Penticton Vees captain Massimo Rizzo chases down a Cowichan Valley Capitals defenceman Dimitri Mikrogiannakis on Saturday night at the SOEC. The Vees won Game 5 of the BCHL playoff series 4-1. (Brennan Phillips/Western News Staff)

Video: Tensions boil over as Penticton Vees defeat Cowichan Valley Capitals

Penticton Vees win Game 5 against the Cowichan Valley Capitals in the BCHL playoff series

The Penticton Vees have lived to fight at least another day.

Massimo Rizzo led the charge with two goals and two assists as the Vees won game five of the Interior Division quarterfinals against the Cowichan Valley Capitals 4-1 Saturday night.

A scoreless first period saw the Capitals outshooting the Vees 13-9. The Vees had two power plays in the first but couldn’t generate much towards the net.

Related: Penticton Vees look to regain scoring touch

A brutal turnover opened the scoring in the second period. Peter Tabor tried to fire the puck across his own zone but put it right onto the stick of Rizzo. Rizzo fired the puck before the goaltender Pierce Diamond could put his mask on to give the Vees a 1-0 lead.

Nearly four minutes later, the Vees were pressuring heavily in the Capitals zone before David Silye fed the puck to Evan McIntyre. McIntyre was skating down the slot before sliding the puck to Rizzo who was nearly on the goal line.

Related: Vees shutout by Cowichan Valley Capitals

Rizzo dropped down to one knee to fire the one timer past Diamond’s glove hand for his second of the game. The Capitals called their 30-second time out after the goal.

The Vees gave up too many shorthanded opportunities Saturday night, and it eventually cost them. David Melaragni carried the puck into the Vees zone on a two-on-one and beat LaFontaine over the blocker to cut the lead to 2-1.

The Vees would get their lead back before the period was up as the Capitals had a parade to the penalty box with five penalties in the second period. Rizzo skated down the left wing wall off the rush into the Capitals zone and fired a perfect pass to Silye back door for the tap in to make it 3-1 Vees through 40.

Lukas Sillinger showed off some nice hands early in the third as he toe dragged around Dimitri Mikrogiannakis and beat Diamond on the blocker side just 1:04 into the third for the Vees second power-play goal of the night.

No other goals were scored throughout the game, but tensions boiled over as the period wore on. The Capitals took three more penalties in the third, including one for checking from behind that led to Olivier Gauthier and Miller getting tangled up and both being ejected from the game.

In the final minute, Sillinger caught Vincent Millette with a hit as he gained the Vees line and Sillinger was immediately jumped by two Capitals players.

Peter Muzyka came in to defend his teammate, and he and Mikrogiannakis dropped the gloves. Nearly every other player on the ice was wrestling with someone and the clock ran down to zero during the scrums.

The two teams left the ice and the Vees celebrated the win, before the officials brought both teams back and put 19.6 seconds back on the clock. Sillinger was given a five-minute blow to the head major on the play and faces a possible suspension.

With the win the Vees will play at least one more game this season as the travel back to Vancouver Island for game six at the Island Savings Centre Monday night at 7 p.m.

To report a typo, email: editor@pentictonwesternnews.com.


@PentictonNews
newstips@pentictonwesternnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Duncan Minds in Motion program has space available

Minds in Motion runs on five Monday afternoons beginning on May 27

Anticipation building for trip to D-Day anniversary for Chemainus students

Experience of being there promises to be a memorable one

Retired teacher’s generosity provides huge opportunity for two Chemainus Secondary students

Blitterswyk and Brown looking forward to being at Juno Beach for 75th anniversary of D-Day

Breakers battle into girls soccer provincials

Kelsey takes aim at top-eight finish

Killer of Calgary mother, daughter gets no parole for 50 years

A jury found Edward Downey guilty last year in the deaths of Sara Baillie, 34, and five-year-old Taliyah Marsman

Serious crash scatters pylons, closes highway lanes on mid Island

Crash happened at 1 a.m. Wednesday on the Trans-Canada Highway in Nanaimo

Raptors beat Bucks 120-102 to even series at 2-2

Lowry pours in 25 as Toronto moves within two games of NBA Finals

Body of missing snowmobiler recovered from Great Slave Lake

Police confirm the body is that of one of three missing snowmobilers

Christmas morning burglar sentenced on Vancouver Island

Justin Redmond Feusse, 20, sentenced to 240 days in jail for Dec. 25 break-and-enter

So, do you know ‘Dave from Vancouver Island’?

Ontario man searching for fellow he travelled with in Europe 50 years ago

Toddler seriously injured after falling from Okanagan balcony

RCMP are investigating after a two-year-old boy fell from the balcony of an apartment in Kelowna

Cost jumps 35% for Trans-Canada Highway widening in B.C.

Revelstoke-area stretch first awarded under new union deal

Is vegan food a human right? Ontario firefighter battling B.C. blaze argues it is

Adam Knauff says he had to go hungry some days because there was no vegan food

Most Read