Tyson Jost Named BCHL Player of the Week

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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.

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Another Showcase, Another Sweep

  • Mission accomplished. The Vees set out to collect four points this weekend at the BCHL Showcase and have done just that-and for the third straight year. They’re 2-0 on the young season and 6-0 all-time in the three-year-old event.
  • One year and 12 days ago they were in the exact same scenario. They were facing the Alberni Valley Bulldogs on a Saturday afternoon, less than 24 hours after winning on a Friday night. Just like last year the Vees pulled out a one-goal victory. 3-2 last year, 4-3 this year.
  • By watching their first 40 minutes of the game, you wouldn’t suspect the Vees were playing in a back-to-back scenario and against a team who had yet to play all together. The Vees looked sharp early and had their feet under them. Well, both teams did in fact, as the Bulldogs matched the Vees pace early and it was a track meet at times.
  • For the second straight night the first Vees goal came from a rookie, as Tyson Jost potted a rebound off the pad of Billy Christopoulos. Heads up play by Mike Lee to intentionally throw a low shot on goal to create the rebound. Jost was play-maker on Friday but turned goal-scorer on Saturday.
  • The Vees had a golden opportunity to open the game up late in the first when they were handed a two-man advantage for 48 seconds. They had some great looks, including Lewis Zerter-Gossage ringing a shot off the crossbar; red light came on and everything. The offense came just as both the five-on-three and five-on-four power-plays expired. Riley Alferd reached behind himself for the puck and quickly spun and snapped a shot past a surprised Christopoulos. Not a five-on-three nor a five-on-four goal but it gave them a two-goal lead near the end of the first. They’ll take it.
  • Last night I touched on the importance of the likes of Jack Ramsey, Matt Serratore and Riley Alferd contributing more this year and after two games, all three have at least a goal.
  • Great moment for Alferd when he scored as both his Mom and Dad were in attendance, as they made the commute up from Vancouver, Washington.
  • Jost took over the second period, scoring his second and third career goals and prompting one fan to toss his hat on the ice. His second goal of the game showcased some nice finish off an odd-man-rush. Liam Finlay picked out Jost as the trailing forward and he stepped into a one-time at the top of the circles. Great poise by Finlay to spot Jost creeping in untouched and hitting him with a clean pass. Not easy to do.
  • Jost was doing Jost things late in the second when he did all the work to nab the hat-trick. After a nice push pass by Mitch Newsome at centre, Jost kicked it into fifth gear and darted down the middle of the Bulldogs zone. Jost side-stepped one defenseman before putting a laser over Christopoulos’ glove at 18:03. An eye-popping goal and even more impressive was that fact he was doing all of this at full speed.
  • The Vees looked to be in cruise control until a late penalty call in the final moments of the second period got them side-tracked. Jarod Hilderman was dinged for closing his hand on the puck and with him in the box, the Bulldogs found the scoresheet. In the fleeting moments of the period, Darian Henry used heavy traffic to provide the screen and his wrist-shot found its way through and JUST before the clock struck zero. The referees consulted but the goal stood and it gave the Bulldogs life.
  • Tough break for the Vees as they had everything going their way up until that penalty and subsequent goal.
  • The comeback was stoked early in the third, as the ‘Dogs capitalized on a quick counter-attack from center ice. The puck was turned over and Josh Adkins found Scott Clark in the slot and he went high on Hunter Miska. Now just a two-goal came. You could sense the ‘Dogs started believing they could come back from a four-goal deficit.
  • Things then got REALLY interesting when the Vees surrendered a short-handed marker three-minutes later. A miscue at the offensive blue-line led to Dylan Haugen being sprung on a breakaway. He wrestled his shot just over Hunter Miska’s glove and across the goal-line. Now a one-goal game.
  • The Vees however didn’t wilt and found a way to steer home a one-goal victory. Mainly because how well they played in front of their own net. They blocked a tone of shots, including three big blocked shots inside the final minute when the Bulldogs had the extra-skater out. Jack Ramsey had two of those three and was still feeling the effects on the bus ride home; he’ll need a few Tylenol tonight. Soreness he is happy to have.
  • The Vees ability to not only step in front of shots Saturday but seal off the middle of the ice in front of their net, was a major reason why they held on to the two points. They boxed out extremely well and rarely did the Bulldogs get a second chance.
  • A 2-0 weekend, first place in the division for now and much needed rest before next weekend’s two-game road swing in Trail and Merritt.
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Vees Thump Surrey in Showcase Opener

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That’s not a glitch on the scoreboard

GAME RECAP

  • There’s getting off to good starts and then there was Friday night. The Vees opened the 2014-2015 season by thumping/hammering/shellacking the Surrey Eagles 11-2. Harsh but that’s what happened on Friday. The Vees overwhelmed Surrey and if it wasn’t for the Eagles Christian Short early, the score may have been higher.
  • The Vees got goals from eight different players and all but three picked up at least a single point. Lewis Zerter-Gossage led the way with three goals and four points. Mitch Newsome had a pair of goals and Tyson Jost, Dante Fabbro and Steen Cooper each had three assists.
  • The 2-2 scoreline after the first would suggest it was a fairly even period but the Vees outshot Surrey 21-6 and, like I said earlier, Christian Short’s heroics in the Eagles net kept the Vees at bay.
  • Two obvious highlights in the first was Lewis Zerter-Gossage and Josh Laframboise scoring their first BCHL goals. Zerter-Gossage made a great power move on the goal-line and Laframboise showed great poise with his wrap-around marker. Zerter-Gossage has a nice blend of power and skill and Laframboise is a bull in a china shop; he goes through people not around.
  • The Vees found another gear in the second period, scoring four unanswered and again spending the majority of the period in Surrey’s end. Nice to see Matt Serratore hit the scoresheet early. Jack Ramsey made a nice play along the wall to keep the puck in and then threaded the needle to Serratore in the slot. He needed nine less games to score his first goal this year compared to one season ago. Hopefully that goal is a springboard for even more offense this year.
  • DePourcq finally bested Christian Short and just 16 seconds after Serratore made it 4-0. After point-blank chances earlier in the game, it was a leaky rebound that finally got DePourcq on the scoresheet.
  • One ugly moment in the second was the Eagles Latrell Charleson picking up a double-minor head-butting penalty. C’mon man. The Vees would score on the second half of that power-play to put some salt into the wound.
  • That Jack Ramsey power-play marker was very pretty. Liam Finlay did a bit of a juggling act in the slot before finding Ramsey at the top of the crease, who himself knocked the puck down and then slapped it in. Great hand-eye coordination by both Finlay and Ramsey.
  • The Vees led it 6-2 after forty-minutes and were out shooting the Eagles 37-10. To put that into perspective, Langley and Salmon Arm both FINISHED with 35 shots in an earlier game Friday.
  • Mitch Newsome scored a pair of goals and only needed twenty-two seconds to do it. His first was an ugly one, as he dumped it in from centre and it slipped through the legs of Short. I felt for Short, as that goal signaled the end of his night and that’s a tough way to leave a game, especially considering how well he played. Newsome’s second came on the very next shift and it too was a bit of a softy but hey, they all count. Newsome scored his first BCHL goal last year with the Vees as an AP and where was that? At Prospera Centre of course.
  • A couple of more firsts in the third period, as Miles Gendron scored his first BCHL goal and he too displayed his great hand-eye coordination. Gendron batted a rebound out of mid-air and over Daniel Davidson who came on in relief of Short. Demico Hannoun also scored his first goal as a Vee, when he rifled a one-timer on the power-play.
  • One guy who didn’t register a point but had a very strong game was defenseman Gabe Bast. He was a horse on the blue-line  for Penticton and always seemed to make a smart play in front of his net. He was blocking shots, breaking up passes or leaning on Surrey forwards. He looked like a veteran.
  • Two more young guys that stood out were the 16-year-olds Dante Fabbro and Tyson Jost. Fabbro had a very solid outing, making smart reads at both ends and showed a bit of a mean side when he had to. Jost put on a show at times, making two eye-popping passes to Zerter-Gossage on his second and third goals.
  • Great night for the Vees as both the young guys and veterans hit the scoresheet and it seemed everyone was pulling their weight.
  • On the Surrey side, it was a tough night all around and I will reiterate what I said on the radio. The loss isn’t on the players for the Eagles. This wasn’t their fault, as they did their best and battled to the very end. The fallout from Friday runs much deeper and prominent Eagles alumni are already voicing their opinion. Twitter fallout 
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Vees Face Surrey at BCHL Showcase

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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.

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Season Ticket Pickup Party Tomorrow

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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.

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Post-Game (Pre-Season): Vees 8 Cents’ 1

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Calgary Flames GM Brad Treliving

Hunter Miska

GAME RECAP 

  • 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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Pre-Season GM #4: Vees vs Cents’

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*Broadcast starts at 5:15pm PST; puck drop 5:30pm PST

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.

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