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Junior hockey: Vees, Vipers both start BCHL shortened season with 4-1 wins

The Penticton Vees and Vernon Vipers both started their shortened seasons on winning notes.

On Friday night, Penticton rolled past Trail 4-1 in B.C. Hockey League play at the South Okanagan Events Centre, with the host Vees outshooting the Smoke Eaters 37-28.

Meanwhile, 90 minutes north, Vernon also posted a 4-1 win, as the Vipers slid past Salmon Arm despite being outshot 33-26 by the Silverbacks.

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Penticton 4, Trail 1

At Penticton, Jacob Quillan, Stefano Bottini, Frank Djurasevic and Tyler Ho scored for Penticton (1-0-0-0), which led 1-0 and 3-1 at the period breaks.

Quillan opened the scoring at 7:58 of the first with a shorthanded goal following a major checking-from-behind penalty to Joshua Niedermayer at 7:07.

Quillan gathered a loose puck on the right side and raced with Tristan Amonte for an odd-man rush before snapping home a glove-side shot for the game’s first goal.

In the second, Bottini made it 2-0 just 17 seconds into the second. Djurasevic then made it 3-0 just 20 seconds after that. Ho rounded out the scoring on a net scramble at 3:06 of the third.

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Connor Michaud, late in the second period to make it 3-1, replied for Trail (0-1-0-0).

Kaeden Lane stopped 27 shots for the Vees, with Logan Terness facing 37 shots and stopping 33.

Penticton was 0-for-3 on the power play while Trail was 0-for-4.

Vernon 4, Salmon Arm 1

At Vernon, Luke Pakulak and Jack Glen both had two-point nights, each tallying a goal and an assist, as the Vipers downed the Silverbacks.

Ryan Shostak and Logan Lorenz also scored for Vernon (1-0-0-0), which trailed 1-0 early, but scored four unanswered goals to win. Drew Bennett, who opened the scoring at 2:15 of the first on a rebound, replied for Salmon Arm (0-1-0-0).

James Porter Jr. stopped 32 of 33 shots for the Vipers, with Owen Say turning aside 22 of 26 shots for the Silverbacks.

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Vernon was 2-for-3 on the power play while Salmon Arm was 0-for-3.

Two minutes after Bennett’s game-opening marker, Shostak levelled the score at 4:27 with a power-play goal. Twelve minutes later, Lorenz put the hometown squad up 2-1 at 16:49.

Following a scoreless second, Pakulak punched in a power-play goal to make it 3-1 at 2:00, with Glen poking home a loose puck to close out the scoring at 17:57.

Saturday’s Games

  • Cranbrook vs. Penticton, 6 p.m., at Penticton
  • West Kelowna vs. Salmon Arm, 6 p.m., at Vernon

Sunday’s Games

  • Trail vs. Cranbrook, 4 p.m., at Penticton
  • Vernon vs. West Kelowna, 4 p.m., at Vernon

Note: Shaw Communications will be broadcasting all games being played in Penticton. Shaw Community Spotlight can be found on channel 10 or on Shaw Blue Curve on channel 105.


Friday Results

  • Kelowna vs. Prince George, postponed
  • Portland 6, Tri-City 2
  • Everett 3, Seattle 1
  • Winnipeg 3, Prince Albert 0
  • Moose Jaw 4, Saskatoon 0
  • Medicine Hat 4, Calgary 1
  • Edmonton 9, Red Deer 2

Saturday’s Games

  • Kelowna vs. Victoria, postponed
  • Red Deer vs. Edmonton, 1 p.m.
  • Winnipeg vs. Regina, 3 p.m.
  • Medicine Hat vs. Calgary, 6 p.m.
  • Spokane vs. Tri-City, 6:05 p.m.
  • Portland vs. Everett, 6:05 p.m.
  • Prince Albert vs. Swift Current, 7 p.m.
  • Kamloops vs. Victoria, 7 p.m.

Sunday’s Games

  • Brandon vs. Saskatoon, 5 p.m.
  • Seattle vs. Spokane, 5:10 p.m.
  • Vancouver vs. Prince George, 6 p.m.

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