The Vees were deserving of a win Friday but so too were the Victoria Grizzlies. It’s a result you can be satisfied with knowing you secured a point against a very good team. It hasn’t been easy for the Vees to take points away from Bear Mountain Arena in recent years.
Even though they came out on the wrong end of 3-2 game, I think there is plenty of positives to take from Friday’s game.
- The Vees surrendered the opening goal in their fourth straight game but battled back once again. It shows this team has good character and isn’t easily rattled; now 4-1-0 when tied after the first and 5-2-0 when scored on first. Resilient.
- No the Vees don’t want to continue to surrender the first goal of the game but their numbers show they don’t easily get rattled if at all. This team does need to find a way to score first or just build on better starts. I’m not saying they’re not playing well early but need to start manufacturing early offense; Amplified being on the road.
- Plenty of highlights in the loss to the Grizz: Wade Murphy, Mike Rebry and Louie Nanne all extended their point streaks. Murphy has at least a point in every game he has played in this season; averaging two points a game right now. Rebry has a four game goal-scoring streak and a seven game point streak. Nanne has four goals and nine points in five games.
- Friday was Chad Katunar’s first loss in 16 starts. Yes, 16! Including last year’s playoffs, Katunar’s last loss as a starter was game two of the Interior Conference Final. Including exhibition, Katunar was on a 17 game winning streak; impressive none the less.
- Speaking of streaks, the Vees had two in the special teams department end Friday. Without a power-play Friday, the Vees six game power-play goal streak comes to an end. Also the Grizzlies power-play goal in the first period halted the Vees four game clean sheet on the penalty-kill.
- The Grizzlies won but really, if the Vees won no one would have argued against it; a game almost fit to be tied.
- The fans got their monies worth on Friday; four goal first period, a fight, penalty-shot in OT and the home team won. I hope this means more fans go to Grizzlies games. They deserve the attention.
- Glad I ran into both Zach Urban and DJ Jones; quality individuals, who are great kids off the ice. Heck, DJ’s dad stopped by the broadcast booth in one of the intermissions to say hello.
- Mike Rebry didn’t score that penalty-shot because he was too hot? Good point was made after the game that Rebry has had all the luck on his side; bounces going his way. Hey, it’s hockey and sooner or later you won’t have a bounce go your way. Still, what a start by the tobacco farmer.
- Tomorrow is a new day and a new challenge; the Vees will be ready for the Capitals.
- This team is 9-1-0-1 after its first 11 games. 9-1-0-1! Any Vees fan would take that record after the roster turnover this team went through.
- How do you not like three-on-three overtime? Lots of open ice, back-and-forth action and most importantly, scoring chances!
- Glad to see Bill Bestwick back in the BCHL; the league needs personalities like him. Damn good coach too.