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.
The Penticton Vees are down 2-0 in the BCHL's Fred Page Cup final after Saturday night's 2-1 overtime loss to the Nanaimo Clippers.
Clippers forward Brett Roulston buried his sixth of the playoffs 20 seconds into OT, sending Nanaimo home with a commanding series lead.
Off the opening face-off in OT, Roulston took a pass from Nicolas Carrier and got in behind the Vees defence, before firing a bullet up high over Hunter Miska’s shoulder on the near-side.
Sheldon Rempal scored for the Clippers in regulation, scoring the game-tying goal in the first period, and Guillaume Decelles turned aside 37 of 38 Penticton shots.
The Vees got off to a strong start, with 20 shots in the first period, but Cody DePourcq was the only Vee to get a puck past Decelles, scoring on the power-play midway through the first.
Penticton had a couple good looks in the second and third periods, but couldn’t cash-in.
Pat Newell maybe had the best chance of the night to break the stalemate, as he was sprung on a partial breakaway. Demico Hannoun chipped the puck ahead and Newell got around a flat-footed defender, before breaking in alone, but he couldn’t tuck his backhand attempt through the wickets of Decelles.
DePourcq left the game early in the third after taking a Nanaimo shot to the face; he’ll be re-evaluated today, ahead of game three on Monday.
The series now shifts to Nanaimo for games three and four.
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