CHILLIWACK, BC –Dixon Bowen picked the perfect time to score his first BCHL goal on Friday night. The rookie from East Grand Forks, Minnesota, scored the overtime winner seconds into extra time, as the Penticton Vees upended the Chilliwack Chiefs 2-1 at Prospera Centre.
Bowen did it all himself too, as he came out of the corner and roofed the winner short-side just 27-seconds into OT, as the Vees won their fifth straight and eighth straight at the Showcase.
Dante Fabbro scored the Vees’ only goal in regulation as the goaltenders were at forefront of Friday’s contest. Anthony Brodeur turned aside 29 of 30 shots, to remain undefeated in his young BCHL career. The Chiefs Aiden Pelino stopped 36 of 38 and was named first start in a losing effort.
It was a scoreless first period, though the Vees thought they had opened the scoring but Ben Brar had a goal called back after the Vees were called for “incidental contact” with the goalie.
Penticton did eventually break a scoreless tie early in the second period on the power-play. Dante Fabbro’s cannon from the blue-line found its way into the back of the net at 1:23; his first goal of the season.
The Chiefs hung around long enough and got an equalizer midway through the second. Another rookie, Brendan Riley, tucked in his first goal in the BCHL after Vimal Sukumaran found him in front. Riley squeezed a shot between Brodeur’s legs at 9:12.
The two goaltenders took over from there, as they shut the door the rest of the way until the end of regulation. Brodeur and Pelino stopped a combined 29 shots in the third and over the last two periods stopped 47 of 49.
Brodeur made a handful of crucial saves in the final two periods but none better was a point-blank denial off a Mitch Skapski in the third. Skapski’s one-timer was kicked-out by Brodeur right on the doorstep.
Pelino’s best stop came off of Scott Conway midway through the third. Conway forced a turnover at his blue-line and broke back the other way on a breakaway. His backhand deke was kept out by the quick glove of the Chiefs’ puck-stopper.
The extra room in OT proved to be beneficial for Bowen, as he went for a skate in the Chiefs zone before muscling his way out front and ending the game half a minute into the extra period.
FINAL SCORE: 2-1 Vees
Shots: 38-30 Vees
Power-Plays: Vees 1-3 Chiefs 0-1
Three Stars: 1) Aiden Pelino 2) Anthony Brodeur 3) Dixon Bowen
The Vees swept their schedule at the Bauer BCHL Showcase for the fourth straight year and are now a perfect 8-0 at the even in four years. Brodeur is now 4-0 as a starter, with a miniscule 1.16 goals-against average and an eye-popping .958 save-percentage. Going back to last season, Friday marked the third straight game the Vees won in Chilliwack, in OT.
Penticton (5-1-0-0) now return home to face the Merritt Centennials (3-5-0-0) at the SOEC on Friday, October 2nd; puck drop is 7pm.