Roman Augustoviz spends Minnesota's winters covering college hockey, specifically the Gophers, and other University of Minnesota sports. During the summer, he writes about the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx, with a dose of U sports sprinkled in. Follow him on Twitter @RomanStrib.

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Lucia, Benik lead Penticton to record 30th BCHL win in row

Posted by: Roman Augustoviz under Sports Updated: February 7, 2012 - 11:58 PM

Mario Lucia, Don's younger son, and Joey Benik each had three-point games as visiting Penticton overwhelmed Chilliwack 7-0 on Tuesday to break  a 22-year-old British Columbia Hockey League record for most wins in a row.

The victory is the 30th consecutive for the Vees, now 41-3-0-2. (The 2 in the fourth column stands for two overtime losses.)

Lucia had two goals and one assist and was named the No. 1 star of the game. He has signed with Notre Dame.

Benik, of St. Francis, had one goal and two assists. He is a St. Cloud State recruit.

The three Reilly brothers from Chanhassen, who will all play for the Gophers next season, didn't score a goal but combined for five assists. Mike, a defenseman, and Ryan, a forward, both had two assists. Connor, a forward, had one assist.

Steve Fogarty, a former Edina player, also had an assist. So six of the eight Minnesotans on the Vees roster had at least one point.

The Vees lost two of their first three games in September, had another loss in October and two in early November. Their last loss was to Merritt 3-2 in overtime on Nov. 5.

The record the Vees broke was set by the New Westminster Royals in 1989-90.

Special teams is among Penticton's strengths. The Vees have killed off 38 power-play chances in a row in their past 10 games. They scored two power-play goals against the Chiefs.

INCREDIBLE NUMBERS

The Vees from Minnesota are putting up amazing numbers. Three have over 70 points, three over 60.

Connor Reilly     33-44-77 ... one point off team scoring leader

Mario Lucia          32-45-77 ... caught Connor Tuesday night

Joey Benik            22-52-74 ... he is a second-year Vee

Mike Reilly             19-45-64 ... he has a 16-game points streak

Steve Fogarty        24-38-62 ... going with Mario to Notre Dame

Ryan Reilly             26-34-60 ... ninth on team in scoring -- with 60 points!

 

 

 

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