Physical game helps bantam Vees win

The Penticton Murray GM Vees capped their tournament with a win.

Penticton bantam netminder Andrew Howells gets a toe on this shot by a Kamloops Blazer forward to help his team to victory in the final game of the weekend Bantam Tier 2 hockey game Sunday at Memorial Arena. Penticton finished with a win

Penticton bantam netminder Andrew Howells gets a toe on this shot by a Kamloops Blazer forward to help his team to victory in the final game of the weekend Bantam Tier 2 hockey game Sunday at Memorial Arena. Penticton finished with a win

The Penticton Murray GM Vees capped off their bantam Tier 2 tournament with a 3-2 win over Kamloops.

The Vees placed 11th with a win, two losses and a tie. In the win, Kai Espenhain, Brennan Nelson and Finn Halladay, provided the offence.

“It was a good game, but it was kind of hard for me because I couldn’t skate, but I wanted to keep playing,” said Olsen, who was suspended the first two games and also played injured. “It was nice to get the win even though it was for second-last.”

The Vees opened with a 4-1 loss to Port Moody. Espenhain was the scorer, while Kieran Simpson scored the lone tally in a 5-1 loss to Langley. Nelson found the back of the net again, as well as Halladay in a 2-2 tie with Campbell River.

Vees assistant coach Chad DeLeeuw said of the four games, they played solid in three. The 5-1 loss the morning of Nov. 5 was disappointing as DeLeeuw said they were not mentally sharp. The three teams (Port Moody, Langley and Campbell River) played in round robin all played in the semifinals.

“That was our main goal in the tournament was to play the stronger teams that we knew were coming in and hopefully matched up well,” he said. “Two of those three games we match up well, but couldn’t get the W’s. It was a pretty good weekend overall.”

DeLeeuw added they were playing with a shortened roster with two lines for half of their games so they kept shifts short.

“When we played physical and finished our checks, it kind of wears the other teams down and creates turnovers that definitely helped a lot,” he said. “In the first couple of games we weren’t finishing our checks too much and it did lead to turnovers.”

DeLeeuw added the main objective was playing the body, but playing disciplined at the same time. The Vees kept things simple in their final game.

In other minor hockey action, the Penticton Pacific Rim Equipment peewee Tier 3 Vees lost 16-0 to Winfield on Nov. 6, while the Kal-Tire atom rec No. 1 Vees (The Punishers) defeated the South Okanagan 12-0.



Just Posted

Police are asking for public assistance in locating Anthony Graham who has been charged with the murders of Kamloops brothers Carlo and Erick Fryer. (RCMP photo)
2 Penticton-area men charged with Kamloops brothers’ double homicide

Brothers Erick and Carlo Fryer were found deceased in May in Naramata

(File photo)
Penticton not holding Canada Day activities out of respect for Indigenous people

Cities across B.C. are cancelling the holiday after an increased spotlight on Canada’s dark history

Fruit farmers in the Okanagan and Creston valleys are in desperate need of cherry harvesters amid COVID-19 work shortages. (Photo: Unsplash/Abigail Miller)
‘Desperate’ need for workers at Okanagan cherry farms

Fruit farmers are worried they’ll have to abandon crops due to COVID-19 work shortages

JAK's Liquor Store in Penticton will be donating 10 per cent of its sales on Saturday, June 19, to the Penticton Salvation Army Food Bank. (Photo from
Stock up your liquor cabinet and support the Penticton food bank

Jak’s beer and wine store is donating a portion of sales to local food banks Saturday

The illegal open fire above Naramata continues to smoke on Friday, June 18. The fire was left to burn itself out by BC Wildfire. (Monique Tamminga - Western News)
Illegal open burn in Naramata will be left to smoke

BC Wildfire could not confirm whether the property owner had been fined

A small pod of Pacific white-sided dolphins pass by close to shore in Campbell River June 16, 2021. Still capture from video courtesy of Kimberly Hart
VIDEO: Dolphin sunset captured from Vancouver Island shore

Spectacular setting for view of travelling pod of Pacific white-sided dolphins

Earls On Top at 211 Bernard Avenue in Kelowna. (Google Maps photo)
Downtown Kelowna’s Earls ordered closed after COVID-19 transmission

Earls on Top on Bernard Avenue will be closed from June 18 to June 27

A motorycle crash has been reported on Westside Road. (Google Maps)
UPDATE: Westside Road reopened following motorcycle crash near Vernon

AIM Roads advises drivers to expect delays due to congestion

Dereck Donald Sears. (Contributed/Crimestoppers)
Murder charge laid in relation to suspicious Kelowna death

Dereck Donald Sears is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Darren Middleton

Albert Health Minister Tyler Shandro and Alberta Premier Jason Kenney unveil an opening sign after speaking about the Open for Summer Plan and next steps in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, in Edmonton, Friday, June 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Alberta 1st province in Canada to lift all COVID-19 public health restrictions

70.2% of eligible citizens 12 and older in the province have received a dose of the vaccine

Fraser Health registered nurse Ramn Manan draws a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine into a syringe at a walk-up vaccination clinic at Bear Creek Park, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, May 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
‘Honour our fathers’ with COVID-19 vaccine protection, B.C. urges

109 new cases Friday, 75 per cent of 12 and up immunized

(Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)
Trutch Avenue in Chilliwack to be renamed to remove racist taint

New name to have Indigenous significance as Chilliwack takes new step toward reconciliation

Most Read