Game Three Audio Highlights
- We have ourselves a series. Tyson Jost wrote the final chapter on the comeback that was authored by Hunter Miska and the Vees special teams. Jost scored just 57-seconds into overtime, as the Vees cut the series deficit in half ahead of a pivotal game four Tuesday.
- Great vision by Pat Newell to spot Jost lurking in the slot. From behind the net, just below the left goal-line, Newell slid a backhand pass out to Jost, who went to a knee and beat Guillaume Decelles low under the right-leg. Sound familiar? That goal was nearly identical to the one Demico Hannoun scored in OT in the Round-Robin against Chilliwack. Like Monday, Newell was the setup man and from behind the net. Against Chilliwack, he fed a pass out front to Hannoun, who went to a knee, before beating David Jacobson. Fast-forward to Monday and it’s Newell, again, spotting a teammate out front for the one-timer in OT.
- Probably can’t heap enough credit on Hunter Miska for the game three win. Two massive saves early in the first period kept the Vees from finding themselves in a 0-2 hole. First, on an unfortunate bounce, he robbed Devin Brosseau with the right-pad on a cross-crease pass; the puck bouncing off the stanchion and right to a Nanaimo player. Then, he darts out the pad on Spencer Hewson front point-blank range. Miska was “on” in game three and those stops early settled down his team. He also had a great stop on a Nanaimo two-on-one rush in the second when he slid across and made the glove save on Nicolas Carrier. In the third, his best save was a point-shot from Austin Dick that was tipped down in front. Miska was sliding to his blocker-side but had to come back across with his left-leg.
- The team that has scored first in this series is now 0-3.
- So the Vees are now 56-6-1-1 when Tyson Jost, Demico Hannoun or Pat Newell score a goal. No surprise the Vees do well when they’re top players are playing well. But that’s a phenomenal (regular season + playoffs). Those guys can really set the tone.
- The Vees specials teams came up huge in the win. They score their only goal in regulation on the power-play and that was late in the second; the timing of that goal can’t be overstated. The penalty-kill was a perfect five-for-five and now is nine-for-nine in the series. The Vees killed-off three of the five penalties when they were still down 1-0 and they also killed-off a penalty in the third. A Nanaimo power-play goal either to make it 2-0 or 2-1 in the third, likely would have been the nail in the coffin.
- Steen Cooper was deserving of the tying goal, as he was one of the Vees best forwards throughout the game. He worked his butt off shift, after shift and really energized the Vees upfront. He willed that puck across the goal-line in the second on the power-play. That goal was all about determination, getting to the tough area, he took some abuse but forced it in; a real momentum boost. Who knows what that goal will mean in the next game or two?
- Dante Fabbro, Gabe Bast and Mike Lee had very strong games on the blue-line. Fabbro and Bast ate up a lot of ice-time over the last two periods and took their lumps in front of their own net. Fabbro had this marathon shift in the third, probably around two and half-minutes or more, but he gutted it out and didn’t let the Clippers score. I thought he and Lee were going to need some oxygen tanks on the Vees bench. The D-core was taxed with some hard minutes in game three but didn’t crumble. Impressive.
- Game Four: Wash, rinse, repeat.