PENTICTON, BC –Friday night was going to be tough to upstage but the Penticton Vees and the Brooks Bandits did just that on Saturday, in a thrilling 5-5 tie at the SOEC.
Just like on Friday, the Vees erased another three-goal deficit Saturday but this time it was inside the final six and a half minutes of the third period. Down 5-2, the Vees got goals from Tyson Jost, Scott Conway and Colton Poolman to force overtime for the second consecutive night.
Poolman dramatically tied the game on goal-mouth scramble with just eight-tenths of a second left on the clock.
Easton Brodzinski and Demico Hannoun also scored for the Vees in the tie and Anthony Brodeur stopped 24 of 29 shots in his first pre-season start.
For the second consecutive night the Bandits opened the scoring in the first and again early. Josh McKechney put the visitors ahead at 2:15 after his wrist-shot beat Brodeur from the circle.
Brodzinski tied the game a few minutes later, after he buried in front of the net after a nice feed from Dixon Bowen. Bowen, front behind the net, found Brodzinski out front at 5:46.
The Bandits manufactured a go ahead goal late in the first. On the power-play, Derek Lodemeier tracked the bouncing puck to the side of the net for the tap in at 17:42.
Penticton used a power-play to their advantage as well, tying things up midway through the second. Off the rush and on a five-on-three, Hannoun broke to the net from the right-wing and tucked the puck above Bandits’ goaltender Josh Davies at 10:22
Just like in the first, the Bandits manufactured a late goal in the second when they cashed in on another power-play. Hayden Ursulak tipped a shot past Brodeur at the near-post at17:37.
Then the Bandits scored two more in the third to go ahead by three. Jeff Malott made it 4-2 four-minutes in after he stuffed the puck in from in front of the net. Then Dylan McCrory bulged the twine on a two-on-one rush at 9:25.
The game looked out of reach at that point but a scrap between Dixon Bowen and Lodemeier seemed to spark the Vees. After the two grappled in the Vees zone, Penticton rattled off three straight to tie.
Jost converted a two-on-one to get the Vees within two at 14:16. Conway then forced a puck underneath Davies at the side of the net two-minutes later to make it 5-4. The dramatic comeback was capped off by Poolman’s last-second marker after a mad scramble in the Bandits crease.
After that goal, Brooks Head Coach Ryan Papaioannou was ejected after tossing a water bottle on the ice, as he disagreed with the call on the ice.
The Vees had a pair of great chances to win the game in double-overtime, including an Owen Sillinger penalty-shot that rattled off the pipe. Gabe Bast suffered the same fate when he busted off the boards to the net on a solo effort.
FINAL SCORE: 5-5
Shots: 36-29 Vees
Power-Plays: Vees 1-5 Brooks 2-5
The Vees now travel to Salmon Arm next Friday, September 11th, to open the BCHL regular-season against the Silverbacks.