Calgary Flames GM Brad Treliving
- Speed + Work Ethic on Full Display: Two points the Vees coaching staff stressed this morning during a team meeting. The Vees did use their speed throughout this game to create chances with their transition and fore-check pressure. Their work ethic helped create turnovers in the Merritt end, as they were hard on pucks, pressured the Cents’ defensemenand that resulted in errant passes and turnovers that they capitalized on. Merritt had a hard time handling the aggressive fore-check and puck pursuit the Vees had. Plenty of time the Cents’ were guilty of throwing pucks up the middle or losing them on the wall; credit the Vees for that. When Merritt pressured, which wasn’t too often, the Vees always had numbers back and bodies in front of the puck taking away shooting lanes or just simply having a body in the way. The defensive transition was excellent too, as the Vees forwards caught Merritt quite a few times at or near the Vees blue-line. Nice to see the team playing that 200 foot game this early.
- Kids & Vets Showing Up: The Vees had six different players score and 10 registered at least a single point. Of those six who scored, two are rookies and three are new to the team. Three rookies recorded points and all four lines scored at least one goal. One new line that had a lot of chemistry tonight was the trio of Lewis Zerter-Gossage, Tyson Jost and Liam Finlay. Jost and Finlay’s chemistry goes back to last year being teammates at the Major Midget level. Zerter-Gossage however fit right in with the other two and the three were buzzing all night. After it was all said and done, the three combined for two goals and six points. Nice to see Cody DePourcq, Jack Ramsey and Steen Cooper score. Great to see a guy like Ramsey score two goals and right where he should be scoring: on top of the crease. Cooper had a snipe on a breakaway whilst short-handed in the second. The Vees will need more goals out of Ramsey and Cooper this year, and maybe tonight can act as a springboard for the regular season. DePourcq had some great chemistry with Patrick Newell and Demico Hannoun and the three teamed-up for a pretty tic-tac-toe goal in the second.
- “Special,” Special Teams Performance: Great to see the power-play click like it did tonight. Officially the Vees were 4-13 tonight with the man-advantage (they almost spent half of the game on the power-play). Keep in mind a handful of those power-plays came late and with the game well decided. At one point the Vees were 3-5 with the man-advantage and they did score on their first power-play back in the early stages of the first. The “peeper” had plenty of good looks and zone time and that will make the coaches happy. The PK was 6-6 with a short-handed goal, so you can’t get much better than that. Well, the coaches would say they need to shave that total in half but they must be happy with the penalty-kill. Merritt didn’t score on the power-play because the Vees did such a good job at closing off shooting lanes and stepping in front of shots. They also did a much better job of protecting the area in front of their net. Merritt didn’t really get an opportunity from a prime scoring area because the Vees defense was boxing out so well.
- At Least they Looked Good: A forgettable performance for Luke Pierce’s charges no doubt but their new dark jerseys looked sharp. Gone is the Ottawa Senators template for their red jersey, as they’ve adopted the Montreal Canadiens design this year. The red with black and white striping looks great and even better in photos (see above). That jersey against the Vees own “traditional” look, was jersey match up in heaven for jersey nerds (me).