Chiefs force game seven

UPDATE: 10:03 p.m.

The Penticton Vees will head to Chilliwack on Tuesday for a decisive game seven for the Fred Page Cup final, after the Chiefs made a third-period and overtime comeback.

After going up 2-0 after the second period, with goals from Owen Sillinger and Grant Cruikshank, the Chiefs rallied and put two past Vees goalie Mat Robson in the third.

Those goals came from Davis Bunz and Kohen Olischefski.

Vees fans were furious with officiators, who made unpopular calls in the second period and a perceived lack of calls in overtime against the Chiefs.

The Vees were hit with a hooking penalty after Cassidy Bowes went chasing after a Chiefs player heading to the net.

The BCHL Fred Page Cup finals will be decided Tuesday evening in Chilliwack's Prospera Centre.

UPDATE: 9:29 p.m.

The Chilliwack Chiefs came roaring back in the third period, hungry for a seventh game battle for the Fred Page Cup.

With goals from Davis Bunz, just two minutes 21 seconds in and Kohen Olischefski with five minutes 25 seconds left, the game is tied at 2-2.

That will bring the Penticton Vees and the Chiefs to a head for an overtime period that will decide whether the BCHL playoffs finals will go to a seventh and final game.

Castanet will provide an update when the game comes to a close, or if it goes to a second overtime.

UPDATE: 8:32 p.m.

In a testy second period, the Penticton Vees advanced their lead over the Chilliwack Chiefs to 2-0.

The Vees' second goal of the game came from Owen Sillinger, shortly after the Vees killed a penalty.

Taylor Sanheim took a two-minute penalty for a hit to the head on Anthony Vincent, the second of a pair of unpopular penalties handed to the Vees.

The second period seemed to bring more hits and a rowdy crowd, displeased with the referees calls on Sanheim, as well as a previous hooking penalty.

Castanet will provide an update at the end of the game.

ORIGINAL: 7:45 p.m.

The Penticton Vees have ended the first period of game six against the Chilliwack Chiefs up a point, advancing their bid to end the BCHL playoffs for the year.

In a 3-2 series lead over the Chiefs, the Vees are just one win away from taking the Fred Page Cup and the BCHL title.

The only goal so far was scored by Grant Cruikshank nearly 12 minutes into an energetic game at the South Okanagan Events Centre. The Vees are up 12 shots to 11.

Following the series, both teams will advance to the Western Canada Cup, to be hosted in Penticton starting on Saturday.

Castanet will provide an update at the end of each period.


Vees looking to end series

The Penticton Vees are looking to end the BCHL Finals in game six at the SOEC Monday night, as it heads into the game with a 3-2 series lead over the Chilliwack Chiefs.

This follows a 4-2 loss to the Chiefs at Prospera Centre, which included four points (two goals) from Chilliwack's chief goalscorer Jordan Kawaguchi, along with goals from Colin Bernard and Anthony Vincent.

That win came despite the Vees taking a two-point lead within four minutes, including a goal from captain Nicholas Jones and Taylor Sanheim. In nearly a mirror opposite in game four at the SOEC, the Vees were down 3-0 halfway through the second period, but made a four-point comeback with an overtime win.

Penticton hasn't taken the Fred Page Cup on home ice since 1986, when the Penticton Knights, the city's Junior A team at the time, overtook the Richmond Sockeyes. The Vees have three Fred Page wins in the past 10 years, all on the road, including their most recent win two years ago.

The Vees' biggest challenge heading to game six will likely be Kawaguchi, who has tallied 13 points five games into the series, with a goal or assist on 13 of 14 Chiefs goals against Penticton. But that's just a fraction of his total points in the playoffs at 41, which gives him the most points in the playoffs since 2004.

It's that level of scoring that's led to the Vees calling Kawaguchi "literally a one-man wrecking crew."

Vees goaltender Mat Robson is heading into the game with near-equal statistics with the Chiefs' goalie Mark Sinclair. Both hold a 2.32 goals-against average, and while Robson has a 0.918 save percentage, Sinclair's tops that by a hair at 0.919.

The teams face off at the SOEC at 7 p.m. on Monday.

Vees stumble in game 5

The best-of-seven series for the Fred Page Cup is heading back to Penticton, after the Vees’ fell to the Chiefs 4 - 2 in Chilliwack Saturday night.

Chiefs captain Jordan Kawaguchi led the way with two goals and two assists.

The Vees trailed for the last half of the game, coming close to equalizing several times, but were stonewalled by Chilliwack netminder Mark Sinclair, who stopped 24 of 26 shots. The Chiefs eventually closed it out with an empty-net goal.

Vees' goals came from Taylor Sanheim and Nicholas Jones.

Game six will go at the South Okanagan Events Centre on Monday night. Puck drop is at seven.


Looking to bag the series

Dustin Godfrey

While the Penticton Vees made an outstanding three-point comeback in game four against the Chilliwack Chiefs on Wednesday, head coach Fred Harbinson says it was "disappointing" to be down 3-0 to begin with.

Wednesday's comeback took the Vees to a 4-3 overtime victory after the team was down 3-0 halfway through the game. That win pushed the Vees one win closer to winning the Fred Page Cup, with a 3-1 lead in the BCHL finals.

"It was real disappointing to be down three, to be honest with you," Harbinson said on this week's Vees' View with Coach Harbinson. "We didn't think we were playing all that poorly. I think the first seven or eight minutes, we get I think three power plays, we get the five-on-three, we don't score, it almost took a lot of the flow out of the game."

Along with that, Harbinson lamented the notion that every mistake seemed to equate to a goal for the Chiefs early on.

"We make one mistake, you're down one nothing, then you take a penalty, you're down two nothing," he said. "You go in between periods and try to get the guys rallied up, and then you give another one up, and then it looks like the game's going to slide away from you."

But with more than half of the game left, Harbinson says there was ample time for a comeback.

"I thought we started chipping away, started building some momentum," Harbinson said. "It goes without saying we needed to score the next goal and we did. It was a real heavy-shift-type goal that kind of sparked the whole building, and we went from there."

The Vees play game five in Chilliwack on Saturday, with hopes of taking the series, with two more games tentatively scheduled for Penticton on Monday and Chilliwack on Tuesday.

After that, the Vees won't have long before the Western Canada Cup, which, according to Harbinson, is looking like a solid lineup of junior hockey.

"It's going to be a fun ... 13 games," Harbinson said.

"There's a history with us with Portage, with Brooks, and then you've got, obviously, Chilliwack, we're going through the series right now, and then you've got North Battleford who hasn't lost a playoff game yet."

Warrior d-man commits

Graduating West Kelowna Warriors defenceman Scott Allan has found the next stop on his hockey journey.

The 6'7" native of Thornton, CO., has committed to the University of Concordia Thunder in Edmonton for the 2017-2018 season.

Allan, 21, spent most of the past two seasons with the Warriors, helping the team to its first national championship during the 2015-2016 season.

Prior to his time in West Kelowna, Allan also spent parts of two seasons with Medicine Hat, Seattle and Lethbridge in the Western Hockey League.

"Scott was such a big part of our program over the last two years," said Warriors head coach and general manager Rylan Ferster,

"He was such a tough presence on our blueline and with his physical, shutdown style of hockey really played a huge part of our RBC Cup team."

For his part, Allan said continuing his hockey career while getting an education was a no-brainer.

"I'm really looking forward to joining a program like Concordia where I can continue to play hockey and go to school at the same time," he said.

Concordia University play in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference.

While Allen moves on, the Warriors continue preparations for next season.

The club's annual spring camp is set for this weekend. Players take to the ice Friday through Sunday, with the top prospects game Sunday afternoon at 5 p.m. at Royal LePage Place.

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