Chiefs grab elite prospect

The BC Hockey League's Chilliwack Chiefs have received a commitment from an elite prospect.

Fifteen-year-old Ethan Bowen, will join the Chiefs as an affiliated player for the coming season, before committing to the club full time for the 2018-2019 BCHL season.

He has also already accepted a full scholarship as a true freshman to the University of North Dakota for 2020, according to the club.

Bowen captained the Yale Prep bantam team last season, scoring 33 goals and 62 points in just 29 games.

He was a consensus top-five talent in the Western Hockey League draft, but fell to the second round because of his desire to go the U.S. college route.

Bowen was selected in the second round by the Kelowna Rockets. He stated he was honoured to be selected by such a great organization, but opted instead for college.

"Thanks to guys like Tyson Jost, Dante Fabbro and Dennis Cholowski, the BCHL has demonstrated to younger players like myself that you can play Junior A and college, and not fall off the radar with Hockey Canada and the NHL," Bowen said



Warriors name new captain

The West Kelowna Warriors have named forward Jared Marino as the team captain for the 2017-18 season. 

The 20 year old has played the last two seasons in West Kelowna, compiling six goals and 29 points with 68 penalty minutes in 99 regular season games.

The six-foot-three forward has been a part of 39 playoff games between the BCHL, Western Canada Cup and Royal Bank Cup, earning a goal and three points with 14 minutes in the sin bin. 

“I’m honoured to be named captain for such a great organization and am confident that we can once again be an elite contender,” said the Niagara Falls native.

“Jared has all the qualities that great leaders possess,” commented Warriors head coach and general manager Rylan Ferster.

“He’s a good person, good teammate and always gives 100 per cent. Having been with our program through the RBC Cup, he has gotten the opportunity to be around not only a great leader and captain like his brother, but many solid leaders. He will represent the program on and off the ice like a pro.”

Cobras overtake Vees 3-1

The Penticton Vees lost 3-1 against the Cobras de Terrebonne in their final round-robin game of the RBC Cup nationals, putting the team at two wins, one loss and one overtime loss.

The game was largely inconsequential, however, as the Vees had already secured their place in the semifinals on Wednesday in an overtime win against the Trenton Golden Hawks.

Neither team could get the scoring going on Thursday until about 18 minutes into the game, when the Cobras put a puck past goalie Mat Robson on a two-man advantage.

It was hardly a minute before the Cobras bolstered that lead, making the score 2-0 with just 40 seconds left in the first 20 minutes.

The Cobras got their third and final goal against the Vees in the second period, giving them a three-point lead.

That would be reduced to a two-point lead in the third period, with Owen Sillinger scoring the team's only goal on a rebound in the third period.

While the Vees did lose in scoring, the team was actually up in shots on net against the Cobras 38-34.

They'll still be heading to the semifinals on Saturday, though it hasn't yet been determined who they will play.

If the Vees win on Saturday, they'll head to the finals on Sunday.

Vees eke win over RBC host

The Penticton Vees have picked up their first win of the RBC Cup series, with a 3-2 overtime win against the Cobourg Cougars.

The win against the nationals hosts marks the Vees' second game and their second overtime in the series, with the Vees continually edging out a lead over the Cougars over the night, with Cobourg clawing back a tie with each Vees goal.

The Vees kicked off the scoring with a perplexing goal 30 seconds into the game, which was credited to Taylor Ward, the last Vee to touch the puck, but was later revealed to have been knocked in by a Cougar accidentally.

That would be the only goal in the first period, with the Cougars tying the game up in a scuffle for the puck in front of Vees goalie Mat Robson with just over three minutes to go in the second period.

The Vees got their second lead over the Cougars early in the third with a goal from Chris Klack and an assist from Duncan Campbell.

That goal went unanswered until just three minutes left in the game, with a goal from the Cougars bringing it to a 2-2 tie.

That sent the teams to a four-on-four overtime round, with the teams tied at 30 shots apiece. The tie was later broken by Taylor Sanheim with an assist from captain Nicholas Jones.

The game followed a 2-1 loss to the CJHL's top regular season team, the Brooks Bandits. That game saw the Vees gain an early lead, but ultimately give that lead up to the Bandits, who scored the game-winner in overtime.

Due to the overtime loss, the Vees are now at three points over two games, with their next game set for Wednesday against the Trenton Golden Hawks, who have one loss and one overtime loss to their names.

Vees lose to Brooks in OT

The Penticton Vees are 0-2 against the Brooks Bandits for the playoffs after their first game of the RBC Cup tournament.

The Vees kicked off the nationals with a 2-1 loss against the CJHL regular season's top team Sunday afternoon, making their second face-off this year, with a game played early in the Western Canada Cup in Penticton.

Sunday's game followed nearly the same trajectory to their WCC performances, with the Vees taking an early lead against the Bandits, this time with a goal from Ryley Risling in the first period.

Unlike the previous game, however, that lead stayed at 1-0 until the third period – the WCC game saw more action, with a 3-1 lead for the Vees after the first 40 minutes, but the Bandits eventually overtook them in overtime for a 4-3 win.

It was Parker Foo who tied the game up in the third period, which saw Brooks upset a game that had previously seen an even amount of shots on goal from each team with a deluge of shots on Vees goalie Mat Robson.

That heavy flow of shots from the Bandits continued into a four-on-four overtime round, with Ty Mappin scoring the game-winner three minutes 17 seconds in.

The Bandits earned that victory with a 33-21 shots-on-goal advantage over the Vees.

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