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

Game Recap Oct 11



  • 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



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.


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.

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

Game Recap Oct 10



  •  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



  •  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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Post-Game #7: Vees 4 Cents’ 2; Take Top Spot

Game Recap Oct 8



Audio Vault:

Demico Hannoun 1st Intermission

Riley Alferd 2nd Intermission

  •  There was plenty of hype surrounding Wednesday’s game between the Vees and Centennials. First place showdown between two 5-1-0 teams and it didn’t disappoint. Like Saturday in Salmon Arm, Wednesday’s clash with Merritt had a bit of everything. The Vees staked themselves out to a three-goal lead and had tremendous pressure on the Cents’ in the second. The third featured the Cents’ rallying back and making it a one goal game. Then a thrilling ending, Merritt pressed but the Vees didn’t break and they earned a hard-fought 4-2 win. Both teams emotions spilled over at the end as well, as several players got mixed up after the whistle. Exciting night.
  • The Vees also debuted their brand new Cantex Construction Third Jersey Wednesday. Personally I love the look but I’m biased to the design. I really liked the blue and white striping on the arms, which really popped on the ice. The white helmet was the perfect complement to the black, blue and white jersey. The Vees will wear this jersey for every Wednesday home game  and if tonight was any indication, we might seem them more than just on Wednesday’s.
Cherie Morgan Photography

Cherie Morgan Photography

  • I don’t know if you want to say “lost” in all the emotions of tonight game, was the fact the Vees, courtesy of Underwriters Insurance and the Penticton Speedway Foundation, raffled off a 2005 Pontiac Sunfire and from what I’m told, to a very deserving young family who just moved to the area. That’s awesome.
  • After only scoring first once in their first five games, the Vees found a way to open the scoring Wednesday and for the second straight game. Dante Fabbro showed off his cannon for a shot on the power-play, blasting a slap-shot low and past Anthony Pupplo night-minutes in. Fabbro’s second of his young BCHL career and now both his goals have come at home and on the power-play. Not only does Fabbro possess a heavy shot, he’s got this great ability to get it to the net time after time. Remember, he’s just 16.
  • I thought the Vees had a pretty solid first period. Killed-off an early penalty against, got the lead with the power-play and didn’t give up a whole lot to Merritt after the Cents’ first power-play.
  • The Vees could have had a great opportunity to build on their lead after James Neil picked up a double-minor high-sticking penalty near the end of the first. But Dante Fabbro picked up a slashing penalty as the first expired, so what would have been a two and a half-minute power-play to start the second, turned into two minutes of four-on-four.That emotional response is what happens with younger players but as Fred Harbinson said pre-game, going forward the Vees have to cut down on the unnecessary penalties.
  • Credit the Vees as the missed power-play opportunity didn’t faze them, as they struck quickly in the second period. Tyson Jost showed his skill set, as he drove down the middle of the Cents’ zoned, outnumbered, but still managed to wire a shot from the left-circle over Pupplo’s glove and just inside the far-post. That was Jost’s first goal since his hat-trick against Alberni Valley in the second game of the season. Jost was definitely “on” Wednesday, as he and line-mates Demico Hannoun and Lewis Zerter-Gossage were dangerous all night. Jost was buzzing in the offensive zone, either as a threat with the puck or as a play-maker working along the walls and behind the net.
  • Sixty-seconds after Jost bagged his fourth, Patrick Newell scored his second of the year. Some nice skilled shown on the Vees third goal, as Newell uses the defenseman in front as a screen to get his wrist-shot over the Cents’ goalie on the near-side. Gabe Bast made a heads up play to get the puck to Newell, by faking the slap-shot and quickly pushing the puck down to Newell on the wall with a slap-pass. the fake by Bast sucked a forward up to the blue-line to who tried to block the shot, which allowing Newell to move into open space and scored the third goal. Newell must love playing at the SOEC, as he has two goals in as many games.
  • Though the Vees scored twice in the second, I still felt they left goal(s) on the table. They outshot Merritt 14-5 in the middle period and the ice was noticeably tilted down towards the Merritt end. Though they didn’t score on their two second period power-plays, I thought the Vees had some great looks and at times it was a bit of a shooting gallery around Pupplo’s net.
  • On one of the two power-plays, Fabbro had a sequence where he had two-three of his point-shots blocked and I think his nemesis was his own team-mate Jack Ramsey. I believe two of his blasts from the blue-line during one power-play shift hit Ramsey, who was trying to provide the screen in front. What you like about Fabbro is the confidence he has in himself to want to be shooting the puck; rare to see that from a guy his age. Also, one thing I’ve heard from coaches, is never get discouraged from a blocked shot in those situations. They usually encourage the player to keep shooting, because one, the shot is targeted for the net and two,the defender eventually won’t get in front of an attempt and that’s when good things happen.
  • I thought the Vees really owned the boards in the second period, as they seemed to cycle / move the puck at will along the boards and behind the Merritt net. A lot of their chances came from carrying the puck in, creating movement on the boards and finding soft spots in coverage.
  • One bad piece of news from the second period and from the game was Cody DePourcq leaving with an injury. He didn’t return to the game and his status is not yet known for this weekend; the team will have more information Thursday. DePourcq got caught up with Rhett Wilcox at the Vees net, the two collided with Hunter Miska and then crashed into the boards behind the net. DePourcq struggled to get up as the play went up ice. In fact, with DePourcq limping at the side of his own net, Cam Amantea had two great scoring chances at the other end. When the play came back down in the Vees zone, despite being in significant pain, DePourcq still had the wherewithal to block a Merritt shot from the slot before the whistle finally went; gutsy.
  • You hope DePourcq’s injury isn’t serious, as the Vees are already missing their other Co-Captain in Patrick sexton. Though DePourcq hasn’t put up the numbers he has wanted to in the early going, he’s such a key piece to this team. A “glue” guy. He’s great against the other teams best players and plays on the Vees penalty-kill. Hoping for positive news Thursday.
  • In saying that, the team did well stepping up in his absence in the third period, especially after Merritt shaved the Vees lead to one-goal. I thought consistently, the Riley Alferd, Jack Ramsey and Matt Serratore were one of the Vees best lines. Likely the best line outside of Jost, Hannoun and Zerter-Gossage. Alferd and Ramsey both plugged holes on other lines and Serratore was his typical self, being defensively responsible and being a thorn in Merritt’s side. The three for the most part, did a good job at keeping Sam Johnson, John Schiavo and Michael Ederer quiet. The Cents’ didn’t get a even-strength goal from their top two lines, which coming into Wednesday’s game accounted for 58 percent of their scoring. The only top six player to score was Diego Cuglietta but that was on the power-play.
  • Though he was the less busy of the two goaltenders, I thought Hunter Miska had a very solid outing in the Vees net. You can’t fault him on either of the two Merritt goals and he pretty much stopped what he saw Wednesday. It isn’t easy for a goalie to go with longer stretches without much action, then have a quality shot against or a scramble in their crease. There were a few scrambles around the net and each time Miska found a way to keep the puck out. His best save was his second to last, as he thwarted Josh Teves on a rebound in close. The pad save was when Merritt had their goalie pulled for the extra-skater and there was less than half a minute left in the game; that’s a clutch save. How clutch? Seconds after the pad stop, Riley Alferd got to a loose puck in the neutral zone and put the game on ice with an empty-netter.
  • The SOEC hasn’t treated the Cents’ so kind in the last year. Going back to last season and including the playoffs, Merritt is 0-5-0 in their last five trips to the SOEC and have been outscored 28-8 in those five games.
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Vees Add for Next Year

Tak Anholt playing with the Yale Hockey Academy / Photo: CSSHL

It’s never too early to look towards next year. Tuesday, the Vees announced the commitment of 16-year-old forward Tak Anholt for the 2014-2015 season. Anholt is currently playing Prep hockey (Under-18) at the Yale Hockey Academy which is based out of Abbotsford, BC.

The Yale Hockey Academy plays in the Canadian Sports Schools Hockey League (CSSHL), the same league that the Okanagan Hockey Academy has its teams play out of. Anholt’s season just started last week but he has already made waves, as he posted back-to-back hat-tricks in Yale’s two wins over the Pacific Coast Hockey Academy and the Burnaby Winter Club. In each game, Anholt had three goals and four points and leads Yale in scoring after two games with six goals and eight points.

Anholt has good feet, he’s skilled and he comes with good size as he’s listed at 5’11; you’re prototypical Vee. He’s played with current Vees Dante Fabbro and Tyson Jost through the BC Hockey Under-16 High Performance program and all three were teammates on Team BC at the 2013 Western Canada Under-16 Cup in Calgary last November; Team BC took home the silver medal.

To keep tabs on Anholt, make sure to follow his team’s Twitter account @YHA_18 and the CSSHL Twitter account @CSSHL 

Press Release:

The Penticton Vees Jr. ‘A’ Hockey Club is pleased to announce the commitment of forward Tak Anholt (98) for the 2015-2016 season.


President, General Manager and Head Coach Fred Harbinson, says Anholt fills a need upfront next season, “We will have considerable turnover at the forward position after this season. We believe Tak will be able to make a quick transition from Prep hockey to the BCHL level. He has good size, excellent skill and more importantly he is a good person off the ice. He excelled at our camps, and we look forward to working on developing his abilities. ”


Anholt, 16, is currently playing with the Yale Hockey Academy Under-18 Prep team, which is based out of Abbotsford, BC. The Yale Hockey Academy’s Under-18 Prep team is a member of the Canadian Sports School Hockey League (CSSHL) and Anholt has helped Yale to a 2-0 start in their young season.


Anholt is off to a terrific start to the season, as the North Vancouver, BC, product has posted back-to-back hat-tricks in his first two CSSHL games. First, he picked up three goals and four points in a 6-1 win over Pacific Coast Hockey Academy on Friday. Then he followed that up with another three goals and four points in 8-1 romp over the Burnaby Winter Club Under-18 program. In his first two CSSHL games, Anholt has six goals and eight points to lead Yale in scoring.


Prior to joining the Yale Hockey Academy, Anholt played with the Northwest Giants of the BC Major Midget League (BCMML). Anholt had 12 goals and 21 points in 33 games with the Giants last season, as his Giants made it all the way to the BCMML Final before losing out to the Okanagan Rockets; Anholt was teammates with current Vee Dante Fabbro last season.


Before the BCMML Anholt played Bantam hockey at the North Shore Winter Club and he amassed an outstanding 29 goals and 88 points in 58 games as a 15-year-old. Anholt was a teammate of Fabbro and Jost with Team BC at the 2013 Under-16 Western Canada Branch Challenge last November; Anholt and Team BC took home silver.

 The Vees organization is pleased to welcome Tak into the fold next year and wish him well during his season at the Yale Academy.

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Post-Game #6: Vees Win Wild Affair in Salmon Arm

Game Recap Oct 4



  • Demico Hannoun gave himself the best birthday present possible. Celebrating his 19th birthday Saturday, Hannoun scored on a penalty-shot in double overtime to give the Vees the win and a weekend sweep over Salmon Arm. If you’re new to the BCHL, any penalty committed in double overtime results in an automatic penalty. Hannoun showed a lot of poise on the penalty-shot, as he came down on the Salmon Arm net slowly before snapping a shot quickly over the glove of Zach Dyment. Happy Birthday, kid.
  • One of the more dramatic games between these two in recent memory. It was like there was three games played within this game. The first was a great road period for the Vees, in fact, Assistant Coach Steve Cawley said post-game it was the Vees best period of the year so far. They out shot the ‘Backs 11-4, scored the only goal and didn’t really give the home team a sniff at the Vees net. Then the Vees let their foot off the gas a bit in the second, the ‘Backs pressed and the Vees got themselves in all sorts of penalty trouble. Then in the latter half of the third the Vees got back to what they were doing in the first and got this game into overtime. It was a roller-coaster.
  • Going back to the first, what a shot by Riley Alferd to open the scoring late in the frame. It came out of nowhere really too, as he was first to a dump in and then quickly got himself into a scoring position. Gabe Bast flipped the puck into the ‘Backs end from inside his own blue-line and the speedy Alferd got to it first. He made a quick move to the slot and then wired a wrist-shot underneath the cross-bar and over the glove of Zach Dyment. I’ve mentioned earlier this season that Alferd, along with line-mates Jack Ramsey and Matt Serratore need to supply more offense and so far they have. Again, as Coach Cawley said post-game, the coaching staff has urged these three not to just think about defense but have a mentality on each shift to look for offense. With his two goals Saturday, Alferd has three on the season and four points in six games. Ramsey has a pair of points and Serratore has three points in six games. It’s a good start from this line that’s mostly known for keeping pucks out of their net when they’re on the ice. However, I think this trio is just scratching the surface when it comes to their offensive potential. No, these guys aren’t going to give you 35-40 goals but they can be key pieces when it comes to depth scoring.
  • Alferd bagged another goal early in the second and the Vees looked to be in the driver’s seat, up 2-0 and not giving much up to the home side. Continuing on the previous point, Alferd put himself in a great position to clean up the rebound off the Bast point-shot. Last year that puck wouldn’t go in for Alferd but this year you can see his poise around the net. Bast should get some recognition for his ability, more times than not, to get hard, low shots through from the blue-line. He’s got a short windup but he has a cannon of a shot and he is so good at getting the puck to the net. He aimed for the pad, got the juicy rebound for Alferd and the Vees were up 2-0 early in the second.
  • Now I don’t know if it was a sign of a young team and some mental fatigue but the Vees let their foot off the gas in the second and Salmon Arm pressed. They fired 16 shots at the Vees net in the second, mostly assisted by power-plays but the Vees were on their heels late in the frame. The Vees ran into penalty trouble, as it looked like they stopped moving their feet in their own zone. They did kill-off a key sequence of a 90 second five-on-three power-play for Salmon Arm but then penalties started to mount late in period number two. The confusing and bizarre sequence started when Hunter Miska was dinged for a double-minor spearing penalty when he got caught up with Shane Danyluk. There was a delayed penalty coming to Salmon Arm, so as Miska was going to the bench he came together with the Salmon Arm forward. Danyluk went down in a heap and Miska stood their puzzled. I thought it was a bone-head penalty at the time by the Vees puck-stopper but he was adamant he didn’t touch Danyluk with his stick; Miska isn’t that type of player either. Miska simply said Danyluk skated right into him at the blue-line and then hit the ice. I’ll give Miska the benefit of the doubt but in the future, he’ll likely take a wide-angle to the bench and steer clear of any player on the opposition. So I was wrong to say that was a dumb penalty and it appears Miska was the victim of a dubious call.
  • The confusion and frustration didn’t end there. The play resumed with a Salmon Arm five-on-four power-play which I was told was incorrect. Because there was already a delayed penalty against Salmon Arm before the Miska penalty, it should have been four-on-four until the Salmon Arm initial penalty expired. But the play started up again with a Salmon Arm PP and then the Vees got into more penalty trouble. On the ensuing “power-play” for the ‘Backs, Bast was thumbed for another double-minor, this time it was a high-sticking penalty. It gets even more confusing when the penalty wasn’t called by the referee but by one of the two linesman. I thought linesman can only call majors but have been told they can call double -minors as well; I stand corrected. I know after the second period, the referee did come over to the Vees coaches and admitted the ‘Backs should not have started with a power-play late in the second after the Miska penalty; commend him for his honesty.
  • Still following along? No? Me neither. So, Salmon Arm, on a power-play that appeared it would never end, did cut into the Vees lead late in the second. Chase Priskie’s blast from the blue-line found its way through traffic and past Miska with just 10 seconds left in the second. As I said last night, this was playing out just like the Vees game against Alberni Valley, where the Bulldogs scored a late second period goal and that spurred a rally. Well, Saturday that happened, as the ‘Backs went on to score two more goals, three straight, from the end of the second to the midway mark of the third to grab their first lead. Momentum can be your best friend and worst enemy in junior hockey.
  • Now, the Shaw Centre was rocking after the third goal and the Vees needed something to stem the tide. Que Lewis Zerter-Gossage. For most of the night he was pretty quiet but his line came out soon after the Salmon Arm goal and came up with a BIG goal. Zerter-Gossage made a slick move on the goal-line, slipped by the defenseman and then with his long reach, slid the puck through the legs of Dyment to tie the game. Remember, that was his first goal since opening night where he registered a hat-trick. That goal was so crucial and not just for simply evening the game. That goal seemed to really zap the energy from the fans and Silverbacks and gave the Vees a big shot in the arm. Hey, it guaranteed the Vees one point and saved them from what would have been a tough loss.
  • Considering how this game played out, it was only fitting that it was settled in overtime. Both overtime periods, the four-on-four segment and three-on-three sequence were entertaining. Both teams threw caution to the wind and went for the win, which was a treat for fans to watch. The Vees were the better team in both overtime periods, outshooting the ‘Backs 3-1 but also you could argue they out chanced them as well. Before the penalty-shot game-winning goal by Hannoun, Steen Cooper had the best chance to end the game in double-overtime. Bast and Cooper broke to the net on a two-on-oh but Cooper tapped the centering pass from Bast wide of the post.
  • Bast and Dante Fabbro in my opinion were the two best defensemen for the Vees on Saturday. Fabbro continues to wow with his defensive play, as he was on the ice for what seemed like the majority of both overtime periods. Put it this way, the Vees had a 16-year-old defenseman start the three-on-three overtime period. Fabbro will get his points, no one will be surprised about that but his defensive play continues to grow by leaps and bounds in the early season.
  • Bast, as Coach Cawley said post-game, just knows how to win. When the stakes get higher he gets better and last night was no different. He was on the ice in critical situations and was always around his own net disrupting Salmon Arm chances.
  • Saturday was just the second time the Vees scored first this season but they’re now 5-0-0-0 when leading after two; they don’t squander points. Yes, they went down a goal in the third but like we’ve seen plenty of times already, they’ve found a way to get back into the game.
  • It’s now a first place showdown at the SOEC on Wednesday. The Vees host the Cents’, two 5-1-0 teams facing off with first place up for grabs in the division. Oh, yes, it’s the Vees first “Wicked Wednesday” of the season and they will be raffling off a 2005 Pontiac Sunfire. Lets get the SOEC rocking.
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