March 4, 2020
Penticton Vees – 5
West Kelowna Warriors – 4 (OT)
The Penticton Vees are moving on to the second round thanks to late-game heroics from Carson Kosobud and Jackson Niedermayer as they beat the West Kelowna Warriors 5-4 in overtime to take the series in five games.
West Kelowna had avoided the sweep with their own OT heroics on Tuesday night.
The following night, Vees defencemen provided much of their offense, starting with first-period goals from Conner Hutchison and Steve Holtz, but the Warriors got one of their own in the opening frame, Carter Wilkie’s second of the postseason, to make it 2-1 after one.
West Kelowna tied things up with an early second-period goal from John Evans and eventually took the lead late in the frame on a Levi Stauber marker that made it 3-2 heading to the third.
Colton Kalezic knotted things up with a shorthanded goal for Penticton before Jake Harrison scored later in the period to regain the lead for the Warriors. That score held up until 1:30 left in regulation when Jackson Niedermayer scored to send it to overtime.
In the extra frame, the winner came from an unlikely source as Kosobud’s wrist shot from the point beat a screened Johnny Derrick to give Penticton the series win. Kosobud had just four goals in the regular season and this was his first-career playoff tally.
With just one outcome left to be determined in the Interior Division, Penticton will play the winner of the Wenatchee Wild and Vernon Vipers series in the second round.