GM #14 Post-Game: Vees Special Teams Delivers

Game Story


Video Highlights 

  • Difference Wednesday? Special Teams. Difference tonight? Special Teams. Junior hockey, eh? The Vees weren’t good in the special teams department on Wednesday versus Merritt and it cost them the extra point Tonight was a different story, as both the Vees power-play and penalty-kill were factors.
  • Coming into Friday’s game, the Vees power-play was just 1 /16 in the last five games and their penalty-kill was operating at a very pedestrian 79 %. Tonight the power-play was two for three and the penalty-kill didn’t crack on seven Warrior power-plays.
  • Special teams was a key going into tonight, the Vees, as mentioned were struggling recently and the Warriors have had their issues with the penalty-kill all season. The Vees made good on two of three power-plays and shutout the Warriors man-advantage.
  • I think the special teams were all that more important because the game was pretty even five-on-five. Even though the Warriors outscored the Vees 2-0 at even strength. Their first goal was an own-goal and their second was the result of a ghastly line change by the Vees; both self inflicted.
  •  The Warriors played pretty well considering they were missing five regulars due to injury. They went down to 10 forwards late in the second when Tyson Dallman sustained what appeared to be a lower-body injury. Despite the short bench they pushed the Vees and were a hard out.
  • The game got off to a great start, as the first featured a great pace and back and forth action. Penalties riddled the second period that zapped a lot of flow. The third was like a 20 minute overtime where both teams were playing it tight and the feeling was the next goal wins.
  • Penalties killed the second period. Like I said, the first had a great temp and both teams were racing up and down the ice. When the second rolled around, any ebb and flow was snuffed out by the parade to the penalty-box on both sides.
  • Was the right call made on the kneeing call? I believe so but I don’t think Ryan Ivey was trying to go out of his way to knee Ben Dalpe. I think Ivey was wanting to lay a big hit but was slow to getting to Dalpe, and panicked when Dalpe was moving past him.
  • Two requirements for having a top penalty-kill: good goaltending and self sacrifice. Both happened tonight. Olivier Mantha was dialed in and the Vees had several players laying down in front of shots throughout the night.
  • This game never got too stoked up because of the ten power-plays between both teams; nearly one full period of special teams time.
  •  A much better response from the Vees after Wednesday’s disappointment. They looked hungry / desperate and that was a good thing. Outside of taking far too many penalties, I liked a lot about tonight’s showing from the Vees.
  • Man. Brad McClure has embraced the captaincy. Another goal, his third in two games and another game-winner. McClure’s goal would not have happened if it wasn’t for a great hit in the neutral zone by Amantea.
  • It’s a process, the season is still young but the Vees are heading in the right direction. Hey, they’re going to have to scratch and claw for every goal but they were much better in several areas compared to Wednesday; a good team win.

About CBeauchemin

Director of Broadcasting & Communication for the Penticton Vees
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