Vees dump Rivermen for third straight win

Alferd-Serratore-Ramsey line net three goals in Vees win over Langley



The Riley Alferd-Matt Serratore-Jack Ramsey line pulled out all the stops to lead the Penticton Vees past the Langley Rivermen 4-1.

The trio combined for three goals and four assists on Wicked Wednesday at the South Okanagan Events Centre to improve their record against Mainland Division teams to 5-0-0 and 20-3-0-1 overall in the BCHL, and third in Canada.

It started with the Vees trailing 1-0 and Alferd pulled an inside out move on the Rivermen defender to setup the first of Serratore’s two-goals.

“It was a great play by Alfie. He came in and kind of went under the stick of the defenceman, brought him in and he kind of just left it for me,” recalled Serratore, who has lit the red lamp 13 times in 24 games. “I was able to have a pretty good shot there and luckily it went in (low blocker). I think the goalie started leaning when he saw Alfie still had the puck.”

Alferd, the game’s first star, was at it again as he potted the winner that gave the Vees a 2-1 lead. However, it didn’t come until the line of Demico Hannoun, Tyson Jost and Patrick Newell buzzed in the offensive zone. Their work on the shift led to Hannoun hitting a cross bar and post.

“That sequence there created a lot of momentum for us,” said Vees coach-general manager Fred Harbinson. “Next shift, Alferd goes and scores. We kind of came at them in waves with utilizing our whole bench.”

Alferd’s goal was a thing of beauty as he raced down the left side and snapped a shot past Bo Didur’s glove side.

“We’ve been playing pretty well. Things have just been going right for us,” said Serratore, who hammered home the Vees’ fourth goal and 100th of the season on a setup by Ramsey.

Leading 2-1, Jost, gave the Vees a two-goal cushion as he weaved into the Rivermen’s zone avoiding the stick of the defender who had dropped to the ice. Once Jost got past him, he snapped a wrist shot top corner. The Vees’ only blemish came on the Rivermen’s goal by Dante Hahn. He was able to beat Hunter Miska, who finished with 20 saves, stick side off the post on a three-on-one play. Harbinson felt his team didn’t make many mistakes in their zone after that.

“We were pretty efficient getting out of our end,” said Harbinson. “Just not a lot of turnovers.”

Known for their physical play, the Rivermen didn’t disappoint as they knocked some Vees around. However, the Vees bounced back and responded giving the game a playoff-style look.

“It was a good challenge for us,” said Serratore.

“They came in and played really hard, really physical in our building and we rose to the challenge.”

He agreed about the playoff feel and added there was not a lot of time and space. Harbinson added that the Rivermen came at them hard and finish their checks more than most teams. That style suited new Vee Connor Chartier just fine.

“Coming from a team like Spokane (in the WHL), they are coached to be physical and always playing the body,” he said. “I guess that’s been kind of drilled in my head the past few years.”

Harbinson was impressed by what he saw from Chartier saying he was smart on the ice and was calm.

With the Vees hosting the Merritt Centennials Friday in the first of a home-and-home battle, Serratore said their match against the Rivermen prepares them well. The Centennials enter the weekend having won four straight, including a 6-4 victory against the Cowichan Valley Capitals at home. The Centennials are third in the Interior Division at 14-9-0.

Vees notes: Newell extended his point streak to 11 games with his second period assist … Alferd took over the Vees goal-scoring lead with 16 and leads the team with 27 points, besting his point totals from last season by three … with their 100th goal, they’re the second highest scoring team in the BCHL …  NHL Central Scouting released its November players to watch list and Miska is part of the original list.



Just Posted

Geordie Fife exits the dunk tank during 2017’s Discovery House Father’s Day festivities at Skaha Lake Park. The fundraiser helps raise awareness of the work done at the house and break down the stigma associated with addiction. (Western News File)
Discovery House Father’s Day fundraiser goes digital

The addiction recovery program will be rolling out videos ahead of the fundraiser

The proposed design of the five-storey building on Front Street. (City of Penticton)
Five-storey building proposed for Penticton’s Front Street

It will be the second time the proposal will head to council

“65 years, I’ve carried the stories in my mind and live it every day,” says Jack Kruger. (Athena Bonneau)
‘Maybe this time they will listen’: Survivor shares stories from St. Eugene’s residential school

Jack Kruger, living in Syilx territory, wasn’t surprised by news of 215 children’s remains found on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School

RCMP thanked the public for assistance in finding Benjamin Archie, last seen in Princeton. (RCMP)
Missing Chilliwack man found safe and sound

The 80-year-old had walked away from his home in Chilliwack

57-year-old Kathleen Richardson was discovered deceased in her home Wednesday, June 9, 2021. Her death is considered a homicide and connected to the slain brothers found on a Naramata forest road. (Submitted)
Naramata community in shock as condolences pour in for homicide victim Kathy Richardson

Richardson was well liked in the community, a volunteer firefighter with a home-based salon

At an outdoor drive-in convocation ceremony, Mount Royal University bestows an honorary Doctor of Laws on Blackfoot Elder and residential school survivor Clarence Wolfleg in Calgary on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
‘You didn’t get the best of me’: Residential school survivor gets honorary doctorate

Clarence Wolfleg receives honorary doctorate from Mount Royal University, the highest honour the school gives out

Two-year-old Ivy McLeod laughs while playing with Lucky the puppy outside their Chilliwack home on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
VIDEO: B.C. family finds ‘perfect’ puppy with limb difference for 2-year-old Ivy

Ivy has special bond with Lucky the puppy who was also born with limb difference

A million-dollar ticket was sold to an individual in Vernon from the Lotto Max draw Friday, June 11, 2021. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Lottery ticket worth $1 million sold in Vernon

One lucky individual holds one of 20 tickets worth $1 million from Friday’s Lotto Max draw

A logging truck carries its load down the Elaho Valley near in Squamish, B.C. in this file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chuck Stoody
Squamish Nation calls for old-growth logging moratorium in its territory

The nation says 44% of old-growth forests in its 6,900-square kilometre territory are protected while the rest remain at risk

Flowers and cards are left at a makeshift memorial at a monument outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School to honour the 215 children whose remains are believed to have been discovered buried near the city in Kamloops, B.C., on Monday, May 31, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
‘Pick a Sunday:’ Indigenous leaders ask Catholics to stay home, push for apology

Indigenous leaders are calling on Catholics to stand in solidarity with residential school survivors by not attending church services

(Heather Lueck image)
Crash north of Enderby knocks out power, slows Highway 97A traffic

A witness captured footage of a medical helicopter landing at the scene

The RCMP presence in Central Okanagan public schools is being reviewed by the board of education. (File photo)
RCMP presence welcomed in Central Okanagan public schools

Staff survey feedback overwhelmingly positive from students, staff and parents

Most Read