GM #55 Preview: Vees, Cents’ Wrap Up Season Series

Feb 20

Venue: SOEC

Game Time: 7pm

Season Series: Vees (4-3-0-0) Sep 27th 5-0 L, Oct 8th 4-2 W, Nov 21st 3-2 W (OT), Nov 22nd 5-3 W, Dec 17th 5-1 L, Jan 16th 4-1 L, Jan 23rd 4-1 W, Feb 20th at Penticton

Vees Home Record: 21-3-1-0

Vees Record vs. Interior Division: 23-7-1-1

Vees Leading Scorer: Riley Alferd 18-26-44

 

Centennials Road Record: 12-13-0-2

Centennials Record vs. Interior Division: 16-15-0-1

Centennials Leading Scorer: John Schiavo 25-30-55

The Penticton Vees kick-off a four-game home stand to end the regular season tonight, when they host the Merritt Centennials at the SOEC. This is the eighth and final meeting between these two Interior rivals, as the Vees hold a slight edge in the season series, winning four of the previous seven encounters.

The Vees have sewn up top spot in the BCHL and home ice advantage throughout the playoffs by clinching the Ron Boileau trophy as regular season pennant winners; their second BCHL pennant in the last four years.

After going winless in three straight, the Vees swept their weekend schedule last week, beating Nanaimo 4-2 at home and then coming back to beat Trail 5-2 on the road. The Vees so far are 3-2-1-0 in the month of February.

Merritt is coming off a successful weekend Island Division road trip, as they took home four out of a possible six points, to keep themselves ahead of Salmon Arm and West Kelowna in the Interior Division playoff race. Merritt won 4-2 in Powell River last Friday and after being shutout 3-0 in Port Alberni Saturday, they bounced back with a 5-3 win Sunday afternoon in Cowichan Valley.

Coming into this weekend, the Centennials have 29 wins and 60 points with five games remaining on their schedule. After tonight Merritt plays three of their final four games at home but their final road game is a critical match up with Salmon Arm on February 27th.

Though it would appear the Vees have nothing to play for, they’ll want to be at their best as they prepare for the BCHL Fred Page Cup playoffs. The Vees are in the unique position of being able to play the role of spoilers. No, they’re not on the outside looking in but with everything clinched, they have an opportunity to impact the Interior Division playoff race. Tonight they play the third place Centennials and on February 28th they play the fourth Salmon Arm Silverbacks. Both outcomes could have a lasting impact on which teams claim the final two playoff spots in the division.

Hunter Miska will be starting both games for the Vees this weekend, as Brendan Barry is down in the US on a school visit. Miska has started the last three games and six of the last seven for the Vees. The North Branch, Minnesota product already has 30 wins on the year and still has a shot at matching a pair of BCHL records. Former Vee Michael Garteig holds the BCHL record for single-season save-percentage (.934) and goals-against average (1.69), which he set in the 2010-2011 season. Miska will need to string together some stellar performances to try and track down those numbers but it’s certainly not out of question. Entering this weekend, Miska has a .929 save-percentage and a 1.92 goals-against average.

Miska’s likely counterpart tonight, Jonah Imoo, has been very good against Penticton. In five starts, Imoo is 3-2-0-0 with a tidy goals-against average of two and a sparkling .944 save-percentage. However, it his only start in Penticton, Imoo allowed four goals on 36 shots in a 4-1 loss on January 23rd. Imoo didn’t play last Sunday, as Anthony Pupplo finished off the road trip for the Cents, so expect the 20-year-old Imoo to get the start in the Merritt net.

The Vees are a relatively healthy group heading into this weekend, as it looks like Cam Amantea will draw back into the line-up in of the two games. The forward just turned 21 on Wednesday and has missed the last four games with a lingering upper-body injury.

We know the Cents’ will be without defenseman Matt Foley and forward Devin Oakes as both suffered season-ending injuries that were announced last month. Rhett Wilcox missed the Cents’ road trip last weekend and according to the Merritt Herald, is listed day-to-day with a lingering upper-body injury.

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Your Chance to Crack the Code Next Friday

CRACK THE CODE DETAILS 

A remind that the Vees, along with Kirk Chamberlain Realty-Coldwell Banker, will be giving 10 lucky fans a chance to win a 2.5 million dollar home next Friday, February 27th, when the Vees play the Vernon Vipers at the SOEC.

If you need a refresher on the never-before-done promotion follow the link above. Check our the interview above with Kirk Chamberlain and Vees Head Coach Fred Harbinson, as they outline the details of what should be an exciting night at the SOEC.

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Anti-Bullying Night this Saturday

Co-Captains Cody DePourcq and Patrick Sexton modelling the Vees Anti-Bullying jerseys

Co-Captains Cody DePourcq and Patrick Sexton modelling the Vees Anti-Bullying jerseys

The Vees third annual Anti-Bullying / School Challenge night is this Saturday, February 21st, when the Vees face the Alberni Valley Bulldogs at the SOEC. In just three years, this night has turned into a great fundraising initiative and awareness night for SD 67.

Already over 1,000 students and parents have purchased tickets for the game this Saturday and the Vees expect around 3,000 fans to pack the SOEC. There’s a lot going on during the game, including the game sponsor, Sendero Canyon, putting on a $10,000 skills competition during the first intermission. Yep, $10,000 in cold, hard cash could be won.

As you can see above, the Vees will be wearing one-off pink Anti-Bullying jerseys which are sponsored by Sendero Canyon. Fans can purchase these jerseys, on a first come, first serve basis in the team store starting next Monday.

Below is the team’s press release outlining the events surrounding Saturday’s game. Don’t forget to wear pink on Saturday night!

“The Penticton Vees Jr. ‘A’ Hockey Club is pleased to announce their third annual Anti-Bullying / School Challenge night presented by Sendero Canyon Saturday, February 21st, when the Vees host the Alberni Valley Bulldogs at the SOEC.

 When the Vees play the Bulldogs, they’ll be wearing their Sendero Canyon pink Anti-Bullying jerseys, which will be available for purchase on a first come, first serve basis in the Vees “Blue Zone” team score on the following Monday.

 Already over one thousand students and parents from School District 67 will be attending the game on February 21st and the Wiltse Elementary School choir will be performing “O Canada” prior to puck drop. Wiltse will also have a special performance planned for the second intermission.

 Also fans will have the chance to compete for $10,000 in the Sendero Canyon Skills Competition in the first intermission. Three lucky fans will be randomly selected to compete in an on ice skills competition where one person will have the chance to take home $10,000.

 Fans are encouraged to show their support by wearing pink on Saturday, February 21st, as part of the campaign to stand up against bullying. For more on Anti-Bullying awareness, visit www.pinkshirtday.ca.

 Save yourself a dollar and get your tickets in advance at the Valley First box office (at the SOEC). Fans can also purchase tickets for the game online at www.valleyfirsttix.com

 

 

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Vees Stay in Sixth Spot in CJHL Rankings

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From the CJHL:

The Portage Terriers of the MJHL crossed the magical 50-wins in a regular season mark this past weekend, and the upcoming hosts of the 2015 RBC Cup continue to look like the team of destiny in the CJHL. However, it is playoff time when legends are born, and where unthinkable upsets can occur.

The top teams seem to be set in the BCHL with two weeks remaining in their regular season, but teams like the Salmon Arm Silverbacks have some work left to do in order to secure a playoff spot. The Powell River Kings and Langley Rivermen still have to keep winning to secure home-ice advantage in the first round of the BCHL playoffs. The Spruce Grove Saints saw their lengthy winning streak come to an end this past week, but the Saints are still the cream of the crop in Alberta, and the remaining playoff teams are fighting to gain their best match-up’s in the AJHL’s first round of playoffs.

The Melfort Mustangs and the Kindersley Klippers have run away from the rest of the SJHL, but the Notre Dame Hounds have picked the perfect time to heat up, and are on a 7-2-0-1 streak over their past ten games.

The Steinbach Pistons won a decisive victory over their MJHL rival the Winnipeg Blues this past week and are only a single point behind the Blues with two games in hand as the season draws to a close.

The Fort Frances Lakers, hosts of the upcoming Dudley Hewitt Cup, remain firmly on top of the SIJHL standings; while the NOJHL has a dogfight on its hands for top spot overall between the Soo Thunderbirds and the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners, with the Elliot Lake Wildcats quietly sneaking into the race.

The Aurora Tigers have nearly locked up top spot overall in the OJHL over the Trenton Golden Hawks and the Georgetown Raiders, while the Carleton Place Canadians have a 22-point lead over the host team of the upcoming Fred Page Cup – the Cornwall Colts, in the CCHL’s Robinson Division.

The Sherbrooke Cougars remain ahead of the College Francais de Longueuil for the overall lead in the LHJQ standings with one game in hand. While relentless winter weather has continued to cause havoc in the MHL, with more games being postponed this past weekend.  The Woodstock Slammers remain at the top of the standings in the MHL with Dieppe Commandos also continuing with success.

Top 20 Rankings

  1. Portage Terriers (MJHL) (1)
  2. Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL) (2)
  3. Camrose Kodiaks (AJHL) (4)
  4. Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL) (3)
  5. Aurora Tigers (OJHL) (6)
  6. Penticton Vees (BCHL) (5)
  7. Melfort Mustangs (SJHL) (7)
  8. Trenton Golden Hawks (OJHL) (8)
  9. Fort Frances Lakers (SIJHL) (10)
  10. Woodstock Slammers (MHL) (9)
  11. Kindersley Klippers (SJHL) (11)
  12. Soo Thunderbirds (NOJHL) (12)
  13. Ottawa Jr. ‘A’ Senators (CCHL) (13)
  14. Kirkland Lake Gold Miners (NOJHL) (14)
  15. Brooks Bandits (AJHL) (16)
  16. Dieppe Commandos (MHL) (19)
  17. Nanaimo Clippers (BCHL) (15)
  18. Georgetown Raiders (OJHL) (17)
  19. Les Cougars de Sherbrooke (LHJQ) (20)
  20. Pembroke Lumber Kings (CCHL) (HM)

Honourable Mention: Okotoks Oilers (AJHL), Notre Dame Hounds (SJHL), Steinbach Pistons (MJHL), Elliot Lake Wildcats (NOJHL), Cobourg Cougars (OJHL) 

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Post-Game #54: Vees Rally in Trail, Clinch BCHL Pennant

Game Recap Feb 14

GAME RECAP 

BOXSCORE 

  • For the second time in four years, the Penticton Vees have lifted the Ron Boileau Trophy has BCHL Regular Season Champions. The Vees clinched the BCHL regular season pennant with their win in Trail, combined with Nanaimo’s loss to Vernon earlier Saturday night. The last time the Vees won the BCHL pennant was 2012 and that’s also the last time an Interior team finished on top. Saturday marked the 12th time in franchise history the Vees have finished first overall. More importantly, the Vees now have home ice advantage throughout the BCHL Fred Page Cup playoffs. Important considering they’re 21-3-1-0 at the SOEC with four home games remaining on their schedule.
  • Fitting the Vees clinched the Ron Bolieau Trophy in Trail considering how much grief Cominco Arena has given the Vees in the last few seasons; always bounce away from disaster. Also fitting how the Vees clinched, rallying back from 1-0 and 2-1 deficits, as this team, despite what their record will tell ya, has overcome adversity more than once this year. Down 2-1 four-minutes into the third period, the Vees scored four unanswered, including the game-tying and game-winning goals three and a half minutes apart.
  • The line of Riley Alferd, Steen Cooper and Jack Ramsey were on fire in the third, as they combined for three goals and eight points in 12-minute stretch. Alferd assisted on goals two through four, finishing with three assists. Cooper scored back-to-back goals in three and a half minutes and Ramsey scored the Vees fifth goal, via the empty-net and chipped in with two assists as well. The three ate up a lot of time in the offensive zone and had the puck on a string the way they were moving it around deep in the Trail end. I really liked Alferd’s game, as he had great vision on all three goals but especially the fourth goal, which was the nail in the coffin. He made a couple moves just below the left-wing extended goal-line, then spun a fired a pass right on the tape of Cooper alone in front, who one-timed the puck five-hole on Brett Clark.
  • Cooper showed why he such a smart hockey player on both his third period goals. The third goal, he makes a nice defensive play in his own zone, settling the puck down and then out letting it to a streaking Gabe Bast. Cooper doesn’t admire his great pass but rather takes off up the middle of the ice. Cooper knew Bast was shooting, so he made a b-line to the net and was all over the rebound that came off the goalie’s pad. Then, on the fourth goal, again Cooper saw what Alferd was doing in the left corner and splipped into a soft area of coverage right in front of the Trail net for the tap-in.
  • Vees Co-Captain Patrick Sexton likely has played his best two games of the season this weekend. He was outstanding Friday against Nanaimo, as the coaching staff thought that was his best game to date, then Saturday he was at it again, being physical and a steady presence in the Vees end. Sexton obliterated Jacob Hanlon of Nanaimo Friday night with a hit at the blue-line and he delivered a similar hit to Trail’s Jordan Passmore Saturday. This time Passmore was moving down the boards on the right-wing but Sexton crunched in up against the glass; Passmore was doubled over after. Sexton, in a rink that makes it hard on defensemen to make plays, was so poised in his own end Saturday. If there was an errant pass or a bad bounce, he was there to pickup his teammate and get the puck out. Assistant Coach Steve Cawley said post-game the coaches see how well he’s playing and are now giving him more ice-time against the opposition’s top forwards. The playoffs are just around the corner and Paddy is rounding into form.
  • 31-saves will be a miss leading stat line for Hunter Miska but he was given the first star and for good reason. When the game was tied 1-1 late in the second period, Miska made a flurry of acrobatic saves, including one without his glove, as it was knocked off his hand. I mean Miska was lunging left and right, kicking out one-timers and was reacting to tipped pucks in front; even laying out on a scramble or two. The Vees were hanging on late in the second but Miska was there to pick up his teammates to give them the opportunity to turn it around in the third. No Miska, no third period rally.
  • How about Miska’s goalie partner Saturday? No, it wasn’t Brendan Barry who didn’t make the trip because of an illness. It was Mitch Newsome, yes, Mitch Newsome backing up Miska. The Vees were in a bind and couldn’t find an AP goalie in time, so they used Newsome, a former goalie in his minor hockey days, as the backup. His teammates gave him the rookie treatment by letting him skate a lap solo as the team was coming on the ice. Newsome made some nice saves, in warm-up, and luckily didn’t have to come into the game. At the end of the day, it will be a great story Newsome can tell his family and friends back home in Surrey this summer.

 

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GM #54 Preview: Vees in Trail One Last Time

Feb 14

Venue: Cominco Arena

Game Time: 7:30pm

Season Series: Vees (5-0-0-1) Sep 26th 3-1 W, Nov 1st 6-2 W, Dec 3rd 3-1 W, 6-3 Vees Jan 17th, 4-3 Vees Jan 30th, Jan 31st 3-2 OTL, Feb 14th at Trail.

Vees Road Record: 18-6-2-2

Vees Record vs. Interior Division: 22-7-1-1

Vees Leading Scorer: Lewis Zerter-Gossage 17-27-44

 

Smoke Eaters Home Record: 12-11-0-3

Smoke Eaters Record vs. Interior Division: 7-20-0-3

Smoke Eaters Leading Scorer: Jake Lucchini 31-42-73

The Penticton Vees make one final trip to the West Kootenays this year, as they visit the Trail Smoke Eaters at Cominco Arena on Valentine’s Day. The Vees are coming off a 4-2 win over the Nanaimo Clippers on Friday, in a showdown of the top two teams in the BCHL standings. The Smoke Eaters stunned the West Kelowna Warriors in overtime, winning a wild affair 8-7 at Royal LePage Place.

The Vees snapped a three-game winless streak last night with the win over the Clips’ at the SOEC. Demico Hannoun scored twice, Tyson Jost had three helpers and Jack Ramsey and Connor Chartier, on a penalty-shot, also scored for the Vees. Hunter Miska made 28-saves for his 29th win of the season and first in his career against Nanaimo.

A win tonight combined with a Nanaimo loss, tie or overtime loss in Vernon, would clinch the BCHL regular season pennant for the Vees. They haven’t won the BCHL pennant since 2012 and would be the first Interior team do so in four years.

It won’t be easy and the Trail Smoke Eaters reminded the Vees of that back on January 31st, when these two teams last met. Trail erased an early 2-0 third period deficit and stunned the Vees 3-2 in double-overtime. Smokies Captain Jake Lucchini scored the game-tying goal with three seconds left in regulation and then scored the OT winner in the three-on-three period.

Trail has put the rest of the division on notice, as they won’t be pushovers down the stretch. They may be eliminated from post-season contention for the fourth consecutive year, but they’ve fully embraced the role of spoilers. They dealt the Warriors a serious blow to their playoff hopes with that wild 8-7 win in West Kelowna last night, and are 2-0-0-2 in their last four games; teams are going to have to earn their points against Trail.

The Smokies can do and have done a lot of damage with the trio of Jake Lucchini, Craig Martin and Dallas Calvin. Those three combined for five of Trail’s eight goals Friday and that line had 14 points. Martin was named the game’s first star and Calvin took home third star honours.

Lucchini has embraced the role of being the leader and face of the franchise after the Smokies dealt away Scott Davidson at the BCHL trade deadline. After Davidson left, Lucchini was given the ‘C’ and hasn’t looked back. The Trail product has 31 goals and a team best 73 points in 52 games.

His line-mates are as dangerous, as Craig Martin has 18 goals and 42 points in 35 games and Calvin has 13 goals and 38 points in 27 games. Both have been hampered with injuries this season but are still averaging over a point per game. If you take Martin’s point per game average and extrapolate it over a 58-game season, he would have been on pace for a 70-point season; Calvin an 80-point year.

The Vees power-play was given some CPR last night as both Jack Ramsey and Demico Hannoun scored on the man-advantage. The power-play went two for four against Nanaimo after being marred in an oh for 24 slump in the previous seven games. Hannoun’s power-play goal early in the third period turned out to be the game-winning goal. Trail has held the Vees without a power-play goal in the last two meetings, as the Smokies have the fourth-best PK in the BCHL at home. A power-play goal would go a long way in getting two points though.

Hunter Miska will get the start tonight, as he makes his third consecutive start and fifth in the last six games. Cam Amantea will sit out again as he rests an upper-body injury. Brendan Barry didn’t make the trip with the team, as he’s battling the flu and the Vees will have a familiar face backing up Miska. Mitch Newsome, yes, Mitch Newsome will be the emergency back-up goaltender tonight. Newsome grew up playing goal and only gave it up about five years ago, so he could focus on development as a forward; no word on what his career minor hockey numbers are.

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Post-Game #53: Vees Win the Battle of the BCHL’s Top Teams

Game Recap Feb 13

GAME RECAP

BOXSCORE 

  • The Penticton Vees were challenged by their coaching ahead of Friday’s game and they answered that challenge. After taking issue with the team’s lack of “fire in the belly” the Vees coaches wanted to see more urgency, hunger out of the Vees Friday night and the team responded enthusiastically. The Vees did a complete 180 from Wednesday, as they were noticeably more physical, their compete level was significantly higher and they had a lot of jump to their game.
  • A really good start set the tone, as the Vees were flying off the opening face-off and their very first shift of the game was a positive one. That top line of Tyson Jost, Demico Hannoun and Pat Newell attacked the Clippers end and the Vees were buzzing in the opening minutes. They had the Clippers on their heels, as the Vees were taking away time and space in the neutral zone from the Nanaimo defenders and that created quite a few turnovers; they held the red-line very well. If it wasn’t for Nanaimo’s Guillaume Decelles in the first, the Vees could have had more than just a one-goal lead through 20-minutes.
  • The Vees fired 14 shots on net in the first and had plenty of bodies going to the net, something that was clearly lacking in their previous two losses. I mentioned Decelles first period performance because, at times, it was a shooting gallery around the Nanaimo net; some were blocked too. Decelles best save was when he denied Tyson Jost on what looked like a backdoor tap in. But Decelles stretched out all of his 6’3 frame to get a pad on the one-timer. Friday was a showdown of two of the top goalies in the BCHL and it didn’t fail to live up the hype-through the first 40-minutes anyway.
  • The Vees showed a lot of poise by not getting frustrated by the fact they weren’t scoring on Nanaimo despite all that pressure. Some teams with a lesser mental makeup might have let the frustration seep into their game and that’s when trouble starts. Not the Vees, not on this night anyways. It sounds cliché but it’s been said numerous times by the coaches and it’s true, “It’s all about sticking to the process.” The Vees didn’t cut corners, kept to the game plan and were finally rewarded late in the first period on that Jack Ramsey power-play goal.
  • OK, I’ve been harping on the Vees lack of power-play production for a few games now and they finally shut me up on Friday. Two goals on their first three power-plays and the Vees finished 2-4 on the man-advantage. Not only did they score a power-play goal(s), they did so at critical times. Ramsey opened the scoring late in the first, as the Vees took a lead into the intermission, and Demcio Hannoun scored early in the third period to restore the Vees two-goal lead. The power-play stepped up, snapping an 0-24 skid and getting a goal for the first time in seven games. It also stepped up in “crunch time” and that’s what separates the winners from the losers come playoffs.
  • Funny how a team can go through a prolonged dry spell and when they do get out of the funk, it isn’t overly pretty. It doesn’t matter how you score, as long as you score one more goal as the opposition. The Vees had only one goal to their name in their last six periods of hockey before Friday. The power-play had its picture plastered all over milk cartons in the South Okanagan, as it had been missing since January 23rd. Well, Ramsey gets the offense and power-play out of a funk and did so from within two feet of the goal-line. Ramsey ordered an extra side of grease when he muscled in his 14th of the season and first in seven games. Dakota Conroy made a nice saucer pass in front to “Rammer” and he whacked the puck underneath Decelles. Hey, they all count no matter how you score and that goal I think had everyone breathing a little easier.
  • Something you don’t see too often but it happened early in the second period and that was Connor Chartier’s penalty-shot. Chartier got in behind the Clippers last defenseman and took a pass from the right-wing by Cody DePourcq. As he was about to shoot the Clippers defender reached back and got his stick in on Chartier’s hands, who did hit the post. Nic Gushue took down Chartier and the ref signaled penalty-shot. I can see the argument from both sides on the call. I know Nanaimo wasn’t happy with the call, as it wasn’t a “clear-cut” breakaway and they likely thought it should have been a two-minute minor. But, Chartier did have a step on Gushue, he was in behind the last Clippers player and had a scoring chance impeded and there was an infraction on the play. Chartier did make no mistake, showing off a great set of hands with a fake shot and deke to the right. Chartier showed shot, quickly pulled the puck back in, then deked around the outstretched pad of Decelles on his blocker side (southpaw). Big moment there, scoring early in the second to double the lead.
  • That Chartier goal was huge because Nanaimo put together a good two-minute sequence in the Vees end late in the second and got on the scoreboard. Nicolas Carrier and Yanni Kaldis played give-and-go down low, with Kaldis finishing the play by beating Hunter Miska up high. The only sequence in the game the Vees didn’t look sharp. A few players were caught puck watching and a team like Nanaimo will make you pay for it. But hey, clutch by Chartier to score that goal earlier on one of the league’s best goalies. He didn’t show any nerves and calmly tucked in his 11th on that nice deke. Savvy veteran.
  • The big moment or moments in the third involved Demico Hannoun and roughly three-minutes apart. First, on the Vees third power-play, Hannoun hammers a “clapper” from the left-circle to give the Vees a 3-1 lead just under seven-minutes in. That goal was some salt in the wound for Nanaimo, as the penalty that lead to the power-play came from the offensive zone, when Sheldan Rempal got his stick up on Shayne Gwinner. Then, just before the 10-minute mark, Hannoun pounces on a goalie puck-playing error and banks in his second and 21st of the year to give the Vees a 4-1 lead. In three-minutes and 13 seconds, the game went from 2-1 to 4-1 for the Vees. A huge momentum swing and a big punch in the gut for Nanaimo, especially how that fourth goal was scored. Heads up play by Hannoun to pressure the goalie behind the net and then bank it in off of the goalies leg as he was trying to scramble back into the crease.
  • Hockey can be a funny game, as Hannoun hadn’t scored in the previous seven games, despite playing some really good hockey; I believe he hit 57 posts. Well after going without a goal for that long of a time, he scores two in three-minutes and 13-seconds. Now he is tied with Tyson Jost for the team goal-scoring lead, as both have 21 goals. Jost and Hannoun have forged quite the partnership along with Pat Newell. Newell by the way, has quietly gone about moving into second in team scoring (14-29-43). Hannoun is like the big brother out there, especially when it comes to the 16-year-old Jost. There was a sequence in the first period that really caught my eye. The Vees had a face-off just outside their blue-line and Jacob Hanlon and Jost were jawing at one another. Hannoun, lined up to take the face-off but first skated over to Hanlon to tell him to cut out the yapping (I think he said it in a more colourful way.) Then after the puck was dropped, Hannoun skated over to Hanlon and gave him a bit of a shot across the chest and some parting words. I loved it. Shows theses guys are engaged but more importantly tight. That chemistry and comradery  will be key in the playoffs.
  • The Vees are now 9-2-0-0 after a loss and got their first win against Nanaimo since December, 15th, 2012. A good first step for the Vees, as they fine tune their game heading into the playoffs. However, they need to keep that flame lit for Saturday, as the Trail Smoke Eaters are proving their no push over. Just ask West Kelowna.
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