(ISN) – The Penticton Vees can set a national junior hockey consecutive wins record and set a new BCHL mark for wins in a season with a victory on March 6.
Win #40 came Saturday in a 5-1 decision over the Chilliwack Chiefs and tied the current Canadian mark, which is held by two Ontario franchises: the 1989-90 Sudbury Wolves and the now defunct Rayside-Balfour Sabrecats in 1999-00.
Another win would also give the Vees 53 victories on the campaign which would best the mark set by the 1989-90 New Westminster Royals and the 1998-99 Vernon Vipers.
The Vees exploits this season have left all other win streaks far behind. The American record is held by the ’99-00 Fernie Ghostriders who won 31 consecutive games in the then American West Hockey League. That club was coached by current Vees bench boss Fred Harbinson.
The Canadian Hockey League mark is held by the 1983-84 Kitchener Rangers with twenty-five and at the NCAA level, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute won 30 games in 1984-85. At the professional level, the Pittsburgh Penguins hold the record in the NHL with 17 consecutive wins in 1992-93 and the Philadelphia Phantoms of the American Hockey League also won 17 in 2004-05.
Penticton has not lost since an overtime setback against Merritt Nov. 5, 2011, which was 120 days ago.