These kids keep finding ways to win.
Another come-from-behind win for the Vees, their second such victory against West Kelowna in three games against the Tribe. The Vees have now won two overtime games against the Warriors, both by 4-3 scores.
The Vee erased a two goal second period deficit, rallied for two in the third to take the lead, then used overtime to finish off the Warriors. Wow. This game had a bit of everything.
You can find the game story here.
Warriors’ post-game write-up here.
- The 1,300 plus kids in attendance were loud, and didn’t stop. However, it wasn’t as bad as I imagined 1,300 screaming kids would be. There wasn’t senseless screaming at random times but they did cheer a few times when the Vees scored. Neat. Hey they like hockey and were treated to a wildly entertaining game.
- Good on the Warriors for trying to bring in young kids to expose them to the BCHL brand. It’s no secret that hockey registration is down across the country. If today only results in a few being turned onto the game it’s still a success. Hockey needs support at the grass roots level.
- Also stick-tap for making general admission a non-perishable food item as well. Win-win for everyone.
- To the game itself. Good start by the Vees, as they had lots of jump and put together a pretty darn good 1st despite trailing 1-0. They doubled the Warriors in shots, had all sorts of chances around the net and were making plays. Unfortunately for the Vees Tyler Briggs stood in the way and was hard to beat Tuesday.
- I said in my preview, it will come down to which team minimizes their mistakes. The Vees made one in the first, goal against. A turnover in the second, goal against. Now the second goal was one where I don’t entirely put the blame on the player. Murphy did cough it up but he was whacked pretty good on the hands moments prior. Still the Vees can be guilty at times of not making hard plays when trying to clear their zone. However I’m splitting hairs at this point.
- Speaking of Murphy, a day after his 19th birthday, he had his fingerprints all over this game. Murphy scored on the power-play, took an elbowing penalty and was given ten minute misconduct. Hey, the kid cares and plays hard; got to respect that. His elbowing penalty is one that kills coaches. On the power-play and in the offensive zone when he was thumbed for the infraction. Murphy knows better and that seemed to be out of frustration more than anything. Moments earlier he setup Troy Stecher on a beauty of a back-door pass, only to have Briggs make a miraculous save. Maybe a tad ticked off.
- What an odd play on the Warriors second goal. To recap, Ambrose Firkus whiffed on his shot, only to see it roll under Nice Renyard and in. The shot fooled everyone, including Ferkus and made its way in like a Greg Maddux fastball. After the game, Renyard said it felt like everything froze as that puck rolled painfully over the lie.
- However, give credit to Nic as he was very good picking up his third straight win. After the Warriors made it 2-0, Renyard knew he had to shut the door on the Warriors. He did and turned in several key saves all the way to the last two minutes of the third. This is the Vees 18 year-old number two, making 28 saves and beating one of the hottest teams in the BCHL on the road. No, his workload wasn’t that of Briggs but he had to come up with some keys stops throughout the game.
- I thought Friday’s special teams performance was going to open the flood gates for the Vees power-play. Tuesday they did score, on a five-on-three but that was it the rest of the way; 1-7. Today the PP looked sharp, had good movement and created several good chances. One of these games, the Vees man-advantage is going to run roughshod over the opposition. One of these days.
- After having an up-and-down island road trip, James De Haas, was again a beast for the Vees Tuesday. He’s at his best when he uses his size to win position and angle off forwards. Mix in some confidence and he can be down-right dangerous. Look at his go-ahead goal in the third period. De Haas went from blue-line to blue-line before wiring a shot past Briggs’s glove. It is difficult to handle a guy at his size, skating like he can. When De Haas cranks it up and leads the rush, something always seems to come out of it.
- Cool moment, well for me anyways. When Rebry scored the OT winner, he was jacked up and rightfully so. Sam Mellor, who assisted on the winner, just stuck his arm up in the air casually like a veteran who’s been there before. Mellor is quiet, he isn’t going to be a guy who screams and yells and gets in your face. Mellor plays the game the right way and lets his game do all the talking. Mellor made the plays he had to make today and didn’t try and overdo it. He knew where to put that puck on the OT winner.
- Admirable performance by Shawn Hochhausen and Tyler Briggs in the loss. Hochhausen finished with a goal and two helpers, and was the Warriors best player. Briggs turned in one of the best goaltending performances against the Vees this season. Penticton put on 14 shots in the first and 19 in the second, which included a whole whack of power-play time. How about his save off Troy Stecher in the second? Great read on the back-door pass and it was pure determination that led to the desperation arm save.
- 14 straight now the Vees have won over the Warriors dating back to December 2010. Jon Zacks wrote about it in his post-game wrap which can be read here. Interesting point he brings up, being a “mental block” for the Warriors against the Vees and trying to finish off games.
- I said it off the top another come-from-behind win. The Vees are now 3-2 when trailing after forty. Consider this, the Vees would have to at least score two more goals to win a game in the third, and that’s if it’s just a one goal deficit. Another impressive number is the Vees are 6-2 when scored on first; a sign of a team that doesn’t get rattled.
- Troy Stecher was an assist away from the Gordie Howe hat-trick. Another strong showing and well-deserving of the first star. This is the reason why he wears the “C.”
- Depth players continue to be catalysts in wins for the Vees. Jordan McCallum was very effective and was an inch away from scoring his third. Dexter Dancs also had a strong showing, and so too Cody DePourcq.
- Sorry Marc, on to the next one.