FPC GM 2 Preview: Vees Looking for the Split

 

April 11_Pre Game

Venue: SOEC

Face-Off: 6pm

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: April 11th, SOEC 6pm

GM 3: April 13th, Frank Crane Arena 7pm

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).

 

Vees Playoff Leaders:

Goals: Connor Chartier (9)

Assists: Demico Hannoun (12)

Points: Demico Hannoun (17)

PPG: Demico Hannoun & Jack Ramsey (2)

SHG: Matt Serratore (1)

PIMS: Demico Hannoun (26)

 

Clippers Playoff Leaders:

Goals: Jake Jackson (8)

Assists: Brendan Taylor (9)

Points: Jake Jackson (14)

PPG: Brett Roulston (3)

SHG: Austin Dick & Spencer Hewson (1)

PIMS: Cole Maier & Brett Roulston (22)

The Penticton Vees are looking to even their series against Nanaimo in game two of the Fred Page Cup Final tonight. The Clippers spoiled the opener at the SOEC for the home side after scoring four times in the second period, en route to a 5-2 win game one.

After a 1-1 tie through one, Yanni Kaldis put the orange clad visitors ahead five-minutes into the second on an odd-man rush. Then the Clips scored three more in a four-minute span to quickly build a four-goal lead. The Clippers also got two goals from Anthony Rinaldi and singles from Ryan Forbes and Sheldon Rempal.

Demico Hannoun scored the game’s first goal five-minutes into the first and Jack Ramsey scored a late power-play goal for the Vees in the second. Hunter Miska was tagged with the loss after allowing five goals on 20 shots in 36-minutes of work; he was hung out to dry on a few occasions.

Guillaume Decelles was sharp in the Nanaimo cage, as he stopped 36 of 38 shots and took home first star honours.

The win was the Clippers first road win in the playoffs in seven games, as they snapped a six-game road losing streak dating back to round one against Alberni Valley. Friday’s victory was just the Clippers second at the SOEC since the building opened in the fall of 2008; they’re now 2-6 at the rink.

Friday was just the Vees third home playoff loss in 10 games but just their first in regulation.

The Vees can draw on previous experience in the playoffs to help them pull through in game two. Back in round one against West Kelowna, the Vees dropped the opener before rattling off four straight, to knock-off the Warriors in five games.

The Vees had a knack for bouncing back in the regular season, as they’re 9-2-0 in the regular season coming off a loss; outscored the opposition 41-24 in those 11 games. They’re 2-2-0-1 in the playoffs when losing the game prior.

Nanaimo will be looking to take a 2-0 series lead back home where they’ve been nearly unbeatable, posting a 9-1 record at Frank Crane Arena; the Vees are 0-1-0-1 in Nanaimo this season.

There doesn’t appear to be any line-up changes for the Vees ahead of game two, as Hunter Miska will be looking to lead a bounce-back effort. Lewis Zerter-Gossage is still out nursing a long-term upper-body injury.

No word on the health status of Clippers defenseman Yanni Kaldis, who left Friday’s game with a suspected upper-body injury. Kaldis was hit in the corner late in the second period and left immediately and did not return. If he can’t go, look for Jordan Low to take his spot on the blue-line.

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About CBeauchemin

Director of Broadcasting & Communication for the Penticton Vees
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