Penticton team scores junior hockey record
'It's unbelievable,' says Penticton Vees defenceman
A B.C. hockey team has broken a national junior hockey record for the most consecutive wins.
The B.C. Hockey League's Penticton Vees have now won 41 games in a row after drubbing the Trail Smoke Eaters 10-0 Tuesday night, breaking records set by two Ontario teams more than 20 years ago.
Mike Reilly, a defenceman for the Vees, says it's every hockey player's dream to make a run like this.
"It's unbelievable. Not many people get to do this and not many people achieve this," he said. "It's something that's never going to happen again in your life, so we're just kinda taking it all in and going day by day with it."
Centre Steve Fogarty said before the game he was trying not to let the pressure get to him.
"You gotta stay emotionally stable," he said. "You can't get too high or too low."
Left wing Mario Lucia, meanwhile, hoped a few superstitions would help tip the game in their favour — and they obviously didn't hurt.
"I put my left side of my equipment on first I guess and I always put my stick up against the wall so it never touches the ground."
History repeating itself
Al Formo, who has done colour commentary for the Vees for 45 years, said the date is auspicious for the team.
"History has a way of repeating itself and if it repeats itself the Vees are gonna set that record tonight," he said earlier Tuesday.
"It was March 6 in 1955 that the Penticton Vees won the world championship against the Russians, defeating the Russians 5-0 in Germany. That was March 6 and here we are again."
The Vees's head coach, Fred Harbinson has been through this kind of excitement before. In 2000 he coached a team that won 31 games in the row and set a U.S. Junior record that still stands today.""If I had been asked, 'Would you ever equal that?' I would have definitely said, 'Probably not,'" said Harbinson.