Post-Game #15: Vees Shutout Kings; Win Streak at 14

 

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  • Despite dressing just 16 skaters, the Penticton Vees extended their win streak to 14 games on Friday night in Powell River. 11 forwards and five defensemen shutout the Island Division leading Kings 3-0 and held the home side to 24 shots in the win; just nine in the third period. Anthony Brodeur picked up his first BCHL shutout in the win and improved his record to 9-0. I know I keep saying this but Friday might be the most impressive win for the Vees on this 14-game run.
  • If you are a Vees supporter you had a great feeling about the game right from the get go. On the opening shift the Vees’ top-line had a chance to open the scoring. Tyson Jost retrieved the puck behind the net and dished it out front to an open Easton Brodzinski but the puck jumped over his stick before he could tap it in; that chance coming less than half a minute into the first. That first shift was a tone setter for the squad and the rest of the troops followed suit.
  • A ton of zone time for the Vees in the Kings’ end in the first period. They kept coming and kept getting the puck in deep and got to work below the circles. You had a really good feeling about the outcome despite the scoreless tie after one. They did everything but score in the first period, thanks to Kings’ netminder Jeff Smith and I thought it was just a matter of time before they were going to break the ice. Smith did make a couple great stops off of Scott Conway and Brodzinski in that opening frame to preserve the tie.
  • I mentioned it on Twitter after the first the Vees did everything right in the first and the only thing missing was a goal. Well, they got that goal and another one too for good measure, to go up by a pair before the break. On their third power-play chance the Vees cashed in with Brodzinski redirecting a shot / pass from Conway in front of the net. Smart play but Conway seeing the traffic in front and putting the puck right where it needed to be. Brodzinski started the play by retrieving the puck out of the corner and throwing it back to the point before positioning himself out front. Speaking of Brodz, he has 11 points in nine games in October and has over doubled his September (5) point total in nine games in October (11). Talk about making the most of an opportunity. Brodzinski moved up to the top-line after Chris Gerrie missed a game with an injury; he’s never looked back.
  • The second goal, four-minutes after Brodzinski’s was some solid fore-checking work in the neutral zone. Luke Voltin picked-off an errant pass up the middle, moved in down the left-wing and dropped it for the trailer Owen Sillinger. Sillinger stepped into the shot and threw a dart to the far corner over Smith’s glove. After waiting nearly for 23-minutes for the game’s first goal, the Vees scored twice in just over four-minutes.
  • Big time effort by the Vees five defensemen as they all were taxed with more minutes than their accustomed to but handled it very well. I really liked the two veterans in Colton Poolman and David Eccles. In a situation like they were in, you want your veteran players to set an example and Poolman and Eccles did that. The two played a lot but never showed the extra minutes were wearing on them. Poolman I thought had one of his best games to date and was the leader on the blue-line. He made a great diving play to break up a two-on-one rush in the first, lying down and blocking the pass across. He was rock solid in front of his net and made some nice plays at the offensive blue-line too. Poolman, Eccles, Sam Jones, Griffin Mendel and Seamus Donohue were great. The coaches and even the defensemen will say it’s a team effort and the forwards did do their part but the five on blue-line deserve some praise. From the Vees Hockey Analytics department, they held the Kings to four “Grade A” scoring chances in the game; just one in the first two periods. That’s shots coming from the “house.” The area in front of the net that is between the two face-off circles. They didn’t give up much.
  • Speaking of Poolman, he has 10 points in nine October game after picking up four points in six games in September. I asked Fred about him prior to Wednesday’s game and he said they knew they were getting a good person and a good defenseman in the summer, but they now have a great defenseman. He’s flourishing.
  • Anthony Brodeur dropped his goals-against average to 1.39 and bumped up his save-percentage to .946 with the shutout. But one really stands out is his 0.86 goals-against average and .953 save-percentage at even-strength. When the game is being played five-on-five, he’s been lights out.
  • Gabe Bast, Dante Fabbro, Desi Burgart, Demico Hannoun and Jason Lavallee were all out of the line-up. Two top defensemen and three forwards yet they still won. How many teams can say that?
  • Tyson Jost has drawn 12 penalties this season and two more last night. The kids a handful and is always moving his feet. If you’re not working, you’ll never get the calls. He’s always working.
  • The Vees handed the Kings just their second loss at Hap Parker Arena this season and their first since their home opener on September 12th. That was the first time they were shutout at home as well. I didn’t mind their new black third jerseys. A departure from their traditional green and gold colours but it worked well. Tough to be shutout when debuting them; do they get put on the shelf for a bit?
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About frodgers

Director of Broadcasting & Media Relations for the Penticton Vees
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