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Vees’ Amantea out for three
This weekend is about one thing for the Penticton Vees, scoring goals.
Offence has been an issue of late so Vees coach Fred Harbinson and his staff were focused on that in practice this week. They are also still tweaking lines to find the right combination to score.
Additional tweaking will take place with the subtraction of forward Cam Amantea suspended for the next three games for a check-to-the-head from their game against Salmon Arm on Jan. 18 when his shoulder made contact with the head of former Vee Evan Anderson.
“It was a bad hit. It was uncharacteristic of Cam,” said Harbinson earlier this week.
The Vee will also be without forward Max Coatta who is day-to-day with an injury.
The Vees open the weekend in Vernon to take on the Vipers, who are six points behind the Vees. At Kal Tire Place, the Vipers have won 10 of 22 games, while losing two in overtime.
On Saturday, the Vees host the Trail Smoke Eaters at the South Okanagan Events Centre at 6 p.m. The Smoke Eaters have allowed seven goals twice in their last five games and have lost their last two. They are last in the Interior Conference with a 9-31-2-3 record.