DUNCAN, BC– The Penticton Vees extended their BCHL-best win streak to 15-games Saturday night, downing the Cowichan Valley Capitals 5-3 at the Island Savings Centre in Duncan.
Scott Conway and Chris Gerrie each scored twice in the win for the red-hot Vees and Easton Brodzinski added an empty-netter late. Anthony Brodeur kept his perfect record intact, making 18-saves for his straight 10th win.
Much like Friday, the Vees came out of the shoot flying, as they outshot the Caps 16-6 in the opening frame. Despite the strong start the Vees had a tough time solving Caps starter Storm Phaneuf but eventually broke through inside the final 20-seconds of the period.
On a power-play, Conway made a slick move around a defender before blasting a shot underneath the cross-bar and over Phaneuf’s glove at 19:45. The jubilation was short lived; the Caps had a response before time ran out.
Daniel Wanner knocked down a clearing attempt and with eight-tenths of a second left on the clock, squeezed a shot off the post and past Brodeur.
Conway got the Vees going again in the opening moments of the second, as he scored 39-seconds in. David Eccles point-shot was blocked in front of the net but the puck bounced to Conway for the tap-in; his second of the game and team-leading 15th.
The second was filled with penalties as it was a parade to the penalty box between the two teams. On a Vees power-play late in the frame, Chris Gerrie padded the Vees lead. Colton Poolman took a shot from the boards that jumped off the leg of Gerrie and past the Caps goaltender at 16:28.
Like the first, the Caps had another late rebuttal, as Ryan Burton made it a one-goal game again. The Caps forward followed the play to the net and after Carter Cochrane was stopped, Burton buried the rebound on the doorstep at 19:35.
Cowichan Valley rode that momentum into the third and found the tying goal just over two-minutes in. After a Vees defender was caught in the neutral zone, the Caps broke in on a two-on-one rush, which ended with Luke Santerno bagging his fifth at 2:12.
The Caps found themselves in penalty trouble once more and again Gerrie manufactured an important goal. After a short scramble in the Caps crease, Gerrie managed to squeeze the puck between the post and the goalie’s arm at the side of the net; Gerrie getting his sixth and the game-winner at 8:13.
The Caps pulled the goalie late for the extra skater but the Vees withheld the push and Brodzinski sealed the win by sliding the puck into an empty-net from the neutral zone; Brodzinski scoring his 10th into an open cage.
Final Score: 5-3 Vees
Shots: 37-21 Vees
Power-Plays: Vees 3-8 Capitals 0-7
Three Stars: (EZ Rock Broadcast) 1) Chris Gerrie 2) Colton Poolman 3) Ryan Burton
Conway extended his point streak to 15-games in the win and now has scored in eight straight games. Conway has moved into first in the BCHL scoring race with 15 goals and 32 points; one point up on his line-mate Tyson Jost. With his two helpers Friday, Colton Poolman now has 12 points in 10 games in October.