Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Vees even up Finals with second-straight win on home ice

Press Release

 A game that didn't see its first goal until almost 36 minutes in also produced a flurry in the final frame, capped by Jedd Soleway's winner, as the Penticton Vees earned a second-consecutive 3-2 win over the Surrey Eagles.

The victory evens the Fred Page Cup BCHL Finals 2-2 as the home team has won every game so far.

It was Penticton's John Siemer who created a turnover in the neutral zone and found Soleway trailing in the high slot and he snapped home the winner. Soleway's tally broke a brief deadlock after Nic Pierog had tied the game 2-2 by splitting two Vees defenders and putting a shot high over Chad Katunar's shoulder.

Eagles affiliate Anthony Brito opened the scoring at 15:39 of the second and Surrey took the one-goal lead into the third. Wade Murphy tied it 58 seconds into the final frame on the power play, Ryan Gropp followed to put the Vees ahead and Pierog then tallied but it was the last time the Eagles were level.

This is the first time the Eagles have lost consecutive games in the postseason, just as their 2-0 start to the series was the first time the Vees had lost two in a row.

Game 5 will be Thursday night at 7:15 at South Surrey Arena. Game 6 will be Sunday, April 21 in Penticton. 

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