- Saturday I saw a much hungry Vees team, one that battled-competed that much more than one night ago. I wrote in my preview the Vees needed to roll up their sleeves and get to the greasy areas to have success tonight; crash the net. They did just that and were rewarded with three goals and two points.
- The boxscore won’t show it but Cam Amantea, Travis Blanleil and Cody DePourcq were again dynamite in playing against Vernon’s top-line. Amantea scored a HUGE equalizer in the first and both Blanleil and DePourcq had a handful of scoring chances. In two games, head-to-head, Adam Tambellini only scored once and that was on the power-play, when the three Vees weren’t on the ice.
- Continuing, when the Vees get Mike Rebry back in the line-up teams are going to have a problem on their hands.As that line has proven that they can play against the leagues best, meaning the Vees top two lines can go against other teams second-third pairings. Look out.
- The Vees are now 9-7-0-1 when the opposition scores first. Think about that for a minute. They’ve given up the first goal in 17 of their first 25 games and sport a 17-7-0-2 record. Shows a lot of character to continually battle back from deficits. However, I wouldn’t mind if they scored first once in a while.
- Another telling stat? 10-0-0-0 when leading after one. Confidence can do wonders to your game. The Vees are a different animal with momentum heading into the second and third periods.
- Taking care of business in your own division is crucial if you want to make the playoffs. After the win, the Vees are now 13-3 against divisional opponents; 7-1 on the road within their own division.
- Good to see the power-play manufacture a goal,which turned out be the game-winner. It took all of 11 seconds for the Vees to convert. Another key I said before the game was the power-play showing some urgency, did so tonight.
- Must commend the Vees defense these last two games. Missing one of their key defensive pieces in Rob Mann, the back-end only surrendered three goals and 55 shots in two games. For perspective, the Coquitlam Express had 51 shots and four goals tonight in West Kelowna.It starts with Troy Stecher and he was a beast against tonight and the other five really feed off his energy.
- Yea, Stecher isn’t on the Central Scouting List. Right…
- Back to the top and talking about the hunger-desire the Vees showed tonight. Last night Vernon showed how bad they wanted it and tonight the Vees matched and exceeded that tonight. They won the majority of puck battles and foot races.When they play like this it’s going to be hard to stop them.
- The Vees have been playing this “playoff”: style of hockey for the majority of the season. 13 of the Vees 26 games have been decided by one goal. This team knows how to battle and are getting a good taste of what’;s required to win the post-season.
- Nice scrap tonight between James de Haas and Brendan Persley. The two had a battle going in the Vees corner for a shift, before dropping the mitts after a face-off. It was pretty even with both combatants landing some good shots; de Haas looked like he done this before with the body shots he was dishing out. Good for de Haas for standing his ground, and showing the Vees won’t turn away from the rough stuff; there’s a time and a place for a fight and I thought he picked his spot.
- Now the Vees play another home-and-home next week versus Salmon Arm. That team, with the four ex-Vees. Hey, they’ve won four in a row after a weekend sweep of Trail. Should be fun.