“Young Vees” Drop Pre-Season Opener

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A youthful Penticton Vees squad opened their BCHL exhibition schedule with 5-3 loss at Kal-Tire Place in Vernon on Saturday.

 

The Vees young prospects made a significant impact on the game. 17-year-old Adam Sinclair (St. Andrews College) led the way offensively for the Vees, picking up a pair of goals. 16-year-old Jesse Lansdell (Yale Hockey Academy) scored the only other Vees goal.

 

15-year-old Penticton product Shane Farkas started in goal and was rock solid, stopping 29 of 31 Vernon shots in thirty-minutes of work. One of his best stops was denying a Vernon breakaway in the opening moments of the second period.

 

Vernon opened the scoring 2:50 into the first period as Matthew Jallabert tapped-in a puck at the side of the net. The Vees were on their heels in the first, as Vernon fired 22 shots on the Vees net.

 

Penticton found its legs in the second, as Jesse Lansdell drew the Vees level after finishing off a pretty passing play 7:20 into the middle stanza. Lansdell, Chase Stevenson (OHA Bantam) and Tak Anholt (Yale Hockey Academy) orchestrated a slick series of passes down-low in the Vernon zone.

 

Vernon regained the lead not long after the Vees drew level, when defenseman Cameron Trott’s heavy point-shot found its way over Shane Farkas glove; the goal coming just as the Vees penalty had expired.

 

Just like with the first Vernon goal, the Vees had an answer for the go-ahead marker by Trott. Late in the second, Sinclair scored his first of two at 17:36, when Nicholas Wilson (Surrey Bantam) spotted him at the top of the Vipers crease from behind the net.

 

Vernon pulled ahead once again just seventy-six seconds in the third period courtesy of Branden Saretsky shoving the puck in at the near-post.  Jackson Nauss extended the Vipers lead at 2:58 when he put the finishing touches on a tick-tack-toe passing play.

 

The Vees made it a one-goal game five-minutes later, as Sinclair again found himself with the puck at the top of the Vipers crease; Nathan Iannone threading the needle to Sinclair from behind the goal-line.

 

However, Vernon put the game out of reach 9:30 into the third period courtesy of a sharp-angled shot by Mackenzie Bauer on the right-wing.

Final Score: 5-3 Vernon

Shots: 46-19 Vernon

Three Stars: 1) Branden Saretsky 2) Adam Sinclair [PEN] 3) Logan Geefs

The Vees exhibition schedule continues next weekend, when they tangle with the West Kelowna Warriors in a home-and-home set. The Vees host the Tribe at the SOEC on Friday, September 5th; face-off is 7pm. Tickets are just $5 and available at the Valley First Box Office at the SOEC.

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Vees 2nd in CJHL Pre-Season Rankings

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The CJHL Pre-Season 2014-2015 Top 20 Rankings

1.    Fort McMurray Oil Barons (AJHL)

2.    Penticton Vees (BCHL)

3.    Georgetown Raiders (OJHL)

4.    Portage Terriers (MJHL)

5.    Soo Thunderbirds (NOJHL)

6.    Drumheller Dragons (AJHL)

7.    Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL)

8.    Yorkton Terriers (SJHL)

9.    Langley Rivermen (BCHL)

10.  Fort Frances Lakers (SIJHL)

11.  Woodstock Slammers (MHL)

12.  Trenton Golden Hawks (OJHL)

13.  Pembroke Lumber Kings (CCHL)

14.   Merritt Centennials (BCHL)

15.  Trenton Golden Hawks (OJHL)

16.  Truro Bearcats (MHL)

17.  Kirkland Lake Gold Miners (NOJHL)

18.  Kingston Voyageurs (OJHL)

19.  Selkirk Steelers (MJHL)

20.  Les Pantheres de Saint Jerome (LHJQ)

Other teams to watch and honourable mention goes to the Powell River Kings (BCHL), Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL), Battlefords North Stars (SJHL), Oakville Blades (OJHL), Kemptville 73’s (CCHL),

The pre-season rankings are based upon a variety of factors which includes the league in which the teams belong to, last season’s results in regular season and playoffs as well as initial recruiting efforts for the upcoming season. The first in-season Top 20 CJHL Weekly Rankings will be announced on September 30, 2014

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Season Ticket Pickup Party

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The Penticton Vees Season Ticket Pickup Party is set for Wednesday, September 17th, on the Plaza at the South Okanagan Events Centre from 4pm to 6pm and is proudly sponsored by Marketplace IGA.

Fans will have the opportunity to pick up their season ticket packages, mingle with the 2014-20145 Vees and enjoy a hotdog BBQ (while supplies last) courtesy of Marketplace IGA.

If you’re unable to attend the event, season ticket booklets will be available at the SOEC Box Office the following day, Thursday, September 18th, after 10 am. Please contact the Box Office (250-276-2144) or Fraser Rodgers (contact information listed below) if you need your season ticket booklet mailed or picked up by a third party.

Exhibition tickets are not included in this year’s season ticket packages but are just $5 for all ages and go on sale on Friday, August 29th, at 10am and are available at the Valley First box office at the SOEC.

The Vees two exhibition home games are on Friday, September 5th, against the West Kelowna Warriors at 7pm and Sunday, September 14th, against the Merritt Centennials at 5:30pm. The Vees open the BCHL regular at the Bauer Showcase in Chilliwack on Friday, September 19th, against the Surrey Eagles.

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Vees Add Strength & Conditioning Coach

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From the Vees:

The Penticton Vees Jr. ‘A’ Hockey Club is pleased to welcome Brent Mosses to the team as the new Strength & Conditioning Coach ahead of the 2014-2015 season.

 President, General Manager and Head Coach Fred Harbinson says the Vees focus on their off ice needs just as much as they do with their on ice product, “Teams are constantly trying to upgrade their programs. The addition of Brent Mosses as our full-time Strength & Conditioning Coach definitely enhances ours.”

 “We have always placed a high value on player development; having someone specialized in the development of our players in the weight room will pay off on the ice,” said Harbinson.

 Brent Mosses is the Owner-Operator of Accelerate Personal Fitness Training in Penticton (www.acceleratefitness.ca). Brent graduated with a diploma in Personal Fitness Training from the Northern Alberta Technical Institute and is a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) under the governing body of the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP). Brent has a background in hockey, as he grew up playing in the Penticton Minor Hockey Association and played junior hockey in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL) with Nelson and Columbia Valley.

 Brent, a Penticton native, will be responsible for developing, initiating, and monitoring the in-season training programs for the Vees. Brent will also be responsible, along with the Vees Training Staff, for player nutrition and rehabilitation of injured players.

 The Vees organization is thrilled to welcome Brent to the staff and looks forwards to working with him throughout the upcoming BCHL season.

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More Mask Art

Via Brendan Barry's Twitter account

Via Brendan Barry’s Twitter account

A few weeks back I posted Hunter Miska’s completed mask that he’ll wear for the 2014-2015 season (CLICK HERE for a refresher). Today we bring you Miska’s partner Brendan Barry’s mask for the upcoming season.

Simple yet effective is the phrase that comes to mind when looking at this freshly painted bucket. What makes this mask even more unique is the fact Hunter Miska painted it himself and boy he hit a home run. It’s a simple concept with a team theme to it but the longer you look at the mask, you realize it isn’t that simple.

There is plenty of detail in the background, as Miska airbrushed faded maple leafs and the word “Penticton” throughout the mask. What stands out is the two Vees logos on each side of the mask, separated by a striking blue stripe down the middle that has black and white trim. As most goalies do, the surname “Barry” is featured prominently on the chin of the mask in an aggressive/edgy looking font. Barry’s backplate features the number one which is bunched together with a four-leaf clover.

Can’t wait to see it action.

 

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Vees Add Significant Piece Upfront

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Demico Hannoun? Demico Hannoun.

The Vees continued to solidify their depth for the 2014-2015 season on Wednesday, by announcing the acquisition of Demico Hannoun from the Surrey Eagles. To complete the transaction, the Vees sent the Eagles the CJHL playing rights of defenseman Alex Coulombe and future considerations.

Hannoun’s BCHL Page 

The first thing that jumps out for in this trade is the amount of experience Hannoun will be bringing to the Vees. He’s already played in two Fred Page Cup Finals, winning one in 2013 with the Surrey Eagles who bettered the Vees in six games. Last year Hannoun and the Vernon Vipers advanced to the league Final before losing out to the Cinderella-story Coquitlam Express in four games. He’s also played in two Royal Bank Cup tournaments, each tome advancing to the Semi-Finals. In 2013 the Eagles were out in Summerside, P.E.I and last year the Vipers played hosts for the national Junior ‘A’ Championship. He’s played a total of  138 regular season BCHL games and another 44 in the Fred Page Cup Playoffs.

It’s been well documented how “young” this year’s Vees squad is. The roster is dotted with 13 rookies who haven’t played at the junior level (Junior ‘B’). The team is returning a good chunk of returnees but they only have half of the allotted six 20-year-old spots filled. No they’re not urgently needing experience, as some of these fresh faces have played at high levels in lower tiers (Tyson Jost, Liam Finlay and Brendan Barry playing in the Telus Cup this past May). However,  you rarely say no to adding a player with Hannoun’s resume and his experience at this level and he’ll also be good for the younger faces on the team.

Let’s not forget Hannoun has shown he can score and be a point producer in the BCHL as he’s  improved his point total in each of his three seasons. He had 26 points in his rookie season in 2011-2012  and last year he was nearly a point per-game guy, with 44 in 48 games. He’s also improved upon his goal-scoring total every year (12,14,15). He’s battled injuries in his career and was banged-up against the Vees in the Interior Conference Final last spring but even then he showed flashes of how much of an impact player he can be.

A taste of what he can do:

Courtesy of our friends over at Hockeytube.net, that’s Hannoun, 18 in white, dangling around a Cowichan Valley Capitals defender before slinging a one-handed pass out front to his teammate. 

Hannoun’s size is an attractive quality for the Vees, as he’s listed at 6′ and 185. On the ice he has shown he can play a heavy game and use his size effectively but the key this year will be doing that consistently. This is his last year in the BCHL, as he’s off to Michigan Tech University in the fall of 2015.

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Fabbro, Jost Shine at U-17 Camp

Tyson Jost, left, and Dante Fabbro made last impressions at Hockey Canada’s Under-17 Development Camp.

Two incoming Vees were recently at Hockey Canada’s Under-17 Development Camp over the long weekend in Calgary, Alberta. Dante Fabbro and Tyson Jost, both 16, had strong camps and earned rave reviews.

David Crompton from the Penticton Herald spoke with Vees GM & Head Coach Fred Harbinson, who was in Calgary to watch the pair, about Fabbro and Jost’s performances.  CLICK HERE

 

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