Post-Game #9: Vees Blank Tribe, Win 5th Straight

Game Recap Oct 11

GAME RECAP 

BOXSCORE  

  • Friday was chalked full of drama and suspense, with the Vees come from behind win. Saturday was void of any dramatics, as the Vees controlled the game from the onset. They certainly didn’t look like the team playing their third game in four days. After an initial push by West Kelowna in the first three-four minutes, the Vees turned up the speed and pressure on the hosts and never looked back.
  • Though he was pulled after two periods, Any Desautels was the Warriors best player Saturday. His body of work in the first period alone proved that.
  • The Vees did break through five-minutes in, when Lewis Zerter-Gossage cleaned up a rebound. Demico Hannoun hammered, and I mean hammered a shot off the mask of Desautels that seemed the stun the goaltender. The puck fell to Zerter-Gossage who slid the back-hand underneath the Warriors goaltender. Bit of an insult to injury situation for Desautels, as he was a bit shaken up after that puck smoked his helmet.
  • The Vees really could have blown the game wide open in the first if it wasn’t for the Warriors goaltender. Both Zerter-Gossage and Tyson Jost were robbed on sparkling glove saves after the Vees went up 1-0. Jack Ramsey too had a goal taken away, when his rebound attempt was kicked out by the pad of Desautels. The Vees put 17 shots on net in the first period alone. To put that into perspective, the Vees had 18 shots in the first two periods on Friday. Credit the Vees for not getting discouraged after taking just a 1-0 lead into the dressing room. Hey, a one-goal lead on the road is great but you knew they thought they should have had more than just the one heading into the intermission.
  • Looking back at the first, the Vees had it going right from puck drop. All four lines were engaged and they were moving their feet. Their speed and pressure gave the Warriors fits in their own end, as they turned the puck over on several occasions and that was a theme throughout the game. The fore-check was very effective down low disrupting the Warriors from breaking out and their speed was dangerous, as their transition game created opportunities off the rush.
  • It was good to see the line of Cam Amantea, Liam Finlay and Mitch Newsome have a strong performance right from the start. The trio’s first shift was very good, as they kept the puck in the Warriors end for quite some time and had a few scoring chances. Remember, this line wasn’t at its best the night before, including Amantea and Newsome taking undisciplined penalties. So the that unit showed a lot of character by turning things around on Saturday, by turning in quality shift after quality shift.
  • Obviously the talk of the night was Demico Hannoun and Lewis Zerter-Gossage, who combined for three goals ans six points. The two had a lot of chemistry on Saturday, as they worked well together throughout the game and seemed to know where one another was when they were on the ice. Tyson Jost did pick up an assist Saturday and by no means was he weighing down the line. In fact, he was getting the balk of the attention from the Warriors defensemen, which freed up more space for Hannoun and Zerter-Gossage. What was great to see besides all the offense, was the physicality from Hannoun and Zerter-Gossage, as the two didn’t shy away from the corners or tough areas. They took hits, they dished them out, they battled along the boards and showed both their finesse and strength on Saturday.
  • It was more of the same from the Vees in the second period, well, after they killed four straight minutes of West Kelowna power-play time. The penalty-kill was excellent, going five-for-five after allowing two West Kelowna power-play goals on Friday. Remember, the PK was missing two of its best penalty killers in Cody DePourcq and Patrick Sexton. That can’t be overstated. It’s not like they needed a spark in the second but the back-to-back penalty-kills isn’t a bad way to start a period. The energy from the two big kills was noticeable and really set the Vees on their way. Remember, the Vees were only leading 1-0 at that point.
  • Like in the first, the Vees got an early goal in the second and just like in the first, Zerter-Gossage and Hannoun teamed up. Good shift deep in the Warriors end resulted in Zerter-Gossage taking the puck away from the Warriors defenseman, before dishing it out to Hannoun in the bottom of the right-circle. Hannoun, who’s a right-handed shot, had the puck in his wheelhouse as he went down to a knee and hammered the puck over the left-shoulder of Desautels.
  • It was an impressive first period, firing 17 shots on net but the second was as good, if not better. The Vees threw 21 shots on net and had several odd-man rushes but couldn’t get the puck to go in the net. Desautels, I sound like a broken record, was excellent again as he stopped the Vees on a handful of in-close chances. There was one two-minute stretch where they Vees had what, three-four odd-man rushes in short succession but couldn’t get the breathing room with a third goal.
  • It looked like the Vees were going to have to settle with a 2-0 lead going into the second intermission. But Matt Serratore, Riley Alferd and Jack Ramsey orchestrated some late magic. Ramsey made a nice play at his blue-line to get the puck out to centre to Alferd, who made a great pass of his own. Alferd one-touched the puck right to Serratore on the left-wing, who broke wide around the defenseman, before sliding the puck underneath a surprised Desautels with just four and a half seconds left.
  • The Vees did run into some penalty trouble in the third, as the Warriors were handed back-to-back power-plays. I thought one of the calls was marginal at best, the bizarre “tripping” call on Hannoun. However, it gave the PK more reps and the two PK units answered the bell. Have to spotlight Mike Lee and Connor Russell, who didn’t show up on the scoresheet but saw lots of time on the PK and both had very strong games on the blue-line. Lee took a simpler approach to his gave Saturday and it suited him well. Russell’s plain approach is very effective, as he just continues to make the plays that he’s supposed to make; he never tries to play outside of his abilities and that’s a good thing. There’s a trust factor coaches can have with players like Russell. Teams still need guys who can log the ugly minutes in front of their own net and put the puck off the glass and out.
  • I know I’m repeating myself but it was great to see the PK bounce back like it did Saturday. The Vees PK was sitting at just 75 percent going into last night’s game and had allowed a power-play goal against in three straight. They kept the league’s fifth best power-play off the scoresheet Saturday.
  • Hunter Miska with an efficient 29 save shutout, his first of the season. As Assistant Coach Steve Cawley said in the post-game show, Miska looked very confident all night and gave off an impression that he wasn’t going to allow a puck to go in. His rebound control was excellent and he was always in position to make a save, easy or not, look routine. As Coach Cawley said, everything he did, he did with confidence.
  • “Dangerously quiet.” A moniker given to Hannoun by us in the broadcast booth this weekend. He’s not a “noisy” player but quietly has gone about putting together a six-game point streak. He now has five goals and nine points in his last six games. He’s got veteran written all over him.
  • Never can understate the importance of divisional points. the Vees are now 5-1-0-0 against the Interior Division and 3-1-0 on the road against their own division. You never know when these points will come in handy.

 

 

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About CBeauchemin

Director of Broadcasting & Communication for the Penticton Vees
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