PENTICTON, BC– Mr. Overtime did it again Saturday. Scott Conway scored his fourth overtime-winner, as the Penticton Vees edged the Salmon Arm Silverbacks 4-3 in double OTSaturday at the SOEC.
During the three-on-three, Conway circled out front and rifled a shot over the glove of Salmon Arm’s Angus Redmond at 3:35, as the Vees salvaged a weekend split with the Silverbacks.
Darius Davidson, Mitch Brooks and call-up Liam Lytton scored in regulation for the Vee, who beat the Silverbacks for the first time in three tries this season. Zach Driscoll made 31-saves and was named the game’s third star, a night after being pulled in Salmon Arm, after allowing two goals on seven shots.
Elijiah Barriga scored twice and Josh Laframboise added a single for the visitors, as the ‘Backs erased a 3-0 second period deficit to push the game beyond regulation.
After a scoreless first period, Davidson made the most of his home debut, as he scored 14-seconds into the second. Conway took the puck in on the right-wing and found Davidson in the middle, whose quick release beat Redmond up high; his first as a Vee and 12th of the year.
Brooks doubled the Vees lead just shy of the five-minute mark, as he tracked down the puck in the Salmon Arm end. In the right-circle, Brooks wrestled the puck on his forehand and then popped a shot over Redmond on the short-side for his fourth at 4:46.
A milestone moment came four-minutes later, as 15-year-old Liam Lytton was credited with his first BCHL goal. Playing in just his second game, Lytton went to the net and Ben Brar’s centering feed went off his skate and past Redmond at 8:24.
Salmon Arm started to chip away at the Vees lead just over a minute after that third goal, as Josh Laframboise got the visitors on the scoresheet at 9:38. Laframboise came down the left-wing and fired a dart underneath the cross-bar to cut the Vees lead to two.
The Silverbacks turned it on in the third, as they outshot the Vees 12-3 and scored twice in two and a half minutes to tie the game up at threes.
It was the Elijiah Barriga show, as he scored his fourth and fifth goals against the Vees this season. First, he cut the Vees lead to 3-2 on a Silverbacks power-play, as he smacked at fluttering puck out of the air and past Driscoll at 11:31. Then, off the rush, Colton Thibault, on the goal-line, threw the puck out front to Barriga for the tap-in at 14:05.
In the first overtime, Salmon Arm outshot the Vees 4-2 and had two great looks to end it. First, Josh Blanchard was stopped on a partial breakaway, as Driscoll threw out his pad on five-hole attempt. Then, in the dying seconds, Mitch Newsome walked out of the corner but Driscoll spread himself out and stopped the ‘Backs forward in the crease; his performance set the stage for Conway’s heroics.
The Vees took over in double overtime, outshooting Salmon Arm 4-0 and it was a great shift between, Chris Gerrie, Colton Poolman and Conway that led to the game-winner. Gerrie, twice, stripped the puck away from a defender on the wall, before finding Conway, who wheeled out to the middle and scored his 28th.
Final Score: 4-3 Vees (OT)
Shots: 34-32 Salmon Arm
Power-Plays: Vees 0-1 Salmon Arm 1-2
Three Stars: 1) Scott Conway 2) Elijiah Barriga 3) Zach Driscoll
Conway extended his BCHL-best point streak to 30-games with his two-point effort. The Vees also remain undefeated at home, now 16-0-1-0 at the SOEC; 17-0-1-0 overall. Before the game, the team announced it had traded defenseman Sam Jones (97), to the Cowichan Valley Capitals for future considerations; the Vees played with five defensemen against the ‘Backs Saturday.
The Vees (29-3-1-0) now go back on the road for their first visit to Kal-Tire Place and a date with the Vipers (15-8-0-2) on Tuesday. The Vees have won the first three games of the season series, all three at the SOEC. Fans can listen to the game on EZ Rock AM 800, or watch online at www.fasthockey.com