The Penticton Vees continued their dominance of the Vernon Vipers Sunday, Jan. 1.
The B. C. Hockey League kicked off its 2023 schedule with an afternoon contest between the Okanagan rivals, with the Vees leaving Kal Tire Place with a 6-3 victory over the Snakes.
Penticton has won all three meetings between the storied rivals this season, the last eight games between the two clubs and are 17-2-2 against Vernon dating back five years.
The Vees snapped a 1-1 tie in Sunday’s game with four answered goals from Josh Nadeau, Nic DeGraves, Hiroki Gojsic and Joshua Niedermayer over a 23 minute 55 second span from the start of the second period.
Austin Cameron, with his first for Penticton, and Aydar Suniev, on a first-period powerplay, had the other Vees markers.
Hank Cleaves, Julian Facchinelli and Isaac Tremblay, with the man advantage, replied for the Vipers.
Penticton goalie Luca DiPasquo made 21 saves for the win while Roan Clarke stopped 30 shots for Vernon.
The Vees improve to 29-2-0-0, atop the Interior Conference and overall standings. Vernon remains in sixth place in the Interior at 14-13-0-4, one point ahead of the seventh-place Trail Smoke Eaters, but just four points back of the third-place West Kelowna Warriors.
Penticton heads north to Prince George for a weekend doubleheader with the Spruce Kings Friday and Saturday, Jan. 6 and 7.
The Vipers visit the Salmon Arm Silverbacks Friday, Jan. 6.