Joey Benik had five points, and the Vees scored six times in the third period to earn their 41st consecutive victory of the regular season, 10-0 over the Smokies tonight in Penticton.
The home side jumped out of the gate with a goal five minutes in from Ryan Reilly, but the score remained 1-0 until the early stages of the second when defenseman brother Mike tallied a short-hander two minutes in. The Vees would extend their lead to 4-0 after 40 minutes thanks in part to former Smokie Travis St. Denis, who scored his 98th career BCHL goal.
The half-dozen goals from Penticton in the third period put things well out of reach in the end, and propelled the home side to their new North American record of 41 straight victories.
Chad Katunar made 18 saves for the shutout, while Lyndon Stanwood and James D'Andrea split duties in the Trail net.
Up Next: The Smokies play their final home game of the season Friday against Merritt, before ending the year with away games against the Centennials and Chiefs this weekend.
KIJHL Tonight: Round (Game) One goes to Beaver Valley. The Nitehawks scored three times in the third period to break a 1-1 tie and defeat the Castlegar Rebels 4-1 in the Neil Murdoch final opener. More than 400 fans took the game in, as 16 year-old phenom Craig Martin tallied twice to give the 'Hawks the win. Game 2 goes Wednesday night, again in Fruitvale.
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