January 20, 2013, Coquitlam, BC (ISN) – Sunday was the second straight game the Vees put up a six spot and it was the four straight game they manufactured five or more goals; dating back to last Saturday’s 5-1 win in Langley.
Coquitlam, BC-The Penticton Vees offense isn’t showing any signs of slowing down, as they put up another six goals on Sunday afternoon, doubling the Coquitlam Express 6-3.
John Siemer returned to Coquitlam in style, scoring the Vees fourth goal on a breakaway in the second period against his former team. Siemer was one of six different Vees to score Sunday. The Vees got scoring from up and down their line-up on the weekend, as 10 different players teamed up to score 17 goals in the three games.
After surrendering the opening goal in the last two games, Cody DePourcq reversed the Vees fortunes, when he buried his seventh on the Vees first shot, just over two minutes into the first. DePourcq poked a loose puck through the legs of Daniel Urbani at the top of the crease; DePourcq’s second in as many games.
Wade Murphy put the Vees up by a pair before the six-minute mark on a turnover at the Express blue-line. Murphy moved to the top of the right-circle and put a shot along the ice, and through the legs of Urbani at 5:48; Murphy’s first goal in seven games.
Call-up Kolton Grieve cut the Vees lead in half on a knuckler from the left-wing that fooled Vees starter Nic Renyard. Grieve’s shot snuck underneath the glove of Renyard at 10:24.
Ryan Gropp restored the Vees two-goal lead late in the period off another turnover by the Express. Gropp knocked down a pass at the Vees blue-line and raced in on Urbani on a partial breakaway. Gropp slid the puck between the wickets of the Express goalie on a backhand deke; the 16 year-old 10th.
On the power-play, the Express once again came within a goal of the Vees early in the second period. During a power-play that carried over from the first period, Bradley Ryan stepped into a slap-shot for his first goal in an Express jersey, just 35 seconds into the middle frame.
Siemer quickly muted the celebration, as he scored his second as a Vee just 25 seconds after the Express cut the deficit to one. Siemer blocked a shot at his blue-line, tracked down the puck and deked out Daniel Urbani for his 22nd.
The Express, like they did twice before, cut the Vees lead to one on another power-play goal, scored by another defenseman. Marc Biega rifled a wrist-shot from the blue-line past a screened Nic Renyard at 16:10; the Vees lead down to just one, once again.
The two teams continued to exchange blows, as Sam Mellor gave the Vees their fourth two-goal lead shortly after the Express tally. Mellor had a shot from Wade Murphy deflect off his arm and into an open net at 18:14; Mellor’s 15th and first in six games.
Brad McClure delivered the knock-out blow, and sealed fourth straight win, as potted his 23rd of the season into the empty-net at 18:44.
FINAL SCORE: 6-3 VEES
Shots: 29-26 Vees
Power-Play: Vees 0-3 Express 2-4
Three Stars: 1) Jedd Soleway 2) Sam Mellor 3) Marc Biega
Nic Renyard left after two periods, as was hampered by an illness during the second intermission. Chad Katunar played the final twenty-minutes, stopping all eight shots he faced. Renyard stopped 15 of 18 shots and was credited for his seventh win; highlighted by stopping Justin Georgeson on a penalty-shot early in the second period.
With the weekend sweep, the Vees push their record to 28-11-0-3 for 59 points and just one back of Victoria for the best record in the BCHL.
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