Venue: South Okanagan Events Centre
Game Time: 7pm
Season Series: October 10th 4-3 Vees, October 11th 4-0 Vees November 5th at SOEC, December 19th at SOEC, November 29th at SOEC, December 20th at West Kelowna, January 20th at West Kelowna.
Vees Home Record: 8-0-0-0
Vees Record vs. Interior Division: 10-1-0-0
Vees Leading Scorer: Lewis Zerter-Gossage 9-13-22
Warriors Road Record: 6-1-0-2
Warriors Record vs. Interior Division: 3-4-0-1
Warriors Leading Scorer: Liam Blackburn 9-24-33
Production Line: The Vees are getting offensive production from top to bottom of late. Three players are riding four-game point streaks and two other each have points in three straight. Riley Alferd, Patrick Newell and Matt Serratore have points in their last four games. “Alfie” has six goals and nine points to lead the way, followed by Serratore (3-5-8) and Newell (2-6-8). Demico Hannoun and Jack Ramsey each have collected points in their last three. Hannoun has four goals and five points and Ramsey has three goals to go along with three helpers. The Vees will need to continue the balanced approach if they’re going to extend their win streak to 14 tonight.
Power Surge: After struggling for September and most of October, the Vees power-play has started to produce. They’ve scored nine power-play goals in their last five games as the man-advantage is clicking at a 45 percent clip. They’ve scored eight of those nine power-play goals in their last three games. To put the success into perspective, the Vees had just 11 power-play goals in their previous 12 games. Their run of success has vaulted them to number one at home as the power-play is operating at 30.56 percent at the SOEC.
Frugal Vees: The Vees have been pretty thrifty in their own end of late, as they’ve only surrendered seven goals in their last eight games and just two in their last three. One key to the Vees stout defensive play has been their goaltending. This morning Hunter Miska was named the CJHL 1st Star of October. Miska was 9-0-0 in October with a 1.08 goals-against average and .959 save-percentage; he had three shutouts as well. Don’t forget about Brendan Barry, as the 17-year-old protégé to Miska is 4-0-0 with a 1.62 goals-against average and a .927 save-percentage; he picked up his first BCHL shutout last Friday. The Vees defense will be tested by the high-flying West Kelowna Warriors, who have the BCHL leading scorer in the fold.
Battle Cries: The Warriors possess a potent offensive arsenal. Liam Blackburn leads the way up front, as the 18-year-old leads all BCHL scorers with 33 points in 16 games. Blackburn has only been held pointless once this year and that was on October 11th against Penticton. Blackburn is riding a seven-game point streak coming into tonight’s game (3-13-16). Newcomer and newly anointed Captain Andrew Johnson is heating up. Johnson has points in five straight games (5-3-8) and three goals in his last two games; this after being held pointless in his first two games with the club. Don’t sleep on Jason Cotton; he also has a seven-game point streak (4-6-10).
Line-Up News: The Vees will be without Co-Captain Patrick Sexton as he’s back home in Ottawa after the passing of his Grandfather. Sliding into Sexton’s spot in the line-up will be 17-year-old Carter Rhine from the Okanagan Rockets. The Kelowna product will wear number five tonight and be paired with Gabe Bast to start.