Penticton Vees goalie Adam Scheel doesn’t give Jared Nash much room to shovel a shot behind him during practice Wednesday. Scheel will make his B.C. Hockey League debut Friday when the Vees travel to Salmon Arm. Emanuel Sequeira/Western News

Vees rookie goalie ready for debut

The Penticton Vees work on 5-on-5, specials teams ahead of Salmon Arm game while Scheel to start

Growing up in Cleveland, Adam Scheel was a big fan of Ryan Miller, a stud in goal for the Buffalo Sabres.

“I just liked the way he plays,” said Scheel, who would wear a Buffalo Sabres hat and sweatshirt as he watched the Vezina Trophy winner, who has 358 career wins in 709 NHL games with the Sabres, St. Louis Blues and Vancouver Canucks.

Just like his American goalie hero, Scheel will use his big build to protect the net when he makes his B.C. Hockey League debut with the Penticton Vees Friday against the Salmon Arm Silverbacks at the Shaw Centre.

The University of North Dakota Fighting Hawk-commit said he uses his six-foot-four, 185-pound frame to his advantage.

“Use my athleticism when I can to make a big save for the guys,” said Scheel, who won a gold medal with Team USA at the 2017 Under 18 World Hockey Championship in Slovakia.

His goal for the season is to work hard and be the best teammate he can be, including giving the team win and eventually “hold a trophy above our heads.”

Vees co-captain Owen Sillinger has been impressed early by Scheel, who he said is good with his angles.

“I’m excited to see what Adam can bring to the table,” said Sillinger.

Vees coach-general manager Fred Harbinson likes that Scheel has faced high calibre players with the U.S. National Development program in a two-year stint that included facing college teams. Harbinson views the 18-year-old as a competitive goalie that is athletic.

In facing the Silverbacks, who are winless in two games, Harbinson wants his group to keep building and knows it won’t be easy to take points from there.

“We have already warned our guys about what to expect,” said Harbinson. “I think we have had a great week of practice.”

After looking at video, the Vees saw some tendencies on the Silverbacks, especially their power play, which scored three times agianst Vernon in a 6-5 loss. The Vees worked on a few things with the hope of containing it. They also did work on their 5-on-5 play.

“At this time it’s also about refining your own game as well,” said Harbinson.


 

@pentictonsports
sports@pentictonwesternnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Tap turned off in Cedar Heights

Crews are working to repair a broken water main.

Summerland mayor receives dead rats

Two rodents have been delivered to Peter Waterman’s doorstep

Vernon one of Canada’s most dangerous places

Penticton, Kamloops, Kelowna, Lake Country and Salmon Arm also make Maclean’s list

Personalized medication treatments come to Okanagan

Genetics myDNA test improves effectiveness of prescribed pills

OBWB out front on mussel disaster prevention

Water board hoping others will share their sense of urgency

Okanagan ski hills open for the season

Both Big White and Silverstar Resort open for the 2017-18 season Thursday

Actors needed for Shuswap Theatre production

Auditions for Norm Foster’s Opening Night take place in the first week of December.

False killer whale ‘Chester’ dies at Vancouver Aquarium

He was found stranded near Tofino in July 2014 and only had a 10 per cent chance of making it at the time

MP announces intention to run

North Okanagan-Shuswap MP Mel Arnold sets sights on 2019 federal election

Cougar confronts man in Clearwater

Clearwater resident Barry Joneson had a close encounter of the cougar kind

Panda picks Argonauts for the win

Giant panda at the Toronto Zoo picks Argos to win Grey Cup on Sunday

Black Friday fervour wanes as some consumers, retailers shun practice

Some businesses are choosing to opt out, while some shoppers are turning to buying online

Stay safe on B.C. roads this holiday season

RCMP warn drivers to plan a safe ride home or suffer the consequences this holiday season

Trudeau apologizes to excluded residential school students

PM makes statement to former students in Nfld who were left out of previous compensation, apology

Most Read