The Penticton Vees got goals from six different players, and Olivier Mantha made 31 saves to backstop his side to a 7-1 victory over the Surrey Eagles Saturday.
The home side took advantage of bounces in the offensive zone, and locked things down defensively as the Eagles return home from the Okanagan with a weekend split.
Penticton opened the scoring 8 minutes into the game when Ben Dalpe put home a rebound from the right circle. Captain, and leading scorer Brad McClure put the hosts up 2-0 toward the end of the period, rifling a cross-zone one-timer on a Vees power-play.
Penticton added three goals in the second period, all from point shots that were redirected in front of Surrey starter Bo Didur. First, Blake Butzow scored his first goal in the league, before Didur's former major midget team-mate Anthony Conti and blueliner Brett Beauvais added middle-frame markers to put Penticton up 5-0 after 40 minutes.
Matthew Serratore put the Vees up 6-0 shortly after a Surrey penalty-kill early in period three, converting a cross-crease feed from linemate Jack Ramsey at the right post.
Surrey's Danton Heinen broke Mantha's shutout bid later in the period, tapping a rebound through the Penticton goaltender's legs after an inital save on Joseph Drapluk.
McClure rounded out the scoring in the dying minutes on a sharp wrist-shot from the slot, as the Vees won the first meeting between the two sides since the 2013 Fred Page Cup final.
My Three Stars:
1. Brad McClure, Penticton
2. Olivier Mantha, Penticton
3. Ben Dalpe, Penticton
Up Next: Surrey is idle until Friday, December 13th when they pay a visit to the Langley Rivermen.
Saturday Audio: Click here to hear my conversation with defenseman Matt Dawson, which aired in tonight's first intermission.