Scott Conway thanked his teammates for helping him reach the 50-goal plateau.
He’s the first player in the Penticton junior A club’s franchise history to hit that mark since Chuck Kobasew did so 16 years ago when he scored 54 in 1999/2000. He’s the 23rd player in franchise history to accomplish the feat.
“It was definitely an experience,” said Conway. “I couldn’t have done it without my teammates. My linemates have been finding me in the right spots at the right time.”
Conway was especially thankful to goalie Zachary Driscoll, who assisted on the empty net tally to secure a 7-5 win over the Victoria Grizzlies, a game the Vees trailed 5-2 heading into the final period.
“He gave me a nice pass at the end there,” said Conway. “I’m totally excited.”
“I didn’t really think about it. I didn’t even know it was him to be honest,” said Driscoll. “I saw that we were still shorthanded and wanted to keep the puck moving. I dished it out to the first white jersey I saw and hit happened to be Scotty. He made a great play.”
Vees captain Tyson Jost was on the ice and said he was fired up when it happened. He collected the puck for Conway.
“It’s something you don’t see every year,” said Jost. “It’s pretty special when you have someone like that on your team.”
Conway said it’s a good achievement, but he’s not stopping there. After the game, Conway went out for dinner with his dad Kevin, who teased him about the fact he scored more than 50 in a season during his junior career. As a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in 1982/83, Kevin scored 57 goals in 67 games and with the Greyhounds/Kingston Canadians in 83/84, he racked up 65 goals in 63 games.
Conway said his achievement comes from hard work. He also focuses on different aspects of his game as he is trying to broaden it. During practices, the six-foot, 180 pound forward makes a point in making sure his teammates are accountable. He believes that comes out in games and is a reason they have allowed a league low 109 goals in 51 games.
Driscoll described Conway as a competitor and that side comes out in practice.
“He’s someone who always wants to score and get better every day,” said Driscoll. “Having him on your team is a huge help. He’s a great player. We can always count on him. He’s one of the go-to-guys. If we need a goal, he will get it for you. He’s getting better at both ends of the ice.”
Vees coach-general manager Fred Harbinson said he’s a competitive kid.
“He’s as competitive as anyone I know or anybody I’ve coached,” said Harbinson.
There is a light side to Conway, who jokes around with his teammates, but come game time, “he’s in game mode” said Driscoll.
“He wants to win,” he said. “I think that’s part of what makes him such a good player.”
Conway, who has been building chemistry with Easton Brodzinski and Chris Gerrie, said now it’s time for the team to get ready for the playoffs.
“That’s where it all counts at the end of the day,” said Conway, who collected two assists in a 6-1 win in Nanaimo and an assist to help the Vees defeat the Alberni Valley Bulldogs 3-2 to sweep their Island road trip.
With seven games remaining on the schedule, should Conway maintain his point-per-game clip of 2.10, he could top Denver Manderson’s 113 points from 2009/10. Conway has 103 points.