November 30, 2013, PENTICTON, BC (ISN) – The Penticton Vees ended November in style with a 9-4 rout over the Chilliwack Chiefs at the SOEC on Saturday. The Vees finished the month like they started it and that’s with a big win; the Vees were 7-3 winners in Powell River on November 8th.
Seven different Vees scored in the win and 13 found the scoresheet. Brad McClure and Cody DePourcq each scored twice and nine Vees had two or more points.
Coming into Saturday’s game against Chilliwack, the Vees had surrendered the opening goal in each of their last three games but they bucked that trend on Saturday and early. Cody DePourcq was credited with his 11th just 1:38 into the game, when Paul Stoykewych had his shot from the slot go off his skate and past Chiefs goaltender Spencer Tremblay.
Jake Ahlgren scored his first as a Vee midway through the period, when he snuck a shot through the legs of Tremblay at 10:52. Jack Ramsey made a nice play behind the net by grabbing the puck and spotting Ahlgren out front, who snapped a 16 game goalless drought.
Brad McClure added to the Vees lead three minutes later when he snuck in past the Chiefs defense on a partial breakaway. Anthony Conti made a nice pass from just inside his own blue-line to spring McClure down the middle, who then outwaited the goaltender on a deke, before burring his twenty-first at 13:57.
Chilliwack cut into the deficit on a power-play late in the opening period, as Cooper Rush unloaded a howitzer from blue-line at 16:49. The goal seemed to spark the Chiefs moving into the second period.
Rush was at it again in the opening moments of the middle frame, when he again unleashed a bomb from the point. Rush hammered a shot from the left-wing that beat Hunter Miska over his glove at the thirty-four second mark. Blake Gober completed the comeback when he banked the puck off Miska’s skate at the side of the net at 3:44; two goals in just over three minutes.
The Vees found their footing once again late in the second and it was the Captain coming up with a clutch goal, again. McClure skated down the right-wing and at the goal-line he caught the Chiefs goaltender cheating off his post, as he managed to lift a wrist-shot up over his shoulder on the near-side; McClure grabbing a share of the BCHL goal-scoring lead with his second of the night at 14:11.
Riley Alferd then put the Vees back up by two sixty-four seconds later off a face-off in the Chiefs end. Alferd made a move on the left goal-line and drove the net, before flipping the puck over Tremblay and inside the far-post.
Brendan Lamont then got in on the action, as he scored his first in six games seven and a half minutes into the third. Lamont moved out from behind the net on the blocker-side and as he moved in front, he spun a wrist-shot over Tremblay’s shoulder.
Cody DePourcq bagged his second of the game four minutes later, when he finished off a sweet feed from Anthony Conti on a two-on-one rush. Conti broke down the right-wing and centered to DePourcq who had nothing but open net to shoot at 11:36.
Brett Beauvais scored the Vees eighth goal, a new season high, on a power-play with just under five minutes left in the third. Beauvais dragged the puck in the left-circle before wiring a wrist-shot underneath the cross-bar at 15:17. Jack Ramsey put the finishing touches on the Vees scoring, when he picked up his third of the season just thirty-six seconds later. Riley Alferd, from behind the net, slid the puck out to Ramsey at the top of crease, who quickly put the puck past Tremblay for the Vees ninth and final goal.
Kurt Black was the last player to get his name on the scoresheet, as the Chiefs forward got a consolation marker from the left-circle at 18:37.
FINAL SCORE: 9-4 Vees
Shots: 38-16 Vees
Power-Plays: Vees 1-4 Chiefs 1-4
Three Stars: 1) Brad McClure 2) Riley Alferd 3) Cody DePourcq
The line of Riley Alferd, Jake Ahlgren and Jack Ramsey combined for three goals and eight points Friday; Alferd and Ahlgren each finished with a game high three points. Brad McClure now has twenty-two goals on the season, which moves him into a share of the lead with Landon Smith of the Salmon Arm Silverbacks, for first overall in the BCHL. The Vees record now bumps up to 17-7-1-3 and they reclaim first place in the Interior Division over idle Vernon.
The Vees continue their three game home stand on Wednesday when they host the Merritt Centennials at the SOEC, in their annual Teddy Bear Toss game; face-off is 7pm. Tickets are just $5 and are available at the Valley First Box Office (at the SOEC), or online at www.valleyfirsttix.com