Sports editor’s note:
Throughout the season, Cam Amantea will write a column for the Western News giving readers insight on the Vees.
This week was a bit of a break for us. The past month or so we have had a lot of three-game weeks so to finally get a good week of practice in was nice for the players and coaches.
Friday night against Langley was a tough game and we knew it would be going into it. We left Friday at about 11 a.m. so that gave us lots of time to get there, which was definitely needed with the road conditions. We stopped in Chilliwack for our pre-game meal then made our way to Langley. The Rivermen are known to be big and hard to play against, but with that comes a lot of penalties and we knew with our speed and work ethic they wouldn’t be able to keep with us for 60 minutes. As the game went on their emotions started to get the best of them, they started taking a lot of penalties, which we capitalized on. The game finished 6-0 and was a huge start to the weekend for us and made for a happy bus ride home.
Saturday was an easy game to get up for despite the long trip home from Langley the night before. West Kelowna is a very offensive team and always makes for a great game especially when we’re at home on a Saturday night. We played the first two periods exactly how we wanted. We had a two-goal lead and held West Kelowna to under 10 shots. The third was a bit of a different period, we got away from our game plan and made a few mental errors which the Warriors capitalized on and had a four-goal third period with the fourth and game-winning goal coming with 36 seconds left in the period. The play was originally ruled no goal because of a high stick but after the refs met they decided it was a good goal.
This week is another tough schedule for us as we play another multi-game week on the road against Vernon Friday and then we finish at home against Powell River on Saturday night.