BENIK SCORES WINNER AS VEES FINALLY EARN FIRST WIN AT RBC CUP
HUMBOLDT, Sask. – Joey Benik scored the game-winning goal early in the third period as the Penticton Vees earned their first win of the 2012 RBC Cup with a 2-1 victory over the Woodstock Slammers on Tuesday night.
The win stopped Penticton’s first two-game losing streak of the year and kept the Vees from becoming the first Pacific Region team to start the National Junior A Championship 0-3 since the Vernon Vipers in 1999 (although the Vipers ended up winning the national title).
Benik tipped a Mike Reilly point shot past Woodstock goaltender Matt Murphy to give Penticton (1-2) a couple of firsts at this year’s tournament: Benik’s goal was the first scored on the power play by the Vees, and gave them their first lead.
Ryan Reilly scored the other goal for the Vees, who entered the national championship as the CJHL’s top-ranked team, but were the last in the five-team field without a victory before Tuesday night, a shocking turn of events considering Penticton won 70 of 80 regular season and playoff games this season.
Andrew Langan had the lone goal for Woodstock (1-2), giving the Slammers a short-lived 1-0 lead, as Reilly tied it just 80 seconds after Langan’s icebreaker. Woodstock couldn’t build on the momentum from its Monday night win over Portage – it managed only 21 shots on Vees netminder Michael Garteig, and was outshot 41-21.
The Penticton win leaves a four-way log jam for second place, with the Vees, Slammers and Soo Thunderbirds all sitting at 1-2, while Portage is 1-1 after four days of action.
The Vees will look to clinch a berth in Saturday’s semifinals when they closes out their preliminary round on Wednesday night against Portage (7:30 p.m. MT), while Woodstock will try to book a Saturday spot of its own on Thursday afternoon against the Soo (3 p.m. MT).
|Game Information/Renseignements sur le match|
|Game #/No. de match||7||Round/Ronde||Preliminary|
|Arena/Aréna||Elgar Petersen Arena
|Date||05/08/2012||Time/Heure||07:30 PM MT
|Attendance/Assistance||1503||Game Status/État du match
|Goals & Penalties/Buts et pénalités|
|First Period/Première période
02:46 EST 23 Zach Shannon (Hooking/Accrocher)
09:08 PAC 5 Mike Reilly (Slashing/Coup de bâton)
13:27 PAC 26 Travis St. Denis (High Sticking/Bâton élevé)
|Second Period/Deuxième période
15:21 EST 26 Andrew Langan (27 Chris Rygus, 13 Nick Huard)
16:41 PAC 8 Ryan Reilly (77 Troy Stecher)
02:25 EST 7 Connor Tresham (Holding/Retenir)
06:12 PAC 19 Cody DePourcq (Slashing/Coup de bâton)
11:40 EST 18 Philip Fife (Slashing/Coup de bâton)
19:32 PAC 26 Travis St. Denis (Hooking/Accrocher)
|Third Period/Troisième période
02:41 PAC 9 Joey Benik (5 Mike Reilly, 26 Travis St. Denis) PP/AN
01:04 EST 15 Tim Campbell (Interference/Obstruction)
06:03 PAC 9 Joey Benik (Slashing/Coup de bâton)
09:01 EST 27 Chris Rygus (10-Minute Misconduct/10 Minutes d'inconduite)
09:01 EST 27 Chris Rygus (Checking to the Head/Mise en échec à la tête)
11:23 PAC 12 Wade Murphy (High Sticking/Bâton élevé)
13:04 PAC 8 Ryan Reilly (High Sticking/Bâton élevé)
17:05 PAC 9 Joey Benik (High Sticking/Bâton élevé)
|Goaltenders/Gardiens de but|
|EST||Matt Murphy (Off 3/19:49)
|Shots on Goal/Tirs au but||1||2||3||Total|
|Players of the Game/Joueurs du match|
|Referee/Arbitre||Pierre Lambert, Devin Piccott
|Lines People/Juges de lignes
||Shane Smith, Ryan Lundquist