The British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) announced Tuesday that Vees forward Tyson Jost (98) has been named the BCHL Player of the Week for the week ending September 21st.
Jost, 16, finished with seven points (3-4-7) in two wins over the weekend. The rookie picked up four assists and 3rd star honours in Friday’s 11-2 thumping of the Surrey Eagles. Jost then followed that up with a hat-trick and was named 1st star in Saturday afternoon’s 4-3 win over the Alberni Valley Bulldogs.
Jost, along with line-mates Liam Finlay (0-4-4) and Lewis Zerter-Gossage (3-2-5) combined for six goals and 16 points in their first two regular season games.
Scoring corrections made from the weekend will have Jost atop of the BCHL scoring race with seven points, one up on Trail’s Charlie Zuccarini and Victory Dombrovskiy.
It’s a battle of two 2-0 teams Friday, when the Penticton Vees pay a visit to the Trail Smoke Eaters at Cominco Arena. Face-off is 7:30 and the can be heard on EZ Rock AM 800 or fans can watch online at www.fasthockey.com. The Vees then head to Merritt the following night for another 7:30pm puck drop.
The Penticton Vees lift the curtain on the 2014-2015 BCHL regular season tonight at the Bauer Showcase in Chilliwack. The Vees square-off against the Mainland Division’s Surrey Eagles, a team they met in the 2013 Fred Page Cup Final. Cam Amantea and Cody DePourcq are the only holdovers from that Final.
The Vees are the youngest team in the BCHL as their average age on their 22-man roster is an even 18 (tidbit courtesy of eliteprospects.com). The Vees however won’t be hiding behind that stat through this season, as they expect some of their youngest players to be key contributors. 16-year-olds Dante Fabbro and Tyson Jost will be serve important roles, as will the likes of Liam Finlay, Gabe Bast, Miles Gendron and Brendan Barry to name a few. The veterans will be counted on to lead the way through the first game of the season; plenty of anxious energy in the dressing room tonight.
The Vees line-up will be very similar to the one they iced on Sunday in their exhibition finale. Cam Amantea remains out, recovering from off-season surgery but is getting closer to game action. Connor Russell will sit out on the blue-line this evening.
I’ll have a much more detailed post-game write-up on the blog, recapping the season opener against the Surrey Eagles. Join Trevor Miller and myself at 7:10pm PST tonight on EZ Rock AM 800.
Reminder that the Market Place IGA Vees Season Ticket Pickup Party is tomorrow from 4-6pm out front of the SOEC. Market Place IGA is putting on a hotdog BBQ and it’s your first chance to meet the 2014-2015 Penticton Vees.
Come by the SOEC anytime between 4-6pm tomorrow to pickup your season tickets or if you haven’t, you can still buy season tickets tomorrow. 97.1 Sun FM will also be on location broadcasting live for the two hours and the Vees brand new “Blue Zone” team store will be open as well. Don’t miss out!
See you tomorrow.
Calgary Flames GM Brad Treliving
- Speed + Work Ethic on Full Display: Two points the Vees coaching staff stressed this morning during a team meeting. The Vees did use their speed throughout this game to create chances with their transition and fore-check pressure. Their work ethic helped create turnovers in the Merritt end, as they were hard on pucks, pressured the Cents’ defensemenand that resulted in errant passes and turnovers that they capitalized on. Merritt had a hard time handling the aggressive fore-check and puck pursuit the Vees had. Plenty of time the Cents’ were guilty of throwing pucks up the middle or losing them on the wall; credit the Vees for that. When Merritt pressured, which wasn’t too often, the Vees always had numbers back and bodies in front of the puck taking away shooting lanes or just simply having a body in the way. The defensive transition was excellent too, as the Vees forwards caught Merritt quite a few times at or near the Vees blue-line. Nice to see the team playing that 200 foot game this early.
- Kids & Vets Showing Up: The Vees had six different players score and 10 registered at least a single point. Of those six who scored, two are rookies and three are new to the team. Three rookies recorded points and all four lines scored at least one goal. One new line that had a lot of chemistry tonight was the trio of Lewis Zerter-Gossage, Tyson Jost and Liam Finlay. Jost and Finlay’s chemistry goes back to last year being teammates at the Major Midget level. Zerter-Gossage however fit right in with the other two and the three were buzzing all night. After it was all said and done, the three combined for two goals and six points. Nice to see Cody DePourcq, Jack Ramsey and Steen Cooper score. Great to see a guy like Ramsey score two goals and right where he should be scoring: on top of the crease. Cooper had a snipe on a breakaway whilst short-handed in the second. The Vees will need more goals out of Ramsey and Cooper this year, and maybe tonight can act as a springboard for the regular season. DePourcq had some great chemistry with Patrick Newell and Demico Hannoun and the three teamed-up for a pretty tic-tac-toe goal in the second.
- “Special,” Special Teams Performance: Great to see the power-play click like it did tonight. Officially the Vees were 4-13 tonight with the man-advantage (they almost spent half of the game on the power-play). Keep in mind a handful of those power-plays came late and with the game well decided. At one point the Vees were 3-5 with the man-advantage and they did score on their first power-play back in the early stages of the first. The “peeper” had plenty of good looks and zone time and that will make the coaches happy. The PK was 6-6 with a short-handed goal, so you can’t get much better than that. Well, the coaches would say they need to shave that total in half but they must be happy with the penalty-kill. Merritt didn’t score on the power-play because the Vees did such a good job at closing off shooting lanes and stepping in front of shots. They also did a much better job of protecting the area in front of their net. Merritt didn’t really get an opportunity from a prime scoring area because the Vees defense was boxing out so well.
- At Least they Looked Good: A forgettable performance for Luke Pierce’s charges no doubt but their new dark jerseys looked sharp. Gone is the Ottawa Senators template for their red jersey, as they’ve adopted the Montreal Canadiens design this year. The red with black and white striping looks great and even better in photos (see above). That jersey against the Vees own “traditional” look, was jersey match up in heaven for jersey nerds (me).
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PENTICTON VEES LINE-UP
MERRITT CENTENNIALS LINE-UP
The Penticton Vees and Merritt Centennials wrap-up their respective BCHL pre-season schedules this afternoon at the SOEC. These two Interior Division foes will meet seven times in the BCHL regular season but today is the first opportunity for the two teams to measure up with one another.
The Vees come in with a 1-2-0-0 record in exhibition, splitting a home-and-home set with the West Kelowna Warriors last weekend. The Cents’ are 3-1-0-0 in exhibition play, their only loss coming last Saturday, September 6th, a 4-2 setback in Trail. They posted wins of 6-5 (OT) AND 7-2 over West Kelowna in a back-to-back set during the September long weekend, and outscored Trail 7-5 last Friday in the first of two against the Smokies.
After today, both teams open the BCHL regular season at the Bauer Showcase in Chilliwack September 19th-21st.
Broadcast Notes: Trevor Miller and myself will have the call of this afternoon’s game on Fasthockey and mixlr.com starting at 5:15pm. Guests include both Fred Harbinson and Merritt’s Luke Pierce in the pre-game show. In the intermissions I chat with Hunter Miska and Calgary Flames GM and former Penticton Knight Brad Treliving.