Brock Balson scored at 9:47 of the second overtime period to lead the Penticton Vees past the hometown West Kelowna Warriors Monday to take a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven BCHL Interior Conference final.
The Warriors now face elimination with Game 4 set for Tuesday night at Royal LePage Place.
A seesaw battle in Game 3, Louie Nanne gave Penticton an early 2-0 lead with a pair of first period markers, before the Warriors roared back with four unanswered goals.
David Pope, with two, Matt Anholt and Ambrose Firkus scored for the Warriors who took a 4-2 lead to the third period.
Balson scored on a power play midway in the third to make it 4-3, setting the stage for Brad McClure’s equalizer at 19:09 of the final fame as the Vees had pulled netminder Chad Katunar.
In the second O.T. session, Balson converted a 2-on-1 break beating Tyler Briggs with a high shot to hand West Kelowna its first home loss of the post-season.
“I think you have to give them credit. They’re a great team and they find a way to win and that’s what great teams do,” said Warriors head coach Rylan Ferster.”We seem to find way to lose against them. They have their goalie pulled and score in the last minute. How many times has that happened?”
Game 5, if necessary, would be played Thursday in Penticton.