Friday, February 16, 2018


Penticton completed a sweep of the Express in a home and home set. They followed up their 7-1 win Wednesday in Penticton with a 5-1 win Friday night in Coquitlam. Click here for boxscore

Like Wednesday's meeting some best scoring chances for the Express came in the first period, just the finish wasn't there. Jack MacNab powered the puck to the net creating a scramble opportunity that Vees goaltender Adam Scheel had to fight hard to keep out.

Cody Hough got the call for a second straight game as an AP on the blueline, like Wednesday he had some impressive moments. He was confidently moving the puck out of the D zone. He also had a good one timer chance.

Penticton opened the scoring on a power play on Nick Leiverman's slapshot that over powered Brock Hamm.

Late in the first period Lukas Sillinger pounced on a loose puck that was sitting in the Express zone and snapped a backhand through Brock Hamm's pads for a 2-0 Vees lead after the first period.

The Vees didn't wait until the third period to ramp up their game to another level.

Cassidy Bowes made it a 3-0 game burying the rebound of Leiverman's slapshot that wired off the glass.

Owen Sillinger followed Wednesday's two goal effort with another Friday. He buried a set up following some good passing in the Express zone for his 30th of the season on the power play. Penticton was 2 for 2 on the power play. The Express were 0 for 3.

Then Sillinger converted the prettiest goal of the night. Sillinger and Chris Klack broke out shorthanded and Black dished a beautiful backhand pass to Sillinger who scored his second of the night for a 5-0 lead after 40 minutes. The Vees outshot the Express 12-1 in the second period.

The game settled into auto pilot in the third period. Jack MacNab broke Scheel's shutout bid with his second goal in as many games with just 1:12 to play to round out the scoring at 5-1.

On a bright note for the Express they secured the final BCHL playoff spot courtesy of Nanaimo's 7-1 win over the Cowichan Valley Capitals. The Express will cross over to the Interior division and face the top seed which at this point will be Penticton.

Saturday night the Express will host the Mainland division champion Prince George Spruce Kings.

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