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VEES TAKE WARRIORS TO THE BRINK

The Penticton Valley First Vees are just one win away from a trip to the Fred Page Cup.  The Valley First Vees opened the scoring 16 seconds into the game and never looked back in dominating the Warriors 4-1, Tuesday night in Westside.  The victory gives Penticton a Three Games to Nothing stranglehold in the Best-of-Seven Interior Conference Final.

 

Michael Hengen put the Valley First Vees on the board in the first minute.  Denver Manderson added his fourth goal of the post season moments before the halfway point of period one.  Zac Dalpe wired home his fifth in the second, giving Penticton a 3-1 advantage.  Dalpe?s goal was a backbreaker, coming moments after Westside failed on a powerplay.  Cory Schneider later added an empty netter in the final minute.

 

Austin Smith had a pair of helpers, while Devon Krogh, Zac Dalpe, Nic Knudsen Denver Manderson contributed one assist apiece.

 

Alex Evin was close to perfect in the Valley First Vees? goal, stopping 23 of 24 shots for his seventh playoff win.  The lone Warriors? marker accidentally deflected off the stick of Zack Josepher into his own net.  Westside managed but five shots in the third, visibility frustrated by a staunch Penticton forecheck.

 

The Warriors had few scoring chances the entire game as the Valley First Vees arguably played one of their best games of the post season.

 

Penticton tallied all four goals at even strength, failing to capitalize on three powerplay opportunities, while killing all four of Westside?s man advantages.

 

The Penticton Valley First Vees have now won four straight, dating back to Game Seven of the series against Vernon and will be looking to eliminate the Warriors with a victory in tonight?s Game Four, set for 7:00 o?clock at Royal LePage Place.

 

TUESDAY NIGHT at WESTSIDE

 

FINAL SCORE: PENTICTON – 4, WESTSIDE – 1

 

Penticton     2     1     1     =     4    

Westside      0     1     0     =     1

 

Goals

Penticton: Michael Hengen – 1 (2), Denver Manderson – 1 (4/GWG), Zac Dalpe – 1 (5), Cory Schneider – 1 (6/ENG)

Westside: Garrett Watson – 1 (4)

 

Assists

Penticton: Austin Smith – 2,