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
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*
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: 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.