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PENTICTON VEES forward Cody DePourcq (19) scored three goals on the weekend, including one against the Vernon Vipers. On this play against the Vipers, defenceman Marc Hetnik did all he could to stop DePourcq from feeding the puck to Cam Amantea.
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Cody DePourcq brimming with confidence

Penticton Vees forward Cody DePourcq laughed, but agreed to the suggestion he’s like a Timex watch — takes a licking and keeps on ticking.

During a 2-1 win against the West Kelowna Warriors at the South Okanagan Events Centre Saturday, the Penticton minor hockey product was hit hard on a few occasions, yet always got back up.

“That happens every game,” said DePourcq, smiling. “That’s nothing new to me.”

Listed on the BCHL website as being five-foot-six and 150-pounds, DePourcq had an impressive game scoring twice. His first came as he barreled down the left side and snapped a shot above Warriors goalie Tyler Briggs’ shoulder. His second goal, he benefitted from the hard work of captain Troy Stecher.

“Stecher did a great job intercepting that pass in the defensive zone and then skating it up the ice,” said DePourcq. “I was yelling for it and he threw it out front. Luckily it bounced off the post and I was wide open in front of the net and I was able to put it in.”

Bound for Denver University in 2014-15, DePourcq has five goals in the last four games.

“He has strung together some great games,” said teammate Jedd Soleway. “Guy works as hard as anybody I have seen before. A guy that size, you would never think in a million years that he would be  playing at this level, let alone scoring lots of goals and it’s fun to see. Definitely makes a guy like me wonder if I work that hard or move my feet that much. It’s impressive and I like what he does.”

Vees coach-GM Fred Harbinson said his young pivot has been outstanding. He is being rewarded for the hard work he constantly puts in.

“It’s fun to see  him do that,” said Harbinson. “Especially at home, the people love him here. Some real nice goals too. Cody is a heart and soul kid. You love to see those type of kids get rewarded.”

DePourcq said there is no difference in his play other than confidence.

“More confidence around the net. More drive, more determination. It all comes with experience too,” said DePourcq. “Playing with Cam (Amantea) and all the guys on the team, they are great players. It’s fun to play with them. I’m getting the bounces too right now.”

 

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