May 1, 2017
The AJHL Champion Brooks Bandits erased a two-goal deficit in the third period to notch a 4-3 victory over the host Penticton Vees on Sunday night at the South Okanagan Events Centre.
Two late goals from Ty Mappin and Josh McKechney in the final 2:22 of regulation time to forced the overtime.
Dennis Cesana then scored the shootout winner, handing the host team their first loss of the tournament.
The first period of play saw each team swap great scoring chances but neither team was able to find the back of the net.
Brooks netminder Mitchell Benson turned aside all 11 of the shots thrown his way from the BCHL Champion Vees, including a marvelous right pad save on Vees forward Ryley Risling late in the frame.
Penticton goaltender Mat Robson also posted a perfect opening frame posting seven saves on seven shots.
Just past midway point of the second frame Nic Jones put the host Vees ahead by a 1-0 on a power play goal. Gabe Bast fired a shot from the right point that deflected off affiliate Massimo Rizzo and was finished off by Jones.
The Vees opened a two-goal lead less than two minutes later, when Chris Klack notched his second goal of the Western Canada Cup with a slick wrist shot from the goal line at 11:47 mark.
The Bandits got on the scoreboard just before the second period ended as Parker Foo raced down the left wing and from below the goal line slid the puck through the legs of Mat Robson at the 17:06 mark to close the gap to 2-1.
The Vees regained their two-goal advantage just 3:32 into the third on a deflection in front of the Bandits net from Owen Sillinger.
Brooks made it a one-goal game at the 17:38 mark on a nifty Ty Mapping deflection of a Kord Pankewicz point shot.
The Bandits completed the comeback and tied the game with just 31 seconds left in the game after a pass from Oliver Chau found its way in front to an open Josh McKechney who made no mistake and sent the game to overtime.
Both teams played a very conservative style of hockey in the extra frame. Brooks outshot Penticton by a 5-1 count but couldn’t get the winner, forcing the shoot-out.
McKechney opened the scoring in the shootout for the Bandits with the Vees’ Nic Jones answering that call as Penticton’s third shooter. Dennis Cesana ended the festivities in the fourth round of shooters with a forehand-backhand move, beating Robson to the blocker side and completing the comeback for Brooks with a 4-3 victory.
The win puts Brooks at the top of the Western Canada Cup standings with five points (one regulation win and one shootout win) heading into their off day on Monday before a Tuesday afternoon contest against the Battlefords North Stars at 2:00 PM PST.
The host Penticton Vees sit at three points in the tournament (one overtime win and one shootout loss) and have Monday off before a rematch of the BCHL Finals when the Vees take on the Chilliwack Chiefs for a 7:00 PM PST face-off.
All Western Canada Cup contests will be streamed live online, or on demand, at HockeyTV.com.