Regular Season Highlites
Team won 1st division title (regular season or playoffs) since 2002
Team ranked 9th in league in Winning PCT
Kyle Baker won the division scoring title with 25 goals and 50 assists for 75 points in 36 games
Caden Bower finished 2nd in division scoring with 21 goals and 35 assists for 56 points in 34 games
Kyle Baker (2nd – 1 point behind leader & led league in assists) and Caden Bower (8th) both finished in the top 10 league scorers
Kyle Baker led division in PPG with 10
Kyle Baker tied for longest league assist streak in the league of 10 games
Patrick Klazer had the longest league point streak of any player by getting a point in the last 20 games of the regular season
Patrick Klazer led the division in defencemen scoring with 11 goals and 29 assists for 40 points in 28 games and was 4th in league defencemen scoring
Nolan Brett led the division in rookie scoring with 19 goals and 19 assists for 38 points in 31 games and was 5th in league rookie scoring
Keaghan Brett led the division and tied for 4th in league with 17 wins
Team had 5 of the top 10 division scorers and top 50 league scorers – Kyle Baker, Caden Bower, Patrick Klazer, Christian Pelley, and Nolan Brett
Team had their best home record (14-1-0-3, .861 WPCT) since 1999
Team had the best road record in the division (13-5)
Team had a 7-game win streak and a 6-game win streak … and only lost back-to-back games once
Team had the best offence in the division with 183 goals scored
Team had the best PP% in the division and 12th in league at 28.2%
Team led division in attendance for 7th straight season and ranked 2nd to Essex in league overall and average attendance with 7138 total for 397 average
20-goal scorers – Kyle Baker, Caden Bower, and Nolan Brett
4-goal games – Wes Dobbin and Nolan Brett (2 of only 22 players in league to have a 4-goal game)
Hattricks – Jonah Jacksteit , Christian Pelley (2) , Griffin Sinden , Braeden Nelson , and Caden Bower
OT goals – Nolan Brett , Kyle Baker , Mack Easter , and Caden Bower
Team records vs opponents:
BUR 6-0 , HES 5-1 , NOR 6-0 , NHF 4-2 (1 OTL) , TAV 3-3 (1 OTL) , WEL 3-3 (1 OTL)
Key games thru the season:
Season Opener in Norwich –
Won 10-3 , Norwich had early 2-0 lead before Vets took over
rookie Jonah Jacksteit had 3 goals in 1st junior game , rookie Nolan Brett had 4 assists in 1st junior game
Kyle Baker had a goal and 3 assists
Home Opener vs Tavistock –
Lost 1-0 in OT
Keaghan Brett made 22 saves
Oct.09 vs Wellesley –
Keaghan Brett had a 3-0 shutout for his 50th career Win in 100th career game.
Oct.22 at New Hamburg –
Nolan Brett scored his 1st career junior goal in OT to beat Firebirds 3-2
Nov.07 at Hespeler –
Tommy Zufelt scored 4 goals as Shamrocks beat Vets 5-2 (Zufelt was later acquired by Vets)
Nov.12 vs Hespeler –
Christian Pelley scored 3 goals in a 6-1 Win that started a 6-game W streak
Nov.13 @ Wellesley –
Kyle Baker scored in OT for a 2-1 Win
Nov.20 at Burford –
Christian Pelley got his 2nd hattrick of season in 10-3 Win
Nov.27 at Norwich –
Mack Easter scored in OT for a 4-3 Win
Dec.18 vs Tavistock –
Patrick Klazer scored his 2nd goal of the game with just under 6 minutes left for a 7-6 comeback Win in what would be the last game played before the holiday break and eventual shutdown for a month
Feb.04 vs Wellesley –
Griffin Sinden scored his 3rd goal into an empty net for a 4-2 Win in their 1st game back from layoff
Feb.08 vs Hespeler –
The Vets beat the Shamrocks 10-3 to start a 7-game Win streak
Feb.11 vs Burford –
Wes Dobbin scored 4 goals in a 12-0 Win
Feb.20 at Hespeler –
Nolan Brett scored 4 goals in a 10-3 Win
Feb.21 vs Norwich –
A season-high Family Day crowd of 916 was on hand for a 5-4 Win
Feb.25 @ Tavistock –
Caden Bower scored in OT for a 3-2 Win
Mar.01 vs Burford –
Braeden Nelson scored 3 goals in a 6-1 Win
Mar.04 Regular Season Home Finale vs New Hamburg –
Won 7-5 , came back twice from a 1-goal deficit
Drew Mullett scored a big unassisted goal knocking down a clearing pass and scoring to “stop the bleeding” of a 3-goal Firebirds outburst that had given them the lead
Nolan Brett scored twice adding an insurance goal after Kyle Baker had tied it and Caden Bower scored the winner all in the 3rd period
Mar.05 Regular Season Finale in Burford –
Won 10-5 , clinched 1st division title in 20 years
Caden Bower had 3 goals , Kyle Baker had 4 assists , Wes Dobbin had a goal and 3 assists
Patrick Klazer had 3 assists to end the regular season with a league-leading 20-game point scoring streak
Keaghan Brett made 25 saves in relief of Graeme Noye to record his division-leading 17th win of season
Burford put up a big battle leading 3-2 at one point in the 2nd period
Semi-finals vs New Hamburg –
Won opening game at Southwood Arena on a goal by Patrick Klazer with just over 3 minutes left to get a 1-0 shutout by Keaghan Brett.
Won Game#2 in New Hamburg 4-1 to take a 2-0 series lead.
After back-to-back losses Eric Tuori scored 11 minutes into OT to give Vets 4-3 win in Game#5 and a 3-2 series lead.
The Vets lost 3-1 before over 1200 fans at Southwood Arena on a Sunday afternoon in Game#7 … the final junior game for veteran overagers Keaghan Brett, Liam Munro, Drew Mullett, and Wes Dobbin.
– won the Doherty Division Regular Season Title for the 1st time in 20 years.
– Kyle Baker won the Doherty Scoring Title with 75 points (the most by a Vet since 1998) with a PJHL league-leading 50 assists and was named Doherty Division MVP.
– Patrick Klazer led the division in scoring by a defenceman with 11 goals and 40 points.
– Nolan Brett led all division rookies in scoring with 38 points.
– Caden Bower (2nd) and Christian Pelley (9th) also finished in the Top-10 scorers.
– Keaghan Brett led the division with 17 wins.
– passed the 10000 total attendance mark (500+ per game average) for the 4th straight season and 6th time in last 7 years) which was 2nd best in the PJHL.
Kyle Baker – Top Scorer and MVP