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Highlights from the Vees 2-1 win over the Express Wednesday night to complete a four game sweep of the Interior Division quarterfinal.
Highlights produced by Eddie Gregory.
Highlights produced by Eddie Gregory.
|Clay Stevenson and Chris Klack|
Photo courtesy of Damon James.
In a series that at times saw Penticton play at a high tempo that resulted in blow out wins in games 2 and 3, it was a tighter game for the Express with a slower pace despite the fact they were outshot 59-26.
Right off the bad the Express had a great scramble chance, but they couldn't jam the puck past Vees goaltender Adam Scheel.
Clay Stevenson got the call between the pipes in game 4. He relieved Brock Hamm in each of the previous two games. Game 4 quickly developed into a game of a lifetime for the Express goaltender. He was peppered with plenty of shots and made Penticton earn everything that they got.
Late in the first period Stevenson made a sequence of four saves while the Express were shorthanded on a Vees two on one and a breakaway by Wyatt Sloboshan.
Stevenson finished the first period with 22 saves. The Express had 11 shots on Adam Scheel.
The second period has been the difference maker for the Vees. It appeared to be more of the same for Penticton early in game 4. Owen Sillinger scored his first of the series on a power play at 1:22 to open the scoring.
|Josh Wildauer - Photo courtesy of Damon James|
Three minutes later the Express tied the game on the power play. Jonathan Sheardown's shot was deflected by Josh Wildauer on his first of the series.
Lukas Sillinger appeared to have scored again at the 13 minute mark on a rebound chance. This time the official said no goal and the call stood again to the dismay of the Vees.
Off the ensuing face-off Jonathan Sheardown was robbed on a odd-man rush and the game remained tied going into the third period.
Early in the third Clay Stevenson had some adventures playing the puck and there were a couple of occasions where he nearly got burned.
|Jack MacNab - Photo courtesy of Damon James|
Finally Penticton broke through on a Jonny Sheardown shot that was blocked springing a 2 on 1 the other way and Taylor Ward converted the pass from Massimo Rizzo for a 2-1 Vees lead with 12 minutes to play.
As the third period ticked down the Express kept fighting for their season, but eventually the Vees held on.
Clay Stevenson should be proud with the goaltending effort he gave his team finishing with 57 saves allowing his team to battle right to the final seconds.
Penticton will face the Trail Smoke Eaters in the second round as all four Interior division series finished in sweeps. The other series will see the Vernon Vipers take on the Wenatchee Wild.
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Wednesday, March 7, 2018
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|Christian Sanda & Jonny Tychonick - Photo courtesy of Damon James|
The Express were missing 7 players due to various ailments and had 5 AP's in the lineup. The most notable absence for the Express was defenseman Troy Robillard.
Despite the shorthanded roster, the Express valiantly did battle at times with what they had. But as the game went on the Vees overall depth and skill allowed them to take over as the game went deeper.
Jack MacNab surprised everyone in the building opening the scoring with a wrist shot from outside the blueline that snuck past the blocker of Adam Scheel.
The early hole was the spark for the Vees to start moving their feet and push the pace on the Express.
In game 2, a lengthy series of puck control shifts in the Express zone in the second period eventually led to the 3-1 goal by Jackson Keane. The equalizer for the Vees in the first period developed under similar circumstances.
After 90 seconds of puck control in the Express zone. The puck again found Keane's stick who scored to tie the game at one.
On the first shift after that goal Jason Fortier sent out Christian Sanda, Josh Wildauer and Eric Linell who got the momentum back for the Express and Sanda scored on a loose puck in front of the net with his second of the series.
Brock Hamm was busy at the other end, and he was strong finishing the period with 24 first period saves to preserve the Express lead after 1 period.
Penticton has really made hay in this series to turn games in their favour in the second period. Jack Barnes scored the game winning goal in the second period in game 1. Saturday in game 2 the Vees struck four times to pull away. Game 3 was no different.
|Ryan Stack - Photo courtesy of Damon James|
A Penticton power play led to a goal by Wyatt Sloboshan who snapped a back door feed to even the game at 2.
Midway through the period Marcus Mitchell dug the puck out of traffic as the Vees worked the puck in the Express zone. Mitchell then walked in off the boards and surprised Brock Hamm with a shot from the half boards finding the net on the short side.
The Vees top end skill started to really take over by this point. Just 10 seconds after Mitchell's goal Chris Black cut in the Express zone and some how below the goal line was able to tuck in the puck inside the post on Brock Hamm.
Then with 3 minutes left in the period Micheal Campoli made a slap pass to Jared Nash who quickly tipped the puck to Sloboshan who scored his second of the night on the prettiest goal of the evening.
Penticton has outscored the Express 9-1 in the second period in this series and 8-0 in the last two games.
In the final minute of the second period a dangerous hit by Dominic Davis from behind on Nicky Leivermann sent the defenseman crashing head first into the boards. There was a lengthy delay as the medical personnel took every necessary precaution. The Colorado Avalanche defenseman was eventually taken off the ice on a stretcher. But the Vees post-game provided good news on the defenseman.
We have received word that Nicky Leivermann has avoided a serious injury after being pushed into the boards tonight. He won’t play tomorrow but should have a speedy recovery.— Penticton Vees (@PentictonVees) March 7, 2018
Davis was given a five minute major penalty and game misconduct for the hit.
Penticton struck twice on the ensuing power play on Klack's second of the night and Jack Barnes scoring his second of the series to round out the scoring. The Vees scored three power play goals for a second straight game.
The Vees peppered Express goaltenders Brock Hamm and Clay Stevenson with 51 shots. Hamm was relived for a second straight game after 7 goals on 40 shots.
Game 4 of this series goes Tuesday night with the Express playing to keep their season alive.