Where: Wesbild Centre
VEES: GP 31 20-8-0-3 VIPERS: GP 30 10-13-0-7
VEES AWAY: 9-4-0-2 VIPERS HOME: 6-5-0-4
September 8th: 3-2 OT Vees
October 5th: 4-2 Vees
November 23rd: 2-1 Vipers
November 24th: 3-1 Vees
January 25th: @ SOEC
March 8th: @ Vernon
Vees Scoring vs. Vipers: Vipers Scoring vs. Vees:
Sam Mellor (3-4-7) Adam Tambellini (3-1-4)
Troy Stecher (0-5-5) Aaron Hadley (2-1-3)
Wade Murphy (2-3-5) Pearce Eviston (0-3-3)
Michael Rebry (3-0-3) Brett Corkey (0-2-2)
Louie Nanne (1-1-2) Michael Statchuk (0-1-1)
Ryan Gropp (1-0-1) Craig Martin (1-0-1)
James De Haas (0-1-1) Michael Roberts (0-1-1)
Cody DePourcq (0-1-1) Liam Board (0-1-1)
Sean Flanagan (0-1-1) Ryan Renz (1-0-1)
Cam Amantea (1-0-1)
Brad McClure (1-0-1)
Vees power-play vs. Vernon 3-19 (15.79%)
Vees penalty-kill vs. Vernon 10/11 1 SHGF (90.91%)
Last Meeting: Vernon opened the scoring on a power-play goal from Adam Tambellini, but the Vees roared to life scoring three straight, including two at the end of the first, to take a 3-1 win out of the Wesbild Centre on November 24th.
The win split the weekend home-and-home series and it marked the Vees first win in Vernon; all be it their first trip up to the North Okanagan. Cam Amantea, Sam Mellor and Brad McClure did all the scoring for the Vees and Chad Katunar made 28 saves for his 14th win.
Last Game: The Vees had their modest two-game win streak come to a halt on Wednesday at the SOEC. The Vees were handed a 2-1 loss by Salmon Arm Silverbacks; the Apes second-straight win against the Vees.
The Vees went down two in a 59 second span midway through the first period, and despite their efforts in the third period fell one goal short. Sam Mellor did give the Vees a chance with a power-play goal just past the seven-minute mark in the final frame but it wasn’t enough.
Then and Now: The win in Vernon in late November seemed to put the Vees on the right track, as they’ve won four of their six games since, out-scoring their opponents 18-7. The Vipers have been going in the opposite direction, having just won one of their last five games, going 1-3-0-1 since they last played the Vees. The Vipers have lost all three games last week, two at home to Trail (2-1 2OT) and Alberni Valley (4-3).
Familiar Faces: Tonight is the first game between the two teams since the trade that saw the Vees land Jedd Soleway for Dexter Dancs. Both players have made immediate impacts for their new clubs, Dancs has one goal and three points in as many games, and is playing on the top-line with Adam Tambellini and Pearce Eviston.
Soleway had a weekend to remember, picking up four points in two games, including a three-point night last Saturday in 5-1 win over Langley. Soleway missed Wednesday’s game as he was on a school visit down south; he will be in tonight. Just like Dancs, Soleway is playing on the Vees top-line alongside Wade Murphy and Louie Nanne.
Vernon has another new face in the line-up in Andrew Tegeler. The South New Jersey native left UMass of the college ranks and has two points in as many games. Don’t know much about the forward, but he’s big, checking in at 6’2 and tipping the scales at 205.
Vees Little Guys: Cam Amantea, Cody DePourcq and Travis Blanleil have done a masterful job in keeping Adam Tambellini and Pearce Eviston quiet in the last two games. Since the three Vees checkers have faced the Vipers top-line, Tambellini has only scored once; that a power-play tally. The three will have the task again tonight to keep those two, and former teammate Dexter Dancs off the score-sheet.
Grumpy Old Men: Both teams are coming off losses, the Vees losing on Wednesday and the Vipers dropping their last three. Let’s just say both teams will be hungry for a “W” tonight. Should make for an entertaining match-up, as these games always seem to have that playoff intensity to it. These two teams don’t like one another and tempers and emotions always seem to flare up.
Injury Report: The Vees will be again without the services of Mike Rebry as he rehabs a lingering lower-body injury. The Vipers will be without Craig Martin (ankle) and it appears TJ Dumonceaux (lower-body) once again.