Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Penticton Vees, 41 Wins in a Row
The Penticton Vees of the Junior 'A' British Columbia Hockey League defeated Trail Smoke Eaters last evening 10-0. It was their 41st consecutive victory breaking the record for most wins in a row in Canadian junior hockey history. The cool thing is that yesterday (March 6) was also the anniversary of the original Penticton Vees winning the World Championship in 1955.
I found it surprising that the old record was as high as it was, and even more so that it was set by two teams in the same league ten years apart. The league is the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League, another Tier II Junior 'A' circuit. In 1989/90, the Sudbury Cubs had a perfect season of 40-0, scoring 352 goals while surrendering 124. The average score of their games was 8.8 to 3.1. They had four different players score over one goal per game. Leading scorer on the team was future NHLer Brian Savage who scored 45 goals, 85 points in 32 games. Sudbury would go 15-6 in the playoffs, eventually losing the Hewitt Cup final to Longueil, Quebec.
In 1999/00 in the same league, the Rayside-Balfour Sabrecats also completed a 40 win perfect season. The Cats scored 315 goals and gave up a mere 80 for an average score of 7.8 to 2.0. Rayside-Balfour would win the Hewitt Cup that Sudbury couldn't only to lose the Royal Bank Cup Final to the Fort McMurray Oil Barons.
Penticton has two games remaining in the schedule, both in Prince George. The Vees finished with a 29-0-1 record at home and are so far 24-3-1 on the road. They've scored 324 goals and given up 123 averages of 5.59 and 2.12.