The Penticton Vees pushed their win streak to 13 games and grabbed top spot in the CJHL rankings, Hunter Miska was bestowed monthly honours and two Vees are playing on the international stage.
The Vees host the West Kelowna Warriors at the SOEC on Wednesday, November 5th; face-off is 7pm. The Vees have won the previous two meetings with the Warriors but West Kelowna is coming in riding a three-game win streak. It’s another “Wicked Wednesday” at the SOEC. Tickets are just $5 for adults and seniors, draft beer and fountain soft drinks are only $2.50 and Underwriters Insurance and the Penticton Speedway will be raffling off a 60” TV and home theatre system.
Number One in the Country
Monday morning the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) released its weekly Top 20 rankings and there’s a new number one. The Vees moved up from second to first in the rankings after pushing their win streak to 13 games. The Vees leap-frogged RBC Cup Hosts Portage Terriers (MJHL) who sat in top spot since the start of the regular season. No other BCHL team cracked the Top 20 but the Chilliwack Chiefs and division rival, West Kelowna Warriors, received Honourable Mentions.
A Bakers Dozen
The Vees made it thirteen straight wins on Saturday night as they erased an early first period deficit and cruised to a 6-2 win over the visiting Trail Smoke Eaters. Riley Alferd and Cody DePourcq each scored twice in the win and the Vees got singles from Demico Hannoun and Patrick Newell. Saturday’s win improved the Vees record to 16-1-0-0.
Miska BCHL Player of the Month
The BCHL announced Hunter Miska as the October Player of the Month over the weekend. Miska, 19, was a perfect 9-0-0 in October and sported some incredible numbers. The University of Minnesota-Duluth commitment owned a stingy 1.08 goals-against average and a sparkling .959 save-percentage and had three shutouts in October. Miska is a finalist for the CJHL National Player of the Month award which will be announced later this week.
Fabbro and Jost Shining on the International Stage
Dante Fabbro and Tyson Jost, the Vees two 16-year-old rookies, are off playing for Team Canada at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Sarnia, Ontario. Both played their opening games Sunday on their respective teams. Jost scored Team Canada White’s only goal in a 5-1 loss to Finland. Fabbro scored on the power-play as Team Canada Red rolled over Slovakia 6-0. Both Jost’s and Fabbro’s teams play Monday afternoon and Tuesday. The tournament schedule can be found at www.hockeycanada.ca/wu17
Mario Lucia (Notre Dame) (Vees 2011-2012) is fifth in scoring in NCAA Division I Men’s hockey. The junior has eight goals and 10 points in 10 games for the Fighting Irish. Lucia is second in the nation in goal-scoring and Minnesota State Junior Bryce Gervais (Vees 2011-2012) is third with seven goals. Mike Reilly (Minnesota) (Vees 2011-2012) is tied for second in scoring among defensemen with eight points in six games. The NCAA Rankings came out Monday and the top two teams in college hockey feature seven Vees alumni. Minnesota (Connor, Mike and Ryan Reilly) remains number one and is closely followed by North Dakota (Mark MacMillan, Wade Murphy, Brendan O’Donnell and Troy Stecher).