(Photos: Cherie Morgan Photography)
- The Vees extended their win streak to eleven Friday, with a 5-2 win over the visiting Prince George Spruce Kings at the SOEC. It wasn’t necessarily the best performance out of this group but credit them for getting the job done, in particular in the third period where the really put their mark on the game. I joked post-game last night after the game saying Friday was like getting passing grade on a math test; Good enough to move on to the next challenge. Can’t be too harsh though, hey, its eleven in a row and it’s another five-goal output by this team. That’s six straight games the Vees have scored four or more goals.
- What bothered the coaching staff? Turnovers. Way too many. Assistant Coach Steve Cawley was blunt in the post-game show, citing the fact his team turned the puck over far too much at both blue-lines. I noticed it in the offensive end, where the Vees were being caught trying to be too cute with the puck, especially on their first power-play. This team prides its on puck possession and limiting turnovers. This wasn’t their night. However, they seemed to start to get on track in the third period and that was probably their best period out of the three. Going forward, they’ll need to have cleaner exits and entries.
- But we need to throw some praise the way of PG, as they proved to be a very tough opponent and their play wasn’t reflective of their record (3-9-0-1). Through two periods they were a tough out, as they forced turnovers in the Vees end and stacked up the middle of the ice. The Vees had a helluva time trying to enter the PG end, as they clogged up their blue-line nicely. Good road effort and on most nights going forward, they’ll see more positive results if they keep playing that way.
- Ben Brar. Boy, PG will be happy they don’t have to see him again. Brar scored his second career BCHL goal last night and both now have come against the Spruce Kings. Consistently he was one of the Vees best forwards and Coach Cawley said post-game that Ben was one of the few forwards “that was doing what we told him to do.” With PG stacking up the middle, he did a good job of keeping things simple, getting in the zone and getting things going on the fore-check. As you can see above, he scored a nice goal, the fourth one, as he smartly redirected Colton Poolman’s point-shot.
- Hey, Colton Poolman is fourth in team scoring. That’s something. He’s got 14 points, all assists, in 12 games. Neat scene in the third period on the Vees last power-play, the guys were trying to set up Poolman to get him his first goal. That’s a big sign how well liked and respected he is by his teammates. Poolman almost had his first, but the crafty stick of Brar keeps up waiting. Poolman and Fabbro, partners, were solid combining for five points and were very sound on the blue-line. Not sure if Poolman can make a bad first pass.
- Three starts, three wins for Zach Driscoll. Two of those wins coming against PG too. Even my mother, in town for a visit, commented on his “very calm presence” in the crease. Hey, when mamma Rodgers is noticing you, you’re doing something right. Driscoll has given the Vees a very good one, two punch in net.
- The Vees are now 5-0 against the Mainland Division, two of those wins as the home team and will look to keep that perfect record intact Saturday against Langley. It won’t be easy, the Riv’ are first in the Mainland with an 8-3-0-0 record and are coming off a 5-1 win in Trail Friday.