Post-Game GM #46: Taking Care of Business

Game Recap  

Boxscore 

  • Last night was an emotional win in Vernon. Tonight, at home against an under staffed Trail sqaud wasn’t. It was all business. That’s OK, as the Vees took care of business doing what many expected and that’s cruising to a 5-2 win.
  • “Cruising” may be used too loosely, it wasn’t a breeze by any means, especially early but the Vees didn’t have to gut-out another nerve-wracking one-goal win. After an up and down opening two minutes, the Vees found their footing and never really looked back. They had a 2-1 lead after one and it easily could have been more if it wasn’t for the goaltending of Adam Todd and some miss-firing on the Vees part. I liked 15 minutes of that first period from the Vees. The last 15 minutes.
  • Odd start. One of the most peculiar starts in my time with the Vees. Todd coughs up the puck behind the Trail net, Erik Benoit steals and finds Steen Cooper out front for a gimme. I’m sure quite a few thought it was going to be a rout after that; the thought crossed my mind. But it was the Vees taking a suspect penalty and Trail capitalizing right away; all of the sudden the game’s tied. The Vees scoring 68 seconds in and then Trail replying 43 seconds later. That’s an eventful 1:51. There wasn’t much feel to this one early, even after those two goals. It kind of felt like an exhibition game early-early, emotion came later.
  • The Vees settled in after that and really turned on the pressure, as it was a fire drill at times in the Trail end. There were several shifts where the Vees were buzzing around the net and creating all sorts of chances. That was the first period and the Smoke Eaters only had nine forwards. What was going to happen when the game moved into the third?
  • From the “I’ve never seen that before” file, the Smokies, for reasons beyond me, at one point only had three, yes, THREE, skaters on the ice for a good seven seconds late in first. They eventually put out four, then got that fifth guy out after that. Odd, very odd.
  • In the second the Vees picked up where they left off in the first, as they continued to attack the Smokies zone with speed. Like that latter half of the first, the majority of the second period was spent in the Trail end and the 14-8 Vees shot advantage was flattering for Trail. The transition game was causing Trail all sorts of problems, especially with the long change, as the Vees had several breakaways. I counted four legitimate breakaways in that period for the Vees; they scored on one.
  • Shane McColgan was the guy who scored on the breakaway, you can hear my call above on that play (make sure you have a barf bag at the ready). McColgan got in behind the D and quickly rifled a shot from the right hash mark. He was stopped on his first attempt but didn’t peel away and batted in the rebound; a savvy play. Outside of Brad McClure, McColgan is probably the last guy you want to leave alone at your blue-line.
  • The Vees were basically doing Vees things in that second period: They spent very little time in their own end, were very good at going from blue-line to blue-line and ate up clock int he Trail end.
  • Last night, the line of Steen Cooper, Erik Benoit and Shane McColgan were on fire and tonight it was the trio of Jack Ramsey, Cody DePourcq and Ben Dalpe that stood out for me. They were good last night but better tonight. They spend a lot of time down-low in the offensive end and creatd a lot of problems with the fore-check. All three finished with points and Ramsey and Dalpe hooked-up for nice goal in the third. To be honest, I didn’t know what to expect from the three when they were put together last night, but have been pleasantly surprised.
  • 11 goals this weekend and they came from everywhere. That’s good stuff. Five different guys scored tonight,  and last night five of the six goals came from five different Vees. The coaches have concocted a good mix with their forward group that has quickly spread out the scoring. I look forward to seeing what comes from next weekend’s home-and-home with Salmon Arm.
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About CBeauchemin

Director of Broadcasting & Communication for the Penticton Vees
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