Friday, October 16, 2015

Up Against the Kings of the BCHL



Goals For
Goals Against
14.29% (15th)
Power Play
25.45% (3rd)
70.97% (16th)
Penalty Kill
86.36 (2nd)

Venue: South Okanagan Events Centre
Game Time: 7pm
Last Year’s Matchup: Last year the Spruce Kings lost 7-1 in Penticton, and lost in overtime at home.
Season Series: These two teams played two weeks ago, with the Vees coming away with a 5-2 decision.

Penticton Home Record: 5-0-0-0
Vees Leading Scorer: Tyson Jost (9 goals, 14 assists, 23 points)

Prince George Road Record: 2-4-0-1
Spruce Kings Leading Scorer: Corey Hoffman (5 goals, 6 assists, 11 points)

Player to watch:
Spruce Kings:
In his last game against the Vee’s Cavin Tilsley was tasked with shutting down Tyson Jost, who is likely going to be drafted in the first round this year for the NHL. Tilsley a fellow ’98 forward did a magnificent job, and didn’t allow Jost to record a single point. Likely after his first game with success, Tilsley will be tasked with Jost once again. The task will be even greater this time around, as Jost had a scoring streak snapped against Prince George, so he will be out for revenge. With the last change on home ice, Penticton will be able to get Jost out against different checkers as well.

Coming off committing to Boston University, Dante Fabbro might have some weight off his shoulders after finally coming to a decision. That’s a scary thought, as the defender already has 16 points in 10 games. He’s also gone eight consecutive games with a point, and had three points (one goal, two assists) in his game this year against the Spruce Kings, and that was while playing with a sore leg after blocking a number of shots the night before.
He only had a single point against Prince George the last time they met, and you can bet Scott Conway will want even more this time around. He’s the second highest scoring player on the Vees roster with 20 points, and holds the highest scoring streak in the league with points in ten straight games.

In the Standings:
As per usual, the Penticton Vees are dominating the BCHL. They are tied for the most goals in the BCHL, and have a game in hand over Nanaimo who have two more. Since losing 4-1 to the Salmon Arm Silverbacks to start their season off, the Vees have allowed three goals against twice, and all other games kept the opponents scoring to two goals or less, with those numbers, the team has the fewest goals against in the BCHL. To boot, the team is on a 10 game winning streak after losing their season opener.

Special Teams Battle:
The two teams are literally on opposite sides of the spectrum on each set of special teams. The Penticton Vees have the 3rd best power play, and the Spruce Kings have the 3rd worst. The Vees have the 2nd best PK in the league, and the Spruce Kings are second last. Prince George is on the upswing for both categories, and had a power play goal against Penticton the last time around, but will be in for a big challenge from the powerhouse Vees.

Broadcast Info: For all games, you can listen to the action on Mixlr

 or watch live at BCHL FASTHockey

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