Post-Game #6: Vees Win Wild Affair in Salmon Arm

Game Recap Oct 4

GAME RECAP 

BOXSCORE 

  • Demico Hannoun gave himself the best birthday present possible. Celebrating his 19th birthday Saturday, Hannoun scored on a penalty-shot in double overtime to give the Vees the win and a weekend sweep over Salmon Arm. If you’re new to the BCHL, any penalty committed in double overtime results in an automatic penalty. Hannoun showed a lot of poise on the penalty-shot, as he came down on the Salmon Arm net slowly before snapping a shot quickly over the glove of Zach Dyment. Happy Birthday, kid.
  • One of the more dramatic games between these two in recent memory. It was like there was three games played within this game. The first was a great road period for the Vees, in fact, Assistant Coach Steve Cawley said post-game it was the Vees best period of the year so far. They out shot the ‘Backs 11-4, scored the only goal and didn’t really give the home team a sniff at the Vees net. Then the Vees let their foot off the gas a bit in the second, the ‘Backs pressed and the Vees got themselves in all sorts of penalty trouble. Then in the latter half of the third the Vees got back to what they were doing in the first and got this game into overtime. It was a roller-coaster.
  • Going back to the first, what a shot by Riley Alferd to open the scoring late in the frame. It came out of nowhere really too, as he was first to a dump in and then quickly got himself into a scoring position. Gabe Bast flipped the puck into the ‘Backs end from inside his own blue-line and the speedy Alferd got to it first. He made a quick move to the slot and then wired a wrist-shot underneath the cross-bar and over the glove of Zach Dyment. I’ve mentioned earlier this season that Alferd, along with line-mates Jack Ramsey and Matt Serratore need to supply more offense and so far they have. Again, as Coach Cawley said post-game, the coaching staff has urged these three not to just think about defense but have a mentality on each shift to look for offense. With his two goals Saturday, Alferd has three on the season and four points in six games. Ramsey has a pair of points and Serratore has three points in six games. It’s a good start from this line that’s mostly known for keeping pucks out of their net when they’re on the ice. However, I think this trio is just scratching the surface when it comes to their offensive potential. No, these guys aren’t going to give you 35-40 goals but they can be key pieces when it comes to depth scoring.
  • Alferd bagged another goal early in the second and the Vees looked to be in the driver’s seat, up 2-0 and not giving much up to the home side. Continuing on the previous point, Alferd put himself in a great position to clean up the rebound off the Bast point-shot. Last year that puck wouldn’t go in for Alferd but this year you can see his poise around the net. Bast should get some recognition for his ability, more times than not, to get hard, low shots through from the blue-line. He’s got a short windup but he has a cannon of a shot and he is so good at getting the puck to the net. He aimed for the pad, got the juicy rebound for Alferd and the Vees were up 2-0 early in the second.
  • Now I don’t know if it was a sign of a young team and some mental fatigue but the Vees let their foot off the gas in the second and Salmon Arm pressed. They fired 16 shots at the Vees net in the second, mostly assisted by power-plays but the Vees were on their heels late in the frame. The Vees ran into penalty trouble, as it looked like they stopped moving their feet in their own zone. They did kill-off a key sequence of a 90 second five-on-three power-play for Salmon Arm but then penalties started to mount late in period number two. The confusing and bizarre sequence started when Hunter Miska was dinged for a double-minor spearing penalty when he got caught up with Shane Danyluk. There was a delayed penalty coming to Salmon Arm, so as Miska was going to the bench he came together with the Salmon Arm forward. Danyluk went down in a heap and Miska stood their puzzled. I thought it was a bone-head penalty at the time by the Vees puck-stopper but he was adamant he didn’t touch Danyluk with his stick; Miska isn’t that type of player either. Miska simply said Danyluk skated right into him at the blue-line and then hit the ice. I’ll give Miska the benefit of the doubt but in the future, he’ll likely take a wide-angle to the bench and steer clear of any player on the opposition. So I was wrong to say that was a dumb penalty and it appears Miska was the victim of a dubious call.
  • The confusion and frustration didn’t end there. The play resumed with a Salmon Arm five-on-four power-play which I was told was incorrect. Because there was already a delayed penalty against Salmon Arm before the Miska penalty, it should have been four-on-four until the Salmon Arm initial penalty expired. But the play started up again with a Salmon Arm PP and then the Vees got into more penalty trouble. On the ensuing “power-play” for the ‘Backs, Bast was thumbed for another double-minor, this time it was a high-sticking penalty. It gets even more confusing when the penalty wasn’t called by the referee but by one of the two linesman. I thought linesman can only call majors but have been told they can call double -minors as well; I stand corrected. I know after the second period, the referee did come over to the Vees coaches and admitted the ‘Backs should not have started with a power-play late in the second after the Miska penalty; commend him for his honesty.
  • Still following along? No? Me neither. So, Salmon Arm, on a power-play that appeared it would never end, did cut into the Vees lead late in the second. Chase Priskie’s blast from the blue-line found its way through traffic and past Miska with just 10 seconds left in the second. As I said last night, this was playing out just like the Vees game against Alberni Valley, where the Bulldogs scored a late second period goal and that spurred a rally. Well, Saturday that happened, as the ‘Backs went on to score two more goals, three straight, from the end of the second to the midway mark of the third to grab their first lead. Momentum can be your best friend and worst enemy in junior hockey.
  • Now, the Shaw Centre was rocking after the third goal and the Vees needed something to stem the tide. Que Lewis Zerter-Gossage. For most of the night he was pretty quiet but his line came out soon after the Salmon Arm goal and came up with a BIG goal. Zerter-Gossage made a slick move on the goal-line, slipped by the defenseman and then with his long reach, slid the puck through the legs of Dyment to tie the game. Remember, that was his first goal since opening night where he registered a hat-trick. That goal was so crucial and not just for simply evening the game. That goal seemed to really zap the energy from the fans and Silverbacks and gave the Vees a big shot in the arm. Hey, it guaranteed the Vees one point and saved them from what would have been a tough loss.
  • Considering how this game played out, it was only fitting that it was settled in overtime. Both overtime periods, the four-on-four segment and three-on-three sequence were entertaining. Both teams threw caution to the wind and went for the win, which was a treat for fans to watch. The Vees were the better team in both overtime periods, outshooting the ‘Backs 3-1 but also you could argue they out chanced them as well. Before the penalty-shot game-winning goal by Hannoun, Steen Cooper had the best chance to end the game in double-overtime. Bast and Cooper broke to the net on a two-on-oh but Cooper tapped the centering pass from Bast wide of the post.
  • Bast and Dante Fabbro in my opinion were the two best defensemen for the Vees on Saturday. Fabbro continues to wow with his defensive play, as he was on the ice for what seemed like the majority of both overtime periods. Put it this way, the Vees had a 16-year-old defenseman start the three-on-three overtime period. Fabbro will get his points, no one will be surprised about that but his defensive play continues to grow by leaps and bounds in the early season.
  • Bast, as Coach Cawley said post-game, just knows how to win. When the stakes get higher he gets better and last night was no different. He was on the ice in critical situations and was always around his own net disrupting Salmon Arm chances.
  • Saturday was just the second time the Vees scored first this season but they’re now 5-0-0-0 when leading after two; they don’t squander points. Yes, they went down a goal in the third but like we’ve seen plenty of times already, they’ve found a way to get back into the game.
  • It’s now a first place showdown at the SOEC on Wednesday. The Vees host the Cents’, two 5-1-0 teams facing off with first place up for grabs in the division. Oh, yes, it’s the Vees first “Wicked Wednesday” of the season and they will be raffling off a 2005 Pontiac Sunfire. Lets get the SOEC rocking.
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About frodgers

Director of Broadcasting & Media Relations for the Penticton Vees
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