Lot going on in this one, as the game didn’t lack any drama or excitement. The Vees didn’t have any luck on Friday between bouncing pucks, missed nets and disallowed goals.Twice a Vees goal was waived off, one late in the second after a goal-mouth scramble and another early in the third which looked like a clear goal but maybe not clear enough.
It was a hard pill to swallow for the Vees, as they dominated the third period on the shot clock and territorial, buoyed by the Eagles taking six, yes, six straight penalties in the third period. The Vees despite their best efforts, which was peppering Michael Santaguida with 20 shots, were one goal shy.
Three Things to take Away:
Disallowed Goals: Twice the Vees had a goal waived off against the Eagles Friday. Once when Mike Rebry looked to have jammed the puck over the goal-line late in the second period after a scramble in the Surrey crease. After long deliberation the Referee deemed he had indeed blew his whistle. The whistle did never goal until the Vees started to celebrate well after the play. The ref was screened out and in the end probably never saw the puck go in.
The second disallowed goal was like a punch to the stomach. Troy Stecher clearly fired a shot from the slot off the back bar IN the net, which made the puck quickly shoot out. The goal-light never went on and after another conference the referee thought his original call was the right one; no goal.
That’s two goals not put up on the board, one late in the second period and the other early on in the third. Frustrating to no end to have the game finished like it did but that’s junior hockey.
Michael Santaguida: He was brilliant at times in goal for the Eagles, as he finished with 40 saves and made some clutch saves down the stretch to preserve the win. At times Santaguida looked tired, especially in the third period when he had 20 shots come his way from a desperate Vees team, who threw everything but the kitchen sink at him. Despite the heavy workload and signs of fatigue, Santaguida gutted it out and didn’t allow the Vees get back on even terms. One could argue No Santaguida, No Surrey win on Friday.
New Faces: Adam Tambellini had quite the debut scoring twice for the Eagles, and John Siemer did everything but score for Penticton. Weird to say but I thought Tambellini had a quiet night even though he scored twice. Give him credit, he was crafty, as he can hurt you at the drop of the hat and showed that Friday. That’s the intriguing thing about Tambellini, he can be going along and having an unremarkable game, but then turn the switch and become a entirely different player. The “switch” came on in the second, as he potted two goals to help win his team the game.
John Siemer was dancing all over the ice on Friday, creating a handful of good scoring chances for his line-mates in Wade Murphy and Mike Rebry. After a bit of an adjustment period at the start of the game, Siemer with the other two were electric. Every time they were in the Surrey zone they seemed to make something happen. Once Siemer gets acclimatized, he’s going to be a deadly weapon upfront.