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Victoria Grizzlies unable to halt Penticton Vees’ progress

Brian Drewry / Times Colonist
NOVEMBER 2, 2019 10:09 PM


The Victoria Grizzlies slowed up the juggernaut known as the Penticton Vees on Saturday night, but not enough to knock it off its tracks.

The Grizzlies gave the Vees everything they could handle until late in the game at The Q Centre, but Penticton prevailed 4-1 to push its win streak to five games and jump over idle Coquitlam into top spot in the B.C. Hockey League.

The Vees, with 15 NCAA committed players on the their roster, as well as NHL draft picks Jay O’Brien (Philadelphia) and Cade Webber (Carolina), struck early — courtesy of a Lukas Sillinger goal just 1:50 into the game — to help improve their record to 16-3-1.

Trailing 2-0 after one period, the Grizzlies (7-15) were being stymied at every offensive turn by Vees netminder and Quinnipiac-bound Yaniv Perets. But with just a minute left in the period, Bryce Anderson brought the 1,337 in attendance to their feet when he banged home an Henri Schreifels rebound to cut the Vees’ lead in half and go to the dressing room with momentum.

But the Vees shifted gears again in the third. Thirty-six seconds in, O’Brien pounced on a turnover at the side of the crease and easily slid it past Blake Wood in the Grizzlies’ net. Four minutes later, it was Vincent Nardone, who’ll head to the University of Nebraska-Omaha next fall, banging home a rebound to send the Vees on their way.

Liam Malmquist had the other Penticton goal. Wood made 34 saves, while Perets turned aside 30 Victoria shots.

It doesn’t get any easier for the Grizzlies as they head to Duncan on Wednesday to face the Island Division-leading Cowichan Valley Capitals.

LOOSE PUCKS: Penticton held a 5-2 advantage in the battle of sons of former NHLers. Sillinger, Danny Weight, Tristan Amonte, Jack Barnes and Jackson Niedermayer all have dads who played in the NHL, while the Grizzlies counter with Stephen Konroyd and Chase McInnis. . . . The Grizzlies were without forward Eddie Yan who suffered a lower-body injury in Friday night’s game.

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