Hat-Trick & Treats in Surrey, Vees Win Streak at 12

Oct 31

GAME RECAP 

BOXSCORE 

  • Everyone will be talking about the goals and rightfully so but quietly the Vees went about picking up their fourth clean sheet in their last eight games. I’m no math wizard but that averages out to a shutout every other game. Decent.
  • Brendan Barry picked up his career BCHL shutout making 23 saves to push his record to a perfect 4-0-0. If you glanced at the boxscore you would assume it was a pedestrian 23-save shutout for Barry but not so. Barry’s first shot against was a great stretching blocker save off of Eagles Captain Chase McMurphy. That on the Eagles very first shift. Barry also made a similar save in the third, lunging to his right and thwarting an Eagle of a goal with an arm save. The kid is starting to reap the benefits of changing his habits in practice. He’s 17, young, and the coaching staff wanted him to compete harder in practice. Well he has certainly answered the challenge and now has a 1.62 goals-against average and a sparkling .927 save-percentage.
  • A couple more milestones to speak of on Friday. One, Cam Amantea broke a goal drought in style, as he scored his first three goals of the season, picking up his BCHL hat-trick. Going into Friday’s game Amantea had yet to score his previous 11 games. So, he decides to go out and pick up a hat-trick in the second period and in just 10 minutes and six seconds. His goals weren’t cheap either, as he sniped on two of the three, including his first he wired off the inside of the far-post. His second he showed a great release muscling it through the goalie and then his went cross-bar down on his third. I joked with him after the game, saying I had to check my roster to see who this “74” was.
  • The other milestone to speak of was Connor Russell picking up his first BCHL goal. “Rusty” as he’s affectionately known by his teammates, had his wrist-shot from the right-wing find its way in through a maze of bodies. Russell didn’t know the puck went it right away, as he was turning away from the net when he shot. Great scene to see him turn around and see teammates coming at him to celebrate, as he had a surprised look on his face.
  • Where did Riley Alferd and Matt Serratore go and who are wearing their jerseys? All kidding aside, those two are on another level right now. Alferd, after scoring changes will be submitted, will end of with two goals and four points Friday and Serratore finished with a goal and an assist. Alferd is now second in team scoring with 18 points in 16 games. To put that into perspective, Alferd had 24 points last year in 57 games. Serratore has now tied his entire point total from last year (18) and has done so in 42 games.
  • Alferd right now is uncommitted but I’m sure the line of schools wanting to talk to “Alfie” growing by the minute.
  • Don’t forget about their line-mate Jack Ramsey. Two goals Friday and one he showed great hand-eye coordination with a tip in front. Ramsey has four goals this season, all against Surrey but maybe this week can act as a springboard for him offensively.
  • The Vees scored 32 goals in the three-game season series against the Eagles. The Eagles have only scored 35 goals on the entire season.
  • I do have to comment on the state of Friday’s game and the uncomfortable atmosphere that was in Surrey. The Eagles’ were clearly dejected about being thumped again and their body language reflected that. Out of pure frustration a few Surrey players seemed to target certain Vees to vent said frustration. I was concerned as the game wore on it might get too out of hand. However, referee Mark Pearce must be commended on how he handled the game. He clamped down on everything last night and didn’t let the Eagles get away with anything. One incident saw an experienced junior hockey forward on Surrey target the Vees AP defenseman Griffin Mendel. Referee Mark Peace right away called the charging penalty and that I thought set the tone; he made it clear no matter the score, he was going to hammer dirty play. By the way, what’s with an Eagle going after Mendel? C’mon. Get real.
  • The Vees have only allowed one goal in their last four games. One.

 

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About CBeauchemin

Director of Broadcasting & Communication for the Penticton Vees
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