November 8, 2013, POWELL RIVER, BC (ISN) –The Penticton Vees snapped a five game winless streak on the road on Friday and did so with an exclamation mark, scoring a 7-3 win over the Powell River Kings at Hap Parker Arena. The win is their first away from the SOEC since September 14th in Trail.
The Vees were playing their first game in thirteen days Friday and the home side got the early jump on them. Just like in the first encounter back on October 12th in Penticton, the Kings used their power-play to manufacture the game’s first goal. Drew Dorantes squeezed a shot from the bottom of the left-circle through Olivier Mantha at 6:10 of the first period to put the Kings out ahead.
The Vees responded nicely after the goal and used their power-play to draw even. Just less than four minutes after the Kings goal, Max Coatta cashed in on a rebound in front of the Powell River net at 10:08. Off a face-off, Brett Beauvais let go a wrist-shot from the blue-line, which was stopped by Jonah Imoo. However, Imoo fumbled the rebound, which squirted out to Coatta who buried his tenth midway through the first.
Nine minutes later, the Vees grabbed their first lead of the game and never looked back. Matt Serratore broke into the Kings zone on a two-on-rush with Travis Blanleil. Serratore tried to center the puck to Blanleil from the right-circle, but his pass ended up banking in off a Kings defenseman’s skate and in at 19:09; Serratore’s first in seven games.
The floodgates opened in the second period, as the Vees exploded for four goals in the middle stanza. Blanleil doubled the Vees lead three and a half minutes in on a rare penalty-shot. Blanleil was hauled down on a partial break by the Kings Lucas Grayson, after he made a nice move to split the defense. On the penalty-shot, Blanleil moved down the middle and put a quick wrist-shot inside the far-post at 3:34.
Cam Amantea added to the Vees lead ten and a half minutes into the second, when he converted on another rebound near the Kings net. Brad McClure threw the puck on goal from the right-wing wall, Imoo made the initial save but the puck dropped for Amantea at the near-post, who stuffed it in at 10:24.
Brad McClure then took over late in the period, scoring back-to-back goals in five and a half minutes. His first of the night was the Vees fifth goal, when he put the finishing touches on a pretty passing play on a three-on-two rush. Ben Dalpe drove wide down the left-wing before dishing the puck out front to McClure, who went over the glove of Imoo at 12:24. McClure scored an even prettier goal a few minutes later, when the Vees caught the Kings on a bad line change.
Brett Beauvais sprung McClure on a clear-cut breakaway from the Kings blue-line and the Vees Captain deked out Imoo with a nifty deke before roofing his second and twelfth of the year at 17:53.
The Vees led 6-1 after the second, which spelled the end of Imoo’s night, as AP call-up Stefan Worning came into the game to play the third.
Jack Ramsey helped match a team season high output, when he bagged the Vees seventh goal midway through the final frame. After some nice passing in the neutral zone between Max Coatta Anthony Conti to create an odd-man rush, Ramsey broke in a partial break down the right-wing. From the circle, Ramsey showed great hands to fake out Worning and slid the puck past the outstretched goaltender at 8:45.
Powell River did score two late consolation markers before the game was through. Luke Nogard and Aiden Wright scored 1:15 apart to cut the deficit to four. Nogard beat Mantha through a screen from the right-circle at 16:25, and on the power-play, Wright’s point-shot went off the post and in at 17:40.
Final Score: 7-3 Vees
Shots: 36-30 Vees
Power-Plays: Vees 1/3 Kings 2/3
Three Stars: 1) Brad McClure 2) Anthony Conti 3) Olivier Mantha
The Vees tied their best offensive output this season in the win, as they scored seven in Trail back on September 14th. When scoring corrections are finalized, Brad McClure will have finished with a game high two goals and five points. Brett Beauvais finished with four assists; Max Coatta with a goal and two points.
Friday was the Vees ninth straight win over the Powell River Kings dating back two seasons; the Vees last loss to Powell River coming November 25th, 2010.
The Vees continue their Island Division road trip Saturday, with a stop in Nanaimo to face the upstart Clippers. The shipmen edged the Alberni Valley Bulldogs 2-1 Friday and sit third in the Island Division, just two points back of the Victoria Grizzlies for second. Puck drop is schedule for just after 7pm from Frank Crane Arena. Fans can tune into EZ Rock AM 800 starting at 6:40pm or watch online at www.fasthockey.com