Sept 15, 2014 (ISN) – PENTICTON, BC* –The Penticton Vees finished their pre-season in style,
posting a lopsided 8-1 win over the Merritt Centennials at the SOEC on
Six different players scored for the Vees and 10 in total showed up on the
scoresheet in the win. Cody DePourcq and Jack Ramsey led the way with each
bagging a pair of goals. DePourcq and Ramsey, along with four other Vees
finished with multi-point games.
The Vees special teams had its finger prints all over this game, as they
manufactured four power-play goals and added a short-handed marker for good
The power-play broke the ice early in the first period, as Hannoun scored
on a five-on-three man-advantage at 3:14. Hannoun blasted a one-timer past
Centennials starter Jonah Imoo from the left-circle to put the hosts
ahead. The power-play was at it again late in the opening frame, as Lewis
Zerter-Gossage found the back of the net at 19:57. Zerter-Gossage
converted from in close after he was the beneficiary of heads up pass by
Ramsey helped pad the Vees lead seconds in the middle frame after a slick
pass from Riley Alferd. Alferd spun a no-look pass out to Ramsey at the top
of crease and he snapped the puck underneath Imoo thirty-eight seconds into
It was a double-shot of Ramsey early in the second, as he potted his second
five and half minutes later. On another Vees man-advantage, the Chicago
Blackhawks draft pick showed off his great hand-eye coordination by
deflecting Zerter-Gossage’s shot from left-wing at 6:09.
Merritt’s Nick Fidanza got the Centennials on the scoresheet a minute later
on rare foray into the offensive zone. Rhett Wilcox threaded the needle to
Fidanza at the back-post at 7:15 to make it a 4-1 game.
The Vees added two more before the period was out to snuff out any Merritt
chances of a comeback. Cooper restored the Vees four-goal lead at 18:22
with a short-handed snipe on a breakaway. Cody DePourcq then got in on the
act less than a minute later, finishing off tic-tac-toe sequence with
Hannoun and Patrick Newell at 19:10.
Not to be outdone, DePourcq picked up his second of the game early in the
third. Newell found DePourcq open in the slot off the rush and the Vees
Co-Captain didn’t squander the opportunity, making it 7-1 at 2:36.
The Vees power-play was the main storyline throughout Sunday’s game, so
fitting they used the man-advantage to cap off the scoring. Off a face-off
Tyson Jost wired a wrist-shot over Pupplo’s glove at 14:39.
*FINAL SCORE: *8-1 Vees
Power-Play: Vees 4/13 Merritt 0/6
Shots: 43-15 Vees
Three Stars: 1) Jack Ramsey 2) Patrick Newell 3) Cody DePourcq
Hunter Miska and Brendan Barry split time between the pipes Sunday. Miska
stopped 10 of 11 while Barry turned aside all four shots he faced. Pupplo
stopped 17 of 21 Vees shots after coming on in relief for Jonah Imoo in the
The Vees finish the BCHL pre-season with a 2-2-0-0 record and now open the
regular season next Friday at the Bauer Showcase in Chilliwack. The Vees
face the Surrey Eagles in their opener at 7:30pm at Prospera Centre on
September 19th. The game can be heard on EZ Rock AM 800 and fans can watch
online at www.fasthockey.com