The crowd of 3,563 (minus the minority of visitors from Vernon) went crazy after Penticton Vees captain Nicholas Jones tipped a shot past Vernon Vipers goalie Darion Hanson to take Game 5 of the B.C. Hockey League Interior Division Final 3-2 in overtime at the South Okanagan Events Centre. Emanuel Sequeira/Western News

Vees captain sinks Vipers

Nicholas Jones tipped home the overtime winner over the Vernon Vipers

Nicholas Jones’ seventh goal of the playoffs has the Penticton Vees one win away from advancing to the B.C. Hockey League Final.

Jones tipped a slapshot by defenceman James Miller past Vernon Vipers goalie Darion Hanson to give the Vees a 3-2 overtime victory Friday at the South Okanagan Events Centre. After seeing the puck go in, Jones jumped up as the crowd of 3,563 went into a frenzy.

“They iced the puck there. We jumped out, we knew they were tired so we wanted to get a quick draw in there,” said Jones. “Was able to get the draw there and the D moved it nice to each other and Millsy (James Miller) hammered the puck and I was just fortunate to get a bounce off of it. It was a good shot by him and I think we just took advantage of an icing.”

Trailing 2-1 early in the second period, the Vipers got the equalizer when Jagger Williamson found a loose puck by Mat Robson, and put it behind the Vees goalie. That goal came just over three minutes after Taylor Sanheim gave the Vees a 2-1 lead 13 seconds into the period. That led to extra time as neither team could bury their chances in the final frame. Robson earned the second star with a 26-save performance, while Hanson was named the third star as he made 33 saves.

Jones said the overtime was intense.

“We have been in three of them now these playoffs. We know what to expect,” said Jones. “Everybody is grinding out. We had a mind frame to just get pucks on net and play the right way and the goals will come. A greasy one like that goes in.”

The Vipers opened the scoring on Cameron Trott’s third goal set up by Jimmy Lambert and Chris Jandric on the power play. That goal came at 6:34. On a power play of their own, the Vees got the equalizer at 7:51 when Gabe Bast blasted a shot from the point that beat Hanson blocker side.

Vipers coach Mark Ferner said coming into the SOEC, he knew the Vees would get off a to a good start they would have to match and better. In overtime he said they had some tired bodies and one of their players lost his stick.

“Our guys were really disappointed but we have an opportunity to go home and I feel comfortable with our group playing at home,” said Ferner. “We’ll get the matchups that we want. We had a great opportunity here to go up 3-2 and we didn’t. We just need to look after our own backyard tomorrow.”

“It’s always the hardest one to win the fourth one,” said Jones. “Nobody is going to go out easy. We expect their best tomorrow. We got to go in there with a killer instinct.”

In other BCHL action, the Victoria Grizzlies pushed their series to a sixth game against the Chilliwack Chiefs following a 3-2 overtime win of their own at Prospera Centre.


Penticton Vees captain Nicholas Jones redirected James Miller’s point shot past Vernon Vipers goalie Darion Hanson to take Game five of the B.C. Hockey League Interior Division Final 3-2 in overtime Friday at the South Okanagan Events Centre. The Vees now lead the series 3-2. Emanuel Sequeira/Western News

Just Posted

Kelowna, Vernon biathletes hit top 10 to end Olympics

Julia Ransom and Emma Lunder close out the Olympics with 10th place finish

Date set for Silver Creek man’s bail ruling

Curtis Sagmoen will learn on Feb. 28 if he will be released from custody

No resolutions for unhappy for north Westside residents

Self-governance hopes remain distant dream

UPDATE: Serwa second fastest in ski cross seeding

Kelowna ski cross racer has solid run in the seeding round of the women’s ski cross event

Resources for victims of sexual violence to be made available at Hedley concert

A gathering is planned for outside Prospera Place on the date of the concert,

Thief helps himself to cash register

Vernon business asking for public’s help to identify suspect

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

OLYMPIC ROUNDUP: Women’s ice hockey team ends 24-game winning streak

Team Canada added two silvers and a bronze to their total

Voices of Nature reaches elementary students

By Barb Brouwer, Observer contributor Music has the power to touch the… Continue reading

Canadian support split on Trans Mountain pipeline debate: Poll

Angus Reid poll surveying Canadians on pipeline stance finds no clear winner

Tired of ‘big city life’? One-stoplight town hosts contest to lure in city slickers

Contest by BC Rural Centre hopes to attract city folks to a small town in the Kootenays

Student protest outside White House a snapshot of American gun debate

Demonstrators take part in a student protest for gun control legislation in front of the White House

Feds can’t do much to fight fake news in Canada

Federal government can’t do much to fight fake news: Canadian Heritage documents

Canada’s Boutin wins silver in women’s 1,000 short track

Women’s 1,000-metre short-track speedskater Kim Boutin wins silver the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics Thursday

Most Read