PENTICTON, BC– The Penticton Vees swept their three-game week, pushed their win streak to 22, remain atop of the CJHL Rankings, two Vees are in the latest Top 30 draft rankings and it’s going to rains bears.
Vees Go Three for Three
The Vees won three games last week, pushing their win streak to 22-games. Tuesday they trounced the Trail Smoke Eaters 7-1 on the road, and then it was a weekend sweep of West Kelowna (3-1) and Cowichan Valley (4-3), Friday and Saturday.
Leading the way last week was Captain Tyson Jost who had four goals and five points in the three wins; his point is at 11 games and counting. Nicholas Jones had five points too; all assists and has 12 points in his first seven games with the team. Dante Fabbro had four assists last week and has a 15-game point streak going.
Saturday’s win over Cowichan Valley was the Vees’ 10th at the SOEC this season, as they’re the only remaining undefeated team at home in the BCHL.
It’s Raining Bears
The Vees’ annual Teddy Bear Toss, in support of the Salvation Army, is on Wednesday, November 18th, when they host the Coquitlam Express at the SOEC. Bring a new or gently used stuff toy to toss on the ice for the Vees’ first goal. Salvation Army will be collecting the stuffed toys and distribute them to deserving families. Coming empty handed? No sweat, Shaw TV will be on hand as well selling stuffed teddy bears. Help give kids the bear-necessities this holiday season.
Tickets for Wednesday’s game are just $5 dollars for adults and seniors. Students (18 and under) and children are FREE, courtesy of Peter Bros. Construction.
The Vees (22-1-0-0) jump on the bus this weekend for a two-game Mainland Division road trip, as they make stops in Langley and Coquitlam. Friday the Vees visit the Langley Event Centre for a date with the Rivermen. The Vees beat the Riv’ 4-3 at the SOEC back on October 17th, and Friday marks the return of Domenic Masellis to his old stomping grounds. Masellis was acquired earlier this month from Langley.
Saturday the Vees make their first and only trip to Coquitlam and the Poirier Sports & Leisure Complex. It will be the second meeting in four days between the two teams, and the Express start the week in fourth place in the Mainland with nine wins and 21 points in 22 games.
Another Week Atop of the Rankings
For the third straight week the Vees are the top ranked team in the CJHL Top 20 national rankings. The Vees won their 22nd game in a row Saturday and haven’t lost in over nine weeks.
Two other BCHL teams cracked the Top 20, as Chilliwack is ranked 15th this week and the Salmon Arm Silverbacks are 18th; the ‘Backs are second in the Interior Division. Including the pre-season rankings, the Vees have held down the number one ranking for four weeks.
Vees on the NHL Draft Radar
Hockey scouting website Future Considerations released its November draft rankings and the Vees’ Dante Fabbro and Tyson Jost are ranked inside the top 20. Fabbro is ranked 10thand is the second highest rated defenseman in the draft. Jost is ranked 17th, and leads the BCHL in scoring with 46 points in just 23 games.
The two Vees are the only CJHL players inside the top 30 and the Vees are one of five teams that have more than one player projected as a first round NHL draft pick. The complete rankings can be found online, at www.futureconsiderations.ca
St. Cloud State senior Joey Benik (2011-2012) had quite the weekend for the Huskies. Benik scored five goals and finished with six points in a weekend sweep against Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Benik had a goal in the Huskies 5-2 win Friday and had a four-goal game Saturday, as SCSU walloped the Broncos 11-1. Tuesday, Benik was named the NCHC First Star of the Week. Benik’s seven goalls is tied for 14th in the NCAA hockey scoring.
Staying within the NCHC, Troy Stecher (2010-2013) and North Dakota swept Miami-Ohio at home, including a 6-2 win on Friday. Stecher had a pair of assists in the win, and assisted on what many are saying, is the goal of the year in college hockey (watch here).
Seven Vees alumni were featured in a weekend series between Minnesota and Minnesota State Mankato. Brothers, Connor (2012) and Ryan (2012) Reilly, and Jack Ramsey (2014-2015) of the Gophers shutout the Mavericks on the road 4-0 Friday in Mankato. The Mavs rebounded the following night, rallying in for a 3-2 overtime win on the road. Bryce Gervais (2012) had a goal and two points in the win for Mankato; Brad McClure (2013-2014) picked up an assist. Mankato’s roster also features Steen Cooper (2014-2015) and Sean Flanagan (2013).
Olivier Mantha (2014) picked up his first shutout of the season on Saturday, making 25-saves, as Alaska-Anchorage shutout Ferris State 5-0. Mantha sports a 5-3-1 record and owns a .921 save percentage.
Mike Garteig (2012) & Travis St. Denis (2012) helped Quinnipiac to a weekend sweep. St. Denis picked a pair of assists on the weekend, and Garteig backstopped the Bobcats to wins over Dartmouth and Harvard. Garteig leads all goalies in wins (10) and is eighth in save percentage (.929) and tied for second in shutouts (2). St. Denis is tied for 14th in the country in scoring, with seven goals and 12 points.
Air Force freshman Matt Serratore (2014-2015) had a goal in the Falcons’ 5-1 win over Holy Cross on Friday. Serratore is off a solid start, with two goals and four points in 10 games.
In the professional ranks, Joel Rumpel (2010-2011) has had great start to his first full season in professional hockey. Rumpel, who was signed by the San Jose Sharks last spring, is 9-3 with a .915 save percentage with the Sharks ECHL Affiliate, the Allen Americans. Rumpel joined the Americans last spring, as he was part of their Kelly Cup championship.
Curtis McKenzie (2007-2009) was recently activated from the injured reserve by the Dallas Stars and assigned to their AHL affiliate, the Texas Stars. McKenzie was on the shelf for nearly a month with hip injury; has a four assists in two games.