Halfway There: GM 28 Preview

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VEES: GP 27 18-7-0-2 SILVERBACKS: GP 27 10-13-1-3

VEES AWAY: 9-4-0-1 SILVERBACKS HOME: 4-8-0-3

SEASON SERIES

September 21st: 5-0 Vees

October 19th: 3-2 Vees

November 16th: 3-2 Vees

November 28th: 3-0 Vees

December 12th @ SOEC

February 15th @ SOEC

Table Setter: The Vees clash with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks for the second time in four days, and the fifth time this season. Penticton has had the Silverbacks number, winners of all four meeting this season, 3-0 on Wednesday, and 11 straight dating back to last season.

The Vees haven’t played since Wednesday’s white-wash of the ‘Backs, while Salmon Arm is coming off a 5-3 setback on Friday to the Merritt Centennials. The lose might sting a little more considering Salmon Arm let a 3-1 second period lead slip away on home ice.

This is the Vees third and final visit to the Shaw Centre on the shores of Shuswap Lake, winning the first two by scores of 5-0 and 3-2. The two teams meet again on the 12th in Penticton and wrap-up the season series on February 15th at the SOEC

Flashback Wednesday: The Vees did all the scoring on Wednesday, and Chad Katunar made 27 saves for his second shutout against Salmon Arm this season; third overall. Troy Stecher was all over the ice and score-sheet, scoring once and setting up a goal as well. Stecher now have two goals and seven points against the ‘Backs in four games; a team best.

Brad McClure opened the scoring in the first period, as he took care of a rebound in the Salmon Arm crease. Cam Amantea scored the other Vees goal on a puck-playing gaffe by Silverbacks goalie Adam Clark.

The Vees have an eight game unbeaten streak at the SOEC against Salmon Arm that dates all the way back to September of 2010.

No Monkey Business: A handful of Vees like playing the Silverbacks and no one more than Troy Stecher. As mentioned, he leads the Vees in scoring against Salmon Arm (2-5-7) and has multiple points in three of the four games.  Closely behind Stecher is Sam Mellor (1-5-6) who has been a Silverback killer in his career. Heading into tonight’s game, Mellor has seven goals and 20 points in 17 games against Salmon Arm. After Mellor its Wade Murphy (3-1-4) and Brad McClure (2-2-4) tied for third with four points each; Murphy the tie-breaker with more goals.

Special Numbers: The Vees not only have the edge in the wins column against Salmon Arm but the special teams department as well. The Vees power-play is six for 18 in four games but more importantly they`re a perfect 16 for 16 on the PK.

Good Things Come in Three’s: The Vees as mentioned built up a 3-0 lead Wednesday and never looked back, and that seems to be a trend in the season series. In all four games against Salmon Arm this season, the Vees have led 3-0.

Triumphant Return? Sean Flanagan and Brock Balson make their first trip back to the Shaw Centre since their trades last month. Both have two assists in Vees colours, with Balson playing two more games than Flanagan as a Vee.

Roster News: The Vees will be without the services of Rob Mann and Mike Rebry once again. Mann will miss a fourth straight game and Rebry will miss his 11th in a row; both recovering from lower-body ailments.

Katunar likes playing the Silverbacks

Katunar likes playing the Silverbacks

Chad Katunar will start in goal for the Vees and has been razor-sharp of late. In his last three games, Katunar sports a 2-1 record with a 1.68 goals-against average and a sparkling .963 save-percentage.

Alumni Corner: Beau Bennett had a big night for the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins Friday. Bennett scored once and set up another goal in the Penguins win over the Syracuse Crunch.

Mario Lucia scored in Notre Dame’s 3-2 win over Lake Superior State. Curtis McKenzie had a goal and two points in Miami’s 5-2 win over Alaska-Fairbanks. Travis St. Denis scored in Quinnipiac’s 4-0 win over Union. Bryce Gervais scored in Minnesota-Mankato’s win over Bemidji State. Joey Laleggia scored Denver’s only goal and Joel Rumpel made 30 saves in a 1-1 tie between the Pioneers and Wisconsin.

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About CBeauchemin

Director of Broadcasting & Communication for the Penticton Vees
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