Saturday, February 8, 2014

Vees 3 Eagles 0

Three power-play goals and a 29-save shutout performance from Hunter Miska helped the Penticton Vees to a 3-0 victory over the Eagles Saturday at South Surrey Arena.

Former Eagle Nic Pierog scored the eventual game-winning goal in his return to Surrey, while Miska frustrated Eagles shooters to help Penticton to the win.

Surrey flew out of the gates, peppering Miska with ten shots in the opening 12 minutes of the game including point-blank chances for Nathan Renouf and Danton Heinen, but were unable to solve the Vees keeper, even on a four-minute power-play early on.

The Vees, who came into Saturday's game with the top-ranked power-play and penalty kill in the BCHL, capitalized on a pair of man-advantage opportunities of their own later in the opening frame. Pierog snapped home his 29th goal of the season from the right wing with 5:51 left in the period after accepting a hard, cross-ice pass from Steen Cooper in the neutral zone.

Cooper played set-up man again later in the period, zipping a hard pass from the left corner that was deflected past Surrey netminder Devon Fordyce by Jack Ramsey, giving the visitors a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes despite being outshot 14-11.

Penticton captain Brad McClure rounded out the scoring 5:02 into the second period, when on a Vees power-play danced across the slot and snapped home his team-leading 37th goal of the season moments after being denied by Fordyce from just outside the crease.

From then on, both goaltenders slammed the door shut on any further offense, as Penticton, playing their third game in four nights, continued to frustrate Surrey's attackers.

Fordyce, making his eighth consecutive start in goal, stopped 25 Penticton shots. The Vees finished 3/4 on the power-play, while Surrey went 0/6.

My Three Stars:
1. Hunter Miska, Penticton
2. Nic Pierog, Penticton
3. Riley Alferd, Penticton

Up Next: The Eagles face the Chilliwack Chiefs in a Family Day matinee Monday at South Surrey Arena. Game time is 2:00 pm.

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