by Kyle Anderson
(ISN) – The Penticton Vees scored two goals in the first period, a single goal late in the second, then cruised in the third to a 7-0 win to advance to the 2nd round over the West Kelowna Warriors.
The Warriors out-shot the Vees in the first period, but a wrist shot from Matt Serratore opened the scoring, then Tyson Jost made a great move wide and walked out in front, tucking the puck past Stephen Heslop.
In the 2nd period, the Vees limited the Warriors opportunities and tried to capitalize on their own, but West Kelowna killed off 3 straight penalties over the course of the frame.
On the final penalty kill, Heslop made three big saves, as he got his glove on one, a big left pad stop on the second, and made a pinwheel stack the pads save a la Dominik Hasek on the 3rd.
In the final minute of the period, it would be Jost who would get his 2nd on a deflection from the slot, which seemed to deflate the Warriors bench.
West Kelowna had a couple opportunities to make it 3-1 early in the 3rd but couldn’t beat Hunter Miska, who finished with the shutout.
The Vees offense kicked it up when Riley Alferd stripped Rylan Yaremko and buried the 4-0 goal, Patrick Newell made it 5-0 just 19 seconds later on a 2 on 1.
Connor Chartier scored on a rebound to make it 6-0 before Dakota Conroy made it 7-0 on a shorthanded goal right off an offensive zone faceoff that nobody knew went in but the Vees.
Penticton now advances to play Vernon in the Interior Division Final starting Saturday.
Heslop’s start was the 14th start made by an Affiliate goalie this season for the Warriors in 63 games.