The Vees finished the month how they started it and that’s with a lopsided win. They won big in Powell River 7-3 back on November 8th and tonight they threw up nine on the Chilliwack Chiefs, closing out an up and down month. It’s a win, a big win and two points that are much needed in the ultra-tight Interior Division.
The Vees had surrendered the first goal and had trailed after twenty minutes in their last three. Things needed to change; they did. Not even two minutes in Paul Stoykewych had his shot go off Cody DePourcq’s skate to break the ice. Jake Ahlgren and Brad McClure then scored three minutes apart in the latter half of the period and it was 3-0 Vees late in the first; a much better start.
The Chiefs did make some noise late in the first when Cooper Rush scored the first of two by him from the point. His first, on the power-play seemed to spark the Chiefs, as they would go on to score two more in the second and in the process, erased a three goal deficit.
The Vees had a push back of their own, as they scored six unanswered, starting with Brad McClure’s first of two late in the second. From roughly the fourteen minute mark of the second to the last handful of minutes of the third, the Vees scored six times; the Chiefs just once. The third period was when the Vees blew this game wide open, scoring four goals on eight shots.
Some impressive numbers put up by the Vees on Saturday, as seven different players score the nine goals. 13 found the scoresheet and Brad McClure and Cody DePourcq each scored twice and nine Vees had two or more points. The Vees needed more secondary scoring going into tonight’s game, guys other than McClure to do some of the heavy lifting. They got just that, as depth players stepped up and showed their potential. Hey, the “fourth line” of Jake Ahlgren, Riley Alferd and Jack Ramsey combined for three goals and eight points.
I hope tonight is a confidence boost for some of the guys who found success after overcoming some prolonged scoring droughts. November was mostly touch and go but tonight might be just what this team needed to put together a run in December; never can be too optimistic.
Thoughts on the “W”
–Secondary Scoring: My Pre-Game notes stressed the importance of others stepping to the forefront to chip in offensively. Well, they did just that and then some. Seven different players scored the nine goals. Every line had at least one point and all four lines had at least one goal; that’s with just 11 forwards dressed.
Thirteen players found the scoresheet but more importantly, at least a handful of players snapped well documented scoring droughts. The “fourth line” of Jake Alhgren, Riley Alferd and Jack Ramsey combined for eight points; don’t care who you’re playing, that’s impressive. Alhgren scored his first goal as a Vee, his first goal in 16 games. Alferd picked up his first goal in five games, and Ramsey got his first points in nine nine games.
Push Back: For the forth straight game the Vees had a response after facing some adversity. After going up 3-0, the Chiefs roared to life, scoring three straight from the end of the first to the early moments of the second. BUT this team didn’t wilt or fold like a cheap tent.
Would have been easy to throw up your hands and say “here we go again!” The Vees didn’t, they in fact got angry and took their frustration out on the Chiefs net / scoreclock. Six, SIX! Unanswered goals starting with Brad McClure’s beautiful breakaway deke late in the second. That goal was timely, late in a period for the most part controlled by the Vees. Crowd was somewhat quiet, needing something to cheer for and they got it (actually both crowds were awesome this weekend; boisterous and engaged). That gave everyone a lift minus the Chiefs and their Fan Bus of course. Brendan Lamont scored 64 seconds later and they were off.
Not a perfect performance, as there was still a few mistakes made but that happens with a young team. Tonight was hopefully a building block going into December.
Oh, I promised I would mention this, Paul Stoykewych was a +6 on Saturday; a defenseman’s dream.