9 games, 0 losses for Vees

Colton Davies

The Penticton Vees have a chance for nearly a perfect ten in their first 10 games of their regular season on Wednesday night.

With eight wins and one tie through nine games, the Vees will host the Langley Rivermen at the South Okanagan Events Centre for the first and only time this year.

While Penticton has played nine games through the first six weeks of the season, every other B.C. Hockey League club has played at least 12.

The Vees' 17 points ties them for fourth in the overall standings, but their .944 win-percentage is tops in league. 

The Rivermen enter Penticton with five wins in their first 13 games. 

Of Langley's eight losses, six have come in overtime. No other BCHL team has more than two overtime losses to date.

Wednesday's game will be the first of six games in 11 nights for the Vees, after just nine games in the first 36 days of the season.

"We've had a real easy start to the season as far as the amount of games. But at the same time, now we're excited about getting on a bit more of a rhythm," Vees head coach and general manager Fred Harbinson said.

Following Wednesday's tilt, the Vees host the Merritt Centennials on Friday before travelling south of the border to face the Wenatchee Wild on Saturday.

The Vees have won both meetings against the Centennials this year, most recently a stunning come-from-behind victory on Oct. 13th.

Down 2-0 in the final five minutes of the third period, defenseman Jonny Tychonick scored twice to send the game to overtime, before Grant Cruikshank buried the game-winner in the extra frame.

"We kept pushing and finally got the chance that we needed, and then didn't look back from there," Harbinson said. 

The following night, the Vees convincingly beat the Victoria Grizzlies 4-2 at home, in a battle of defending division-champions in the BCHL from a year ago.

"I thought (Saturday) was one of our better games going against Victoria, another real fast team. I thought it was an exciting game to watch and I thought our transition game was outstanding," Harbinson said.

Looking ahead to the coming weekend, Harbinson expects the Cents to be a hungry team when they visit the SOEC, and is hoping for redemption against the Wild.

In their only visit to Wenatchee last season, the Vees fell 4-1 to the Wild and were outshot 48-16.

"We want to make sure we redeem ourselves going into that building," Harbinson said.

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