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
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
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
SATURDAY NIGHT vs. MERRITT
Merritt 0 1 0 = 1
Merritt: Jordan Wilkins – 1 (1)
Merritt: Tyler Halliday – 1,
Penticton: Zac Dalpe – 3, Anthony Perdicaro – 2, Cory Schneider – 2, Brett Hextall – 1, Michael Guzzo – 1, Michael Hengen – 1