(ISN) – PENTICTON, BC-Thirteen can be an unlucky number and that was proven on Wednesday night at the SOEC. The West Kelowna Warriors erased a 2-1 third period deficit, coming back to sting the Penticton Vees 3-2, ending their win streak at thirteen games.
Despite how it ended, it was a good start for the home team, as the Vees opened the scoring early in the second. After a scoreless first period, Patrick Newell followed up a Lewis Zerter-Gossage rush and cleaned up the rebound for his fifth at 3:05. Zerter-Gossage dance down the middle but his deke attempt was kicked-out by Andy Desautels. However, the rebound came right back to trailing Newell who flipped it into the open net.
Brayden Gelsinger knows how to make good first impressions. Making his Warriors debut after a trade earlier this week from Cowichan Valley, Gelsinger picked up a rebound in the slot and quickly put the puck past Hunter Miska at 5:11.
Newell was in on the Vees second goal in the middle frame as he worked a nice give-and-go with Demico Hannoun. On a late second period power-play, Newell exchanged passes with Hannoun at centre before he dished the puck to a streaking Hannoun on the right-wing for a tap-in; Hannoun’s team-leading 13th at 16:56.
However, despite the goal, the Vees was tagged with a late penalty in the final moments of the second, which came back to bite them early in the third.
Greyden Robinson tied the game inside the first two-minutes of the third on that power-play that carried over from the second. The puck was worked back to the blue-line and Robinson put a shot through a crowd and past a screened Miska at 1:47.
Jonathan Desbiens scored the game-winner with less than five-minutes left in the third period, as the Warriors handed the Vees their first home loss of the season. After the puck was turned over in the slot, Desbiens hammered a one-timer glove high on Miska at 15:07; his second goal this season against Penticton.
The Vees had a few chances to equalize late but none was better than Newell’s chance at the side of the net in the dying seconds. Jarod Hilderman dished that puck back across to Newell in the right-circle but his one-timer was fought off by the Warriors Any Desautels to preserve the win for the visitors.