DUNCAN – The Penticton Vees had goals from Bradley Nadeau and Luc Wilson but gave up a first-period lead and fell to the Cowichan Valley Capitals by a score of 3-2 on Saturday night at the Cowichan Community Center.
Penticton scored the first in what was a hotly contested game with Bradley Nadeau converting from a 5-3 advantage to give the Vees a one-goal lead. The Vees worked on a two-man advantage with a major power-play for two full minutes five-on-three and it was Nadeau’s first power-play goal of the year to give Penticton the game’s first lead.
Ryan Hopkins passed a right point pass to the left wing where Nadeau hammered a single shot through a body maze and passed the side of blocker from Capitals goalie Ben Montgomery for his 9th goal of the season in the lead of the team and scorer power play gave the Vees the lead by a 1-0 margin at 10:32 of the opening period.
Hometown kid Luc Wilson, playing against his former team, pushed the Vees to the lead by two goals at 14:14 of the first inning with his 8th goal of the season. A chip pass on the boards of the right wing of Casey McDonald was received by Wilson who went from right to left in the neutral zone and arrived at the top of the left circle before allowing a shot to pass the side of the glove of Montgomery to give Penticton a 2-0 Edge.
The tide turned with a breakaway goal from Brett Fudger, the Cowichan Valley captain, who brought his team back into the game with a scorer at 5:18 PM of the opening period. Owen Simpson spotted Fudger at the Vees’ blue line with an extended pass from his own zone as Fudger faked his backhand and slid the puck past Vees goaltender Colin Purcell to make it a one-goal game before the 2nd period.
Cowichan Valley scored the lone goal in a middle period that saw action on both ends as Montgomery and Purcell had to make quality saves with Eli Pilosof finding the only goal in the frame to tie the game forward the 3rd period.
Nick Marciano ran down the left wing into the Vees area and made it to the face-off circle before sending a pass to the back gate where Pilosof redirected the puck past Purcell at 3:22 p.m. of the 2nd period. pushed the The Capitals back from a two-goal deficit to tie the game before the final period.
Penticton put on a powerful penalty kill at the end of the period after being assessed a four-minute minor double penalty to keep the game tied before Fudger scored his second goal of the game with just under two minutes left. playing to break the deadlock and give the Capitals are their first and only advance of the evening.
From below the goal line, the Cowichan Valley captain moved up the crease on Purcell’s glove side and shoveled the puck past him and the goal line at the 18:04 mark of the final period that propelled the Capitals ahead with a 3-2 lead.
The Vees pulled Purcell out, but a late penalty with 48 seconds left derailed any late scorer’s chance as the Vees lost their second game of the season by a score of 3-2. Colin Purcell was formidable in the game, repelling 35 of the 38 shots he faced in his first loss of the season while Ben Montgomery was also strong in goal, making 32 saves of 34 shots in his second win of the season. the season.
FINAL SCORE: 3-2 Capitals
SHOOTING ON GOAL: 38-34 Capitals
VEES PP: 1/4
VEES PK: 4/4
3 STARS :
1) Brett Fudger (2-0-2)
2) Ben Montgomery (32 saves on 34 shots)
3) Luc Wilson (1-0-1)
Fortis Energy Player of the Match: Eli Pilosof (1-0-1)
The Vees (8-2-0-0) will come home and start a four-game home game as they host the Alberni Valley Bulldogs (7-3-1-0) on Wednesday night at South Okanagan Events Center. The puck delivery is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. and tickets are available for purchase online at valleyfirsttix.com and at the SOEC box office. The game will also be broadcast live on Bounce Radio 800 as well as streamed on BCHLTV.ca from the pre-game show at 6:10 pm.
The Vees will honor those who served with their Veterans Night before Remembrance Day Wednesday night. Veterans tickets are free while poppies will be available by donation in the lobby with the Penticton Legion and cadets on hand to participate in the evening as well. The face-off is scheduled for 6.30 p.m.