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Sep 25th 3-1 Vipers (Kal-Tire Place)
Oct 25th 6-5 (OT) Vees (SOEC)
Nov 20th 5-2 Vees (SOEC)
Jan 10th 2-1 Vees (Kal-Tire Place)
Jan 24th 6-1 Vees (Kal-Tire Place)
Feb 14th 2-1 Vipers (SOEC)
Feb 22nd 4-3 Vipers (Kal-Tire Place)
Playoff Series Schedule
Game 1 4-3 Vipers (SOEC)
Game 2 5-3 Vees (SOEC)
Game 3 March 17th (Kal-Tire Place) 7pm
Game 4 March 18th (Kal-Tire Place) 7pm
Game 5* March 20th (SOEC) 7pm
Game 6* March 21st (Kal-Tire Place) 7pm
Game 7* March 22nd (SOEC) 6pm
* If necessary
- The Vees put their undefeated playoff road record on the line tonight, as they travel to Vernon for game three of this Interior Division Final. The Vees are 2-0 on the road thus far in the playoffs and had a 17-9-2-1 record away from the SOEC in the regular season. Stiff test tonight, as the Vipers are 3-0 at home through the first round and were 17-6-3-3 at home in the regular season.
- The Vees can look back on the first round for inspiration, as they won two games in a tough rink and both of those games were nail-biters. They found a way to win in the cramped conditions of the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena in Merritt, so there’s no reason why they can’t rattle off two more road wins in Vernon. They’ve had success at Kal-Tire Place this season, splitting the four games in Vernon in the regular season. The Vees picked up 2-1 and 6-1 wins this season in Vernon, on January 10th and 24th.
- The injury bug has hit the Vees, as Ben Dalpe went down in game one and Cam Amantea was hurt in game two; both won’t play tonight. Amantea was hurt in the third period of Saturday’s win. Josh Blanchard looks to be Amantea’s replacement upfront and he can turn to Max Coatta for motivation. Coatta was scratched for the first round, before replacing Shane McColgan at the start of round two. Coatta has two goals in two games since coming back into the line-up, and has been one the Vees most consistent players. Blanchard will be hungry to make a good impression on his coaches and teammates but he also had a goal and three points against the Vipers this season.
- Hunter Miska will get the start in game three, as the Vees break away from their goalie rotation. Miska was sound in game two, after letting in a bit of a softie at the start of the game. He had great regular season numbers against Vernon, posting a 2-1 record and sported a 1.83 goals-against average, while maintaining a .933 save percentage. Miska will likely face more rubber than he did in game two (22 shots), as the Vipers will be looking to make a big push from the start. But as he tells me, the more rubber he sees the more comfortable he feels. The Vees likely have to lean on Miska at some point during tonight’s game.
- If they Vees can find a way to get the power-play going, it could go a long way in getting a win in game three. So far, they’re 0-9 on the man-advantage in two games, including an 0-6 showing in game two. That number can be a bit deceiving, as they had some good looks, including Shane McColgan rattled a on-timer off the cross-bar. Bottom line, they didn’t score and they need to find a way to make the most of their chances, as they’ll get their fair share in a rough and tumble series like this one.
- Brad McClure is on some kind of tear, as the Vees Captain is on a 11-game point streak which dates back to the regular season. What’s more impressive, is the fact he’s scored in 9 straight games; that a goal in every playoff game and then some.
- McClure will need some help from the supporting cast tonight, especially his line-mates. McClure, along with Steen Cooper and Erik Benoit were excellent in game two and they’ll need to duplicate that performance in game three. The three combined for three goals and five points. Benoit was pointless but was great in the face-off circle and I thought he looked dangerous. That trio can create scoring chances off the rush and from the cycle game.
- The Vees have to keep it simple in their own zone; the less time they spend in their end the better. Vernon will be pressing tonight, especially early and it’s crucial that the Vees defensemen get the puck to the forwards quickly and neatly. They can’t afford to have their transition game get bogged down with poor passing; don’t let Vernon slow the game down.
Vees Playoff Scoring
McClure 8-5-13 Alferd 3-2-5 Dalpe 1-1-2
Benoit 0-8-8 Cooper 3-2-5 Rygus 0-2-2
DePourcq 3-4-7 Beauvais 1-4-5 Coulombe 0-1-1
Stoykewych 3-3-6 Serratore 1-4-5 Hilderman 0-1-1
Pierog 2-4-6 Amantea 1-2-3
McColgan 2-4-6 Sexton 0-3-3
Ramsey 1-5-6 Coatta 2-0-2
Vees Scoring vs Vernon
Scoring vs. VER (including playoffs):
McClure 5-5-10 McColgan 2-2-4 Sexton 1-2-3 Amantea 0-1-1
DePourcq 3-6-9 Benoit 2-2-4 Alferd 1-1-2
Coatta 6-1-7 Pierog 1-3-4 Ramsey 0-2-2
Cooper 2-3-5 Blanleil 1-3-4 Rygus 0-2-2
Beauvais 1-4-5 Stoykewych 0-4-4 Hilderman 1-0-1
Dalpe 1-4-5 Blanchard 1-2- Serratore 0-1-1