Vees prove po­tent on power play, pre­vail over vis­it­ing Powell River

The Daily Courier - - SPORTS - By Okana­gan Week­end Staff

The Powell River Kings’ league-best power play was up­staged by that of the Pen­tic­ton Vees.

Eric Linell scored two of Pen­tic­ton’s three power-play mark­ers and Luke Lo­heit also clicked twice as the Vees trumped the Kings 5-3 in front of 2,924 fans Fri­day at the South Okana­gan Events Cen­tre.

James Miller col­lected a goal and three as­sists and con­tin­ues to lead all BCHL de­fence­men with 19 goals and 50 points, while cap­tain Mas­simo Rizzo added two as­sists for the Vees (26-121-2).

Ryan Brushett notched his league-lead­ing 29th goal and as­sisted on the oth­ers by Levi Glas­man and Ethan Sch­munk for Powell River (24-15-1).

The Kings, who came in at 26.2 per cent on the power play, scored once with the man ad­van­tage.

Derek Krall made 20 saves to win in his first start of 2019, while Mitch Adamyk stopped 35 shots for the Kings.

De­fence­man Evan McIn­tyre and for­ward Ty Pochip­in­ski — ac­quired at the Cana­dian ju­nior hockey trade dead­line on Thurs­day — made their de­buts for the Vees.

Linell opened the scor­ing on a power play at 1:27 from Miller and Rizzo.

Brushett tied it up, ex­tend­ing his points streak to 16 games, as his cen­ter­ing pass glanced in off Miller’s skate at 6:32.

But Miller made up for that on a point shot through traf­fic just nine sec­onds into a power play from Linell and Rizzo at 9:24.

The Kings got on a late power play of their own and Glas­man tied it up with 47 sec­onds left.

Pen­tic­ton con­trolled play in the sec­ond pe­riod and took the lead 3-2 as Lo­heit knocked home a re­bound from Miller and David Si­lye at 3:26.

The Kings tied it against the flow of play as Sch­munk was set up by Brushett at 10:35.

Lo­heit put the Vees up for good at 4-3 on a ter­rific in­di­vid­ual ef­fort, with Cas­sidy Bowes earn­ing the lone as­sist at 15:11.

Just 48 sec­onds into the third, Linell de­flected home Miller’s point shot on the power play for his sec­ond of the night with Cole Shep­ard also as­sist­ing.

The Vees host an­other Is­land Di­vi­sion team tonight with the Nanaimo Clip­pers in­vad­ing the SOEC in a 6 p.m. puck-drop.

The Vees also ac­quired Western Hockey League de­fence­man Jonathan Smart ahead of the trade dead­line, but the 19-year-old from Kelowna will not be el­i­gi­ble to play un­til the Vees visit Powell River on Jan. 25.

Smart played at the Okana­gan Hockey Acad­emy in Pen­tic­ton for two sea­sons prior to play­ing in the WHL for Kelowna, Regina and Koote­nay.

VIPERS 4, SILVERBACKS 1

Goals by Co­le­ton Bilodeau, Josh Latta, Con­nor Mar­ritt and Elan Bar lev wise gave Ver­non the win over vis­it­ing Sal­mon Arm at Kal Tire Place.

Matthew Ver­boon replied for Sal­mon Arm (19-17-4), who trailed 2-1 and 3-1 at the pe­riod breaks. The Vipers out­shot the Silverbacks 39-28

Ver­non (16-16-7-3) hosts Powell River on Sun­day at 2 p.m.

WAR­RIORS 4, CENTENNIALS 3

Mike Hard­man scored 2:33 into over­time for West Kelowna in a road win over Mer­ritt. The War­riors are home to Al­berni Val­ley Bull­dogs tonight, 7 p.m. at RLP.

DAVID CROMPTON/The Okana­gan Week­end

Pen­tic­ton Vees for­ward Bren­dan Harrogate tries to stuff the puck past Powell River Kings goal­tender Mitch Adamyk as Kings de­fence­man Kyle Pow checks him from be­hind dur­ing BCHL ac­tion on Fri­day at the SOEC. The Vees won 5-3.

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