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Preview: Vees look to even series again in game four

Penticton, BC: Nobody said it would be easy. An overtime loss in game three has put the Penticton Vees down 2-1 in their best-of-seven series against the Cowichan Valley Capitals, with the Vees looking to even the series before returning home.

Game three saw the Vees open the scoring in the second period when James Miller ended a 19-game scoring drought with a power-play goal 5:50 into the second.

The Capitals evened the score before the second period was done when Luc Wilson redirected a wrist shot from the blue line passed the blocker of Jack LaFontaine.

Penticton was called for their second too many men on the ice penalty early in the third, sending the game to 4-on-4 for 53 seconds.

Just four seconds after the puck was dropped Niko Selivanov stole the puck and roofed it over LaFontaine’s glove to give the Capitals a 2-1 lead 5:12 into the third period.

The Vees didn’t quit and Massimo Rizzo scored a power-play goal with 7:16 left in regulation to tie the game again. After a mad scramble at the top of the Capitals crease formed, Rizzo was able to dig the puck free before beating Pierce Diamond on the blocker side for his first of the playoffs.

In overtime, Mason Snell lost his stick in the neutral zone and the Capitals eventually took advantage. After LaFontaine elected to play the puck instead of cover it up for a faceoff, the Capitals regained control before David Melaragni scored the game winner from the left circle 3:54 into overtime.

Penticton now looks to make the series a best-of-three with a win Wednesday night before returning to the South Okanagan Events Centre for game five Saturday night at 6:00.

Team Statistics

Leading Scorers

Penticton Vees

Ryan Sandelin – 1G 3A 3GP

Eric Linell – 2G 0A 3GP

James Miller – 1G 1A 3GP

Cowichan Valley Capitals

Niko Selivanov – 3G 2A 3GP

Paul Selleck – 1G 3A 3GP

Brady Lynn – 1G 2A 3GP

Special Teams

Penticton Vees

Power Play – 25.0 per cent (3-for-12)

Penalty Kill – 83.3 per cent (5-for-6)

Cowichan Valley Capitals

Power Play – 16.7 per cent (1-for-6)

Penalty Kill – 75.0 per cent (9-for-12)

Series Schedule

Game one – Vees 1 vs Capitals 4 Boxscore

Game two – Vees 4 vs Capitals 1 March 2, 2019 Boxscore

Game three – Vees @ Capitals March 5, 2019 Boxscore

Game four – Vees @ Capitals March 6, 2019

Game five – Vees vs Capitals March 9, 2019

Game six – Vees @ Capitals, March 11, 2019*

Game seven – Vees vs Capitals March 13, 2019*

*If necessary