Thursday, 22 October 2015

Vees 4 - Warriors 2

"You can't make mistakes against that team cause they'll make you pay." - Rylan Ferster

That is probably all that needs to be written about last nights game in Penticton, but give credit where its due. The Penticton Vees used a pair of turnovers, a screened point shot, and hustle to a rebound to put 4 past Stephen Heslop on Wednesday night.

Tyson Jost had a pair of goals, while Griffin Mendel's first in the BCHL and Scott Conway rounded out the Penticton scoring.

Nick Rutigliano scored his 1st of the season to make it 3-1 late in the 2nd period, while Liam Blackburn picked up his 8th of the season to make it 4-2 but that is as close as the Warriors would get. Blackburn now has a point in every game this season to this point.

Game Thoughts:

Goaltending: Zach Driscoll was good for the Vees in the opening 10 minutes, robbing Liam Blackburn early on and keeping the Warriors off the board until late in the 2nd. While Driscoll didn`t have to be fantastic, he weathered the storm early until the Vees got it going.

On the flip side, Stephen Heslop made a couple key saves for West Kelowna and continued battling as he always does. He made one big glove save in the 2nd period that kept it 2-0 after Mendel`s goal, but you can`t fault him on any of the goals.

Special Teams: It's easy to talk about Special Teams every single night, because it's such an integral part of the game. The Warriors failed to scored on an early 5 on 3, and didn't get a goal on their 3rd period power play that was shortened by Kyle Marino's penalty. The penalty kill though was perfect, going 5 for 5 and raising the percentage to 81.2%.

Coming Up:
The Warriors head to Vernon on Friday night for their first meeting with the Vipers. These two teams battled hard last year, with Vernon holding a 3-2 edge. It will be an intriguing match-up for sure, with former Warriors Mac Ferner and Hunter Zandee in the lineup for the Snakes.

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