They say first impressions are everything and the Vees made a lasting one in their Western Canada Cup opener, as they throttled the Spruce Grove Saints 11-3 Saturday afternoon at the Casman Centre in Fort McMurray.
Tyson Jost picked up a hat-trick, Riley Alferd scored twice and the Vees got singles from Gabe Bast, Connor Chartier, Steen Cooper, Dakota Conroy and Matt Serratore.
The Vees scored twice inside the first minute of the game and buried five in the first period, four more in the second and added a pair in the third.
Alferd scored just 19 seconds into the game, after he tipped Gabe Bast’s point-shot past Saints starter Matt Murray. Before the goal could be announced in the rink, the Vees scored again, as Connor Chartier made it 2-0 a mere 31 seconds later.
Demico Hannoun, playing in his second Western Canada Cup, capitalized on a three-on-one rush, as he went upstairs on Murray at 5:46 to push the lead to 3-0. That goal chased Murray from the net, as he was replaced by Brett Zarowny.
Zarowny was greeted with another Vees goal on the first shot he faced, as Steen Cooper redirected a shot past the Saints puck-stopper at 7:12.
Tyson Jost capped off the outburst with his first of three with just over five minutes left. Jost forced a turnover in deep and snapped a shot short-side on Zarowny at 14:42.
In the second, the Vees picked up where they left off in the first, as Dakota Conroy pushed the lead to 6-0 three and a half minutes into the middle stanza. Miles Gendron fired a dart across the zone to Conroy for the tap in at 3:36.
Jost picked up his second on the power-play after he ripped a one-timer from the right-wing at 16:46, putting the Vees up by a touchdown. Gabe Bast hit the scoresheet when he too scored on another man-advantage and less than two-minutes after Jost.
Bast teed up a one-timer from the blue-line the rocketed to the corner past Zarowny at 18:36.
Matt Serratore got some luck on the Vees ninth goal, as a pass from behind the Spruce Grove net went off his skate and underneath Zarowny 12 seconds after Bast’s goal.
Alferd put the Vees into double-digits and again he didn’t waste time doing it. Alferd followed the puck to the net and buried a rebound off the goalie’s pad just 17-seconds into the third period.
Spruce Grove made some noise midway through the third, as they scored three times in 10-minutes to cut into the sizable deficit. Lukas Biensch broke up the shutout bid at 8:34, and Austin Hunter and Carson Samoridny scored roughly four-minutes apart to make it 10-3.
Jost made sure the game ended on a positive note for the Vees, as he picked up his hat-trick goal with just over a minute left, after he got a piece of his stick on a Miles Gendron point-shot at 18:42.
The Vees look to stay undefeated at the WCC Sunday night when they face the host Fort McMurray Oil Barons, at 6:30 local time.
Dakota Conroy capped off the Penticton Vees' series comeback with the Fred Page Cup-clinching overtime winner in a 3-2 road win over the Nanaimo Clippers.
Perhaps tentative owing to what was at stake, the teams were scoreless through 40 minutes. Dante Fabbro opened the scoring for the Vees at 9:18 of the third but Nanaimo's Spencer Hewson had an unassisted reply just 14 seconds later.
Riley Alferd scored his second goal in as many games to put the Vees up 2-1 but with just 3:22 remaining, Brett Roulson converted a Cole Maier setup sending the game to overtime.
Just 2:06 into the extra session, Conroy finished an unassisted effort to win the game and the BCHL title for Penticton. The Vees lost the first two games of the series on home ice but won four-straight from there to take the best-of-seven in six games.
The title is Penticton's second in four years. In 2012, the Vees set a CJHL record with a 42-game win streak on their way to the BCHL crown and an RBC Cup national title.
This year's Vees will have to first go to the Crescent Point Energy Western Canada Cup in Ft. McMurray, Alta. April 25 to May 3. That event sees the winners of the four Western CJHL leagues plus the host Ft. McMurray Oil Barons do battle for two berths into the RBC Cup. The national championship this season is in Portage-la-Prairie, Man. May 9 to 17.
Home ice fans finally had something to cheer about during the BC Hockey League championship series.
The Penticton Vees won their third game in a row in the and became the first team in the series to win on home ice with a 3-2 victory in game five over the Nanaimo Clippers.
After a scoreless first, Nanaimo opened the scoring on a shorthanded, unassisted effort from Corey Renwick at 8:39 of the second. Demico Hannoun briefly tied it for the Vees but just 1:50 after that, Ryan Forbes put the Clips up 2-1 heading to the third.
The Vees were actually outshot 9-8 in the final frame but still rallied with goals from Cam Amantea at 11:44 and the winner from first star Riley Alferd at 15:32 to complete the comeback.
Penticton maintained the series trend and outshot Nanaimo 37-26.
The Vees can win the Fred Page Cup on the road Friday night in game six.
Faceoff will be 7 p.m. at Frank Crane Arena in Nanaimo.
The home team has yet to celebrate a win following then opening four games of the BC Hockey League final.
The Penticton Vees continued that trend Tuesday night in Nanaimo with a convincing 8-5 win to knot the best-of-seven series at two games apiece.
Game five is set for Penticton Thursday with game six back in Nanaimo Friday night.
After back-to-back 2-1 overtime games the offences finally got into high gear in game four.
Rookie Tyson Jost's first of two third-period tallies proved to be the winner but after Vees 15-year-old affiliate Jordy Bellerive made it 7-3 Penticton, Clippers forwards Jake Jackson and Brendan Taylor scored in quick succession to make it interesting.
That would be as close as it would get. Jost added an empty-netter with 33 seconds left to ice the game for Penticton.
The Vees' Steen Cooper opened the scoring in the first but Nanaimo held a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes with Devin Brosseau and Sheldon Rempal replying for the Clips.
The Vees scored four-straight goals in the middle frame, including Cooper's second, to take control of the game.
Once again, Penticton held the edge in shots on goal firing 41 pucks on Nanaimo's Guillaume Decelles. Hunter Miska made 33 saves in the Penticton crease for the win.
If a seventh game is needed it would be played at the South Okanagan Events Centre Sunday.
For the second-straight game in the BCHL finals, the Penticton Vees and Nanaimo Clippers headed to overtime tied 1-1 and for the second-straight game, it ended less that a minute into the extra frame.
Vees super rookie Tyson Jost won game three just 57 seconds into overtime to get Penticton back into the series after Nanaimo had taken games one and two in Penticton.
In game 2 Saturday, Brett Roulston scored 20 seconds into OT to give the Clips a 2-1 win.
Nanaimo opened the scoring in Monday's third game with Nic Carrier converting from Roulston and Cole Maier at 8:32 of the first. Penticton equalized on Steen Cooper's unassisted tally at 16:46 of the middle frame on a Penticton power-play.
The third period was scoreless, though the Vees held a 37-27 shot advantage after regulation. They got the only two shots of overtime as well with Jost completing a play from Patrick Newell and Jack Ramsey for the winner.
Going into the finals, neither club had won in the other team's rink but now the road team has won each game of this series.
Game four goes Tuesday night in Nanaimo in a 7 p.m. faceoff.
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