As hosts of the female midget B.C. championship, the Penticton Vees intend to take advantage of a second chance at provincial supremacy.
While the Vees are young and inexperienced, coach Shawn Carter said they believe they have a chance to win.
“If we go in and we can win a game or two, and see where we end up, anything can happen,” said Carter, whose team was knocked out of the Okanagan Mainline Amateur Hockey Association playoffs by Kamloops, the eventual champs.
Following the 4-0 loss to Kamloops, Carter said they just couldn’t generate offence and it was something they will focus on. One area in particular is the power play, which didn’t get very much attention during the regular season.
“I think that is going to be a key for us,” said Carter. “If we get good goaltending and capitalize on our opportunities, especially on the power play, that is going to be huge.”
Along with that, the Vees have continued to work on their defensive play.
“They are buying into the systems and are competing hard,” said Carter. “It’s going to be a fun week.”
The championship is being played in Memorial Arena and the Vees’ first game is a 8 p.m. March 16 against Terrace. On March 17, they play Cranbrook at 7 p.m. and their final game before the playoff portion is March 18 at 5:30 p.m. against Richmond.
“They have settled into their new dressing room in Memorial Arena,” he said. “They are all pumped up.”
Sherwood Trophy going north
Penticton’s Sherwood Trophy peewee Tier 2 Vees are counting on skating to win a provincial championship in Prince George March 16-19.
“Our skating has always been our big positive,” said Vees coach Greg Berkholtz, who continued the push that in practice along with battle and compete drills leading up to this weekend.
The Vees (13-3-2) during the regular season won the Okanagan Mainline Amateur Hockey Association after they swept the Kamloops Blazers. Captain Owen Labadie is making his second trip to provincials after making his debut last season.
“It was definitely fun last year,” he said. “It will be tough but I think we can do well if we work towards it. Being able to represent the Okanagan is amazing and playing the best in B.C., it’s awesome.”
The White Kennedy midget recreation Vees capped a remarkable season and playoff run by winning the Super League District banner last weekend in Logan Lake. The Vees opened with a 6-4 win over Lumby, then rolled over host Logan Lake and Lillooet by scores of 12-1 and 10-1 respectively. The Vees then defeated Lillooet in the final, 8-2.
Leading the Vees offensively were Logan Robertson with 10 goals in the four games. Tyran Robertson had 14 points and Zak Sproule was strong in the back end racking up six goals and 12 points. The Vees finished their season with 40 wins, five losses and a tie, that included going 12-1 through the playoffs.
The playoff scoring leader was Tyran Robertson with 38 points in 13 games, while the overall scoring title went to Jordan McFadden, who amassed 62 goals and 88 points in 46 games, slightly edging Tyran who had 83 points in 46 games and Logan with 58 goals and 82 points in 46 games, many played as a defenceman.
THE PENTICTON WHITE Kennedy midget rec Vees capped off a remarkable season and playoff run by winning the Super League District banner. The team is as follows starting in the back row, left to right- Kyle Anutooshkin, Justin Fehr, Avory Beyer, trainer Cole Borba, Jordan McFadden, Andrew Ellis, Landan Robertson, Zak Sproule, Keaton DesRoches, Myles Dekker, coach Dave DesRoches and coach Jamie Fulton. Middle row- Ryan Stubban, Tyran Robertson, Kerman Bahniwal, Carson Lougheed, Logan Robertson. Front row- Austin Milanovic and Dustyn Badach.