Conroy the OT Hero, Vees are Fred Page Cup Champs

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Dakota Conroy scores the Fred Page Cup Winning Goal in OT

 

 

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FPC GM 6: Vees a Win Away from BCHL Championship

Penticton Vees (14-4-0-3) (44-9-3-2, 1st in Interior)

Nanaimo Clippers (12-8-0-2) (37-16-0-5, 1st in Island)

Venue: Frank Crane Arena

Face-Off: 7pm

Season Series: Nov 8th 3-2 (OT) Nanaimo, Feb 13th 4-2 Penticton

Round-Robin Series: March 25th 4-1 Penticton, April 2nd 2-0 Nanaimo

 

Fred Page Cup Schedule:

GM 1: 5-2 Nanaimo

GM 2: 2-1 (OT) Nanaimo

GM 3: 2-1 (OT) Penticton

GM 4: 8-5 Penticton

GM 5: 3-2 Penticton

GM 6: April 17th, Frank Crane Arena 7pm

GM 7: April 19th, SOEC 6pm*

*If necessary

 

Fred Page Cup History:

2008: 4-0 Penticton

1980: 4-3 Penticton

1978: 2-1 Nanaimo (forfeit)

1977: 4-2 Nanaimo

1976: 11-3 Nanaimo (10-point series)

 

Playoff Tracker:

Penticton– Beat West Kelowna Warriors (4-1). Beat Vernon Vipers (4-3). Finished first in BCHL Round-Robin (3-1).

Nanaimo– Beat Alberni Valley (4-3). Beat Powell River (4-3). Finished second in the BCHL Round-Robin (2-1).

 

Vees Playoff Leaders:

Goals: Tyson Jost (10)

Assists: Demico Hannoun (13)

Points: Demico Hannoun (21)

PPG: Steen Cooper & Demico Hannoun (3)

SHG: Matt Serratore (1)

PIMS: Demico Hannoun (32)

 

Clippers Playoff Leaders:

Goals: Jake Jackson (8)

Assists: Nicolas Gushue (12)

Points: Nicolas Gushue (17)

PPG: Brett Roulston (3)

SHG: Austin Dick, Spencer Hewson, Corey Renwick (1)

PIMS: Brett Roulston (26)

 

The Penticton Vees are now one win away from their 12th Fred Page Cup Championship in their franchise history. The Vees scored a 3-2 win game five Thursday, grabbing their first series lead ahead of game six in Nanaimo Friday.

 

Thursday, Cam Amantea and Riley Alferd scored less than four-minutes apart in the third period, erasing a 2-1 deficit, as the Vees rattled off their third straight win in the series; coming back down from 2-0.

 

Amantea tied the game with eight-minutes left in the third period and Alferd grabbed the Vees their first lead with under five-minutes left in regulation. Demico Hannoun also scored for the Vees, as he tied the game at ones. Hunter Miska stopped 24 of 26 shots for his 14th win of the playoffs.

 

Corey Renwick and Ryan Forbes scored second period goals for Nanaimo, who lost for the second time in this series when scoring first. Guillaume Decelles was tagged with the loss, stopping 34 of 37 Vees shots but took home third star honours.

 

For the first time in the series one team is facing elimination and this is the first time the Nanaimo Clippers have trailed in any series this post-season.  Nanaimo never trailed in their first round series against Alberni Valley or against Powell River in the Island Division Final. Nanaimo can draw on their experiences in elimination games; they won two game sevens against Alberni Valley and Powell River. .

 

The Vees have fared well in elimination games as well this spring, as they eliminated the West Kelowna Warriors at the their first opportunity, and staved off elimination twice against Vernon.

 

Nanaimo will try to do what the Vees did last night and pick up their first home win of the series. The Clips’ have been very good at Frank Crane Arena, posting a 9-1 record at home before this series started.

 

Going back to the BCHL Round-Robin, the Vees have won three of their last four road games and four of their last five, if you go all the way back to the Interior Division Final. Through nine games, the Vees have posted a 6-3 mark away from the SOEC.

 

Last night broke a four-game streak, where the Vees scored at least one power-play goal in a game. The Vees man-advantage has been much improved in the BCHL Final, clicking at 19-percent through five games; six percent higher than their overall playoff total.

 

The penalty-kill has been very good as well, killing-off all but one of the 15 power-plays the Clippers have had in the series.

 

No changes to the Vees line-up, as Jordy Bellerive will be in for the injured Cody DePourcq. Lewis Zerter-Gossage remains out as well, as he recovers from an upper-body injury.

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Vees Rally in the Third, Grab First Series Lead

GAME RECAP 

BOXSCORE 

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS 

  •  To steal a term from baseball, the Vees put the rally caps on in the third period in game five and it worked. Down 2-1 with just over eight-minutes left in the third, the Vees score twice in four-minutes to turn a one-goal deficit into a one-goal lead. Two nice goals too, as Cam Amantea made a great rush down the right-wing and Riley Alfred blasted a one-timer from the slot.
  • Starting with Amantea’s goal, he scored just as a Vees power-play expired and showed some great speed. Wasn’t an overly great power-play but the shift after a power-play can be so critical and Amantea showed why. The play actually started with a smart puck-playing move by Hunter Miska at the side of his net. He backhands the puck off the near glass, past the fore-checker and out to center. Great to see his confidence wasn’t shaken after the Clippers second goal. Matt Serratore found that clearing attempt and made a simple play ahead to a streaking Amantea. His speed caught the Nanaimo D-core flat-footed as Austin Dick fell trying to turn and chase. Then it’s all Amantea, as he cuts hard across the goal-line before wrapping the puck around Guillaume Decelles’ pad on the far side. That was Amantea’s first goal since March 31st, and if you include the regular season, the Vees are a perfect 7-0 when he scores. He’s playing his best hockey of the season.
  • Not an easy maneuver for Amantea, as he had to get the puck around the 6’3 frame of Decelles. No small feat.
  • Fitting Alfie scored the game-winner, considering the play he made at the blue-line to keep it onside. Alferd on a Vees zone entry, corralled a bouncing puck, walks the blue-line then fires a dart, on his backhand, across the zone and in the corner for Jack Ramsey. It turned out to be a quick give-and-go, as Alferd raced to the slot and fired the one-timer from one knee. Great pass by Ramsey to throw the puck out in the slot for Alferd to skate onto and hammer home; stick broke as he shot it too. That line deserved the moment, as they were very good all game and you thought it was a matter of time, before they hit the scoresheet. That’s one-way to snap a six-game goalless drought too.
  • Great to see the Vees comeback, especially after that second period, when they got scored on twice and on a couple of mental lapses. Shows a lot to come back from a third period deficit but more importantly the Vees overcame a couple tough moments. First, they gave up a short-handed goal after a miscue at the offensive blue-line, that allowed a Nanaimo two-on-one. Then, just after they tied it, they gave the lead right back on a puck-playing error behind the net by Hunter Miska. Obviously he would have liked a mulligan on that play, that allowed Ryan Forbes to make it 2-1 Clippers late. The Vees overcame both of those mental hurdles and responded very well in the third. Good for them.
  • Quickly on Miska, that was a play he would have wanted back but he didn’t let it get to him. I said it earlier in this series but Miska has a memory like a goldfish, when it comes to the game. A bad mistake or off-night (a rarity) doesn’t linger with him. Just look at him in the third, as he kicked-out all nine shots he faced and even assisted on the game-tying goal; he’s got assists in back-to-back games. A two-game point streak! Miska’s mental makeup is as important as his physical makeup. That’s why he’s one of the best.
  • Staying with individual performances, I thought Miles Gendron had a really good bounce-back game, after having some struggles in game four. Gendron was vastly improved in his own zone in game five, made a lot of great, subtle plays. He’s known for his offensive abilities but he really embraced his responsibilities when without the puck. He used his speed and reach to track down forwards trying to break in off the rush; his closing speed on forwards is impressive.  Mike Lee also had another strong outing, building upon his game four performance. Lee was making great outlet passes all night, sprung Hannoun on that breakaway in the first, and had a scoring chance of his own on the power-play; robbed of goals in back-to-back games by Decelles’ glove.
  • Odd but true, the Clippers are now 0-2 when they score first in this series; 1-1 when they lead through two periods.
  • The Vees bucked the trend, as they’re the first team to win on home ice in this series. Before game five, the road team was 4-0 and outscored the home team 17-9 in those four games. Great to see the Vees get that win on home ice and especially if, IF, that was the Vees last home game. What a way it would be to go out.
  • Both teams now are dealing with a quick turnaround, as game six is Friday night in Nanaimo. The Vees took the bus down to Chilliwack Thursday night. They’ll get up and hit an afternoon ferry to Nanaimo. Tonight will be a game decided more on emotion and will power.
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FPC GM 5 Preview: Vees Looking for First Lead in Series

April 16_Pre Game

Venue: SOEC

Face-Off: 7pm

Season Series: Nov 8th 3-2 (OT) Nanaimo, Feb 13th 4-2 Penticton

Round-Robin Series: March 25th 4-1 Penticton, April 2nd 2-0 Nanaimo

 

Fred Page Cup Schedule:

GM 1: 5-2 Nanaimo

GM 2: 2-1 (OT) Nanaimo

GM 3: 2-1 (OT) Penticton

GM 4: 8-5 Penticton

GM 5: April 16th, SOEC 7pm

GM 6: April 17th, Frank Crane Arena 7pm

GM 7: April 19th, SOEC 6pm*

*If necessary

 

Fred Page Cup History:

2008: 4-0 Penticton

1980: 4-3 Penticton

1978: 2-1 Nanaimo (forfeit)

1977: 4-2 Nanaimo

1976: 11-3 Nanaimo (10-point series)

 

Playoff Tracker:

Penticton– Beat West Kelowna Warriors (4-1). Beat Vernon Vipers (4-3). Finished first in BCHL Round-Robin (3-1).

Nanaimo– Beat Alberni Valley (4-3). Beat Powell River (4-3). Finished second in the BCHL Round-Robin (2-1).

 

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Vees Playoff Leaders:

Goals: Tyson Jost (10)

Assists: Demico Hannoun (13)

Points: Connor Chartier & Demico Hannoun (18)

PPG: Steen Cooper & Demico Hannoun (3)

SHG: Matt Serratore (1)

PIMS: Demico Hannoun (32)

 

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Clippers Playoff Leaders:

Goals: Jake Jackson (8)

Assists: Nicolas Gushue (12)

Points: Nicolas Gushue (17)

PPG: Brett Roulston (3)

SHG: Austin Dick & Spencer Hewson (1)

PIMS: Brett Roulston (26)

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It’s now a best-of-three in the Fred Page Cup Final between the Penticton Vees and Nanaimo Clippers, after the Vees even the series at two with a pair of wins in Nanaimo on Monday and Tuesday.

The Vees won 2-1 in overtime Monday in game three and followed that by winning a shootout  in game 4, 8-5.  Those two wins were the Vees first in Nanaimo since November of 2011 and even more impressive, given the Clippers were 9-1 at Frank Crane Arena in the playoffs before the Final started.

The series now shifts back to the Okanagan in a pivotal game five at the SOEC, as the Vees will be looking to buck an early trend in the series. Through four games the road team is undefeated, as the Clippers won games one and two at the SOEC last weekend, before the Vees returned the favour in Nanaimo on Monday and Tuesday; these two teams were a combined 16-1-0-2 at home heading into the Fred Page Cup Final.

The Vees will be looking to re-establish home ice dominance tonight, as they were 24-3-1-0 at the SOEC in the regular season; the league’s best home record.

The Vees road success came on the shoulders of both rookie and veteran players. 20-year-olds Dakota Conroy and Connor Chartier, along with 19-year-old Assistant Captain Steen Cooper, had their fingerprints all over the scoresheet in Nanaimo. Conroy had five assists in the two wins, including a four-point outing in game four. Chartier chipped in with a pair of helpers in game four, and Cooper had three goals in the two games; a pair on Tuesday.

Now 17-year-old rookie Tyson Jost scored the overtime-winner on Monday night and added two more in game four on Tuesday. 15-year-old call-up Jordy Bellerive also got in on the scoring, notching his first career BCHL playoff goal in game four, scoring in the third period in the Vees’ 8-5 win.

Chartier and Demico Hannoun are tied for the team scoring lead in the playoffs, as both forwards are sitting on 20 points; Chartier has the tie-breaker with nine goals. Conroy (5-13-18), Jost (10-4-14) and Gabe Bast (2-11-13) round out the top five in Vees scoring.

Co-Captain Cody DePourcq will miss the remainder of this series and likely the rest of the Vees season, regardless how far they advance. DePourcq sustained a broken jaw after taking a puck to the face in game two. Bellerive will likely play in place of the injured Co-Captain from here on out.

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Vees Win Wild Game Four, Even Series at Two

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2nd Period Highlights

  • The old 8-5 game eh? I bet everyone had that down for a prediction for game four between the Vees and Clippers, especially after these two teams played back-to-back 2-1 overtime games. Remember, the Vees were the top defensive team in the BCHL in the regular season and the Clippers were inside the top five in goals-against average. Tuesday was a shootout and you got that feeling as soon as the second period rolled around.
  • Difference from winning and losing game four? Game management. The Vees won because they were able to manage their mistakes better than Nanaimo. Both teams had their share of gaffes and some of those led to goals but the Vees managed to mitigate the damage. After a tight-checking game three, Tuesday night was more open and frantic. Both teams had more room to make plays in open ice and there was more back-and-forth transition hockey compared to Monday’s contest. It made it entertaining for fans but it was giving the coaches grey hairs.
  • Another big key? Composure. The Vees didn’t let themselves come unraveled, especially in the first period where they saw their early lead quickly evaporate. Remember, Steen Cooper had the Vees ahead 1-0 just shy of the two-minute mark but Nanaimo then scored twice in three-minutes to make it 2-1 midway through the first. The Vees could have easily said to themselves “here we go again,” and packed it in. They didn’t and rebounded and in a big way in the second.
  • Staying with the composure theme, the Clippers took four penalties in the second period and the Vees scored twice on the power-play. Guillaume Decelles took two of those Clippers penalties and the Vees scored on a five-on-three after Nanaimo was assessed a bench minor. That five-on-three was critical, as the Vees were up just 3-2 at the time and the game was still up for grabs. Demico Hannoun scores from a tight angle and its 4-2 and you could see the slow boil coming from Nanaimo. The real kick in the gut for Nanaimo was the Cooper goal 41-seconds after Hannoun’s. Decelles was getting a penalty for contacting Cam Amantea at the side of the net and whilst he was protesting, Connor Chartier fired a dart across to an open Cooper at the side of the net. In 41-seconds the Vees went from having a one-goal advantage to a 5-2 lead.
  • Was the officiating perfect? No, it wasn’t. I understand why Nanaimo and their fans were up in arms but it’s hard to argue the two penalties the Nanaimo goaltender took and the bench minor is what it is. Remember, the Clippers did catch a break when Ryan Forbes chopped Tyson Jost’s stick in half, which resulted in a turnover and led to the Clippers going the other way and Spencer Hewson scoring to make it 5-3 late in the second. There definitely were some borderline calls and some missed calls in game four but I think both teams were grouped in the category. Hey, I think the Clips’ had a legitimate beef on a couple of plays but so too did Penticton. Unfortunate that special teams had to dominate the storyline.
  • Obviously the second period was a big turning point for the Vees, as they scored four unanswered to take a 5-3 lead into the intermission. Big because Nanaimo had outscored the Vees 4-2 in the second period, in games one through three but that was largely in part of the four-spot they hung on the Vees in game one; Penticton turned the tables in game four. Before game four, the Clippers were outscoring the Vees 7-4 in the first two periods. After game four the two teams have each scored eight goals in the first forty-minutes.
  • Looking at individual performances, great to see Dakota Conroy pick up four assists, as he finally got rewarded for his strong play of late. He had a great outing in game three, picking up an assist on the Vees game-tying goal and now has five assists in the last two games. He was so crafty with the puck in game four and seemed to have eyes in the back of his head at times, the way he was timing drop passes and firing tape-to-tape passes off the rush. Conroy had four points and his line with Chartier and AP Jordy Bellerive finished with seven points. That second line acted like a shot in the arm for the Vees.
  • Mike Lee finally got his first career BCHL playoff game. He thought he had it in game one but it was confusingly called back. On Tuesday, he makes good, blasting a slap-shot over Decelles’ shoulder on the power-play. The Vees have been working on that play, with Lee in the slot, he was close in game two but finally it clicked in game four; the water bottled popped too. Speaking of firsts, Bellerive scored his first career BCHL playoff goal in just his third playoff game. Great poise shown by the 15-year-old, rushing down the right-wing and with authority, he snaps the puck through the wickets of the Clippers’ goaltender. Bellerive now has two goals, as he scored his first ever BCHL in the regular season at the SOEC in a game against Trail. Not bad for a ’99 birth year. Bellerive playing in place of the injured DePourcq and that’s how to make a great impression.
  • Specials teams have been a factor in all four games and the Vees again scored on the man-advantage. They have power-play goals in all four games of this series and are now 5-21 on the power-play in the series, which works out to be 23.81 %. That’s over a 10-percent jump on their playoff average going into game four (13.75 %). Don’t forget about the penalty-kill, which is 11-12 in the series, as the Clippers scored their first power-play goal of the series in the first period of game four. Special teams can take you a long way in the post-season and the Vees need more of the same heading into game five Thursday.
  • It’s now a best-of-three, with games five and if necessary, game seven at home. Yes, the Vees dropped their first two home games of the series but you can bet they’re going to be hell bent on not letting that happen in game five. This is why the Vees pushed to get home-ice advantage in the playoffs, so they can try to capitalize in situations like the one we are now in. They’re 7-1-3 at home in the playoffs but were 24-3-1-0 at the SOEC this season. It’s now the first to two wins. Let the race begin.
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FPC GM 4 Preview: Vees Looking to Tie Series

April 14_Pre Game

Venue: Frank Crane Arena

Face-Off: 7pm

Season Series: Nov 8th 3-2 (OT) Nanaimo, Feb 13th 4-2 Penticton

Round-Robin Series: March 25th 4-1 Penticton, April 2nd 2-0 Nanaimo

 

Fred Page Cup Schedule:

GM 1: 5-2 Nanaimo

GM 2: 2-1 (OT) Nanaimo

GM 3: 2-1 (OT) Penticton

GM 4: April 14th, Frank Crane Arena 7pm

GM 5: April 16th, SOEC 7pm*

GM 6: April 17th, Frank Crane Arena 7pm*

GM 7: April 19th, SOEC 6pm*

*If necessary

Fred Page Cup History:

2008: 4-0 Penticton

1980: 4-3 Penticton

1978: 2-1 Nanaimo (forfeit)

1977: 4-2 Nanaimo

1976: 11-3 Nanaimo (10-point series)

Playoff Tracker:

Penticton– Beat West Kelowna Warriors (4-1). Beat Vernon Vipers (4-3). Finished first in BCHL Round-Robin (3-1).

Nanaimo– Beat Alberni Valley (4-3). Beat Powell River (4-3). Finished second in the BCHL Round-Robin (2-1).

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Vees Playoff Leaders:

Goals: Connor Chartier (9)

Assists: Demico Hannoun (12)

Points: Connor Chartier & Demico Hannoun (18)

PPG: Steen Cooper, Demico Hannoun & Jack Ramsey (2)

SHG: Matt Serratore (1)

PIMS: Demico Hannoun (28)

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Clippers Playoff Leaders:

Goals: Jake Jackson (8)

Assists: Nicolas Gushue, Brett Roulston & Brendan Taylor (9)

Points: Brett Roulston (15)

PPG: Brett Roulston (3)

SHG: Austin Dick & Spencer Hewson (1)

PIMS: Cole Maier & Brett Roulston (24)

 

The Fred Page Cup Final hasn’t been kind to the home team, as the Penticton Vees scored a 2-1 overtime road win Monday, in game three of the BCHL championship at Frank Crane Arena. Tyson Jost scored 57-seconds into overtime, as the Vees won their first game of the series and now have a chance to even the series at two, with a win in game four Tuesday.

The home team is 0-3 through three games and Monday was just the second home loss in the post-season for Nanaimo; they’re now 9-2.

First the first time in the series the Vees didn’t score first and it served them well in the end. Nicolas Carrier opened the scoring midway through the first on a jam play at the side of the Vees net. Brett Roulston centered and Carrier was able to stuff the rebound in at the post to put the Clips ahead.

That score held up until late in the second period, when the Vees power-play scored a timely goal. Steen Cooper forced a rebound across the goal-line from inside the Nanaimo crease for his fourth of the playoffs at 16:46; the Vees third power-play goal of the series.

Nothing was decided in the third so for the second consecutive game overtime was needed to produce a winner. Inside the first minute Pat Newell found the puck behind the Clippers net and centered for an open Jost in the slot. The 17-year-old made no mistake, bagging his eighth underneath Guillaume Decelles’ pad 57-seconds in; the Vees are now 5-3 in OT.

Tonight is another pivotal swing game, as the series can take on two completely different looks depending on the outcome. A Vees win and the series is tied 2-2 and becomes a best-of-three, with two of those at the SOEC. If Nanaimo wins, they’re up 3-1 and have a chance to win the Fred Page Cup Thursday in Penticton; they’re looking for their first title since 2008.

Monday’s win was the Vees first in Nanaimo since November of 2011, as they were 0-2-0-2 in the last four visits (regular season and playoffs combined). Interesting to note the Clippers have twice had 2-0 series leads in the playoffs and on both occasions their opposition has come back to tie it 2-2. Can the Vees make it three in a row?

It will be the same line-up for the Vees tonight in game four, as once again 15-year-old Jordy Bellerive will play in place of the injured Cody DePourcq. Hunter Miska will be back between the pipes and looking to help his team sweep the two games in Nanaimo. Miska is 12-3-3 in the playoffs with a 2.13 goals-against average and a .928 save-percentage.

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FPC Post-Game GM 3: Jost OT Heroics Puts Vees Back in Series

April 13_Blog

GAME RECAP 

BOXSCORE 

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS 

Game Three Audio Highlights

  • We have ourselves a series. Tyson Jost wrote the final chapter on the comeback that was authored by Hunter Miska and the Vees special teams. Jost scored just 57-seconds into overtime, as the Vees cut the series deficit in half ahead of a pivotal game four Tuesday.
  • Great vision by Pat Newell to spot Jost lurking in the slot. From behind the net, just below the left goal-line, Newell slid a backhand pass out to Jost, who went to a knee and beat Guillaume Decelles low under the right-leg. Sound familiar? That goal was nearly identical to the one Demico Hannoun scored in OT in the Round-Robin against Chilliwack. Like Monday, Newell was the setup man and from behind the net. Against Chilliwack, he fed a pass out front to Hannoun, who went to a knee, before beating David Jacobson. Fast-forward to Monday and it’s Newell, again, spotting a teammate out front for the one-timer in OT.
  • Probably can’t heap enough credit on Hunter Miska for the game three win. Two massive saves early in the first period kept the Vees from finding themselves in a 0-2 hole. First, on an unfortunate bounce, he robbed Devin Brosseau with the right-pad on a cross-crease pass; the puck bouncing off the stanchion and right to a Nanaimo player. Then, he darts out the pad on Spencer Hewson front point-blank range. Miska was “on” in game three and those stops early settled down his team. He also had a great stop on a Nanaimo two-on-one rush in the second when he slid across and made the glove save on Nicolas Carrier. In the third, his best save was a point-shot from Austin Dick that was tipped down in front. Miska was sliding to his blocker-side but had to come back across with his left-leg.
  • The team that has scored first in this series is now 0-3.
  • So the Vees are now 56-6-1-1 when Tyson Jost, Demico Hannoun or Pat Newell score a goal. No surprise the Vees do well when they’re top players are playing well. But that’s a phenomenal (regular season + playoffs). Those guys can really set the tone.
  • The Vees specials teams came up huge in the win. They score their only goal in regulation on the power-play and that was late in the second; the timing of that goal can’t be overstated. The penalty-kill was a perfect five-for-five and now is  nine-for-nine in the series. The Vees killed-off three of the five penalties when they were still down 1-0 and they also killed-off a penalty in the third. A Nanaimo power-play goal either to make it 2-0 or 2-1 in the third, likely would have been the nail in the coffin.
  • Steen Cooper was deserving of the tying goal, as he was one of the Vees best forwards throughout the game. He worked his butt off shift, after shift and really energized the Vees upfront. He willed that puck across the goal-line in the second on the power-play. That goal was all about determination, getting to the tough area, he took some abuse but forced it in; a real momentum boost. Who knows what that goal will mean in the next game or two?
  • Dante Fabbro, Gabe Bast and Mike Lee had very strong games on the blue-line. Fabbro and Bast ate up a lot of ice-time over the last two periods and took their lumps in front of their own net. Fabbro had this marathon shift in the third, probably around two and half-minutes or more, but he gutted it out and didn’t let the Clippers score. I thought he and Lee were going to need some oxygen tanks on the Vees bench. The D-core was taxed with some hard minutes in game three but didn’t crumble. Impressive.
  • Game Four: Wash, rinse, repeat.

 

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