PENTICTON, BC-Zach Driscoll tricked the Merritt Centennials on Halloween Eve, stopping 27-shots for his first BCHL shutout, treating the Penticton Vees to a 3-0 win at the SOEC.
Newcomer Nicholas Jones, Tyson Jost and Dixon Bowen scored for the Vees, as their win streak was pushed to 16-games and they remain perfect on home ice in the victory.
Driscoll was on top of game early, as the Vees had a sluggish first period but the 18-year-old Minnesota, native turned aside nine shots in the opening 20-minutes. His best was when he stretched out and made a blocker save on Merritt’s Brett Jewell who busted down the wing.
Jones, making his Vees debut after being acquired last week, finally broke the ice late in the second and on a penalty-shot. Jones made the most of his opportunity, going post-and-in past Colten Lancaster at 16:59.
A key sequence in the game came early in the third period when the Vees ran into penalty trouble. Merritt was handed a five-on-three advantage for just over a minute but the league’s best penalty-kill flexed its muscles, and with some key stops by Driscoll, kept the Cents’ off the scoresheet. That PK spurred on the Vees, as they doubled their lead shortly after.
60-seconds after the Vees killed-off the two penalties Jost muscled his way to the front of the net and potted a rebound. Scott Conway had his shot leak through Lancaster and Jost was there to push it over the line at 8:38; his 14th.
Bowen put the game out of reach on just the Vees second power-play of the game. Bowen quickly rushed down the wing after neutral zone face-off and forced his shot through Lancaster’s arm at 15:08.
Final Score: 3-0 Vees
Shots: 31-27 Vees
Power-Plays: Vees 1-2 Merritt 0-4
Three Stars: 1) Zach Driscoll 2) Nicholas Jones 3) Colten Lancaster
With his third period assist, Scott Conway extended his BCHL-best point streak to 16-games. Jost remains second in league scoring with 34 points, one back of Nanaimo’s Sheldon Rempal. The Vees at the SOEC this year are 8-0-0, with one “home” win coming at the Showcase in Chilliwack. All-time, they’re now 165-30-4-11 at the SOEC.
The two teams go at it again, Halloween night, in Merritt at Nicola Valley Memorial Arena; face-off is 7:30 pm; the Vees are making their first trip to Merritt this season.