(ISN) – PENTICTON, BC-The Penticton Vees are starting to look like seasoned long-distance runners. The Vees pulled away from the Langley Rivermen down the final stretch, scoring four unanswered, in cruising to a 4-1 win at the SOEC Wednesday.
After Langley opened the scoring, the Vees scored three in the final forty-minutes, as they picked up their 20th win of the season and are now 11 points ahead of second in the Interior Division.
Dante Hahn put the visitors ahead five-minutes into the first period as he went post-and-in on a three-on-one rush. After the Vees were caught up ice, Hahn took a centering pass from Ryan Coulter and beat Hunter Miska on the block-sider at 5:52.
The Vees needed just five-minutes to dig out of the one-goal hole, as Matt Serratore and Riley Alferd worked some four-on-four magic. With both teams down a man in the penalty-box, Alferd cut into the Rivermen zone on the left-wing with a head full speed. He cut to the middle on his backhand and as he did, Serratore was right there to one-time the puck right off of Alferd’s stick and past Bo Didur at 10:08.
Alferd wasn’t going to let Serratore steal the spotlight in the second, as he put the Vees ahead for the first time in the opening minutes. After the Rivermen were caught on a slow line-change, Alferd got in behind their defense and put a shot through Didur’s legs from the left-circle at 1:27; his team leading 16th.
Alferd’s goal coming moments after Demico Hannoun hit the cross-bar and a post on the same shift.
Tyson Jost gave the Vees some breathing room late in the second and again it was after the Rivermen were slow to get fresh legs on the ice. Pat Newell moved down the left-wing before hitting the trailer Jost. The rookie made a quick move around a defender before snapping the puck upstairs at 16:39 for his eighth of the season.
The Vees took a 3-1 lead into the second intermission after scoring twice in a second period they largely dominated.
Matt Serratore closed out the scoring for the third straight game, as he picked up his second of night in the final minutes of the third. Serratore took a drop pass from Jack Ramsey and hammered the puck from the right-wing past the blocker of Didur at 17:58; Serratore scoring his 12th and 13th goals Wednesday.
Final Score: 4-1 Vees
Shots: 32-21 Vees
Power-Plays: Vees 0-2 Langley 0-3
Three Stars: 1) Riley Alferd 2) Tyson Jost 3) Bo Didur
The Vees improve their record to 20-3-0-1 with the win and are now 10-1-0-0 at home this season. Wednesday was the Vees third straight win and they’re now 5-0-0-0 against the Mainland Division. Pat Newell extended his point streak to 11 games with his second period assist. Riley Alferd took over the Vees goal-scoring lead (16) and is now sits alone atop of the team scoring race (28). Matt Serratore’s second goal in the third period was the Vees 100th this season; they’re the second highest scoring team in the BCHL.
The Vees look for their fourth straight win on Friday night when they host the Merritt Centennials at the SOEC; 7pm face-off. Friday marks a weekend home-and-away series with the Cents; the return leg Saturday in Merritt.