Venue: Frank Crane Arena
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: 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*
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)
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: Connor Chartier & Demico Hannoun (18)
PPG: Demico Hannoun & Jack Ramsey (2)
SHG: Matt Serratore (1)
PIMS: Demico Hannoun (28)
Clippers Playoff Leaders:
Goals: Jake Jackson (8)
Assists: Nicolas Gushue & Brendan Taylor (9)
Points: Nicolas Gushue, Jake Jackson & Brett Roulston (14)
PPG: Brett Roulston (3)
SHG: Austin Dick & Spencer Hewson (1)
PIMS: Cole Maier (24)
The Fred Page Cup Final shifts to Nanaimo, as the Vees and Clippers get set to play game three of the BCHL championship at Frank Crane Arena.
The Clippers lead the best-of-seven series 2-0 after winning both games in Penticton over the weekend. Nanaimo took a commanding lead in the series after a 2-1 overtime win Saturday at the SOEC. Brett Roulston scored just 20-seconds into the extra frame.
The Vees were dealt another blow, as Co-Captain Cody DePourcq sustained a broken jaw early in the third period of game two. DePourcq was struck by the puck after an errant point-shot, which broke his jaw in two places. The Penticton native underwent surgery Sunday at Penticton Regional Hospital and is out indefinitely.
With that, the Vees will insert an AP into the line-up, as they do have 15-year-old Jordy Bellerive and 16-year-old Taylor Ward traveling with the team; a game-time decision on who draws in. Bellerive and Ward won the Canadian Sports School Hockey League Prep Division Championship with the Okanagan Hockey Academy.
The Vees are looking to do what both Alberni Valley and Powell River did against Nanaimo, and that’s erase two-nothing series deficits. Alberni Valley came back from 3-0 down to force a game seven, and Powell River did even their series at two’s before eventually losing in seven as well.
Nanaimo has been very good at Frank Crane Arena this season, as they’re 9-1 in the playoffs and were 21-5-0-3 in the regular season. The Vees are 4-3 on the road in the post-season but did own the league’s best road record in the regular season, posting a 19-6-2-2 mark.
The Vees haven’t had a lot of success at the “Crane” in recent years, as their last win came in November of 2011 and are 0-1-0-2 since. But Nanaimo was just 1-6 at the SOEC all-time before last weekend; no reason why the Vees can’t buck the trend.
The Vees will need to find a way to get more pucks past Nanaimo goaltender Guillaume Decelles, who sports a .961 save-percentage through two games; he’s stopped 73 of 76 shots. The Vees did have some success against the 20-year-old, as the put up a four-spot in their 4-1 win over the Clips’ in the BCHL Round-Robin.
If the Vees are going to pick up a win tonight, they’re going to need contributions from their top players. If you include the regular season and playoffs, the Vees are a combined 55-6-1-1, when Demico Hannoun, Tyson Jost and Pat Newell score a goal. They’re 30-3-2-0 when Connor Chartier and or Dakota Conroy score at least once; need the top-six to produce tonight.
The Vees have outshot Nanaimo 76-47 in the first two games but have been outscored 7-3. They’ll need to find a way to finish the chances they’re getting.
Also the Vees will have to keep tabs on Nanaimo’s Sheldon Rempal. The second-year forward has a four-game point streak, scoring four goals and six points; he’s scored in back-to-back games. There’s a three-way tie atop of the Nanaimo scoring race, as Jake Jackson, Brett Roulston and Nic Gushue are all tied with 14 points.
Connor Chartier has taken over the Vees scoring lead after picking up an assist on Saturday. Chartier now has nine goals and 18 points in as many games. Hannoun sits tied for first with six goals and 18 points; Chartier owning the tie-breaker with more goals.
Outside of the injury to DePourcq, the Vees line-up won’t change going into game three. Hunter Miska will get the call between the pipes, and is 11-6 in the playoffs with a 2.19 goals-against average and .926 save percentage.
Fans can tune into tonight’s game on EZ Rock AM 800, starting with the pre-game show at 6:40pm. Fans can also watch a pay-per-view webcast on www.fasthockey.com