CHILLIWACK, BC-The Penticton Vees got out to an early lead Saturday and never looked back, cruising to a 5-1 win over the Chilliwack Chiefs at Prospera Centre, for their tenth straight win.
Easton Brodzinski and Dante Fabbro each had a pair of goals inside the first 18 minutes to steak the Vees to a commanding lead. Tyson Jost picked up three points and Scott Conway scored his team-leading tenth goal in the victory. Anthony Brodeur was solid in between the pipes, turning aside 24 of 25 shots.
The Vees win streak now spans 29 days, as their only loss of the season was back on Friday, September 11th; opening night.
Brodzinski made the most of his opportunity with the top-line, as he opened the scoring seconds into the game. Brodzinski, playing with Tyson Jost and Scott Conway, replacing the injured Chris Gerrie, capitalized on a turnover in the Chiefs zone. Jost fed Brodzinski in the slot and he buried his fourth just 47 seconds in.
The Offense wasn’t satisfied, as the Vees doubled their lead 43 seconds later. Dante Fabbro blew a one-time past everyone, including Chiefs starter Aidan Pelino, at the 1:30 mark; before the ice was dry it was 2-0 for the Vees.
Chilliwack made some noise, as Kohen Olischefski cut the deficit in half just past the seven-minute mark. Olischefski rushed down the left-wing and put a backhand up and over Brodeur at 7:17 but that’s all the Chiefs’ fans had to cheer about.
The Vees restored their two-goal lead with four-minutes to go in the opening frame, as Brodzinski bagged his second of the game. On a power-play, Brodzinski followed up a rebound at the side of the net and squeaked the puck through Pelino.
Then two-minutes later, the Vees were handed another power-play and they cashed in on that too. The puck came back to the blue-line and Dixon Bowen put the puck on a silver platter for Fabbro, who hammered a one-timer into the back of net at 18:07; two power-play goals in just over two-minutes.
It was a dominating first period for the Vees, as they put 25 shots on the Chiefs net and led by three going into the intermission. To put that into perspective, the Vees had 33 total shots against West Kelowna on Friday. They also matched their goal total from that game in just one period.
The Vees put the clamps down in the final two periods and score remained unchanged until late in the third period when Conway took advantage of an empty net. With just over six-minutes left, the Chiefs pulled their goalie but the move eventually backfired, as Conway found the puck at the top of the crease; his tenth finishing things off.
Final Score: 5-1 Vees
Shots: 38-25 Vees
Power-Plays: Vees 2-5 Chiefs 0-2
Three Stars 1) Dante Fabbro 2) Easton Brodzinski 3) Tyson Jost
Brodzinski finished with three points in the win and Tyson Jost had three helpers. Jost now has 23 points in 11 games; he’s on pace for a 121 point season. Luke Voltin made his Vees debut Saturday and ended it with a third period bout against Olivier Arsenault. The Vees are now 5-1 on the road and a perfect 4-0 against the Mainland Division.
Penticton (10-1-0-0) doesn’t play again until next Friday, October 16th, when they host the Prince George Spruce Kings at the SOEC; puck drop is 7pm. It’s a two-game home stand next weekend, as a night later the Vees welcome the Langley Rivermen to town.