Game: 47 (Vees vs. ‘Dogs)

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Vees Record: 31-12-0-3

Home Record: 16-6-0-1

Vees vs. Island Division: 5-1-0-2

Last Meeting: 6-3 Vees win in Port Alberni (Jan 19th)

Last 10 Games: 8-2-0-0

Alberni Valley Bulldogs Record: 23-16-1-5

Road Record: 9-9-1-2

Bulldogs vs. Interior: 5-3-1-0

Last Game: 8-1 win @ Trail

Last 10 Games: 6-4-0

FT_TheNumb3rs-shdwV2 Vees power-play vs. Bulldogs:0-5

Vees penalty-kill vs. Bulldogs: 5-6

Vees Scoring vs. Bulldogs 

17 Mike Rebry

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8 Ryan Gropp

1

1

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65 Sean Flanagan

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28 Brock Balson

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74 Cam Amantea

1

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19 Cody DePourcq

1

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7 John Siemer

1

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89 Brad McClure

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1

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3 Thomas Nitsche

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12 Wade Murphy

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24 Jedd Soleway

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77 Troy Stecher

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FT_OnDeck-shdwV2 After seeing their season-high seven-game win streak come to end Friday, the Vees are looking to start another tonight when the host the Alberni Valley Bulldogs  at the SOEC; puck drop is 5pm.

The Vees were shutout 1-0 by the Merritt Centennials Friday,  the first time in over two seasons the Vees were kept off the score-sheet. In order to find the last time the Vees were goose-egged you have to go back to February 4th, 2011 when the Trail Smoke Eaters took a 6-0 win out of the SOEC; 113 games between shutout losses.

The Bulldogs are coming a 8-1 thrashing of the Trail Smoke Eaters at Cominco Arena. The Dogs outscored the Smokies 6-1 in the final two periods; 4-0 in the third alone. Teal Burns, Matt Hansen and Manny Gialedakis all finished with four points; Gialedakis leading the way with four goals. The eight goals match a season high, which was duplicated back on September 14th in an 8-7 overtime win over Cowichan Valley.

FT_VeesBeat-shdwV2 The Vees have a stiff test in front of them this afternoon but can lean on past experience to help seem them through. The Vees took the first meeting 6-3 back on January 19th in Port Alberni. The Vees did get scoring from up and down their line-up, as five different players tickled the twine and four had multiple point games. Nic Renyard was stellar in relief of Chad Katunar, making 24 saves on 25 shots in 51 minutes of work; Katunar surrendered two goals on three shots.

If there is a silver lining about the 1-0 setback Friday, is the fact the Vees seem to bounce back after being saddled with a loss. Through 46 games, the Vees are 11-3-0 when losing the game prior and haven’t lost back-to-back games since November 9th and 10th.

Quite simply the Vees need more from their forwards and their top scorers. Outside of Sam Mellor no one really was “bringing it” on the Vees first two lines. A couple of players had flashes in the third period but the five others need to elevate their game for tonight’s tilt with the Bulldogs. The Vees will have to roll up their sleeves and get to the “dirty areas” to score some goals tonight. The Vees can score and win pretty but also have shown they can win ugly and that might be in order today. The majority of their success derives from taking the puck to the net with purpose and get more rubber on the opposition’s goaltender.

12 shots through two periods just won’t cut it and the Vees will have to direct a whole lot more rubber at the Alberni Valley net than just single digit totals they had in the first two periods. How does that happen? Well it goes back to my first point about going to the net and getting to the tough areas in front; attack the goal. The Vees were too easy to play against when they had the puck in the offensive zone. Board play and “battles” are going to be key as well. The only goal scored last night came off a won puck battle along the Vees wall, that three different Vees had chances to get at the puck and move it out. When entering the zone the Vees to make hard plays, not ticky-tack passes that won’t get it done come crunch time; pass the puck and move the biscuit with a purpose.

Chad Katunar gets the nod in net has he makes his fifth straight start tonight. Katunar was arguably the Vees best player from start to finish last night, as he turned in one of his best performances to date. Katunar was the big reason why the game was only a 1-0 deficit through forty minutes and gave his team a chance to rally in the third period.

Gut check time for the Vees, as they need to reignite that fire in the belly they showed during their seven game run.

FT_TheOtherGuys-shdwV2 The Bulldogs pushed their win streak to five games last night dismantling the Trail Smoke Eaters 8-1 at Cominco arena. With their win and combined with Penticton’s loss, the ‘Dogs now have the best active win streak in the BCHL. After skating to a 2-1 lead after the opening twenty minutes, the ‘Dogs exploded for six goals in the final two periods; four in the third. Teal Burns, Matt Hansen and Manny Gialedakis all finished with four points; Gialedakis leading the way with four goals. The eight goals match a season high, which was duplicated back on September 14th in an 8-7 overtime win over Cowichan Valley.

Though they’ve won five in a row, which is no small feat, the Bulldogs haven’t necessarily taken down top teams in the BCHL. They’ve played both Cowichan Valley and Trail twice in their last five games. Powell River is the only team in the five game run that holds down a playoff spot but all five wins have come against teams with sub .500 records. Wins are wins but I’m sure the ‘Dogs are eager to show they can run with the “big dogs” of the BCHL. Their loss to Penticton last month was closer than the score would indicate, as the Vees piled on two late goals in a 6-3 win. Remember the Bulldogs had leads of 1-0 and 2-1 early in that game before the Vees put together a third period push; sound familiar?

Evan Tironese is the Bulldogs top point-getter and ranks 22nd in the BCHL with 16 goals and 42 points. Though the Bulldogs don’t have any player in the Top 20 in league scoring, they do have three in the Top 40 and sit fifth in league scoring; averaging 3.33 goals per-game.

One surprise with their line-up is who, on paper, they have starting in-goal. Brad Rebagliati not Jay Deo is tonight’s scheduled starter between the pipes. The Vees faced Deo back in January, who was no slouch in-goal in the loss. Deo the 20 year-old, has played in the majority of the Bulldogs games, as he has 33 games underneath his belt compared to Rebagliati’s 13. The 17 year-old Rebagliati is 2-1 versus the Interior with a 3.32 goals-against average, and a .911 save-percentage; the kid can play.

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About frodgers

Director of Broadcasting & Media Relations for the Penticton Vees
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