The Penticton Valley First Vees scored four unanswered third period goals en route to a 6-2 victory over the Prince George Spruce Kings, Wednesday night at the Memorial Arena.
Following a scoreless first period, the Valley First Vees struck early in the second, thanks to Kyle McMurphy?s shorthanded effort. The Spruce Kings tied the game on the powerplay. However, Denver Manderson found the mark with just one second remaining in the period to give Penticton a 2-1 lead entering the third.
Prince George again drew even with the man advantage, just over five minutes into period three. The Valley First Vees went back in front 3-2 on a powerplay marker of their own, off the stick of Zack Josepher. It was shortly thereafter that Penticton put the game out of reach with three goals in only 1:06. First it was Eric Kroshus, again on the powerplay, followed by Austin Smith and Cory Schneider unassisted. Denver Manderson had a five point night, adding four assists to his one goal.
Alex Evin picked up his 29th win of the year, stopping 20 of 22 shots in the Valley First Vees? net as Penticton captured the season series versus the Spruce Kings with a record of 4-1-1.
The victory moves the (39-13-2-1) Penticton Valley First Vees five points ahead of Westside atop the Interior Conference. The Valley First Vees now take to the road for four straight, beginning Friday night in Alberni Valley. Saturday night, Penticton visits Burnaby, before traveling to Surrey on Sunday. The regular season concludes the following weekend with a home-and-home against Vernon.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT vs. PRINCE GEORGE
FINAL SCORE: PENTICTON – 6, PRINCE GEORGE – 2
Prince George 0 1 1 = 2
Penticton 0 2 4 = 6
Prince George: Morgan MacLean – 1 (7), Reid Fraser – 1 (18)