The Penticton Vees look to push their win streak to 12 games tonight, when they welcome another Mainland Division opponent, the Langley Rivermen, to the SOEC.
Tonight pivots two division leaders against each other, as the Vees sit atop of the Interior with 22 points and the Rivermen are first in the Mainland with 16 points; they own the tie-breaker over Wenatchee.
Last night the Vees pushed their win streak to 11 games, crowning the Prince George Spruce Kings 5-2 at the SOEC. Easton Brodzinski scored twice and Ben Brar, Scott Conway and Demico Hannoun added singles. Zach Driscoll got the win in goal, turning aside 20 of22 PG shots, for his third win in as many starts.
Conway and Dante Fabbro extended their respective point streaks in the win. With his three points Friday, Conway has points in his last 11 games, which dates back all the way to September 16th. Fabbro has at least a single point in his last nine games and leads all BCHL defensemen with 19 points in 12 games.
Langley started their two-game Interior road trip with a win in Trail Friday, knocking off the Smoke Eaters 5-1 at Cominco arena. The Riv’ have had a terrific start to the season, winning four of their five and eight of their first 11 games. So far, Langley is 2-1 against the Interior Division, picking up wins against Trail and Salmon Arm.
Tonight will pit the two best defensive teams in the BCHL against each other. The Vees have surrendered the fewest goals against, 23 through 12 games and Langley has only coughed up 27 in 11. In their last five games, Langley has allowed just five goals and that includes a shutout over Wenatachee last Friday. Goals may be at a premium tonight.
It’s a balanced attack for the Rivermen when it comes to their offense, as 11 players have five or more points and six have scored three or more goals; eight have seven or more points. Leading the pack is first year forward Justin Fregona, who has a team best seven goals and 11 points. Fregona played at St. Andrew’s College prep school last year and is committed to the University of New Hampshire.
The Vees have a nice one, two punch in goal and so too does the Rivermen. Incumbent starter Bo Didur had a nice start to the year before being sidelined due to injury. In stepped rookie Nick Trenciansky and won five of eight starts and owns a very respectable .918 save-percentage.
Anthony Brodeur will get the start in net for the Vees tonight and will put his perfect record on the line. Brodeur is 7-0 so far and owns a very tidy 1.37 goals-against average a sparkling .948 save-percentage.
Gabe Bast will likely sit again tonight with a lower-body injury and Chris Gerrie will be a game-time decision for the Vees.