POWELL RIVER, BC –The Penticton Vees have grown quite comfortable in Powell River. Friday’s 3-1 win over the Kings was the Vees’ seventh straight on the sunshine coast dating back to the 2011-2012 season.
Ty Amonte and Noah Jordan scored first period goals and Ryley Risling added another in the third, as the Vees won their second straight game on the road to start the season. Mat Robson was terrific in the Vees’ net, kicking-out 30 of 31 shots and was named the game’s First Star.
The Kings dropped their fourth straight to start the year and will look for their first win Sunday, when they host Surrey.
Like he did last Saturday in Prince George, Amonte opened the scoring Friday, but this time he did so much sooner. It only took four-minutes for Amonte to put the Vees out ahead and it was on their first shot of the game. Owen Sillinger, from behind the net, spotted Amonte in front and he quickly put his shot underneath the goalie’s pad at 3:57; his third of the season already.
Jordan put the visitors up by two later in the period when he muscled his way to the Kings goal. The hulking forward used every bit of his 6’5, 220 pound frame to score his first of the season. Jordan rushed down the right-side, pushed his way to the goal, and jammed the puck underneath the goalie at full speed; Jordan making it 2-0 at 13:26.
Penticton carried a two-goal lead into the intermission and in fact, the score would remain unchanged until the early minutes of the third period.
Risling pushed the lead to three after he was the beneficiary of a great pass from Jonny Tychonick. The 16-year-old defenceman spotted Risling on the opposite side of the ice, but still managed to fire a dart over to him from the left-wing. Risling finished off the great pass for his second at2:44.
Powell River spoiled Robson’s shutout bid shortly thereafter, when Jonny Evans was able to finally crack the Vees’ netminder. Evans was at the right place, at the right time, pouncing on a rebound at the side of the net at 5:32.
Robson was very good the rest of the way, including stopping 10 of 11 shots in the final frame to secure his second win on the young season.
FINAL SCORE: 4-1 Vees
Shots: 21-29 Powell River
Power-Plays: Vees 0-3 Powell River 0-2
Three Stars: 1) Mat Robson 2) Ty Amonte 3) Own Sillinger
Penticton was down to five defenceman for nearly the final two periods after Gabe Bast sustained an undisclosed injury early in the second period. With his goal Friday, Amonte has scored three of the Vees’ seven goals so far this year.
The Vees continue their Island Division road trip tomorrow, when the travel across to Vancouver Island to face the Alberni Valley Bulldogs; face-off is 7 pm.