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Penticton Vees become BCHL champions after beating Nanaimo Clippers for Fred Page Cup

Vees are BCHL champions

It's official!

The Penticton Vees have won the 2022 Fred Page Cup, after four straight wins against the Nanaimo Clippers in the final round of the BCHL playoffs.

It was a decisive final victory, beating the Clippers 8-2.

The Vees were away from home for the game on Vancouver Island. They swept the final series of the BCHL Championships 4-0. They only lost one game throughout the playoffs.

The mayors of both cities had previously agreed the losing side will have to suffer a little extra, which means Nanaimo Mayor Leonard Krog will be sporting a Vees jersey at his next council meeting.

The boys in blue will now be heading back home to Penticton to celebrate.

This is the 13th Fred Page Cup win for the franchise.



Penticton Vees one win away from becoming BCHL champions

Vees 1 win away from Cup

The Penticton Vees are now just one win away from hoisting the 2022 Fred Page Cup, thanks to a 3-2 overtime win against the Nanaimo Clippers Tuesday night.

The Vees were on the road for the game, after two decisive victories at home in the final series of the BCHL Championships.

Scoring didn't start until the second period, when the Clippers took the lead on a power play goal. But the Vees quickly responded twice thanks to goals from Josh Nadeau and Frank Djurasevic, making it 2-1 heading into the final period.

The Clippers tied it up in the third period, forcing an overtime period. Just 2:55 into the extra time, Stefano Bottini secured the Vees' victory with a goal.

FINAL SCORE: 3-2 Vees (OT)
SHOTS ON GOAL: 39-21 Vees
VEES PP: 1/3
VEES PK: 0/1

3 STARS:
1) Stefano Bottini (1-0-1)
2) Keighan Gerrie (1-0-1)
3) Cooper Black (36 saves on 39 shots)

The Vees play again Wednesday night in Nanaimo, hoping to secure the Fred Page Cup and sweep the series 4-0. Puck drop is at 7 p.m. with the game available on broadcast on Bounce Radio 800 as well as streamed online on BCHLTV.ca.



Penticton Vees sign new goaltender for 2022/23 season

Vees sign new goaltender

The Penticton Vees have a acquired a new goaltender for the 2022/23 season.

Luca Di Pasquo, 18, comes to Penticton fresh from a season with the Maryland Black Bears in the North American Hockey League.

He played in 33 games with Maryland this season, with a 16-11-5 record to go along with a 2.31 goals against average and a .924 save percentage.

The dual American-Canadian citizen ranks figth amongst North American goaltenders in the final rankings ahead of the 2022 National Hockey League Entry Draft in Montreal, Quebec.

“Goaltending has always been a strength of our program,” stated president, general manager and head coach Fred Harbinson.

“With Colin Purcell returning and the graduation of both Kaeden Lane and Carter Serhyenko, it was important to find an elite goaltender to continue that tradition.”

Di Pasquo has expressed his excitement to join the team.

"I believe the opportunity for my development both as a goalie and person will help me succeed at the next level. I look forward to being coached by the great staff in Penticton as well as being a part of a winning culture," he said.

Meanwhile, the Vees continue their quest for the Fred Page Cup. They are up 2-0 in the final series against the Nanaimo Clippers after two wins this weekend.

The action resumes Tuesday on Vancouver Island, with puck drop at 7 p.m. Catch the game live on Bounce Radio 800 or streamed online at BCHLTV.ca

Should Game Five be necessary, the Vees will be back at the South Okanagan Events Centre Friday, May 20.



Vees glide to victory in Game 1 of BCHL Championship

Vees take Game 1 of finals

The Penticton Vees defeated the Nanaimo Clippers 4 - 1 Friday night in front of a packed house at the South Okanagan Events Centre in Game 1 of the Fred Page Cup Final.

Penticton took the lead in the game 15 minutes into the first period with a Casey McDonald deflection and never looked back.

The powerplay took the Vees to a two-goal lead just before the end of the opening frame. The puck was worked up top by Luc Wilson as Ryan Hopkins hammered a shot from the mid-point that found its way through traffic and past the blocker side of Nanaimo goaltender Cooper Black for his first career BC Hockey League playoff goal to give the Vees a 2-0 lead heading into the second period.

Nanaimo would respond with a goal just eight seconds into the second period, but would get no further.

Penticton’s defence played a big role, limiting Nanaimo to just 20 shot all night, of which Vees netminder Kaeden Lane stopped 19.

The Vees sit now just three wins away from a Fred Page Cup championship and will look to make it even closer as they host the Nanaimo Clippers in Game #2 of the BCHL Final on Saturday night at the South Okanagan Events Centre. Puck drop is slated for 7 p.m.


FINAL SCORE: 4-1 Vees

SHOTS ON GOAL: 40-20 Vees

VEES PP: 1/4

VEES PK: 2/2

3 STARS:

  1. Luc Wilson (1-2-3)
  2. Bradly Nadeau (1-1-2)
  3. Josh Nadeau (0-1-1)

Attendance: 4,459



Okanagan Rockets' leading scorer joins West Kelowna Warriors

Local talent joins Warriors

The West Kelowna Warriors have announced a local product will join the team next season.

Kailus Green, a Kelowna resident, has committed to the Junior 'A' team for 2022-2023. He was the scoring leader for the Okanagan Rockets U18 team this past season, registering 17 goals and 16 assists through 29 games played.

“We are very excited for Kailus to officially join the Warriors family,” said Warriors general manager and head coach Simon Ferguson.

“Kailus is a player we followed for a couple seasons. He was the captain and leading scorer for the Okanagan Rockets this season and impressed us with this play as an affiliate this season. Kailua plays the game with speed and energy and has an edge that fans will love.”

Green played four regular season games and two playoff games with the Warriors as an affiliate player.

“It feels great to be a part of the team. I’ve spent some time around the team in the postseason and it’s been awesome to get a feel for the organization and how effectively things are run,” said Green. “The fans can expect a high energy two-way player that works hard and plays with intensity. I like to use my body to disrupt plays and a combination of my speed, IQ, and shot to create offensive chances.

The Warriors travel to Boston next month for a development camp.



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