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VEES BOUNCE BACK TO DEFEAT THE CENTENNIALS

On the heels of a disappointing road loss to Merritt the night before, and on an evening honouring former NHL?er Grant Mulvey, the Penticton Valley First Vees regained their winning ways by slamming the Centennials 5-1, Saturday night at the Memorial Arena.

 

It still wasn?t the complete domination you?d expect from a ?first versus worst? match-up, however, the Valley First Vees have become almost synonymous this season for struggling against weaker opponents.

 

Kyle McMurphy led the charges with a pair of goals.  Cory Schneider seems to be regaining his offensive touch, contributing a goal and two assists.  Michael Hengen and Brett Hextall rounded out the Penticton scoring.  Zac Dalpe counted three helpers, while Anthony Perdicaro potted a couple of assists.

 

The Valley First Vees led 1-0 after one and 3-1 following 40 minutes of play, outshooting Merritt 38-23 overall.

 

Alex Evin allowed just one goal in earning the victory between the pipes, his 28th of the year as the Vees captured the season series against the Centennials five games to one.  Oddly enough, Merritt's lone game came off the stick of Penticton native Jordan Wilkins, his first career BCHL tally.

 

Both Westside and Salmon Arm kept pace with wins on Saturday night, leaving the (38-13-2-1) Valley First Vees atop the Interior Conference by five points over the Warriors and seven points ahead of the SilverBacks.

 

With just six games remaining in the regular season, the Penticton Valley First Vees return to action on Wednesday night with a rare midweek hosting of the Prince George Spruce Kings.  Face-off time is 7:00 o?clock at the Memorial Arena.

 

SATURDAY NIGHT vs. MERRITT

 

FINAL SCORE: PENTICTON – 5, MERRITT – 1

 

Merritt          0     1     0     =     1

Penticton     1     2     2     =     5           

 

Goals

Merritt: Jordan Wilkins – 1 (1)

Penticton: Kyle McMurphy – 2 (20/GWG, 21), Cory Schneider – 1 (22), Michael Hengen – 1 (10), Brett Hextall – 1 (21)

 

Assists

Merritt: Tyler Halliday – 1, Chad Gehon – 1

Penticton: Zac Dalpe – 3, Anthony Perdicaro – 2, Cory Schneider – 2, Brett Hextall – 1, Michael Guzzo – 1, Michael Hengen – 1