GM #10 Preview: Vees @ Vipers; Looking for 6th Straight Win

Oct 17

Game Time: 7pm

Arena: Kal-Tire Place, Vernon

Listen: EZ Rock AM 800

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Season Series:

Oct 17th: Vees @ Vipers Oct 25th: Vipers @ Vees

Nov 14th: Vees @ Vipers Dec 5th: Vees @ Vipers

Jan 2nd: Vipers @ Vees Feb 11th: Vipers @ Vees

Feb 27th: Vipers @ Vees

Tonight the Penticton Vees look for their sixth straight win when the visit the Vernon Vipers at Kal-Tire Place. Tonight is the first of seven regular season meetings with the Vipers, four of which will be at the SOEC.

This is the first meeting between these two since their seven-game Interior Division Final playoff series last March. The Vees have nine holdovers on their roster from that series; the Vipers have five. Demico Hannoun, who’s riding a five-game point streak (5-4-9), is facing his former team for the first time. Hannoun was with the Vipers last year but landed in Penticton after two separate off-season trades.

Hannoun’s line-mate, Lewis Zerter-Gossage also has a hot hand, as he has eight points in his last five games.  Zerter-Gossage received an honourable mention for last weeks’ BCHL Player of the Week award.

Hunter Miska is the probable starter for the Vees and he’s on a run of his own. Miska has won his last first starts and leads the BCHL in wins (6) and is third in save-percentage (.924 %). Miska is coming off a 29-save shutout last Saturday against West Kelowna.

The Vees will be without both of their Co-Captains, as Cody DePourcq and Patrick Sexton are still recovering from injuries.

Vees Notes:

  • The Vees are tied for second in the BCHL in goals (39) and at the same time have surrendered the fewest in the league (20).
  • The power-play is starting to turn a corner. After a slow start, the Vees are 4-20 in their last five games, which is good for 20 percent.
  • Speaking of special teams, the penalty-kill bounced back last Saturday. The Vees PK was a perfect 5-for-5 against West Kelowna and is ranked fifth on the road at 82 percent.
  • The Vees five-game win streak has come against Interior Division opponents. They’re an impressive 5-1-0 against their own division. A big reason why they have a five-point lead atop of the Interior.

The Vipers are coming off a 5-4 overtime win against the Chilliwack Chiefs last Saturday in Vernon. In that game, the Vipers erased 2-0 and 3-1 deficits. Thomas Aldworth was the OT hero, converting on breakaway 48 seconds into the extra frame.

Despite their third straight win, new/old Head Coach Mark Ferner told the Vernon Morning Star his team still has room to improve ahead of the match up with the Vees, “We want a strong worth ethic, we want to be aggressive on the puck, we want to win races to the puck and we want to be tough to play against.”

Despite return just five players from last year’s RBC Host team, the Vipers are still a veteran club, comprised of 13 players ages 19 or 20.

One of the new, veteran players leading the way is 19-year-old Thomas Aldworth. The Texan leads the Vipers in scoring with five goals and eight points. Right behind Aldworth is 20-year-old Anthony Latina. The ex-QMJHL product has four goals and seven points in nine games. Rounding out the top three in team scoring is Trevor Fidler, who has two goals and six points.

Veteran Danny Todosychuk was anointed as the number one between the pipes at the start of the year but went down with an injury and hasn’t played since September 27th. Jarrod Schamerhorn has carried the mail since and is 3-2-0 since taking over the starting role.

Vipers Notes:

  • The Vipers are on a win streak of their own, as they’ve won their last three outings, all at home. The Snakes are 3-2-0-1* at home. *Overtime loss was at the BCHL Bauer Showcase in Chilliwack.
  • The Vipers power-play has been anemic to start the season. The Vipers have scored just once on the man-advantage through nine games. Their last in the BCHL on the power-play, which is 1-for-44.
  • The Vipers haven’t scored a power-play goal at home yet, as they’re 0-for-27 at Kal-Tire Place. In fact, they’ve scored more short-handed goals (3) than power-play goals (1) this season.
  • Though they posted five goals in their last game, the Vipers offense still ranks last in the BCHL with a league low 24 goals. They’re three behind the Surrey Eagles who’ve scored 23 goals through 10 games.
  • In their last 10 home games against the Vees, the Vipers have posted a 4-6-0 record. That stat courtesy of the Vipersdiehardfan blog. Check that out here 
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This Week in the BCHL

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Admittedly I’ve been slow on the uptake but I’ve built a page featuring another season of “This Week in the BCHL” podcast. The weekly podcast covers the Okanagan teams from the BCHL, including the Vees. Graham Turbull (Vernon) is the host and there is regular contributions from Kyle Anderson (West Kelowna) and myself.

Episode three is below and you can find episodes 1 and 2 on the dedicated page at the top of the blog. Every week I’ll post the latest episodes on the “BCHL This Week” page.

Enjoy,

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Vees Climb to 4th in CJHL Rankings

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CALGARY, Alberta (October 13, 2014) – Only two teams remain unbeaten in the CJHL this far in to the regular season. Manitoba’s Portage Terriers (MJHL) and Saskatchewan’s Notre Dame Hounds (SJHL) remain atop their provincial standings with perfect records. Across all ten leagues however, early season favorites are starting to find their games and the league standings are becoming very competitive.

In the BCHL, the Penticton Vees are rolling along with a five-game winning streak and are opening a lead in the very tough Interior Division. The Camrose Kodiaks of the AJHL have stumbled slightly, and have seen the Viterra North Division powerhouse, the Spruce Grove Saints, catch fire with their very own five-game winning streak, and now are tied with the Kodiaks atop the overall standings.

The Notre Dame Hounds of the SJHL sit in first place in the league standings, and although the Melfort Mustangs are tied with same the amount of points, they have played 3 more games than the Hounds. The Portage Terriers lead the MJHL, but the Winnipeg Blues and Winkler Flyers are hot on their tail. 

Meanwhile in the SIJHL, the Fort Frances Lakers have a slim one point lead over the Dryden Ice Dogs. The NOJHL might be the most competitive league in the CJHL with six teams out the nine team league within two points of the overall standings lead. 

The Trenton Golden Hawks have scored an impressive 64 goals for while only allowing 29 goals against as the OJHL’s East Division has the Trenton Golden Hawks, Cobourg Cougars, and the Whitby Fury all tied with the most points in the OJHL. 
The Carleton Place Canadians lead the CJHL and CCHL with 15 wins, while the real race is between the Cornwall Colts, Hawksbury Hawks, Ottawa Jr ‘A’ Senators, and the Nepean Raiders who are all within two points of each other for second place overall in the CCHL.

The Cougars de Sherbrooke are still on top of the LHJQ, but are being pursued closely by Les Panthers de Saint Jerome and the Rangers de Montreal-Est. The Woodstock Slammers are still rolling in the MHL, with the Dieppe Commandos right behind them in the standings.  

The Pictou County Weeks Crushers and the Truro Bearcats have found their winning ways over the past week of competition 

Top 20 Rankings

1.    Portage Terriers (MJHL) (1)
2.    Notre Dame Hounds (SJHL) (2)
3.    Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL) (3)
4.    Penticton Vees (BCHL) (14)
5.    Trenton Golden Hawks (OJHL) (9)
6.    Camrose Kodiaks (AJHL) (4)
7.    Winnipeg Blues (MJHL) (12)
8.    Woodstock Slammers (MHL) (8)
9.    Cobourg Cougars (OJHL) (5)
10.    Fort Frances Lakers (SIJHL) (11)
11.    Cornwall Colts (CCHL) (8)
12.    Kirkland Lake Gold Miners (NOJHL) (NR)
13.    Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL) (NR)
14.    Cougars de Sherbrooke (LHJQ) (20)
15.    Chilliwack Chiefs (BCHL) (18) 
16.    Melfort Mustangs (SJHL) (NR)
17.    Whitby Fury (OJHL) (HM)
18.    Dryden Ice Dogs (SIHL) (HM)
19.    Dieppe Commandos (MHL) (19)
20.    Pantheres  de Saint Jerome (LHJQ) (NR)    

Honourable Mention: Prince George Spruce Kings (BCHL), Winkler Flyers (MJHL), Sudbury Nickel Barons (NOJHL), Cochrane Crunch (NOJHL), Rangers de Montreal-Est (LHJQ)

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Post-Game #9: Vees Blank Tribe, Win 5th Straight

Game Recap Oct 11

GAME RECAP 

BOXSCORE  

  • Friday was chalked full of drama and suspense, with the Vees come from behind win. Saturday was void of any dramatics, as the Vees controlled the game from the onset. They certainly didn’t look like the team playing their third game in four days. After an initial push by West Kelowna in the first three-four minutes, the Vees turned up the speed and pressure on the hosts and never looked back.
  • Though he was pulled after two periods, Any Desautels was the Warriors best player Saturday. His body of work in the first period alone proved that.
  • The Vees did break through five-minutes in, when Lewis Zerter-Gossage cleaned up a rebound. Demico Hannoun hammered, and I mean hammered a shot off the mask of Desautels that seemed the stun the goaltender. The puck fell to Zerter-Gossage who slid the back-hand underneath the Warriors goaltender. Bit of an insult to injury situation for Desautels, as he was a bit shaken up after that puck smoked his helmet.
  • The Vees really could have blown the game wide open in the first if it wasn’t for the Warriors goaltender. Both Zerter-Gossage and Tyson Jost were robbed on sparkling glove saves after the Vees went up 1-0. Jack Ramsey too had a goal taken away, when his rebound attempt was kicked out by the pad of Desautels. The Vees put 17 shots on net in the first period alone. To put that into perspective, the Vees had 18 shots in the first two periods on Friday. Credit the Vees for not getting discouraged after taking just a 1-0 lead into the dressing room. Hey, a one-goal lead on the road is great but you knew they thought they should have had more than just the one heading into the intermission.
  • Looking back at the first, the Vees had it going right from puck drop. All four lines were engaged and they were moving their feet. Their speed and pressure gave the Warriors fits in their own end, as they turned the puck over on several occasions and that was a theme throughout the game. The fore-check was very effective down low disrupting the Warriors from breaking out and their speed was dangerous, as their transition game created opportunities off the rush.
  • It was good to see the line of Cam Amantea, Liam Finlay and Mitch Newsome have a strong performance right from the start. The trio’s first shift was very good, as they kept the puck in the Warriors end for quite some time and had a few scoring chances. Remember, this line wasn’t at its best the night before, including Amantea and Newsome taking undisciplined penalties. So the that unit showed a lot of character by turning things around on Saturday, by turning in quality shift after quality shift.
  • Obviously the talk of the night was Demico Hannoun and Lewis Zerter-Gossage, who combined for three goals ans six points. The two had a lot of chemistry on Saturday, as they worked well together throughout the game and seemed to know where one another was when they were on the ice. Tyson Jost did pick up an assist Saturday and by no means was he weighing down the line. In fact, he was getting the balk of the attention from the Warriors defensemen, which freed up more space for Hannoun and Zerter-Gossage. What was great to see besides all the offense, was the physicality from Hannoun and Zerter-Gossage, as the two didn’t shy away from the corners or tough areas. They took hits, they dished them out, they battled along the boards and showed both their finesse and strength on Saturday.
  • It was more of the same from the Vees in the second period, well, after they killed four straight minutes of West Kelowna power-play time. The penalty-kill was excellent, going five-for-five after allowing two West Kelowna power-play goals on Friday. Remember, the PK was missing two of its best penalty killers in Cody DePourcq and Patrick Sexton. That can’t be overstated. It’s not like they needed a spark in the second but the back-to-back penalty-kills isn’t a bad way to start a period. The energy from the two big kills was noticeable and really set the Vees on their way. Remember, the Vees were only leading 1-0 at that point.
  • Like in the first, the Vees got an early goal in the second and just like in the first, Zerter-Gossage and Hannoun teamed up. Good shift deep in the Warriors end resulted in Zerter-Gossage taking the puck away from the Warriors defenseman, before dishing it out to Hannoun in the bottom of the right-circle. Hannoun, who’s a right-handed shot, had the puck in his wheelhouse as he went down to a knee and hammered the puck over the left-shoulder of Desautels.
  • It was an impressive first period, firing 17 shots on net but the second was as good, if not better. The Vees threw 21 shots on net and had several odd-man rushes but couldn’t get the puck to go in the net. Desautels, I sound like a broken record, was excellent again as he stopped the Vees on a handful of in-close chances. There was one two-minute stretch where they Vees had what, three-four odd-man rushes in short succession but couldn’t get the breathing room with a third goal.
  • It looked like the Vees were going to have to settle with a 2-0 lead going into the second intermission. But Matt Serratore, Riley Alferd and Jack Ramsey orchestrated some late magic. Ramsey made a nice play at his blue-line to get the puck out to centre to Alferd, who made a great pass of his own. Alferd one-touched the puck right to Serratore on the left-wing, who broke wide around the defenseman, before sliding the puck underneath a surprised Desautels with just four and a half seconds left.
  • The Vees did run into some penalty trouble in the third, as the Warriors were handed back-to-back power-plays. I thought one of the calls was marginal at best, the bizarre “tripping” call on Hannoun. However, it gave the PK more reps and the two PK units answered the bell. Have to spotlight Mike Lee and Connor Russell, who didn’t show up on the scoresheet but saw lots of time on the PK and both had very strong games on the blue-line. Lee took a simpler approach to his gave Saturday and it suited him well. Russell’s plain approach is very effective, as he just continues to make the plays that he’s supposed to make; he never tries to play outside of his abilities and that’s a good thing. There’s a trust factor coaches can have with players like Russell. Teams still need guys who can log the ugly minutes in front of their own net and put the puck off the glass and out.
  • I know I’m repeating myself but it was great to see the PK bounce back like it did Saturday. The Vees PK was sitting at just 75 percent going into last night’s game and had allowed a power-play goal against in three straight. They kept the league’s fifth best power-play off the scoresheet Saturday.
  • Hunter Miska with an efficient 29 save shutout, his first of the season. As Assistant Coach Steve Cawley said in the post-game show, Miska looked very confident all night and gave off an impression that he wasn’t going to allow a puck to go in. His rebound control was excellent and he was always in position to make a save, easy or not, look routine. As Coach Cawley said, everything he did, he did with confidence.
  • “Dangerously quiet.” A moniker given to Hannoun by us in the broadcast booth this weekend. He’s not a “noisy” player but quietly has gone about putting together a six-game point streak. He now has five goals and nine points in his last six games. He’s got veteran written all over him.
  • Never can understate the importance of divisional points. the Vees are now 5-1-0-0 against the Interior Division and 3-1-0 on the road against their own division. You never know when these points will come in handy.

 

 

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GM #9 Notes: Vees Look to Double Down in West-K

Oct 11

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The Penticton Vees look to push their win streak to a season best five games when they make their way up to West Kelowna to face the Warriors. Tonight is the back half of a home-and-home set with the Tribe, as the Vees took the opener 4-3 Friday at the SOEC.

FRIDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS 

The Vees are one win away from running the table on this challenging five-game divisional stretch in their schedule. It started with a home-and-home clash with Salmon Arm one week ago, then a midweek game against Merritt and now another home-and-home battle with West Kelowna. I’ll be honest, my realistic expectations didn’t see this team potentially going 5-0 during this stretch, especially with the injuries to Patrick Sexton and Cody DePourcq. But hey, this team has answered the bell and now can take all 10 points up for grabs if they can pull out the “W” in West-K; the big dangling carrot.

One thing the Vees learned last week against Salmon Arm, is the fact the second game is always that much tougher than the first. The Vees went into Salmon Arm last Saturday after winning the night before and had to fight their way to a 4-3 double overtime win. They staked themselves out to a 2-0 lead but saw Salmon Arm score three unanswered to take a 3-2 lead midway through the third. The Vees tied it shortly after and then Demico Hannoun sealed the two points with a penalty-shot goal in OT. The Vees are well aware now they can’t take their foot off the gas at any point in these divisional games. Last Saturday was a reminder and so too was last night.

What got them in trouble last Saturday and last night was penalties and ill-advised ones at that. They took back-to-back double-minors against Salmon Arm a week ago that allowed the home team to claw their way back into the game, and last night two, well, dumb penalties resulted in two West Kelowna goals, erasing a 2-0 lead. The Vees have to be more disciplined and make the opposition earn their chances. Five-on-five, they outscored West Kelowna 3-1 last night.

Same line-up as Friday for Penticton, with the only change coming in goal, as Hunter Miska makes his seventh start of the season. Brendan Barry battled his way to his first home win last night and now the Vees call upon their veteran to lead the way in a tough environment. Miska has been very sound this year and historically as played very well in West Kelowna. Tonight may be the night we see one of those performances.

On the air at 6:40pm from Royal LePage Place on EZ Rock AM 800. You can also watch the BCHL’s pay-per-view webcast at http://www.fasthockey.com.

 

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Post-Game #8: A Flare For the Dramatic; Win streak at 4

Game Recap Oct 10

GAME RECAP 

PENTICTON HERALD “VEEES IN 5″ HIGHLIGHTS 

  •  I thought it was going to be hard to top the dramatics of last Saturday’s double-overtime win in Salmon Arm but in actual fact, it only took two games. Tyson Jost and Riley Alferd scored inside the final three minutes to turn a 3-2 deficit into a 4-3 win for the Vees over the West Kelowna Warriors. That’s now four straight wins for the Vees, with a chance to sweep the weekend Saturday.
  • It’s only eight games into the season but I’m starting to realize this Vees squad continues to claw back. They were down 3-2 in the third period last Saturday and eventually won against Salmon Arm and Friday was the same story. We’ve seen them overcome early deficits in other games as well. Never say never with these guys.
  • I kept repeating on the broadcast that the Vees needed a spark in the third period to get them going again like we saw in the first period. I just didn’t know the spark was going to be two goals in roughly two and a half minutes.Both Tyson Jost’s tying goal and Riley Alferd’s game-winning marker were scored nearly in the same spot. Both left-handed shots that found the puck between the circles and both had a quick trigger, spinning and firing wrist-shots stick side on the Warriors goalie. Jost was near the right hash mark slightly more than Alferd but it was almost like watching a replay when Alfie scored right after Jost.
  • Of the four goals the Vees had, three actually came during the act of shooting and one was banked in off a skate. But the ones the Vees shot, they all went low on the stick side of Andy Desautels. Matt Serratore picked the corner when the Vees were short-handed, as his shot went on the far-side and just inside the post. Jost’s second that tied the game after, he used to his skate to score in the first, was another low but hard shot over the far pad and past the blocker. The game-winner by Alferd was the same thing, using a low but hard shot to get it by the Warriors goalie on his stick side. Don’t think this was a coincidence.
  • Jump to Brendan Barry for a moment. The 17-year-old made just his second start of his young career and it was his first at home. To compound the nerves I’m sure he was feeling, Barry was playing an Interior Division rival, who had the BCHL leading scorer in their line-up. Barry only saw eight shots in the first but looked really sharp and aggressive and for a guy his size that’s when he’s going to be at his best. Late in the second and midway through the third, there was a stretch when he got caught playing a bit too deep in crease but give him credit, as he really buckled down after Warriors third goal. Barry would likely tell you he would have liked the second and third goals back but when it was 3-2 for West Kelowna, he didn’t allow a fourth goal, which would have been a back-breaker. He even stopped Liam Blackburn, who is the BCHL leading scorer, on a breakaway after he intercepted the puck at the Vees blue-line. Blackburn tried to deke out Barry on the glove side but the rookie stayed right with him and made a critical stop.Assistant Coach Nick Fuher even said during the post-game show that save seemed to turn things around for the Vees.
  • Don’t forget Barry’s desperation save in the first period on Jordan Masters, as he dove back across his crease to clear the puck off the goal-line on a Masters wrap around attempt. During that same sequence the Vees went back down the ice and scored their second goal of the game. It was inches from being a 1-1 game but at that point it quickly became 2-0 for the Vees. Yes, West Kelowna came back regardless but who knows how this game would have played out if the Warriors got a goal in that situation. There’s a lot of raw talent with Barry and his game will get more refined as he gets deeper into his rookie season. Bottom line he came up big when asked and at the end of the night he got the win.
  • This game had a bit of an odd feel to it at times. The first period was pretty entertaining, as it was played at a very high pace and both teams threw their weight around. The second really got bogged down, on both sides, as the two teams combined for a mere 12 shots and it was 20 minutes void of any real emotion. The third period was much better again, as it resembled more of the first and especially late, as the tempo picked up inside the final 7-8 minutes. At times you felt the rivalry and at times, especially in the second, it felt like a non divisional match up.
  • The one “negative” to take away from Friday’s win is the penalties and ones the Vees can’t be taking. The Warriors scored two of their three goals with the man-advantage and the ones they scored on were not penalties that the coaches would be happy with. On both occasions, the two infractions the Vees were called for were the result of that particular player just not being smart. The coaches told the team after the game how they felt about it and Assistant Coach Nick Fuher said post-game it has to stop. There are good penalties, ones that deny scoring chances or the result of players just being hard to play against. Then there are ones that we saw on Friday that were out of frustration and guys just not using their head. Those seem to hurt you, as more often than not, the other team will score on them. Time to clean that up.
  • Alferd, Serratore and Jack Ramsey were one of the Vees better lines, in fact, outside of Jost, Lewis Zerter-Gossage and Demico Hannoun, I would said they were the Vees best line. Five on five, they didn’t allow the top six of West Kelowna to register a single point and Alferd and Serratore (short-handed) scored critical goals. They showed a lot of hustle and in typical fashion were a pain in the butt to play against. Jonathan Desbiens scored and Jason Cotton and Liam Blackburn had assists but that all came when West Kelowna was on the man-advantage. The Masters wrap around and Blackburn’s partial breakaway were to me the only two grade ‘A’ chances that really stood out for their top six at even strength. Two quality chances but throughout the game I didn’t think they were constantly threatening and credit the Vees for protecting the middle of the ice very well.
  • Going back to Alferd again, he now has five goals in eight games. He’s just two away from his season total from last year and now has four goals in his last three games. On Wednesday in an interview, he touched on how the coaching staff is encouraging his line to take more offensive chances and not be just focused on defending the other teams top lines. Hey, if you have the puck in their end, their top players can’t score on you.
  • In the pre-game show we touched on composure and the third period as two story lines to follow. It seems when these two play, with all the history, the more composed team usually comes out on top. Now the Vees were the ones who took more penalties but they didn’t panic when they went down a goal in the third and pressured the Warriors late. They did seem to have West Kelowna a bit on their heels late when Tyson Jost and Riley Alferd scored those two late goals. It sounds so cliché but when these two play, the third period really tells the story. This season has been a snapshot of that, the Vees now have outscored their opposition 13-9 in the third period this year, whereas the Warriors have now been outscored 7-10 in the third period.
  • The Vees didn’t have their Co-Captains in Patrick Sexton and Cody DePourcq but still managed to find a way to win. Impressive. Both have a lot of valuable experience but the Vees are now 4-0 without Sexton and off to a good start without the services of DePourcq. Now, I’m not saying the Vees don’t need them, as you could see the penalty-kill was missing those two. It’s a great sign from a team to win like they did on Friday and without two key guys. But I hope we see the Captains in the line-up in the near future.
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GM #8 Notes: Vees Welcome Another Interior Foe

Oct 10

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  •  The Kids are Alright: The Vees are getting significant contributions from their two youngest players. Dante Fabbro leads the Vees defensemen in scoring with two goals and seven points in as many games. Fabbro has two goals and four points in his last three games, including a goal and an assist in Wednesday’s 4-2 win over Merritt. Tyson Jost leads the Vees in scoring with four goals and 10 points and his four goals have him tied with three other Vees for the team lead. Two great starts for the Vees two 16-year-old rookies.
  • Passing the Litmus Test, So far: The Vees are in the heart of a five game stretch against divisional opponents and so far, they’re passing with flying colours. The Vees have won three in a row, two against Salmon Arm and most recently against Merritt. This weekend, it’s a twin bill against another familiar foe in the West Kelowna Warriors. The Tribe is in the Vees rear-view mirror, just two points back of the Division leading Vees. A win tonight creates that much more breathing room.
  • Missing Their Veterans: The Vees again will be without Co-Captain Patrick Sexton who’s sidelined with an upper-body injury. Sexton will likely be joined by the Vees other Co-Captain in Cody DePourcq, who took a spill Wednesday and did not return to action.
  • Don’t get Blackburn’ed: The Warriors’ Liam Blackburn leads the BCHL in scoring with 16 points in seven games. In fact, Blackburn has registered at least a single point in every Warriors game thus far. He’s had multi-point games in five of seven games this season, including a goal and an assist in their win last Saturday against Cowichan Valley (5-2).
  • Silencing The Warriors Big Guns: Blackburn, along with Jason Cotton, Jonathan Desbiens and Jordan Masters account for 54 percent of West Kelowna’s scoring (17 of 31 team goals). The Vees did a good job of keeping Merritt’s top two lines at bay on Wednesday and they’ll be challenged with the same task tonight.

 

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