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Match Report: Nadeau brothers combine for nine points in rout of Warriors

Photo: Cherie Morgan

Penticton, B.C.- The Nadeau show was on full display Friday at the SOEC. Brothers Bradly and Josh Nadeau combined for five points, as the Penticton Vees extended their win streak to 19 games with an 11-2 triumph over the West Kelowna Warriors.

Bradly recorded his second career hat-trick and finished with four points in the win. Older brother Josh had a pair of goals as part of a five-point effort. Aydar Suniev, Ryan Hopkins, and Josh Niedermayer each had three points. 11 Vees had multi-point games and all but three skaters had at least one point.

The power play was firing on all cylinders Friday, as Penticton scored four times on nine power play chances. The penalty kill went 2/2.

Luca Di Pasquo picked up his 14th win as the 19-year-old stopped 28 of 30 shots direct his way.

The Vees had a close call early, as Frank Djurasevic batted the puck off the goal-line during a scramble in the crease. The Warriors were so close to taking an early lead, but the Vees’ captain’s quick thinking kept it scoreless.

Penticton quickly turned it up a notch, as Brett Moravec, Josh Nadeau, and Suniev all scored in a span of two minutes and five seconds to put the Vees up 3-0. Moravec opened the scoring at 4:09, followed by Suniev’s goal 27 seconds later, then it was Nadeau scoring on the power play at 6:14.

West Kelowna stormed back, scoring twice in under two minutes late in the first period to close the gap to one goal. Ben MacDonald scored on a breakaway for the Warriors to make it 3-1, then one minute and 42 seconds later it was Rylee Hlusiak scoring to make it 3-2.

Early in the second, with the Vees holding a 3-2 lead, Ryan Hopkins saved a goal with a diving shot block with the goalie out of the net. That play seemed to be a turning point, as Penticton went to score eight unanswered goals.

Josh and Bradly Nadeau each scored in the middle frame, along with Thomas Pichette, and Hopkins, as the Vees led 7-2 after 40 minutes. Josh Nadeau was centimeters away from recording his own hat-trick, but his goal was waived off after a lengthy video review. He was ruled to have touched the puck with a high stick.

A Nadeau was destined to get a hat-trick on Friday. Josh was denied but Bradly wouldn’t be, as he scored twice in the third period. Bradly scoring goals 18, 19, and 20 on the season in the win. Niedermayer and Hiroki Gojsic scored back-to-back power play goals to cap off the scoring.

GAME NOTES

The Vees 11 goals is a season high, bettering their previous high-water mark of 10, also set against the Warriors. Penticton has outscored West Kelowna 25-6 in three games this season. The Vees four power play goals is also a new season high. With his three goals Friday, Bradly Nadeau has matched his output from last season in 30 less games.

GAME STATS 

Final Score: 11-2, Vees

Shots: 36-30, Vees

Vees PP: 4/9

Vees PK: 2/2

Three Stars

  1. Bradly Nadeau
  2. Josh Nadeau
  3. Ryan Hopkins

Next Game: Saturday, Nov. 19, vs. Prince George Spruce Kings, 6:00 pm