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*
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: 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)
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)
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.