Vees coach mystified by penalty call in loss to Clippers

Vees coach waiting to hear from league about mystery penalty that resulted in winning goal

Vees rookie Brad McClure nets a hattrick against Cowichan Valley Capitals.

Vees rookie Brad McClure nets a hattrick against Cowichan Valley Capitals.

A phantom penalty called against the Penticton Vees prevented them from possibly returning home with four of six points.

Instead, the Vees went 1-1-0-1, losing in double overtime to the Victoria Grizzlies, blanking the Cowichan Valley Capitals 3-0, then lost 4-2 to the Nanaimo Clippers.

Captain Troy Stecher posted the following on Twitter: “Tough one for the boys this weekend, definitely a learning experience moving forward.”

Vees coach-GM Fred Harbinson said he felt his team played well. Against the Capitals, they lost the services of forward Louie Nanne, who left the game with an upper body injury following a hit. Against the Clippers, and shortly after Alex Jewell knotted the game at two, rookie Noah Henry was sent to the box for hooking.

“He literally, physically, doesn’t touch anybody,” said Harbinson. “I watched the video and he does not touch a soul. He stands next to the guy in front of the net and the guy gets a shot off and they called a hooking penalty, the official out in the neutral zone, calls the penalty.”

Harbinson is interested to hear from director of officiating Derek Adams to find out what happened. That penalty resulted in David Iacono netting the game-winning goal, while Greg Trichilo added an empty net tally.

The Vees travel to Salmon Arm for a game against the SilverBacks on Friday, then head to West Kelowna for an 11 a.m. matinee. Harbinson has no plans to call up an affiliate player to fill that hole left by Nanne, who is expected to miss the next few weeks.

During the trip Harbinson said he liked the way his group skated and singled out Jewell and Brad McClure for stepping up. McClure provided all the offence in the win against the Capitals.

“I have kind of been snake bitten,” said McClure, adding there has been an adjustment period for him in the league. “It’s a little harder (scoring in the BCHL) than my league (Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League) last year. It will come with hard work.”

Ice chips: The Vees power play scored once on 13 tries during their three-game Island roadtrip, while the penalty kill allowed three goals on 11 chances…the Vees only allowed two even-strength goals…Victoria had the largest crowd with the Vees in town playing in front of 1,323 fans. Nanaimo had the smallest at  914.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Penticton City Hall. (File photo)
City of Penticton seeking grants to fund public washroom improvements

The grant would fund washrooms at Gyro Park and Riverside Park

Oliver Elementary School
Former Oliver PAC treasurer charged with fraud returns to court

Belinda Yorke will be in court to fix a date for trial in February

Penticton’s Burdock House supportive housing on Winnipeg St. is one of the B.C. Housing buildings the City of Penticton wants audited. (File photo)
City of Penticton seeks audit of BC Housing supportive housing units

BC Housing recently announced plans to construct a new supportive housing unit in the city

A GoFundMe campaign for a display of unity quickly received donations. The initiative, by the Lekhi family of Summerland, began days after their home had been targeted by vandalism and racist graffiti. Discussions are now taking place to determine where an art piece promoting unity will be located. (GoFundMe.com)
Artwork in Summerland to show message of inclusivity

Initiative began following vandalism of Indo-Canadian family’s home in July

Penticton fire crews quickly put out a small blaze at a home on Duncan Ave. E Monday night. (Mike Biden photo)
UPDATE: House fire sends one to hospital

The fire at the Duncan Place home was cooking related

Dr. Penny Ballem, a former deputy health minister, discusses her role in leading B.C.’s COVID-19 vaccination program, at the B.C. legislature, Jan. 22, 2021. (B.C. government)
B.C. holds steady with 407 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday

14 deaths, no new outbreaks in the health care system

B.C. Premier John Horgan listens during a postelection news conference in Vancouver on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
30% of B.C. recovery benefit applications held up in manual review

The province says 150 staff have been reassigned to help with manually reviewing applications

Adam Dergazarian, bottom center, pays his respect for Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, in front of a mural painted by artist Louie Sloe Palsino, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Kobe Bryant’s presence remains strong a year after his death

Tuesday marks the grim anniversary of the crash that took their lives

Alexandra “Annabelle” Lee and her grandpa Bryan Weightman enjoyed a shopping spree at the Sicamous Askew’s foods location after Weightman won a draw for a gift card. (Submitted)
Sicamous seven-year-old fills grandparents’ shopping cart after contest win

When her grandparents won an Askew’s Foods gift card, Alexandra Lee got to handle the shopping

Surrey RCMP are investigating after a pedestrian was struck and killed at 183 Street and Highway 10 Friday night. (File photo)
The Brucejack mine is 65 km north of Stewart in northwestern B.C. (Pretivm Photo)
B.C. mine executives see bright gleam in post-COVID future

Low carbon drives demand for copper, steelmaking coal

In this Dec. 18, 2020 photo, pipes to be used for the Keystone XL pipeline are stored in a field near Dorchester, Neb.  THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Chris Machian /Omaha World-Herald via AP
Canadians divided over Keystone pipeline, despite U.S. president’s permit pullback

Two-thirds of Canadians think Biden’s decision was a “bad thing” for Alberta

The Summerland Minor Hockey Association has had to make changes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Games, such as this one from 2018, are not allowed, but players have been working on skills development. (Summerland Review file photo)
Summerland minor hockey focuses on skills development

Ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has affected practices for young players

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP Superintendent Shawna Baher presents Lisa Rands, of Enderby, a certificate of appreciation after she went above and beyond at the scene of a multi-vehicle collision that closed Highway 97A Jan. 6, 2021, for several hours. (RCMP)
Mounties laud woman for help at fatal crash near Enderby

Vernon RCMP honour Enderby woman for taking care of children involved in collision

Most Read