GAME DAY: SUMMERLAND STEAM VS KAMLOOPS STORM

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KAMLOOPS STORM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VS

 SummerlandSteam  SUMMERLAND STEAM
20-8-0-0-3, 43 PTS RECORD 19-9-0-0-0, 38 PTS
10-4-0-2 AWAY / HOME

RECORD

11-2-0-0-0
L-1 STREAK W-3
5-3-0-2 LAST 10 GAMES 9-1-0-0-0
1st, DOUG BIRKS DIVISION DIVISION RANK 2ND, OKANAGAN DIVISION
1-0 SEASON SERIES 0-1
.694% WIN % .679%
100

3.23 GF PER GM (11TH, KIJHL)

GOALS FOR 99

3.54 GF PER GAME (7TH, KIJHL)

79

2.55 PER GM (7TH, KIJHL)

GOALS AGAINST 62

2.21 GA PER GAME (4TH, KIJHL)

+21 DIFFERENTIAL +37
20/158 ; 12.66% (15TH, KIJHL)

ROAD: 8/87 ; 9.20% (t-17TH, KIJHL)

POWERPLAY % OVERALL: 17/128 ; 13.28% (12TH, KIJHL)

HOME: 7/48; 14.58% (15TH, KIJHL)

127/142; 89.44% (2ND, KIJHL)

ROAD: 67/75; 89.33% (1ST, KIJHL)

PENALTY KILL % OVERALL: 128/146 ; 87.67% (4TH, KIJHL)

HOME: 54/63 ; 85.71% (9TH, KIJHL)

ZACKARI ANDRUSIAK

14G + 11A = 25 PTS

LEADING SCORER

JACK MILLS

17G + 22A = 39 PTS

GAME NOTES:

  • Summerland comes in having won 3 in a row. This comes after a 9 game winning streak was snapped on November 28, making Summerland’s record 12-1 in their past 13 games.
  • With the recent run they’ve been on, Summerland now sits sixth in the KIJHL based on winning percentage with a .679% win%. On home ice, their win% comes in at .846%, good for third place behind only Osoyoos (1.00%, 14-0) and Kimberley (.857%, 12-1-0-1).
  • Summerland’s defense and goaltending has started December just as they spent most of November: Stingy.
  • In three games thus far in the month of December, all wins, Summerland’s goaltending tandem of Jake Mullen and Matt Huber have stopped rubber to the tune of a 97.2% Save Percentage.
  • Summerland’s team defense has played a part as well. The team’s goals against average is nothing to shake a finger at either at just 0.66.
  • While only allowing two goals in three games, Summerland’s managed to score 13 times in those three victories. Jack Mills started the month with 5 points in his first 3 games, while Riley Pettitt continues to stay hot, carrying a 15 game point streak into Friday night’s action.
  • Though their scoring touch has been there to accompany good defense and goaltending, the opponent they see on Friday is a far different animal than the three they’ve seen so far in December. The three teams the Steam have seen in the month so far, North Okanagan, Princeton, and Sicamous are #16, #17, and #18, respectively.
  • The one thing Summerland’s done a good job of lately that’s led to them winning some games is staying out of the penalty box. They’ve been limitiing their infractions, and taking advantage of their powerplay opportunities.
  • The uptick in powerplay numbers seems to be thanks in large part to the newest member of the Steam roster, Josh Pilon. Since his arrival, Pilon’s recorded 6 assists, but his play has been stellar. Summerland’s coaching staff and management group are absolutely thrilled with their newest piece to the puzzle, as far as I’ve heard.
  • As good as Summerland’s powerplay has been recently, they’ll be in tough against the Doug Birks Division leaders this weekend.
  • Kamloops comes in on Friday night as the #1 team in the Doug Birks Division and fifth overall in the KIJHL based on winning percentage. They have the best ROAD penalty kill in the KIJHL at an 89.33% kill rate.
  • Kamloops has a good offensive hockey club, though it’s only been recently that their Goals For numbers have really started to climb.
  •  Their offense has been clipping at a high rate as of late, particularly since the acquisition of Zackari Andrusiak in early November. The 17-year-old former Tri-City Americans (WHL) and Vernon Vipers (BCHL) Forward has 25 points (14G+25A) in just 11 games since joining the Storm on November 13th.
  • Andrusiak makes a good compliment to the likes of Keaton Gordon (recently returned from the Yorkton Terriers of the SJHL), Dario Piva, Dante Raposo, Kole Comin and Wilson Northey.
  • The Storm were dealt a blow (in a good way) earlier this week as leading scorer Hunter Kero and Forward Rob Johnson were both signed by the Surrey Eagles of the BCHL for the remainder of the 2015.16 season.
  • Kero, a 17-year-old from Hancock, MI, was leading the Storm in scoring with 32 points (8G+24A), while Johnson is a commit to NCAA Division I Air Force in 2017/18. The Storm will miss both players, but are thrilled for them to have the opportunity and as always should have no problem getting along without them.
  • It looks as though Kamloops could also be without defenseman Sol Seibel on Friday night as well. Word is he’ll suit up for the BCHL’s West Kelowna Warriors as an AP according to Head Coach Ed Patterson.
  • Kamloops can score ’em, but they can stop ’em too. They sit 7th in the KIJHL in team GAA, with a young goaltending tandem carrying the load.
  • Both born in 1998, Spencer Eschyschyn and Tavin Grant have done a great job to give the Storm quality goaltending night in and night out, playing in quite possibly the toughest division top to bottom in the KIJHL.
  • Eschyschyn will likely carry the load for the Storm for the foreseeable future, as Grant has been sidelined with an injury and isn’t expect back until the new year according to THIS article from Kamloopsthisweek.com
  • Grant, who played 18 games with the WHL’s Prince George Cougars last season, was re-assigned by the Cougars in early September and formed a tandem with 17-year-old Eschyschyn after the departure of Jake Mullen.
  • Mullen, who now mans the crease for Summerland, was with the Okotoks Oilers at the time Grant was reassigned and found his way to Summerland upon departure from the AJHL. The Steam won’t complain about that acquisition.

 

  • Puck drops at 7:30 at the Summerland Arena, and the night is presented by Steam PLATINUM sponsor Nesters Market. You can pick up tickets at Nesters any time their open for $2 off the door price, which means you can watch KIJHL hockey any night for just $8!

 

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