Vees BCHL Round Robin Resumes in Chilliwack

March 31_Blog

Venue: Prospera Centre

Face-Off: 7pm

Season Series: Dec 14th 1-1 at SOEC, Feb 6th 3-2 (OT) Vees at Prospera Centre

Vees Round-Robin Schedule

March 25th 4-1 win vs. Nanaimo

March 29th at Chilliwack 7pm

March 31st vs. Chilliwack (SOEC) 7pm

April 2nd at Nanaimo 7pm

Penticton

 

 

Vees Playoff Scoring

Demico Hannoun 3-11-14
Connor Chartier 7-5-12
Dakota Conroy 5-6-11
Tyson Jost 6-3-9
Miles Gendron 0-9-9
Dante Fabbro 3-5-8

Pat Newell 3-5-8

Matt Serratore 4-3-7
Gabe Bast 1-6-7
Cody DePourcq 1-5-6
Lewis Zerter-Gossage 1-5-6
Jarod Hilderman 0-6-6
Riley Alferd 4-1-5

Steen Cooper 2-3-5

Jack Ramsey 2-3-5
Patrick Sexton 1-3-4
Cam Amantea 3-0-3
Mitch Newsome 1-1-2
Mike Lee 0-2-2

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Chiefs Playoff Scoring

 

Jake Hand 7-11-18

Tipper Higgins 11-4-15
Craig Puffer 7-8-15
Jordan Kawaguchi 5-10-15
Rory Bell 3-5-8
Vincent Desharnais 1-7-8
Dennis Cholowski 0-7-7
Mason Boh 3-3-6
Kurt Black 2-3-5
Brandon Potomak 2-3-5
Scott Davidson 2-2-4
Bennett Morrison 1-3-4
Brandon Tkachuk 0-3-3
Eric Roberts 1-1-2
Ryan Bowen 0-2-2
Jake Larson 1-0-1
Mark Esposito 1-0-1
Liam Ferguson 1-0-1

After three days off, the Vees resume their BCHL Double Round-Robin schedule with a stop in Chilliwack to face the Mainland Division Champion Chiefs. Tonight is the start of a home-and-home set between the two, as the return leg is schedule for Tuesday, March 31st at the SOEC.

The Vees started the third round off on a winning note, scoring four unanswered goals in a 4-1 victory over the Nanaimo Clippers Wednesday in Penticton. Dante Fabbro, Riley Alferd, Patrick Newell and Dakota Conroy scored for the Vees in the win, and Hunter Miska stopped 27 of 28 shots for his ninth playoff win.

Chilliwack may have shown some rust in their 7-3 setback in Nanaimo on Friday, in their third round curtain-raiser. Friday was the Chiefs first game since March 18th after they swept Prince George in the Mainland Division Final; nine days between games. Brandon Potomak, Jake Hand and Rory Bell scored for Chilliwack in the defeat and David Jacobson was saddled with the loss, after allowing six goals on 36 shots.

This is the first meeting between these two teams since Friday, February 6th, when the Vees edged the Chiefs 3-2 in double-overtime; 51 days between contests. The two non-divisional foes tied 1-1 in their only other meeting in the regular season, that back on Sunday, December 14th at the SOEC.

The Chiefs have an arsenal of offensive weapons up front and they’ve been scoring quite a bit in the post-season. They have four players who have 15 or more points in just 10 playoff games and they’re led by Jake Hand who has a team best 18 points. Four of the top five BCHL playoff scoring leaders are Chiefs with Jake Hand and Tipper Higgins (11-4-15) holding down the top two spots. Craig Puffer (7-8-15) and Jordan Kawaguchi (5-10-15) round out the top five.

Demico Hannoun still holds down top spot for the Vees, with three goals and 14 points in 13 games. Penticton likes to spread it around, as they have nine players who have three or more goals and nine who have seven or more points in the playoffs. Right behind Hannoun is a pair of 20-year-olds in Connor Chartier (7-5-12) and Dakota Conroy (5-6-11); rookies Tyson Jost (6-3-9) and Miles Gendron (0-9-9) round out the top five in team scoring. Hannoun and Chartier are the only Vees inside the top 10 in BCHL playoff scoring but Gendron is the second-highest scoring defensemen in the BCHL; Nanaimo’s Nic Gushue has 12 points.

Hunter Miska leads or has a share of the lead in all four major statistical categories for goaltenders in the BCHL. He owns the league’s best goals-against average (1.94), save-percentage (.937), has the most shutouts (2) and is tied for first in wins (9). In his last three starts, he’s 3-0 and has sports a sparkling .978 save-percentage; he’s stopped 89 of the last 91 shots faced.

It will be a tough test for the Vees, as Chilliwack is undefeated at home thus far in the playoffs, as they sport a 5-0-0 record at Prospera Centre, but haven’t played in front of their own fans since March 14th. The Vees own a 3-2-0 road record but did win a pivotal game six on the road in Vernon after dropping their previous two road games in that series.

Special teams might play a significant role in the outcome of tonight’s game. The Chiefs own the BCHL’s best power-play in the playoffs, as it’s humming along at 33.33% through 10 game; they’ve scored 13 times on just 39 opportunities. That will be challenged by the Vees penalty-kill, which is ranked third in the league at 87.5 percent. Going back to game four against Vernon in the Interior Division Final, the Vees have killed-off 13 straight opposition power-plays.

After a quiet start to the Double Round-Robin, the Vees schedule picks up after tonight, as they’re back home Tuesday against the Chiefs, then they travel Wednesday to Nanaimo ahead of their Double Round-Robin finale against the Clippers on Thursday.

Chilliwack is in Penticton on Tuesday then they wrap up their Double Round-Robin schedule next Saturday at home to Nanaimo.

There shouldn’t be any line-up surprises for the Vees, as Lewis Zerter-Gossage is out long-term after sustaining an upper-body injury in game seven against Vernon. Hunter Miska will get the start in goal and the Vees will likely face Chilliwack’s David Jacobson at the other end of the rink.

Fans can listen to tonight’s game on EZ Rock AM 800 or www.penticton.myezrock.com, starting with the pre-game show 20-minutes prior to puck-drop. There’s a pay-per-view webcast available online as well, at www.fasthockey.com

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About CBeauchemin

Director of Broadcasting & Communication for the Penticton Vees
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