Vees win chippy affair take 2-0 series lead

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(ISN) – PENTICTON, BC-Former Viper Demico Hannoun finished with a game high three points and the Penticton Vees got goals from four different players, as they won 5-2 over the Vernon Vipers Sunday, in an emotional game two of the Interior Division Final.

With the win the Vees hold court on home ice and take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. Dating back to round one, the Vees have now won six straight.

Outside of Hannoun, the Vees got two goals from Tyson Jost and singles from Connor Chartier and Cam Amantea. Hunter Miska made 25 saves on 27 shots for his sixth win of the post-season.

Jost scored seconds into the game, when he finished off an odd-man rush in the Vipers end. On a three-on-two, Hannoun dished it over to Jost, who blasted a one-timer past Jarrod Schamerhorn forty-two seconds into the game.

The Vees then ran into penalty trouble and the Vipers capitalized on a five-on-three. Liam Finlay, who drew a charging call against the Vees, had his centering pass go off a Vee defender and past Miska at 7:48.

Cam Amantea, playing for the first time since game three against West Kelowna, put the Vees back ahead late in the first. Inside the final half-minute, Amantea found a rebound at the side of the net and poked it in past Schamerhorn at 19:37; his first of the post-season.

The Vees padded their lead in the opening moments of the second, on a power-play that carried over from the first period. Jost took a pass from behind the net and quickly put a backhand deke upstairs fifty-seven seconds into the middle frame.

Chartier made it 4-1 midway through the second when he cleaned up a rebound in front of the Vipers net. Lewis Zerter-Gossage had his wraparound attempt stopped by Chartier smacked the rebound through Schamerhorn’s legs at 13:50; Chartier scoring in his fourth straight game.
Hannoun stung his former team less than two-minutes later when he finished off a two-on-one rush. Patrick Newell sent the puck across to Hannoun, and he wired it on the glove-side at 15:44; his third of the playoffs.

Riley Brandt scored a consolation marker late in the third for the Snakes, when he greased one past Miska’s glove at 16:47.

Final Score: 5-2 Vees
Shots: 42-27 Vees
Power-Plays: Vees 1-7 Vipers 1-4
Three Stars: 1) Demico Hannoun 2) Tyson Jost 3) Cam Amantea
Attendance: 1,972

With his three points Sunday, Hannoun takes over the Vees playoff scoring lead with three goals and 10 points; three up on the next best scorer. Jost’s two goals Sunday brings his total to six in the playoffs, which is a team best.

The Vees look for a 3-0 series lead on Tuesday, March 17th, when the series shifts to Vernon for game three.

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