Pen­tic­ton Vees host re­match with We­natchee Wild

West Kelowna also de­feated, 5-4 by Mer­ritt

Penticton Herald - - FRONT PAGE - By Okana­gan Week­end Staff

The de­pleted Pen­tic­ton Vees held the fort for more than 50 min­utes be­fore the roof caved in.

Cristophe Tel­lier, Nathan Ian­none and Matt Dorsey scored in a 4:29 span in the third pe­riod as the We­natchee Wild over­came a 2-0 deficit to beat the vis­it­ing Vees 5-2 on Fri­day night at the Town Toy­ota Cen­ter. For­mer Vees for­ward Matt Gosiewski added a pair of late empty-net goals as the Wild (20-10-2) won their sev­enth straight game and pulled within one point of the first-place Vees in the In­te­rior Divi­sion.

The Mer­ritt Cen­ten­ni­als stayed tied with the Wild for se­cond af­ter win­ning 5-4 in West Kelowna.

Cole Shep­ard and Jack Barnes scored in a 1:19 span in the first pe­riod for the Vees (20-9-1-2), who were miss­ing eight reg­u­lars and dressed just 15 skaters.

De­fence­man Car­son Kosobud as­sisted on both goals for his first two points as a mem­ber of the Vees.

Cal Sandquist made 14 saves to get the win in re­lief of Austin Park, while Derek Krall made 20 stops for the Vees.

The two teams do bat­tle again tonight at 6 p.m. in the an­nual Teddy Bear Toss Night at the South Okana­gan Events Cen­tre.

The Vees weath­ered an early storm and struck for two goals in the lat­ter stages of the open­ing pe­riod.

Shep­ard knocked in a re­bound of Kosobud’s shot at 14:14, then Luke Lo­heit and Kosobud com­bined to tee up Barnes at 15:33.

That was the end of the line for Park, who was re­placed by Sandquist af­ter mak­ing just two saves on four shots.

The Vees nursed the lead un­til the last 10 min­utes of the third pe­riod.

Tel­lier scored from Ian­none at 10:42, then Ian­none de­flected Ja­cob Modry’s low shot past Krall to tie the game at 14:40.

Just 43 sec­onds later, Dorsey scored on a ter­rific in­di­vid­ual ef­fort to put the Wild ahead 3-2 with what stood up as the win­ning goal.

The Vees got Krall to the bench for an ex­tra attacker with 2:10 to go, but Gosiewski clinched it for the Wild with an empty-net goal at 18:56 and an­other with seven sec­onds left.

CEN­TEN­NI­ALS 5, WAR­RIORS 4

Matthew Kop­pe­rud scored twice and Brett Rolo­son broke a 4-4 tie with 4:02 left as Mer­ritt tri­umphed at Royal LePage Place in West Kelowna.

Vin­cent Guy and Bren­dan Sch­nei­der also scored for Mer­ritt (20-11-1-1).

Chase Dubois, with two, Mike Hard­man and Parm Dhali­wal scored for the War­riors (18-14-0-1).

The Cen­ten­ni­als out­shot the War­riors 26-21. The War­riors visit the Ver­non Vipers tonight at 6 p.m., while Mer­ritt hosts the Nanaimo Clip­pers.

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