Max Bulawka (10) skates the puck into the Penticton zone during BCHL action at Royal LePage Place in West Kelowna, B.C. on Oct. 19. The West Kelowna Warriors beat the Penticton Vees 3-2. (Marissa Tiel/ Kelowna Capital News)

Max Bulawka (10) skates the puck into the Penticton zone during BCHL action at Royal LePage Place in West Kelowna, B.C. on Oct. 19. The West Kelowna Warriors beat the Penticton Vees 3-2. (Marissa Tiel/ Kelowna Capital News)

Warriors come out on top over Vees in first of home-and-home series

West Kelowna Warriors defeated the Penticton Vees, rematch tonight

Two Okanagan rivals tangled in BCHL action on Tuesday with the West Kelowna Warriors (15-8-0-1) coming out on top, defeating the Penticton Vees (13-7-1-2) 3-1.

The Vees had enough shots on net with 42 on goalie Brock Baier, but goal posts and some big saves by the netminder stole the game for the Warriors.

James Miller, looking for his eighth goal in as many games, nearly opened the scoring in the first few minutes for the Vees as his slap shot from the right point clanked off the post.

Related: Vees outshoot Warriors but don’t earn the win

Instead, it was the Warriors who opened the scoring with 4:55 remaining in the first. Kenny Johnson lost the puck behind the Vees net and the Warriors Parm Dhaliwal got control before cutting across the crease and sliding the puck past Derek Krall.

Early in the second the Warriors extended their lead 2-0 on a similar play. Chase Dubois was able to steal the puck feeding Lucas Cullen, who was able to skate in along the goal line before cutting in front of the net and sliding the puck along the ice past Krall just 3:47 into the period.

Ryan Sandelin had a pair of grade-A chances in the middle frame, sending one shot from the slot inches wide on Baier’s blocker side and ringing the post on another. The Warriors defence also chipped in with Andrew Viggars diving in front of an open net, after a cross-ice pass, to block a slap shot.

Mike Hardman continued the Warriors momentum just over the halfway mark as he jumped on a rebound off Krall’s left pad to make it 3-0.

Mason Snell hit the crossbar from the left circle in the third period, adding to the Vees frustration. Kenny Johnson and Eric Olson dropped the gloves in the Penticton zone with just over nine minutes left, ending the night for both players.

Miller then took exception to Willie Reim cutting through the Vees crease as the two tangled up below the goal line in the Vees zone. Miller was given the extra two minutes for roughing, though the power play lasted just 20 seconds before Cullen was called for holding.

Following 4-on-4, the Vees would spoil Baier’s shutout bid as Jack Barnes and Drew Elser came in on a short two-on-one rush. Barnes took a shot from the right circle that was kicked away by Baier, right onto the stick of Elser who fired home his third of the year with 1:16 left.

Baier turned aside 41 shots in the game.

The two teams meet again Wednesday night at the South Okanagan Events Centre, puck drop is 7 p.m.

To report a typo, email: editor@pentictonwesternnews.com.

Kristi Patton | Editor

KristiPatton

Send Kristi Patton an email.
Like the Western News on Facebook.
Follow us on Twitter.

BCHLPenticton VeesWest Kelowna Warriors

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Three Lake Country firefighters scaled Spion Kop in support of their Movember fundraiser. (District of Lake Country photo)
Lake Country firefighters scale Spion Kop for Movember fundraiser

The three firefighters did the arduous 2.63-kilometre climb while breathing bottled air

Quigley Elementary. (Google Maps)
UPDATE: More COVID-19 cases confirmed at Kelowna Schools

Interior Health announced exposures at both Kelowna Secondary and Quigley Elementary on Sunday

Former Vancouver Canucks goaltender Richard Brodeur discussing his paintings with the executive director of the Arts Council of the Central Okanagan Kirsteen McCulloch. (Contributed)
Former Canucks goalie King Richard’s art displayed at Kelowna gallery

Richard Brodeur starred in the Vancouver Canucks’ 1982 Stanley Cup run

Real Canadian Superstore in Kelowna. (Google Maps)
Kelowna Superstore employee tests positive for COVID-19

The last day the employee worked was Nov. 23

RCMP. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media)
RCMP issue warning after woman assaulted while walking in Rutland

On Saturday, the unknown man ran up and grabbed her in an inappropriate manner before fleeing

(Dave Landine/Facebook)
VIDEO: Dashcam captures head-on crash between snowplow and truck on northern B.C. highway

Driver posted to social media that he walked away largely unscathed

Black Press Media and BraveFace have come together to support children facing life-threatening conditions. Net proceeds from these washable, reusable, three-layer masks go to Make-A-Wish Foundation BC & Yukon.
Put on a BraveFace: Help make children’s wishes come true

Black Press Media, BraveFace host mask fundraiser for Make-A-Wish Foundation

A B.C. Ambulance Service paramedic wearing a face mask to curb the spread of COVID-19 moves a stretcher outside an ambulance at Royal Columbia Hospital, in New Westminster, B.C., on Sunday, November 29, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Top doctor urges Canadians to limit gatherings as ‘deeply concerning’ outbreaks continue

Canada’s active cases currently stand at 63,835, compared to 53,907 a week prior

A Canadian Pacific freight train travels around Morant’s Curve near Lake Louise, Alta., on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014. A study looking at 646 wildlife deaths along the railway tracks in Banff and Yoho national parks in Alberta and British Columbia has found that train speed is one of the biggest factors. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
Study finds train speed a top factor in wildlife deaths in Banff, Yoho national parks

Research concludes effective mitigation could address train speed and ability of wildlife to see trains

A airport worker is pictured at Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, B.C. Wednesday, March 18, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Canada extends COVID restrictions for non-U.S. travellers until Jan. 21 amid second wave

This ban is separate from the one restricting non-essential U.S. travel

Menno Place. (Google Street View image.)
B.C. care home looks to hire residents’ family members amid COVID-19-related staff shortage

Family would get paid as temporary workers, while having chance to see loved ones while wearing PPE

A confirmed case of COVID-19 at Vernon’s Silver Star Elementary School has been reported. (Google Maps)
COVID case confirmed at Okanagan elementary school

Member of Silver Star Elementary community in Vernon self-isolating at home; parents alerted Nov. 28

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Steve French caught the halo moon on his camera on Saturday night. (Steve French Facebook)
Did you see the halo moon last night?

The halo is actually millions of tiny ice crystals

Most Read