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: 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*
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: Steen Cooper, Demico Hannoun & Jack Ramsey (2)
SHG: Matt Serratore (1)
PIMS: Demico Hannoun (28)
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.