Andy Desautels- 26 saves
Hunter Miska - 23 saves
Some feeling out in the first ten minutes of this one, not many clean opportunities. The Warriors had some good chances early on but the pads of Hunter Miska worked well. West Kelowna would get a power play in the last 5 minutes, and Liam Blackburn would pot a rebound past Miska for a 1-0 lead at 16:13. Jason Cotton and Kristian Blumenschein picked up the helpers.
Two and half minutes later, Blumenschein would start a rush and feed Jonathan Desbiens who shot one into the pads of Miska. The Vees goaltender didn't know where the puck was, and as he stood up, Kylar Hope would poke it through, off a defenders skate and into the net.
Warriors lead 2-0 after one despite being outshot 11-8.
West Kelowna would get 3 straight power plays after killing off the 1st of the period, but couldn't score. At the end of a bench minor for Too Many Men, Mitch Newsome would get a breakaway out of the box, beating Desautels with a perfect shot to make it 2-1.
Other highlights in the 2nd frame include Desautels huge glove save off of Lewis Zerter-Gossage who tucked his stick between his legs and tried to go shelf. Also in the period, Ryan Ivey absolutely levelled the Vees Cody Deporcq.
Shots were 13-10 Penticton.
Early on in the 3rd, West Kelowna had a big chance to score, as Adam Osczevski had three opportunities in tight, as Miska kicked them all aside.
The Vees were energized by their goaltenders display, as they controlled the puck for long stretches. At 7:32 of the final frame, Jack Ramsey would finish off a 2 on 1 with Zerter-Gossage to tie it up. Patrick Newell would give the Vees the lead at 10:11, beating the Warriors goalie in right on the glove hand side.
Shots were 7-5 Warriors in the 3rd.
Final shots were 29-25 Vees.
The Vees got better as the night wore on, and the Warriors held their own for the majority of it, controlling long stretches in the Penticton end. Ryan Ivey played very physical all night, and the line of Blackburn, Cotton, and Masters controlled the PP.
The 1st Vees goal was a tough break as the Warriors had the puck for 1:45 of a man advantage, and lost it at the wrong time to send a breakaway back the other way.
These two teams do battle again in 21 hours so there isn't much time to dwell on it, which is the beauty of home and homes.
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