- The Penticton Vees win streak now has hit double-digits. The Vees rattled off their tenth straight win Saturday, with a 5-1 win in Chilliwack. Saturday was all about the start, as they scored four goals in the first 18-minutes and out shot the Chiefs 25, yes TWENTY-FIVE to 9 in the opening period. To put that into perspective, the Vees had four goals in Friday’s win and 33 total shots.
- Talk about making most of an opportunity. Easton Brodzinski was penciled in with Tyson Jost and Scott Conway after Chris Gerrie was injured Friday. Brodzinski scored on his first shift, 47-seconds in, after the Vees forced a turnover in the Chiefs end. Then, on the power-play late int he first, he scores on a rebound at the side of the net. Those two goals were the first for Brodzinski since September 18th against Surrey; snapping a seven-game goalless drought. You could see the confidence return to his game, as he was making plays in the offensive zone that he wasn’t recently. Hey, he almost scored his hat-trick goal from his knees, on a backhand attempt in front. That’s confidence right there.
- Another impressive showing? Newcomer Luke Voltin. The 20-year-old was acquired from the Langley Rivermen officially Saturday morning and drove down the highway to meet the team at the rink. Literally had his new gear handed to him and went out and made his debut. No practice, a short meeting with coaches to get an introduction to systems and maybe just enough time to say hi to his new team. Well, he fit like glove with Dixon Bowen and Demico Hannoun on the second line, as he added a heavy element up front. Those three had a real purposeful approach in the offensive end, were a pain in the backside on the fore-check and very physical. He had a few shots on goal and heck, he even dropped the gloves with Olivier Arsenault. I look forward to what those three can do next weekend with a week of practice under their belt.
- Dante Fabbro is third in team scoring by the way and the highest-scoring defenseman in the BCHL. Again, kind of under-the-radarish too. He hammered two shots from the point in the first period for his fourth and fifth goals of the season and extended his point-streak to eight(!) games. He’s got 16 points in those eight games. The next highest scoring defenseman in the BCHL is Nanaimo’s Yanni Kaldis with 12 points. He literally blew those two goals by everyone between he and the net. The second I don’t think Chiefs starter Aidan Pelino saw. Two bullets.
- Defensively, a very sound 60-minutes turned in by the Vees. Assistant Coach Nick Fuher did say it was a six-man effort in their own end and that’s true but the Vees defense was outstanding. Chilliwack is a very skilled and fast group but the Vees didn’t give them a whole lot of looks or even space. They have weapons like Vimal Sukumaran and newcomer Darien Craighead but they were not very noticeable on Saturday. The Vees did an excellent job of boxing out the Chiefs forwards, not allowing them to shoot from dangerous areas and mos importantly, not allowing them to get to secondary chances-if there was any. Very strong, efficient performance on the defensive side of things. How good were they defensivel? They held the Chiefs without a shot for the first 13 and a half minutes of the second period.
- Speaking of efficient, Anthony Brodeur went 24-25 in net last night and now is 7-0. He made some very good positional saves throughout the game and didn’t have to make any spectacular saves because he was always in position. He’s so calm and cool in net and the confidence rubs off on his defense in front of him and makes them better, knowing they have him behind them.
- The Vees power-play again flexes its muscle and scored at key times. The Chiefs penalty-kill has been very good at home, going 25-28. Those three goals against? Yes, to Penticton. So they’re glad they don’t have to see them for a while.
- So, the 10-game win streak is good but the Vees did get to 13 straight wins last year. That stretch went from October 3rd, 2014 to November 1st, 2014. Great win streak so far and now they have a goal to match last year’s best streak. Hey, they’re still a long way from talking about that 2012 streak, so let’s cool the jets.
- Tyson Jost, three assists and padding his league-best points total. Now 23 points in 11 games, which means he is on pace for 121 points. That’s what Kyle Turris had in his draft year with the Burnaby Express. Now, Jost probably won’t be able to get there as he will most likely play at the World Junior ‘A’ Challenge in December and that means missing games. But still, what a run he’s on.