November 17, 2014 - 4:25 PM
PENTICTON - The Penticton Vees swept their weekend schedule and hold steady in the CJHL rankings, Patrick Newell is on tear and two new players join the fold.
The Vees host the Mainland Division’s Langley Rivermen on Wednesday, November 19th, at the SOEC; face-off is 7pm. It’s another “Wicked Wednesday” as tickets are just $5 for adults and seniors and draft beer is just $3.50 and fountain soft drinks are $2.50. Also at the game there will be a raffle for a large living room sectional set or eight-piece bedroom suite set, courtesy of Underwriters Insurance and the Penticton Speedway Foundation; raffle tickets are just $2.
After Wednesday the Vees face the Merritt Centennials in a weekend home-and-home series, starting at the SOEC on Friday, November 21st; puck-drop scheduled for 7pm and the game sponsor is Brodo Kitchen. The two teams do it all over again on Saturday, November 22nd, at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena in Merritt. Fans not making the trip can listen to the game locally on EZ Rock AM 800, or watch online at www.fasthockey.com
Holding Steady at Number Three
The weekly CJHL national rankings came out Monday morning and the Vees remain in third place, behind the Portage Terriers (MJHL) and Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL). The Vees are coming off of back-to-back wins over Vernon and Cowichan Valley. The only other BCHL team to crack the Top 20 rankings is the Nanaimo Clippers who are ranked 11th.
Welcoming Two New Faces
The Vees made two additions to their roster ahead of this week’s slate of games. The Vees acquired forward Connor Chartier (94) from the Salmon Arm Silverbacks in exchange for forward Josh Laframboise (96). Chartier spent the past four seasons in the Western Hockey League (WHL) with the Spokane Chiefs. Also new to the club is forward Dakota Conroy (94). The 20-year-old’s CJHL playing rights were acquired from Vernon in the Liam Finlay trade last month. Conroy had been playing with the Prince Albert Raiders in the WHL prior to coming to Penticton. Chartier makes his Vees debut on Wednesday and Conroy will see his first action on Friday.
The Vees Crown Newell
Patrick Newell is heating up for the Vees, as he’s riding a 10-game point streak heading into Wednesday’s showdown with the Langley Rivermen. The Thousand Oaks, California native has four goals and 16 points in the last 10 games and now sits fifth in team scoring with six goals and 20 points in 23 games.
Dallas Stars forward Curtis McKenzie (Vees 2007-09) scored his first NHL goal on Sunday against the Chicago Blackhawks in the Stars 6-2 loss. McKenzie’s first NHL goal was his first NHL point in his seventh game. McKenzie was the American Hockey league Rookie of the Year last season with the Star’s AHL affiliate in Cedar Park, Texas.
Former Vee defenseman and current University of Denver standout Joey Laleggia (Vees 2009-11) was named the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) Defensive Player of the Week Monday. Laleggia was the eighth defensemen in Pioneer history to reach 100 career points, as he had a goal and three points in Denver’s 8-1 thumping of Colorado College.
Minnesota State-Mankato junior Bryce Gervais (Vees 2011-12) is tied for first in goal-scoring in NCAA Division 1 men’s hockey. Gervais has nine goals in 10 games for the Mavericks who’re ranked ninth in both National Polls. Gervais is the top scoring player in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.
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