Friendship with SilverBacks put on ice

On Friday night, friendships with former teammates from the Salmon Arm SilverBacks will be pushed aside for the Penticton Vees.

On Friday night, friendships with former teammates from the Salmon Arm SilverBacks will be pushed aside for the Penticton Vees.

Forward Cam Amantea said there is no talking to them before the game.

“It’s kind of all business when we play each other,” said Amantea, who took a quick breather from an after-practice workout. “Mitch Ferguson is from Calgary too, so we’d see each other a couple of times in the summer. When we’re out there, there’s no friends.”

There might be some chirping during the game, but Amantea said it’s fun to play against friends.

Along with Ferguson, the 4-4-0-1 SilverBacks also have former Vees Evan Anderson, Alex Jewell and the recently acquired Max Becker. Amantea said playing in Salmon Arm’s Shaw Centre is always tough, plus the SilverBacks have won their last two games.

“Should be exciting. Salmon Arm is a big opponent,” said Amantea. “We always want to be top in our division. Those games, it’s easy for everyone to get up for because we play them so much, there’s that rivalry.”

Michael Hengen, the Vees assistant coach who works with defenceman, said the SilverBacks have done a good job of bringing back the tough environment to play in.

“Their top line is skilled. They have two good, big goalies,” said Hengen. “When they are on, they are as good as anybody else.”

He said the key will be looking at the right things during pre-scouting, then going over it with the players so they can execute.

Vees rookie forward Jack Ramsey expects the SilverBacks to be tough.

“Salmon Arm is pretty physical,” he said. “We are trying to keep a high level of energy out there. Just forecheck as hard as we can out there.”

Their Saturday night tilt is against the Alberni Valley Bulldogs, the last place team in the Island Division with a 1-7-1 record. The two teams opened the season during the BCHL Showcase, with the Vees earning a 3-2 win that started the Bulldogs’ seven-game slide. The Bulldogs snapped the losing skid when they tied the Victoria Grizzlies on Sept. 27 and edged the Langley Rivermen 4-3 on Sept. 28. The Bulldogs then made some deals picking up Harlan Orr, a forward from the SilverBacks on Sept. 25. They also picked up Darian Henry from the Western Hockey League’s Regina Pats and on Oct. 1, they dealt defenceman Jared Wilson to the Vernon Vipers for forward Craig Martin.

“They made some trades recently and brought in some good guys,” said Amantea. “It seems like they are getting on a roll.”

Not playing the Bulldogs very much, Amantea said they want to put on a show for their fans. Hengen expects the Vees to get a tough test from the Bulldogs as teams bring their best for Interior Division opponents.

“They know that it’s their best chance to kind of measure themselves up for the rest of the season,” said Hengen. “We get every teams best.”

Vees notes: Rookie forward Jack Ramsey said it was a privilege to be asked to play in the second annual CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game in Pittsburgh on Sept. 26. Ramsey said the pace amazed him.

“It was probably the fastest game I ever played in. Just seeing specific guys out there. Their hands and what each player brings is pretty cool.” Ramsey’s team lost 5-2 and he said he felt he played an ok game. “I didn’t do anything too special. I thought I kept along with the pace pretty well.”

Former Vee Zac Dalpe was acquired by the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday along with Jeremy Welsh for Kellan Tochkin and a fourth round draft pick in 2014. The Canucks made the announcement on their website that morning. Dalpe’s brother Ben, who plays for the Vees, tweeted, “Wow pretty crazy news, brother traded to his childhood team the Vancouver Canucks!!!”

“I’m excited for the fresh start,” said Dalpe on the Canucks website. “Obviously stuff didn’t go as well in Carolina, but it’s a change of scenery and there’s no better way to come to the team I grew up adoring and watching, I was a big Vancouver Canucks fan growing up, so it’s good.”

Dalpe lists Pavel Bure and Markus Naslund as his favourite Canucks.

 

 

Just Posted

People decided to tag Skaha Bluffs rocks which the Ministry has to go in and now clean up. (Facebook)
Bluffs at popular Penticton rock climbing park defaced

Ministry of Environment is going to clean it up

The City of Penticton is beginning plans to revitalize its north entrance on Highway 97. (Jesse Day - Western News)
Penticton reviewing ideas on how to make the city’s north gateway more vibrant

The city has plans to redevelop the area into a welcoming and attractive entrance

A portion of the Kettle Valley Railway Trail near Naramata will be closed temporarily for upgrade work, including paving. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
Upgrades plannned for trail near Naramata

Surface improvement work will mean temporary trail closure

Okanagan Lake (File photo)
Thompson-Okanagan ready to welcome back tourists

The Thompson-Okanagan Tourism Association expects this summer to be a busy one

Skaha Bluffs climbing spots. (Monique Tamminga)
New parking lot and picnic area coming to Penticton’s Skaha Bluffs

The city will turn the access point at Crow Place into a parking and picnic area

Maxwell Johnson is seen in Bella Bella, B.C., in an undated photo. The Indigenous man from British Columbia has filed complaints with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal and the Canadian Human Rights Commission after he and his granddaughter were handcuffed when they tried to open a bank account. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Heiltsuk Nation, Damien Gillis, *MANDATORY CREDIT*
VIDEO: Chiefs join human rights case of Indigenous man handcuffed by police in B.C. bank

Maxwell Johnson said he wants change, not just words, from Vancouver police

Tk’emlups te Secwepemc Chief Rosanne Casimir stands outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School after speaking to reporters, in Kamloops, B.C., on Friday, June 4, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Kamloops chief says more unmarked graves will be found across Canada

Chief Rosanne Casimir told a virtual news conference the nation expects to release a report at the end of June

A woman wears a vaccinated sticker after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C. ranks among highest in world in COVID-19 first-dose shots: health officials

More than 76% of eligible people have received their 1st shot

A screenshot of the First Peoples Cultural Councils First Peoples’ Map. (First Peoples Cultural Council)
Online resource blends B.C.-Alberta’s Indigenous languages, art and culture

Advisor says initiative supports the urgent need to preserve Indigenous languages

An artists conception of the new terminal building at the Pitt Meadows Regional Airport.
Air travel taking off in B.C., but lack of traffic controllers a sky-high concern

There will be demand for more air traffic controllers: Miller

Canadian Armed Forces experts are on their way to North Vancouver after a local homeowner expressed worry about a military artifact he recently purchased. (Twitter DNV Fire and Rescue)
Military called in to deal with antique ‘shell’ at North Vancouver home

‘The person somehow purchased a bombshell innocently believing it was an out-of-commission military artifact’

Phil McLachlan/(Black Press Media
Man shot at Kamloops shopping centre

The man is believed to be in stable condition

The location of the vehicle incident near Chase that currently has Highway 1 closed in both directions, according to DriveBC. (Black Press staff)
Hwy 1 closed in both directions east of Chase due to vehicle incident

Detour is in effect and drivers are encouraged to reroute to Highway 97 or Highway 97B

Scooters lined up for an educational event in Stuart Park on Wednesday, June 16. (Amandalina Letterio/Capital News)
Free e-scooter safety training in Kelowna

Shared e-scooter operators collaborate to educate riders

Most Read