Work ethic shines through for Peewee Tier 3 Vees

The Penticton Vees peewee Tier 3 Vees go 1-3-0 in tournament but impress coach with work ethic.

PENTICTON peewee Tier 3 Vees captain Michael Pugachev flies past Seattle Sno-King Wesley Bond in tournament over the weekend. Penticton lost the game 3-2 and won one of four games.

The Penticton peewee Tier 3 Vees went 1-3-0 in their host tournament over the weekend.

The Vees wrapped up the Penticton Minor Hockey Association tournament, won by South Okanagan, with a 14-4 loss to the North Shore Winter Club.

“We’re a young team,” said Vees coach Mike Rampone. “We are still learning lots. North Shore is mostly second-year players. We knew they were strong.”

Rampone credited his players for working hard, while still having fun playing. Though the Vees lost by a wide margin, they went into the second half of the game trailing 12-1. Rampone said that his team never gave up.

“They pushed back,” he said.

Overall, Rampone said his team played really good during the weekend. They opened with a 6-4 loss to Revelstoke. On Saturday, playing their best hockey of the season, they lost 3-2 to Seattle. They trailed that game 3-0 with seven minutes remaining, then defeated Spokane 5-2. The Vees came together as a team as they spent the weekend hanging out together and their passing and team work was the best it had been all season.

“I’m proud of the boys,” said Rampone.