Vees Complete Mini-Series Sweep

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(ISN) – Patrick Newell scored three times and the Penticton Vees completed a
sweep of a home-and-home series with the West Kelowna Warriors winning
7-2 Saturday night at Royal LePage Place.

The win came on the heels of Penticton’s 4-2 win on home ice Friday.

The Warriors were in it through much if the first 40 minutes but some
sloppy giveaways and bad bounces in front of rookie netminder Mike Lenko
in the third led to four Penticton goals as the Vees won going away.

Jason Cotton early in the second period and Brett Mennear on a nifty
shorthanded breakaway midway through the third scored for the Warriors.

Taylor Ward, Steen Cooper, Connor Chartier and Dakota Conroy also scored
for Penticton.

“I thought we were okay through about the first 30 (minutes) for the
most part. The chances were about even and a couple of unfortunate
bounces,” says Warriors head coach Rylan Ferster.

“But we gave up too many to expect to win tonight.”

Penticton jumped out to a 2-0 first period lead before the Warriors
finally got on the board when Cotton banged home a rebound from the low
slot two minutes into the second.

The turning point of the game came late in the second.

Enjoying a man advantage with a faceoff in the Penticton end, the clock
didn’t start giving the Warriors an extra 20 to 25 seconds on the
power-play and extending the period by that length of time.

West Kelowna was unable to capitalize, however, the Vees were scoring a
power-play goal of their own with less than five second left in the
period. A goal that would not have scored had the clock been wound down
those extra seconds.

“It’s funny how those things go. You have an extended power-play I guess
because of the clock then it comes back to bite you. Hockey has a funny
way of doing those things,” says Ferster.

The teams traded goals through the first half of the third before
Penticton scored three late goals to make the score look worse than the
play indicated.

The back-to-back defeats leaves the Warriors third in the Interior
Division, six points in back of second place Vernon and a pint up on
Merritt.

The Centennials hold a game in hand.

The Warriors are now off for an eight day Christmas break. They don’t
play again until Dec 28 in Trail.

The break comes at an ideal time for the Warriors who are nursing a
number of injuries, especially between the pipes with both Andy
Desautels (appendectomy) and Scott Patton (lower body) on the shelf.

“it will be nice to get away and recharge.I think some of the guys need
that”

With just 23 games remaining on the schedule after the break, Ferster
says it will probably come down to the wire before anyone knows who will
finish second through sixth in the Interior Division.

“I’ve said before you can take those five teams, chuck them in a hat and
pull them out and I don’t think anyone will be surprised where you would
finish.

It’s going to be a battle. If the first 30-odd games were any indication
it will probably be a battle right down to game 58.”

Ferster says that kind of battle will show the character of the group
because everyone knows how tight the games will become.

The Warriors first home game after the break comes Tuesday, Dec. 30 when
they host the same Trail Smoke Eaters.

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