War­riors shut down, shut out

Vees’ goalie Adam Scheel dou­bles shutout num­bers with 3-0 re­sult

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Af­ter post­ing his first BCHL shutout on Satur­day, Adam Scheel didn’t have to wait long for a sec­ond. Scheel was ter­rific with 33 saves and Ryan San­delin broke a score­less tie in the sec­ond pe­riod as the Vees blanked the West Kelowna War­riors 3-0 for their eighth straight vic­tory Wed­nes­day at the South Okana­gan Events Cen­tre.

Mas­simo Rizzo and Dakota Boutin into an empty net added third-pe­riod goals for the Vees (18-5-1-2), who forged within one point of sec­ond-place Trail in the In­te­rior Di­vi­sion while still hold­ing two games in hand.

Nik Amundrud made 23 saves for the War­riors (16-12-1), who lost their sec­ond straight and re­mained in fifth place in the di­vi­sion.

The Vees got the break­through on a power play at 8:38 of the sec­ond. Jonny Ty­chon­ick fired a shot from the right point that struck San­delin in the leg and left Amundrud with no chance for the save. Tay­lor Ward also as­sisted.

The game fi­nally heated up in the third. Scheel – turned around and al­most fac­ing the net - made one of the saves of the sea­son to deny Jared Marino five min­utes in.

West Kelowna got on a power play but it was the Vees who nearly scored as Amundrud de­nied Grant Cruik­shank on a clear break­away and Nicky Leiver­mann, who ri­fled a shot off the cross­bar.

Rizzo got the in­sur­ance goal with one sec­ond left on a Vees power play at 13:24, sneak­ing one through Amundrud at the left post on a one­timer. Leiver­mann and Luke Reid as­sisted.

Boutin put it be­yond doubt as he swiped the puck at the War­riors blue­line and slid it into an empty net with 2:09 to go.

Scheel, San­delin and Rizzo were the three stars in front of 3,004 fans on another “Wicked Wed­nes­day” at the SOEC.

The Vees bus out of Pen­tic­ton early to­day for games in Nanaimo on Fri­day and Al­berni Val­ley on Satur­day, both 7 p.m. puck-drops. The War­riors visit Mer­ritt on Fri­day and wel­come We­natchee to Royal LePage Place on Satur­day.

NOTES: West Kelowna scratched in­jured F Parm Dhali­wal, F Ben­nett Nor­lin and F Matt Kowal­ski. — Pen­tic­ton Her­ald Staff

DAVID CROMPTON/Pen­tic­ton Her­ald

Pen­tic­ton Vees for­ward Mas­simo Rizzo falls off bal­ance af­ter col­lid­ing with West Kelowna War­riors goalie Nik Amundrud on Wed­nes­day at the SOEC. The Vees won 3-0.

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