(McClure was OK Saturday)
The Vees bounced back in a big way Saturday with a 3-0 win in Duncan over the Cowichan Valley Capitals. The score-line may not jump out at you but this was a solid road win for a team coming off an OT loss the night before; it’s never easy winning on the road.
My Observations from Saturday:
- Hey the Vees have the best road record in the BCHL at 5-1-0-1. Yup, that’s good.
- In their last five road games the Vees on average have only given up two goals a game while averaging 3.4 goals. So, if you’re averaging almost a goal and a half more that probably sets you up nicely to earn two points.
- The Vees “earned” the two points Saturday. Travis Blanleil was tossed for a CFB (Check-from-Behind) penalty just over a minute in and Louie Nanne left the game in the second with an upper body injury (more on that tomorrow). Essentially the Vees played half the game with 10 forwards and didn’t look tired.
- Blanleil’s penalty was a tough one. Officials are sensitive about these penalties and rightly so. The optics weren’t good; contacting a guy with his numbers to you. However, and the trolls will come after me for this, it’s almost no-man’s land for Blanleil. Stay with me for a moment. Blanleil is going in on the fore-check and going to engage Paterson but as he does the defender turns; Blanleil is caught and there’s the penalty. I’m not excusing Blanleil one bit, as he is well aware that is the danger area but what can be done when the timing is just, well, not good?
- Brad McClure hit the net tonight. This kid has a scary shot and I’ve said when he starts to get it on net, look out. McClure picked the corners on two of his goals; he has a filthy release.
- McClure’s grandmother made an unannounced appearance at the game Saturday. Ummm..Let’s take her everywhere. #airmiles
- Nic Renyard. Making a start in the town he played his entire minor hockey in. What does he do? Pinches a shutout in front of a large Renyard posse. Nice. Ok, you look at the 17 shots and say light workload. Renyard made some key saves early in the first and in the second when the Caps were buzzing. He looked cool, calm and collected.
- The Vees had zero, ZERO power-plays on Friday. Saturday they have manufacture three in the first period. THREE. Hockey is funny sometimes.
- I said in my pre-game write-up the Vees need to win the special teams battle. Well they scored a power-play goal and held the league’s best power-play at bay.
- Boy, the Vees are a well condition team; damn P90X commercial. The Vees simply wore out the Caps and that’s with 10 forwards. In the second I noticed the Caps starting to grow tired and have heavy legs. The Vees kept coming at the Caps and picked up two more goals.
- THE VEES SCORED FIRST! First time in four games and it helped this team settle in. No one “likes” playing catch-up hockey.