by Kyle Anderson
(ISN) – It was the longest game in West Kelowna Warriors history, but it won’t be a party as the Penticton Vees scored 9:37 into Triple Overtime to win 4-3 Friday and take a 2-1 series lead.
The Vees were hot out of the gate against the Warriors as Jack Ramsey scored just 16 seconds in on the first shot, beating Stephen Heslop who started in place of an injured Scott Patton.
Penticton kept coming in the opening few minutes and got a pair of fortunate bounces to go up 3-0.
First it was a Steen Cooper shot that hit Dakota Conroy’s skate and went into the goal, then it was Tyson Jost being able to poke it over the line when a point shot hit Kristian Bluemschein and popped over top of Heslop’s head.
The first period would end 3-0 in favour of the Vees as they looked to start running away with it.
The Warriors responded in the 2nd period with the physical play, including a pair of shifts in a row where 9 hits were recorded.
Tanner Campbell made it 3-1 at 15:28 of the 2nd when his jam play at the side of the net went past Hunter Miska.
In the 3rd the Warriors would completely take over, firing 22 shots at Miska.
Kylar Hope made it 3-2 at 2:18, then Rylan Yaremko made a great move in tight on a rush and slid one through Miska’s legs to tie the game at 3.
West Kelowna out-shot the Vees 44-28 through 3 periods.
In overtime, each team would get great chances from multiple areas but big saves by Miska and Heslop was the ultimate story.
The Warriors killed off penalties in each of the 1st and 2nd overtimes with the Vees pressing, and when the Warriors got their 3rd opportunity of the night in Triple overtime they couldn’t convert.
Shortly thereafter, it would be Mitch Newsome on the doorstep to find the rebound in a scramble and flip it over Heslop for the game winner, after 109:37 of hockey action.
Miska was named 1st star for his 79 save performance, as the Warriors finished with a 82-51 advantage in the shots on goal department.
Game 4 goes Saturday at Royal Lepage Place, tickets available at the Warriors office from 3-6 or at the box office from 6-game time.