PENTICTON, BC-A much anticipated game between division leaders didn’t disappoint Saturday, as the Penticton Vees held off the Langley Rivermen 4-3 at the SOEC, extending their winning streak to 12 games.
Tyson Jost was at the forefront of the offense, scoring once and finished with three points. His line-mate was all over the scoresheet as well, as Scott Conway had a goal and pair of helpers. Chris Gerrie and Dante Fabbro also scored as the Vees remain perfect at the SOEC this season in six games.
Bo Didur was the story for the Rivermen, as the goaltender was peppered with shots all night. Didur stopped 49 of 53 shots, including all but one of the 22 he faced in the first period.
Jost opened the scoring early, just past the three-minute mark when he took a cross-ice feed from Conway and put a backhand upstairs on Didur; Jost getting his 10th of the year.
Despite the early goal from the Vees Captain, they were stonewalled by Didur for the remainder of the period, and that hot goaltending allowed Langley to get back into the game. Rivermen leading scorer Justin Fregona tied the game late off a nice rush down the wing. Fregona found some daylight upstairs over Anthony Brodeur at 14:51; Langley scoring on just their second shot.
Despite outshooting Langley 22-4 in the first, the Vees found themselves all square after 20-minutes, 1-1.
Chris Gerrie, back after missing two games, made an immediate impact in his return, scoring the go-ahead goal in the second. After the Vees forced a turnover, the puck came to Red Deer, Alberta, native on the wall and he moved into the circle, before roofing a shot over a frozen Didur at 6:58.
It remained 2-1 until early in the third when Dante Fabbro put the Vees ahead by two. On the power-play, Fabbro blasted a one-timer from the point that blew by everyone at 5:35; his sixth and third in as many games.
Langley cut into the deficit six-minutes later, as Ben Butcher snuck behind the Vees defense and scored on a breakaway at 11:16; Will Campion firing a pass from inside his own end to Butcher.
Then it was a frantic finish inside the final minute as both teams traded goals. First, Conway restored the Vees two-goal on a power-play goal at 19:09; his team-leading 12th. But Langley wouldn’t go away and Fregona made it a one-goal game again, scoring in front with just 15-seconds left.
That set up a nervous finish, as Anthony Brodeur had to stop a point-shot from Max Kaufman right before the buzzer sounded.
Final Score: 4-3 Vees
Shots: 53-27 Vees
Power-Plays: Vees 2-5 Langley 0-4
Three Stars: 1) Tyson Jost 2) Bo Didur 3) Colton Poolman
Conway (12) and Fabbro (10) extended their point-streaks in the win. Conway now has 26 points during the streak and Fabbro 20. Anthony Brodeur kept his perfect record intact, as he’s now 8-0 between the pipes with a .941 save-percentage. The Vees are now a perfect 6-0-0 against the Mainland Division.
Penticton (12-1-0-0) is now off until Wednesday, October 21st, when they host the West Kelowna Warriors at the SOEC; face-off in 7 pm. Tickets are just $5 and are available at the Valley First box office (at the SOEC).