Thursday, January 8, 2015


The Penticton Vees got 1 goal and 1 assist performamces from 5 different players as they used their balanced attack in a 5-2 win over the Express Wednesday night.

Tyson Jost, Mike Lee, Steen Cooper, Jack Ramsey and Patrick Newell were all in the one and one club for the Vees.

Jost opened the scoring when he carried the puck into the Express zone and wired a shot in off the post past Chris Tai just over 7 minutes in.

17 year old rookie Brendan Barry was named the games third star with 24 saves in the Vees crease. His best work came after the Vees got on the board when he made two great saves off Corey Mackin to keep the Express off the board. He also had key saves off Mackin's linemates Brett Supinski and Brendan Lamont.  Barry finished with 14 saves in the first period.

Late in the first period the Vees added to  their lead on a powerplay goal by Steen Cooper.

The game might have turned in the Vees favor for good in the opening minute of the second period as Mike Lee zipped
a cross ice pass to Patrick Newell who ripped a one timer past a fully stretched out Chris Tai.

Penticton managed to cut down the number of quality Express scoring chances in the final two periods. 

Michael Merulla got the visitors their first of the night when his wrist shot with two seconds remaining on a powerplay beat a surprised Barry up over the shoulder.

Jack Ramsey put the Vees up three in the third period when he converted a Riley Alferd pass from below the goal line at 12:05 of the third period. Alferd finished with three assists.

Corey Mackin was able to add to BCHL scoring lead setting up Brendan Gulka's second Express goal just over two minutes later.

Mike Lee then rounded out the scoring with his first goal off the season on a Vees powerplay.

Each team struck twice on the power play. With the Express getting three opportunities and the Vees four.

The second half of the home and home goes Friday night in Coquitlam.

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