January 20, 2013, Port Alberni, BC (ISN) – For the second straight night the Vees brushed off an early goal against and put together a third period rally, as they doubled-up the Alberni Valley Bulldogs 6-3 Saturday.
It was deja vu for the Vees in the opening moments of the contest, as the Bulldogs went ahead just 41 seconds into the first. Last night the Vees coughed up the opening goal 19 seconds into the game.
Like Friday, the Vees manufactured another third period rally, scoring four times in the frame, one an empty-netter, as they pushed their win streak to three games.
Cam Amantea, Mike Rebry (2) and John Siemer all found the back of the net in the third to help push the Vees to their 27th win of the season, and now are one win away from sweeping their three game Coastal Conference road trip.
Tied at two’s early in the third period, Amantea stripped the defenseman at the bottom of the left-circle and put a quick shot through the legs of a surprised Jay Deo at 3:55; Amantea’s fifth which gave the Vees their first lead of the game.
Rebry gave the Vees some breathing room as their power-play was expiring. Rebry worked his way between the circles and beat Deo through the arms with a quick snap-shot at 7:10. The Vees fourth power-play expired seconds before Rebry buried his 16th of the season.
Hunter Stewart put a scare in the Vees and brought the Bulldogs within one on a power-play of their own. Stewart was Johnny-on-the-spot in the slot, as he spun and fired a rebound past Nic Renyard on the door-step. Jared Wilson’s point-shot was block but the rubber bounced right to Stewart who picked up the power-play goal at 11:15.
John Siemer squashed any come-back aspirations, as scored his 21st of the season and first as a Vee, into an empty-net at 19:02.The Vees quickly reversed the puck to an open wing in the neutral zone, which Siemer raced down and buried in a gaping net for his first goal since coming over from Coquitlam at the roster deadline.
Rebry put some salt into the wound with his second of the period off the ensuing face-off; sneaking a wrist-shot past the arm of Deo at 19:13.
It was Matt Hansen giving the home fans something to cheer about right off the hop, as he opened the scoring at the 41 second mark of the first. Hansen took a sweet cross-ice feed from Bo Pellah, and beat starter Chad Katunar on the blocker-side.
Cody DePourcq brought the Vees back on level terms minutes later. DePourcq took a nice pass from Ryan Gropp at the bottom of the left-circle and cut in front of the goal, and as he was falling, put a shot through the legs of Deo at 2:17.
The Bulldogs went ahead again not long after the Vees equalized, as Mitch Makin pounced on a rebound at 8:05. The original shot was stopped by Katunar, but the puck was free for Makin who swatted it in to an open net. That would spell the end of Chad Katunar’s night, as he was relieved by Nic Renyard, after allowing two goals on three shots.
FINAL SCORE: 6-3 Vees
Shots: 44-30 Vees
Vees 19 14 11
Bulldogs 10 6 14
Power-Play: Vees 0-5 Bulldogs 1-6
Three Stars: 1) Ryan Gropp 2) Bo Pellah 3) Troy Stecher
The Vees wrap up their road trip tomorrow with a stop in Coquitlam to face the Express in an afternoon affair; puck drop is 2pm. The Vees are back at home on January 25th when they host the Vernon Vipers at the SOEC. Tickets are available at the Valley First Box Office at the SOEC, or online at www.valleyfirsttix.com