PHOTO: JACK MURRAY
The Cranbrook Bucks (2-9-0-0) defeated the Penticton Vees (9-2-0-0) 1-0 in a shootout on Wednesday evening.
For the fifth time in six matchups, the Bucks and the Vees were scoreless after the 1st period. Cranbrook led in shots 9-11 over the Vees after the 1st period. Both Thomson and McEachern stayed perfect through all 3 periods, denying any scoring opportunites that arose. Both Penticton and Cranbrook went 0/2 on the powerplay during regulation time. Cranbrook registered the only shot in overtime and neither team was able to break the scoring drought. Jay Thomson stopped Jacob Quillan in the 1st round of the shootout while Christian Lowe beat McEachern to give the Bucks a 1-0 shootout lead after round 1. Liam Malmquist tied the shootout at 1, beating Thomson glove side before Walker Gelbard returned the favour to restore the Bucks advantage. Jay Thomson stopped Luc Wilson to complete the shutout and give the Bucks their first win against the Vees. The final shots on goal were 22-21 in favour of Penticton.
Taco Time 3 Stars
3rd Star: #1 Kaleb McEachern (PEN)
2nd Star: #1 Jay Thomson (CRA)
1st Star: #26 Walker Gelbard (CRA)
FortisBC Energy Player of the Game: #6 Nikolas Sombrowski (CRA)
The Bucks’ next game is Saturday, April 24 at 7PM MST against the Penticton Vees (9-1-0-0) at the South Okanagan Events Centre. All games can be caught on HockeyTV and Shaw Spotlight.