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Penticton Vees up with two wins against the Surrey Eagles in the battle for the Fred Page Cup

Vees triumph over Eagles

The Penticton Vees grabbed their first lead of the Fred Page Cup Final with their 3-1 win over the Surrey Eagles in game three on Tuesday at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

The Vees lead the best-of-seven BCHL Final 2-1, with game four set for Wednesday in Penticton.

Penticton started out strong in the first period, as Cade Littler and Zack Stringer scored in the first 10 minutes to put the Vees up 2-0.

Littler snagged a rebound in front of the Eagles’ net first, while Stringer doubled the Vees lead with a shot from the right-wing over the goalie’s shoulder.

It was a scoreless second period, but the Vees’ penalty kill went 4-4.

Callum Arnott scored to make it 3-0 just over three minutes into the final period, with one-timer from the right circle over the goalie’s stick side.

Surrey spoiled Will Ingemann’s shutout bid with a goal late in the third. With the goalie pulled, the Eagles’ Micah Berger tapped in a pass from inside the crease to make it 3-1 in the final minutes.

Penticton shutdown any more of their comeback attempt in the final three and a half minutes.

Game four kicks off Wednesday night at the SOEC, with puck drop at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors. Youth 18 and under get in free, courtesy of Peters’ Bros. Construction.



Young player granted exceptional status to join the BC Hockey League

Special status to join league

For the first time in league history, a 15-year-old player has been granted exceptional status for the BC Hockey League and will receive early eligibility.

Both the Penticton Vees and the BCHL made the announcement on Friday that 2009-born Eli McKamey from Cowichan Bay, B.C. would be joining the team for the 2024-25 season.

Without this framework, McKamey would not have been eligible to play in the league until the 2025-26 season.

“This is an exciting moment for the BCHL and obviously our organization. Eli McKamey is an exceptional talent that was rated as the number one forward for the past WHL draft,” Vees’ President, General Manager & Head Coach Fred Harbinson said in the press release.

“Eli will be the next young elite player to wear a Vees jersey with the hope of winning a championship in Penticton on route to college and the NHL.”

McKamey, who turned 15 in January, has played at Shawnigan Lake School in the Canadian Sport School Hockey League (CSSHL) for the past three seasons, most recently suiting up for the U18 team and putting up 23 goals, 25 assists and 48 points in 28 games.

According to the BCHL, he is considered a highly regarded prospect for the 2027 NHL Entry Draft.

“I believe playing for the Penticton Vees is a great opportunity for development as a player and as a person,” McKamey said.

“Playing in the BCHL allows me to keep my future options open, while still playing in a highly competitive league. I’m excited for the challenge.”

The BCHL Board of Governors voted in favour of adding an exceptional status application process after the recent Semi-Annual Governors Meeting in January.

Early eligibility can be given to players who possess exceptional traits in hockey and athletic acumen, mental and physical maturity, work ethic and education.

Players can apply for exceptional status through the team they wish to commit to.

Once an application is received by the league office, a selection committee makes a ruling on whether to accept or deny the application.

“We are thrilled to welcome Eli and the McKamey family to the BCHL,” League Commissioner Steven Cocker said.

“Eli not only possesses an elite skillset to transition to the league but has the intangibles off the ice that will allow him to excel as an exceptional student athlete in college hockey and beyond.”

“The level of talent and interest in the BCHL has never been stronger. We look forward to continued growth as a leader, not only in the development of great athletes for college hockey, but great people as well.”



Penticton Vees were shutout 6-0 by the Surrey Eagles in the opening game of the Fred Page Cup Final

Eagles shut out Vees 6-0

The Penticton Vees fell in their first game against Surrey Eagles for the Fred Page Cup Final, Friday at South Surrey Arena. The Eagles lead the best-of-seven league final 1-0, after their 6-0 shutout.

Surrey scored twice on just five shots in the first period and had five goals on 15 shots through two periods. To put it into perspective, the Vees allowed just 12 goals in seven games against Salmon Arm.

Penticton used both goaltenders during the game, with Will Ingemann starting for the Vees but was replaced by Andrew Ness in the second period. Ingemann surrendered four goals on 10 shots in 30 minutes of work. Ness gave up two goals on 12 shots.

Surrey led 2-0 after the first period on goals from Zachary Wagnon and Ante Zlomislic.

The Eagles scored three more times in the second period to lead 5-0 through 40 minutes. Ryan Evenhuis made it 3-0, scoring on a rebound out front. Nathan Oickle then made it 4-0.

Micah Berger extended the lead to 5-0 with just over a minute left in the period.

Surrey added one more goal in the third, as Evan Brown put the home team up 6-0 just past the seven minute mark.

Penticton now looks for the series split at game two at the South Surrey Arena, with puck drop at 7 p.m.



Penticton and Surrey mayors bet their pride over the winning team for the BCHL finals

Mayors bet on BCHL win

As the Penticton Vees and the Surrey Eagles prepare to face off for the Fred Page Cup, the mayors of both cities have agreed the losing side will not get away without an admittance of defeat in a public setting.

Mayor Bloomfield issued a challenge to the Mayor of Surrey that the mayor of the losing city has to don the winning team's jersey at a council meeting.

City of Penticton communications advisor Shane Mills confirmed that Surrey has accepted and the bet is on.

The familiar waver is often seen set between the two cities during the many levels of hockey playoffs, with Penticton getting to avoid the suffering since winning the past two years.

The best-of-seven series kicks off Friday night in Surrey. The Eagles get home-ice advantage due to finishing first overall in BCHL standings during the regular season.

The Vees are hoping to win their third straight title and their 15th championship in franchise history.

The schedule is as follows:

  • Game 1: Friday, May 17 - 7:30 p.m. PT at South Surrey Arena (Surrey)
  • Game 2: Saturday, May 18 - 7 p.m. PT at South Surrey Arena (Surrey)
  • Game 3: Tuesday, May 21 - 7 p.m. PT at South Okanagan Events Centre (Penticton)
  • Game 4: Wednesday, May 22 - 7 p.m. PT at South Okanagan Events Centre (Penticton)
  • Game 5: Friday, May 24 - 7:30 p.m. PT at South Surrey Arena (Surrey)*
  • Game 6: Sunday, May 26 - 5 p.m. PT at South Okanagan Events Centre (Penticton)*
  • Game 7: Tuesday, May 28 - 7:15 p.m. PT at South Surrey Arena (Surrey)*

Tickets to home games in Penticton are now on sale at www.valleyfirsttix.com.

*if necessary



Penticton Vees schedule is set for playoff finals

Vees playoff final games set

The schedule has been set for the 2024 Fred Page Cup Final between the reigning champion Penticton Vees and the Surrey Eagles.

The best-of-seven series will start Friday night in Surrey. The Eagles get home-ice advantage due to finishing first overall in BCHL standings during the regular season.

The Vees are hoping to win their third straight title after taking home the cup in both 2023 and 2022, and their 15th championship in franchise history.

The schedule is as follows:

  • Game 1: Friday, May 17 - 7:30 p.m. PT at South Surrey Arena (Surrey)
  • Game 2: Saturday, May 18 - 7 p.m. PT at South Surrey Arena (Surrey)
  • Game 3: Tuesday, May 21 - 7 p.m. PT at South Okanagan Events Centre (Penticton)
  • Game 4: Wednesday, May 22 - 7 p.m. PT at South Okanagan Events Centre (Penticton)
  • Game 5: Friday, May 24 - 7:30 p.m. PT at South Surrey Arena (Surrey)*
  • Game 6: Sunday, May 26 - 5 p.m. PT at South Okanagan Events Centre (Penticton)*
  • Game 7: Tuesday, May 28 - 7:15 p.m. PT at South Surrey Arena (Surrey)*

Tickets to home games in Penticton are now on sale at www.valleyfirsttix.com.

*if necessary



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