Vees Thump Surrey in Showcase Opener

That's not a glitch on the scoreboard

That’s not a glitch on the scoreboard

GAME RECAP

  • There’s getting off to good starts and then there was Friday night. The Vees opened the 2014-2015 season by thumping/hammering/shellacking the Surrey Eagles 11-2. Harsh but that’s what happened on Friday. The Vees overwhelmed Surrey and if it wasn’t for the Eagles Christian Short early, the score may have been higher.
  • The Vees got goals from eight different players and all but three picked up at least a single point. Lewis Zerter-Gossage led the way with three goals and four points. Mitch Newsome had a pair of goals and Tyson Jost, Dante Fabbro and Steen Cooper each had three assists.
  • The 2-2 scoreline after the first would suggest it was a fairly even period but the Vees outshot Surrey 21-6 and, like I said earlier, Christian Short’s heroics in the Eagles net kept the Vees at bay.
  • Two obvious highlights in the first was Lewis Zerter-Gossage and Josh Laframboise scoring their first BCHL goals. Zerter-Gossage made a great power move on the goal-line and Laframboise showed great poise with his wrap-around marker. Zerter-Gossage has a nice blend of power and skill and Laframboise is a bull in a china shop; he goes through people not around.
  • The Vees found another gear in the second period, scoring four unanswered and again spending the majority of the period in Surrey’s end. Nice to see Matt Serratore hit the scoresheet early. Jack Ramsey made a nice play along the wall to keep the puck in and then threaded the needle to Serratore in the slot. He needed nine less games to score his first goal this year compared to one season ago. Hopefully that goal is a springboard for even more offense this year.
  • DePourcq finally bested Christian Short and just 16 seconds after Serratore made it 4-0. After point-blank chances earlier in the game, it was a leaky rebound that finally got DePourcq on the scoresheet.
  • One ugly moment in the second was the Eagles Latrell Charleson picking up a double-minor head-butting penalty. C’mon man. The Vees would score on the second half of that power-play to put some salt into the wound.
  • That Jack Ramsey power-play marker was very pretty. Liam Finlay did a bit of a juggling act in the slot before finding Ramsey at the top of the crease, who himself knocked the puck down and then slapped it in. Great hand-eye coordination by both Finlay and Ramsey.
  • The Vees led it 6-2 after forty-minutes and were out shooting the Eagles 37-10. To put that into perspective, Langley and Salmon Arm both FINISHED with 35 shots in an earlier game Friday.
  • Mitch Newsome scored a pair of goals and only needed twenty-two seconds to do it. His first was an ugly one, as he dumped it in from centre and it slipped through the legs of Short. I felt for Short, as that goal signaled the end of his night and that’s a tough way to leave a game, especially considering how well he played. Newsome’s second came on the very next shift and it too was a bit of a softy but hey, they all count. Newsome scored his first BCHL goal last year with the Vees as an AP and where was that? At Prospera Centre of course.
  • A couple of more firsts in the third period, as Miles Gendron scored his first BCHL goal and he too displayed his great hand-eye coordination. Gendron batted a rebound out of mid-air and over Daniel Davidson who came on in relief of Short. Demico Hannoun also scored his first goal as a Vee, when he rifled a one-timer on the power-play.
  • One guy who didn’t register a point but had a very strong game was defenseman Gabe Bast. He was a horse on the blue-line  for Penticton and always seemed to make a smart play in front of his net. He was blocking shots, breaking up passes or leaning on Surrey forwards. He looked like a veteran.
  • Two more young guys that stood out were the 16-year-olds Dante Fabbro and Tyson Jost. Fabbro had a very solid outing, making smart reads at both ends and showed a bit of a mean side when he had to. Jost put on a show at times, making two eye-popping passes to Zerter-Gossage on his second and third goals.
  • Great night for the Vees as both the young guys and veterans hit the scoresheet and it seemed everyone was pulling their weight.
  • On the Surrey side, it was a tough night all around and I will reiterate what I said on the radio. The loss isn’t on the players for the Eagles. This wasn’t their fault, as they did their best and battled to the very end. The fallout from Friday runs much deeper and prominent Eagles alumni are already voicing their opinion. Twitter fallout 
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About frodgers

Director of Broadcasting & Media Relations for the Penticton Vees
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