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Vees disappointed by SilverBacks in overtime

Penticton Vee Steen Cooper gets tangled up with Salmon Arm
Penticton Vee Steen Cooper gets tangled up with Salmon Arm's Michael Roberts in BCHL on Saturday at the SOEC.
— image credit: Joe Fries/Western News

The Penticton Vees couldn't stop a pack of gorillas from scratching and fighting their way to a 3-2 overtime win on Saturday.

The Vees lifted the crowd of 3,375 to its feet eight minutes in when Eric Benoit scored. Shane McColgan made a pass from the side boards near the corner to find Benoit, whose shot found its way in the net off of SilverBacks goalie Adam Clark.

Playing with jump, the Vees added to their lead when Riley Alferd scored his third goal of the season five minutes later. The Vees' lead lasted until 6:47 of the second period when the Silverback's first shot of the frame by Cole McCaskill beat Hunter Miska high on his glove side. Two minutes and 40 seconds later, Michael Roberts beat Miska.

After outshooting the SilverBacks 10-2 in the first period, the Vees managed just three shots in the second. Vees defenceman Chris Rygus fired a shot off the post with under seven minutes remaining.

Both teams generated only a few quality scoring chances in the third period, while the Vees missed the net three times going high. The Vees got into some penalty trouble as Travis Blanleil was ejected from the game for a check from behind at the seven minute mark. Then with 45 seconds remaining, Vees forward Cam Amantea rocked former Vee Evan Anderson with a shoulder check. He was assessed a five-minute major for a blow to the head and given a game misconduct. After the game, Amantea said he didn't intend to hurt Anderson and wasn't sure if he made contact with the SilverBacks head.

The Vees killed off the major, but the SilverBacks scored the winner shortly after. The Vees weren't able to make a line change when the puck didn't go deep enough and Landon Smith, the BCHL's goals (37) and points (66) leader, secured the win off a rebound beating the stretched out Miska, who finished with 18 saves.

The Vees are now 27-11-2-4.

For more Vees coverage, check Wednesday's issue of the Penticton Western News.

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