Pen­tic­ton Vees play host to Salmon Arm Sil­ver­backs —

Pen­tic­ton pre­vails 4-2 over vis­it­ing Salmon Arm

The Daily Courier - - FRONT PAGE - By Okana­gan Week­end Staff

Ryan San­delin pot­ted two goals, in­clud­ing the game-win­ner, as the Pen­tic­ton Vees dou­bled up the vis­it­ing Salmon Arm Sil­ver­backs 4-2 on Fri­day night in B.C. Hockey League ac­tion.

James Miller and Eric Linell also scored for the Vees, who moved into a two-way tie with the idle West Kelowna War­riors for sec­ond place in the In­te­rior Divi­sion, while Nick Un­ruh and Ai­den Jen­ner replied for the Sil­ver­backs.

Jack La­Fontaine stopped 24-of-26 shots to pick up the win be­tween the pipes, while Matthew Ar­mitage was also stel­lar in turn­ing aside 28-of-31 shots in the los­ing ef­fort.

The Vees, com­ing off a 3-2 over­time win Wed­nes­day in Ver­non, had a first pe­riod to for­get with the shots 12-3 in favour of the Sil­ver­backs, who were foiled on two late break­aways by La­Fontaine.

Af­ter a more in­spired start to the sec­ond pe­riod, the Vees fi­nally broke the deadlock about half­way in when Miller drifted a high wrist shot from the point past Ar­mitage.

It was Miller’s sixth goal in six games and 11th on the sea­son.

Un­ruh pulled the Sil­ver­backs even with just un­der two min­utes re­main­ing in the mid­dle frame when he took a pass in the slot and buried a shot up high over La­Fontaine.

The score stayed dead­locked at 1-1 un­til al­most mid­way through the fi­nal stanza when San­delin buried a re­bound off the end boards from in close.

San­delin made it 3-1 when he took a blind pass from cap­tain Mas­simo Rizzo and one-timed it high blocker side with just over eight min­utes to play.

Jen­ner brought it back to 3-2 when he buried a re­bound from in close about two min­utes later, but that was as close as the Sil­ver­backs got, be­fore Linell buried an empty-net­ter with 30 sec­ond left to seal the win.

The Vees (12-6-1-2) host the Trail Smoke Eaters (8-11-3-1) tonight, 6 p.m. at the SOEC.

MER­RITT 4, VER­NON 3

At the Ni­cola Val­ley Me­mo­rial Arena, Matthew Kop­pe­rud, Chris­tian Sabin, Ni­cholas Wicks and Nick Gra­now­icz tal­lied for the host Cen­ten­ni­als, while Se­bas­tian Streu, Ben Helge­son and Teddy Wood­ing re­sponded for the Vipers.

The teams traded goals un­til Gra­now­icz put it away for good with just un­der seven min­utes left. The Vipers out­shot the Cen­ten­ni­als 44-27. Mer­ritt (14-8-0-1) now has sole pos­ses­sion of first place in the In­te­rior Divi­sion with 29 points, fol­lowed closely by Pen­tic­ton and West Kelowna with 27 points apiece.

Ver­non (8-6-5-2) is back in ac­tion tonight in Salmon Arm (12-7-1-0) in what will be a bat­tle for third place in the divi­sion.

WAR­RIORS HOST SUR­REY

The West Kelowna War­riors (13-7-0-1) will be look­ing for their eight con­sec­u­tive win when they play host tonight to the list­less Sur­rey Ea­gles (6-17-0-1). Puck-drop at Royal LePage Place is 7 p.m. The War­riors are well rested fol­low­ing a five-day break.

Last week, the War­riors picked up a 4-3 vic­tory in We­natchee over the Wild, and then hung on to de­feat the Pow­ell River Kings 5-4 at Royal LePage Place.

For­ward Mike Hard­man and de­fence­man Wy­att Head were named BCHL’s Player of the Week hon­or­able men­tions.

Hard­man, 19, is tied for the league lead in game-win­ning goals with six, while Head, 19, has reg­is­tered seven as­sists in his past three games.

Sur­rey has lost 10 of its past 13 games.

JOE FRIES/The Okana­gan Week­end

Pen­tic­ton Vees for­ward Jack­son Nie­der­mayer, left, hooks up with Salmon Arm Sil­ver­backs blue­liner Andy Stevens in pur­suit of a loose puck dur­ing BCHL ac­tion Fri­day night at the South Okana­gan Events Cen­tre. The Vees won 4-2.

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