Penticton Vees crush West Kelowna Warriors in first game of quarter-final series

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The Penticton Vees bested the West Kelowna Warriors 7-1 on Thursday night.

Fans saw a rare hat-trick from Vees’ forward Tyler Ho, as he scored all three of his goals short-handed.

“I’ve been on a bench for 25 years and have never seen one player score three short-handed goals,” said Fred Harbinson, Penticton Vees’ head coach.

“It was a special achievement for him.”

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The Warriors opened the scoring at the 3:13 mark in the first period, but it was all Penticton afterwards.

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The Vees scored seven unanswered in the second and third periods, as they routed the Warriors in game one of a best-of-seven series.

“We played with a lot of energy,” said Harbinson.

It was ultimately a one-sided affair, with the Vees peppering the Warriors goaltender with 43 shots on net. Warriors managed a total of 23 shots.

The win gives Penticton the upper-hand in the Interior Division quarter-final.

The puck drops at 7 p.m. on Friday night for game two at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

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