Vees Streak SnappedPosted in Featured, Sports
Saturday night in BCHL action, the Prince George Spruce Kings did something no one was able to do in 42 straight games…beat the Penticton Vees.
The 5-2 loss ends the Vees remarkable forty-two game winning streak, which started on November 11, 2011 in Trail.
The setback also snaps the Vees twenty-two game winning streak on the road; their last road defeat dates back to November 2 in Vernon.
For the second night in a row, the Spruce Kings opened the scoring early in the first period.
Jarryd Ten Vaanholt put Prince George up 1-0 when he knocked in a rebound off a Paul De Jersey wrist-shot at 1:59.
Curtis Loik put the Vees back on event terms when he redirected a pass from Wade Murphy at 8:46. Murphy broke down the right-wing before centring to Loik who deflected the puck past Ty Swaab.
In the second, the Vees were the team to get on the board early; Bryce Gervais pouncing on a Steven Fogarty rebound just past the two minute mark. The goal was Gervais’s forty-second, giving him a share of the goal-scoring title with Mario Lucia.
Prince George found an equalizer of their own late in the middle frame, as Ben Woodley beat Chad Katunar with a wrist-shot at 14:16; sending the game to the intermission tied at two.
Saturday it was the Spruce Kings having a break-out third period, as they scored three goals on eleven shots to seal their thirty-third win.
Myles Fitzgerald got what turned out to be the game-winner just past the seven minute mark; stuffing in a rebound from a Trevor Esau point-shot.
Michael Colantone put the game away with two more goals in the third period; his first on the power-play as he jammed a puck underneath a sprawled Chad Katunar at 9:41. Colantone put the game out of reach with an empty-net goal in the dying moments.
The Vees end their regular season with a record of 54-4-0-2 and 110 points; the fifty-four wins and 110 points are new BCHL single-season records.
Penticton will now face the Chilliwack Chiefs in round one of the 2012 BCHL Fred Page Cup Playoffs; game one is Friday, March 16 at the South Okanagan Events Centre.
Courtesy of Fraser Rodgers – Vees play by play