The Penticton Vees bumped up their win streak to an even dozen, they climbed up the CJHL rankings, Tyson Jost and Dante Fabbro are involved in more draft buzz and the Vees get set for an Island Division road trip. All that and more in our weekly review.
Dante Fabbro and Tyson Jost names have popped up in various media outlets draft rankings this past week. Sportsnet unveiled their Top 30 Draft Prospects list done by writer Damien Cox and they have Jost ranked 10th and Fabbro 13th. TSN’s Director of Scouting, Craig Button, released his October rankings and Fabbro is penciled in at eight and Jost in the 11th slot. International Scouting Services most recent rankings have Fabbro also ranked 8th and Jost 18th. Consensus seems to be the two are projected as top 20 picks for the 2016 NHL Entry Draft in Buffalo, New York.
The BCHL hasn’t had a player selected in the first round since the Vees’ Beau Bennett in 2010 (Pittsburgh) and only once has two players from same BCHL team have been chosen in the first round. In 2004, the Salmon Arm Silverbacks Travis Zajac (20th) was drafted by New Jersey and his teammate Kris Chucko was taken by Calgary (24th).
We’re Going Streaking
With wins over Prince George (5-2) and Langley (4-3) on the weekend, the Vees improved their BCHL best record to 12-1-0-0. Their win streak is now at 12 games and they haven’t lost a game in over five weeks. They’re a win away from matching last year’s season high of 13 games, which spanned from October 3rd, to November 5th, 2014. Oddly enough, their next opponent, West Kelowna, was the team that ended their streak a season ago.
From an individual standpoint, Scott Conway extended his point streak to 12 games in those two wins. Conway has 26 points in the 12 games and his is the longest active point streak in the BCHL. Conway’s 12 goals have him in a three-way tie for the BCHL goal scoring lead as well. His teammate Dante Fabbro extended his streak to 10 games and he’s highest scoring defenseman in the BCHL with six goals and 20 points.
In the Top Three
The 12 game win streak help the Vees move up two spots to third in the weekly Canadian Junior Hockey League Top 20 National Rankings. The Vees are the highest ranked BCHL team and are behind the Powassan Voodoos (1) of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League and the Trenton Golden Hawks (2) of the Ontario Junior Hockey League. Cowichan Valley is the only other BCHL team to crack the Top 20, as they’re ranked 15th this week.
It’s another busy week for Penticton as they play three games in four days and in three different cities, starting Wednesday at home. The Vees welcome their rivals, the West Kelowna Warriors to the SOEC on Wednesday, October 21st. West Kelowna is fourth in the Interior Division with a 7-4-0-2 record and this is the third meeting between the two this season; the Vees have won the first two games.
Then they jump on the bus and head down to the Sunshine Coast, to face the Island Division leading Powell River Kings (10-5-0-0) Friday and hop over to Vancouver Island Saturday, to face the second place Cowichan Valley Capitals (8-2-1-2). Both games can be heard on the flagship station of the Vees, EZ Rock AM 800. There’s a pay-per-view webcast available as well at www.fasthockey.com
Troy Stecher (2010-2013) has had a terrific start to his junior season at North Dakota. The defenseman is second in team scoring and tied for first among all NCAA rear-guards with a goal and five points in four games. Stecher had a goal and three points over the weekend, as UND tied and beat Bemidji State. *Update: Troy Stecher was named the NCHC Defenseman of the week Monday afternoon.
Steven Fogarty (2012) had a big weekend for the Fighting Irish. The senior and Captain notched a hat-trick in Notre Dame’s 7-4 win Friday against Penn State. He leads ND in scoring with three goals and four points. His teammate and fellow alum Mario Lucia (2012) is right behind him in the team scoring race, with a pair of goals and four points.
Penn State senior Curtis Loik (2010-2012) is off to a great start for Nittany Lions. Loik leads the team and the entire Big Ten in scoring with two goals and six points. Loik had two points in Penn State’s 5-3 win Saturday against Notre Dame.
A couple of alumni are near the top of the ECAC scoring race, as Travis St. Denis (2012) and James de Haas (2013) are making noise. St. Denis, a senior at Quinnipiac, is tied for fourth in ECAC scoring with four points (2-2-4), and Clarkson junior de Haas is the second-highest scoring defenseman in the Conference (0-4-4).
There are two milestones to catch up on involving a pair of freshman. Air Force cadet Matt Serratore (2014-2015) scored his first career NCAA goal on Saturday in a 3-3 tie with Robert Morris University, and belated congratulations to Connecticut defenseman Miles Gendron (2015), who scored his first NCAA goal a week ago, in a 5-2 loss against Alabama-Huntsville.