The Penticton Vees scored a 4-0 win over the Melfort Mustangs on Sunday at the 2015 RBC Cup in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, to even their record at 1-1.
Matt Serratore, Jack Ramsey, Connor Chartier and Tyson Jost all found the back of the net while Hunter Miska turned aside 17 shots for his fourth post-season shutout.
The Vees are now 1-1 at the National Junior ‘A’ Tournament and sit in second place behind 2-0 Carleton Place.
Serratore had the ice-breaker, scoring just shy of the four-minute mark of the first when he deflected Patrick Sexton’s knuckler from the point.
Ramsey then doubled the Vees lead late in the opening frame as he cleaned up after a scramble in the Melfort crease. Ramsey was stopped on a partial break by Richard Palmer but he found the puck in the ensuing scramble in the crease and shoveled it in at 16:54.
Connor Chartier bumped up the Vees lead to three early in the second, as the Penticton power-play finally clicked.
Palmer stopped the original shot but Chartier dove at the rebound and pushed it underneath the Melfort goaltender at 4:54.
The Vees padded their lead early in third after they capitalized on a Melfort turnover just outside of their zone.
Tyson Jost and Demico Hannoun played give-and-go, before Jost got the puck back and tucked it into an open net at 5:57.
Miska, despite the lighter workload was sharp, especially late when Melfort was pressing.
One of his best saves was on Dexter Bricker late, as he got a shoulder on his rebound attempt at the top of the crease.
Final Score: 4-0 Vees
Shots: 30-17 Vees
Power-Plays: Vees 1-6 Melfort 0-4
The Vees head into an off-day on Monday, before they return to action on Tuesday afternoon against the Carleton Place Canadians.
The Vees and first place Carleton Canadians square-off at 12pm PST / 2pm CT Tuesday on Day 4 of the RBC Cup.
Fans can listen to Tuesday’s game on EZ Rock AM 800, or they can watch online at www.fasthockey.com