The unlikeliest of players was the overtime hero for the Penticton Vees on Friday. Bryan Sinz scored just his second goal of the season in the first overtime period, as the Vees rallied for a 5-4 come from behind win over the Powell River Kings.
Sinz’s goal at 4:52 of the four-on-four period was his first since the Vees home opener way back on September 29th; coincidently enough against the Kings. Sinz took a sweet back-door feed from Sam Mellor and tipped home the game winner with just seven seconds left in the overtime frame, pulling out what appeared to be an improbable win.
Sean Flanagan forced overtime with his last second heroics in the third period. With the net empty, and playing six-on-five, and not even half a minute away from defeat, Flanagan, from the left-wall, spun and put a wrist-shot over the glove of Jonah Imoo on the far-side. Flanagan’s fifth of the season and second in as many games.
The Vees had a less than stellar start to the game, as James Neil opened the scoring for the short-staffed Kings, just 19 seconds into the game. Neil drove to the net and pounced on a rebound out front for seventh of the season.
The Vees responded on an odd-man rush at the tail-end of the frame. John Siemer threaded a pass to Brad McClure, who rippled the mesh from the right-circle for his team-leading 22nd at 15:46.
The Vees grabbed their first lead in the dying moments of the first and while they were down one skater. Short-handed, Troy Stecher dangled down the right-wing, head-faked the defender and almost from the goal-line, roofed the puck short-side over Imoo at 19:04.
The middle frame was a wild, see-saw affair. The Kings scored three times, including two from Matt Dupont to go ahead 4-3 after 40 minutes. Teagan Waugh tied the game at 3:11when he hammered a centering pass from behind the net past Chad Katunar.
Mike Rebry put the Vees back ahead just over two minutes later when he converted a rebound in the slot. On a Vees power-play, Rebry went to the net after he won the face-off and scooped up the rebound from a blocked shot, and squeezed the biscuit through Imoo at 5:19; back-to-back games for Rebry with a power-play goal.
The Kings again pulled even a 1:17 later on a delayed penalty call. Matt Dupont stole the puck from behind the net and tucked it in at the near-post and past a surprised Chad Katunar to knot the game up at three’s. Dupont wasn’t done there, as scored his second of the period late in the sandwich stanza. Off a face-off, Matt Joyaux let go a knuckler from the point that was redirected by Dupont which just trickled through Katunar at 16:04.
However, the Vees found a way to win, picking up just their third win of the season when trailing after two periods. The Vees move to 26-11-0-3 and pad their lead atop of the Interior Division; 10 points up on Merritt. After losing three consecutive overtime games, the Vees have now won their last two and are 5-3 in eight overtime games; the Kings sink to 0-5
FINAL SCORE: 5-4 OT Vees
Power-Play: Vees 1-3 Kings 0-4
Three Stars: 1) Luke Nogard 2) Teagan Waugh 3) Troy Stecher
The Vees continue their Island Division road trip tomorrow with a stop in Port Alberni to face the Bulldogs; puck drop is 7pm from. The Vees don’t play at home until January 25th when they host the Vernon Vipers at the SOEC. Tickets are available at the Valley First Box Office at the SOEC, or online at www.valleyfirsttix.com.