January 27, 2013, Penticton, BC- The Penticton Vees matched a season high win streak Saturday, with their sixth straight win, beating the West Kelowna Warriors 2-1 at the SOEC. The win ties the longest winning streak in BCHL, and marks the second time the Vees have hit six games.
The win is the Vees sixth in seven games and 13th in their last 14 games against the Warriors going back to last season. The two teams don’t play again unless they meet in the Interior Conference playoffs in March.
Marcus Basara was credited with the Warriors only goal in the early moments of the first period. Warriors captain Max French centered a pass from behind the net that appeared to deflect off Basara and past Chad Katunar at 1:38.
After the early tally the Vees seemed to settle in, out-shooting the Tribe 18-7. Despite the heavy shot advantage, the Vees failed to draw even, thanks to the stellar goaltending of Tyler Briggs.
It was the same story for nearly the first 10 minutes of the second, as the Vees continued to press the Warriors and pepper Briggs but were turned back time and again. Cody DePourcq, like he did in the previous three games, got the Vees on the board near the midway mark of the stanza.
DePourcq to the puck on the left-wing, raced around the goal, spun, and fired a wrist-shot over the shoulder of Briggs and just over the goal-line. DePourcq’s ninth and second against the Tribe at 9:28. DePourcq now has scored the Vees first goal in each of the last four games, dating back to last Saturday in Alberni Valley.
The two teams headed into the second period break square at one’s; the Vees outshooting the Warriors 30-14 through two periods.
The third period was a tight-checking affair as both teams kept each other at bay for the most part. The two teams looked destined for overtime for the third time this season, but DePourcq had other ideas.
Late in the game, Troy Stecher broke down the left-wing, danced around the defender in the left-circle and carried the puck behind the Warrior net. As he was looping behind the goal, Stecher spun a pass off the goaltender’s pad and out into the slot. DePourcq broke for the net, dropped to one knee, and roofed his second of the game over Briggs at 16:21; sending 1,665 into a frenzy.
The Warriors did mount a comeback attempt, pressuring the Vees late in the game with the extra-attacker but failed to get a puck through on Chad Katunar before time expired.
Tempers flared after the game, as players on both sides engaged in a scrum in the Vees end. Emotions continued to rise and eventually boiled over between the benches at centre ice. West Kelowna players crossed the red-line to engage the Vees who had congregated at their own bench. A handful of players were mixed-up in wrestling matches before both teams were ushered off the ice.
FINAL SCORE: 2-1 Vees
Shots: 36-22 Vees
Power-Play: Vees 0-3 Warriors 0-5
Three Stars: 1) Cody DePourcq 2) Tyler Briggs 3) Troy Stecher
With the victory, the Vees bump their record to 30-11-0-3 for 63 points; top spot in the BCHL. The Vees are now 19-6-0-1 versus the Interior Division and now run their home record to 15-5-0-1.
The Vees don’t play again until next Saturday, February 2nd when the host the Coquitlam Express; puck drop is 5pm. The Vees took the first game of the two game season-series 6-3 on January 20th. Tickets are available at the Valley First box office at the SOEC, or online at www.valleyfirsttix.com