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Game Recap: Silverbacks win Game Five, Vees on the brink

[Photo: Cherie Morgan]

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PENTICTON, B.C. – The Penticton Vees’ season is on the line Saturday night. The Vees lost Game Five 3-1 to the Salmon Arm Silverbacks, Friday at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

Salmon Arm now leads the best-of-seven series 3-2 and can advance to the BCHL Fred Page Cup Final with a win tomorrow night at home in Game Six.

The Vees had their chances, as they outshot the Silverbacks 39-21 but for the second consecutive game they were held to just one goal.

Penticton had a good start, as they outshot the Silverbacks 18-8 in the first period but found themselves done 1-0 after 20 minutes.

The Silverbacks’ Tanner Walos scored on a rebound as his power play goal put the visitors ahead 1-0 12:06 into the opening frame. Tristan Allen threw the puck off Will Ingemann’s pad and the rebound bounced out to Walos on the blocker side.

PENTICTON, B.C. – The Penticton Vees’ season is on the line Saturday night. The Vees lost Game Five 3-1 to the Salmon Arm Silverbacks, Friday at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

Salmon Arm now leads the best-of-seven series 3-2 and can advance to the BCHL Fred Page Cup Final with a win tomorrow night at home in Game Six.

The Vees had their chances, as they outshot the Silverbacks 39-21 but for the second consecutive game they were held to just one goal.

Penticton had a good start, as they outshot the Silverbacks 18-8 in the first period but found themselves done 1-0 after 20 minutes.

The Silverbacks’ Tanner Walos scored on a rebound as his power play goal put the visitors ahead 1-0 12:06 into the opening frame. Tristan Allen threw the puck off Will Ingemann’s pad and the rebound bounced out to Walos on the blocker side.

The Vees were given a power play just as the first period ended and that carried over to the second and they wasted little time converting on it. Just six seconds into the second, James Fisher tied 1-1 with his third of the playoffs. Right off the face-off, Callum Arnott grabbed the puck and came down the right-wing. He centered for Fisher who went upstairs over Eli Pulver’s shoulder to tie things up.

Near the midway mark of the second, the Vees thought they had taken the lead, as Matthew Biotti came within inches of making it 2-1. His backhand squeaked through the pads of Pulver and trickled to goal line but didn’t cross the line, as it sat there precariously. The puck was swatted away before the net came off its pegs. Initial called a goal, a short video review overturned the call on the ice.

It stayed 1-1 until late in the second when Salmon Arm’s Reid Varkonyi broke the deadlock. JJ Monteiro threw a cross-ice pass that was tipped in by Varkonyi on the blocker side of Ingemann at 14:32. His first goal of the playoffs stood up as the game-winner.

The Vees pressed in the third period, outshooting Salmon Arm 14-5, but couldn’t find an equalizer. Their best chance came when Max Heise had a one-timer that was kicked out by Pulver. Billy Renfrew set up Heise off the rush, but Pulver came across to make the timely save.

Nathaniel Davis put the game out of reach with his empty net goal from centre ice with nine seconds left in regulation.

GAME STATS

Shots: 39-21 Vees

Vees Scoring: J. Fisher (3)

Vees Goaltending: Will Ingemann 58:20 18/20 (L)

Power-Plays:
Vees: 1/3
Silverbacks: 1/1

Three Stars:
1) Eli Pulver (SA)
2) James Fisher
3) Reid Varkonyi (SA)

Next Game: Game 6, Saturday, May 11th, at 6:00 pm, at the Shaw Centre in Salmon Arm.

The Vees were given a power play just as the first period ended and that carried over to the second and they wasted little time converting on it. Just six seconds into the second, James Fisher tied 1-1 with his third of the playoffs. Right off the face-off, Callum Arnott grabbed the puck and came down the right-wing. He centered for Fisher who went upstairs over Eli Pulver’s shoulder to tie things up.

Near the midway mark of the second, the Vees thought they had taken the lead, as Matthew Biotti came within inches of making it 2-1. His backhand squeaked through the pads of Pulver and trickled to goal line but didn’t cross the line, as it sat there precariously. The puck was swatted away before the net came off its pegs. Initial called a goal, a short video review overturned the call on the ice.

It stayed 1-1 until late in the second when Salmon Arm’s Reid Varkonyi broke the deadlock. JJ Monteiro threw a cross-ice pass that was tipped in by Varkonyi on the blocker side of Ingemann at 14:32. His first goal of the playoffs stood up as the game-winner.

The Vees pressed in the third period, outshooting Salmon Arm 14-5, but couldn’t find an equalizer. Their best chance came when Max Heise had a one-timer that was kicked out by Pulver. Billy Renfrew set up Heise off the rush, but Pulver came across to make the timely save.

Nathaniel Davis put the game out of reach with his empty net goal from centre ice with nine seconds left in regulation.

GAME STATS

Shots: 39-21 Vees

Vees Scoring: J. Fisher (3)

Vees Goaltending: Will Ingemann 58:20 18/20 (L)

Power-Plays:

Vees: 1/3

Silverbacks: 1/1

Three Stars:

1) Eli Pulver (SA)

2) James Fisher

3) Reid Varkonyi (SA)

Next Game: Game 6, Saturday, May 11th, at 6:00 pm, at the Shaw Centre in Salmon Arm.