GM #51 Preview: Vees, Vipers Round 6

Feb 11

Venue: SOEC

Game Time: 7pm

Season Series: Vees (5-0-0-0) 3-1 W Oct 17th, 1-0 W Oct 25th, 4-2 W Nov 14th, 4-3 W Dec 5th, 3-0 W Jan 2nd, Feb 11th at SOEC, Feb 27th at SOEC.

Vees Home Record: 20-2-1-0

Vees Record vs. Interior Division: 22-6-1-1

Vees Leading Scorer: Lewis Zerter-Gossage 17-27-44

Vees Scoring vs. Vernon:

Demico Hannoun 4-1-5
Dante Fabbro 1-3-4
Riley Alfred 1-2-3
Matthew Serratore 2-1-3
Tyson Jost 0-3-3
Lewis-Zerter Gossage 1-2-3
Jack Ramsay 1-2-3
Gabe Bast 1-3-4
Patrick Newell 0-2-2
Patrick Sexton 0-2-2
Patrick Newell 1-0-1
Cody DePourcq 1-1-2
Mitch Newsome 1-0-1
Steen Cooper 1-0-1
Shayne Gwinner 0-1-1

Vipers Road Record: 13-10-0-2

Vipers Record vs. Interior Division: 16-12-1-1

Vipers Leading Scorer: Liam Coughlin 20-39-59

Vipers Scoring vs. Penticton:

Thomas Aldworth 4-0-4
TJ Dumonceaux 0-3-3
Liam Coughlin 0-2-2
Anthony Latina 1-1-2
Liam Finlay 0-2-2
Mitch Meek 0-1-1
Luke Shiplo 0-1-1
Luke Voltin 1-0-1

After four straight away from Penticton, the Vees (38-8-3-2) return home tonight, as they host the Vernon Vipers (31-16-1-3) at the SOEC on the final “Wicked Wednesday” of the season.

Both teams are coming of three-game road trips over the weekend that was split between the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island. Both teams split their three games, as the Vees and Vipers nabbed three out of a possible six points. The Vees won in overtime in Chilliwack Friday (3-2), tied Powell River 3-3 Saturday and lost 3-0 Sunday in Port Alberni. The Vipers won 6-2 Friday in Victoria, dropped a 5-3 decision Saturday in Duncan and lost 4-3 in overtime in Chilliwack Sunday.

By virtue of that Vipers overtime loss Sunday, the Vees clinched the Interior Division Regular Season pennant for the fourth consecutive year and are guaranteed home ice advantage for the first two rounds of the playoffs. The Vipers are six points or three wins away from clinching second in the division.

The Vees have had the Vipers number this season, as they’ve won all five meetings in regulation, including both at the SOEC. In fact, the Vees have not conceded a goal at home this season to Vernon, shutting them out 1-0 and 3-0 in their two visits to the SOEC. The last Viper to score at the SOEC was Michael McNicholas last spring in the Interior Division Final; game seven OT winner.

The Vees are an impressive 22-6-1-1 against the Interior and 12-2-0-0 against their own division at the SOEC; they’ve only lost to West Kelowna at home. Vernon is a respectable 16-12-1-1 against Interior Division opponents.

Hunter Miska is your probable starter for the Vees and has won all five starts against the Vipers this season. No other significant injuries to speak of, though Cam Amantea is a game-time decision (maintenance).

It’s a busy week for Penticton, as they host the Island Division pennant winners, the Nanaimo Clippers, Friday and then travel to Trail Saturday. Vernon hosts Salmon Arm and Nanaimo this weekend at Kal-Tire place.

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Director of Broadcasting & Media Relations for the Penticton Vees
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