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GAME DAY: BCHL Final, GM 3 Vees at Alberni Valley Bulldogs

Photo: Jennifer Small


Game Time: 7:00 pm PDT

Location: Alberni Valley Multiplex

RadioBounce 800 am

Webcast: Hockey TV 

Penticton Vees

GM & Head Coach: Fred Harbinson

2023 Playoffs: GP 15 14-1

Home: 9-0

Away: 5-1

GF: 77

GA: 30

Power Play: 35.2% (19/54)

Penalty Kill: 86% (6/43)

Scoring Leader: Bradly Nadeau (17-16-33)

Playoff Series vs. Alberni Valley Season Series vs. Alberni Valley
GM 1 4-3 W vs. Alberni Valley (May 12) 7-4 W vs. Alberni Valley (Oct. 20)*
GM 2 4-3 W vs. Alberni Valley (May 13) 7-1 W at Alberni Valley (Nov. 25)
GM 3 May 16 at Alberni Valley * BCHL Showcase
GM 4 May 17 at Alberni Valley
GM 5 May 20 vs. Alberni Valley*
GM 6 May 22 at Alberni Valley*
GM 7 May 24 vs. Alberni Valley*

*If necessary

Last Game: The Penticton Vees grabbed a 2-0 series over the Alberni Valley Bulldogs with their 4-3 win in Game Two. The first two games of this series have been decided by one goal and both by 4-3 scores.

Saturday had fireworks to say the least. There was three video reviews in that game. The big one came near the end of the third period, with the Vees lead 4-3, the Bulldogs thought they had scored during a scramble in the crease. Vees’ Luca Di Pasquo turned and pawed the puck off the goal line. After review, the original call stood.

After a scoreless first period, the two teams combined for five goals in the second period. Penticton scored three in the middle frame, as Brett Moravec, Joshua Niedermayer, and Josh Nadeau all scored.

Spencer Smith scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal in the third period.

Game Three Preview: The Vees look for a 3-0 series lead, as the scene shifts to the Alberni Valley Multiplex in Port Alberni for Games Three and Four.

Penticton is 5-1 on the road in the BCHL Playoffs. Their only loss came in overtime in Game Four against Salmon Arm in the Interior Conference Final.

No lineup changes are expected for the Vees, as Luca Di Pasquo makes his 16th consecutive start. Ryan Hopkins did take warm up for the first two games of the series. His status for Game Three is to be determined.

Josh Nadeau has a 12-game point streak coming into tonight’s game. The 19-year-old has 25 points in his last 12 games. Nadeau has also scored in three-straight games. He was named the BCHL First Star of the Week.

Bradly Nadeau has assisted in each of his last three games.

Alberni Valley Bulldogs

GM & Head Coach: Joe Martin

2023 Playoffs: GP 17 12-5

Home: 7-0

Away: 5-5

GF: 70

GA: 44

Power Play: 22% (9/41)

Penalty Kill: 83.3% (7/42)

Scoring Leader: Dakota MacIntosh (11-12-13)

Road to the Fred Page Cup: The Bulldogs have had an impressive run to their first ever BCHL Fred Page Cup Final appearance. Alberni Valley has lost just three times over the previous three rounds and have swept two of their three series.

The ‘Dogs beat the Chilliwack Chiefs to clinch their first Cliff McNabb Trophy has Coastal Conference champions. Alberni Valley came back from a 2-0 series deficit to beat the Surrey Eagles in seven games in Round Two. AVB knocked-off the Victoria Grizzlies in Round One.

Game Three Preview: The Bulldogs return home, looking for their first win of the series. The “Dawg Pound” has been a tough place for the opposition to play in this season.

The Bulldogs are 7-0 at home in the BCHL Playoffs and have won 19 of their last 20 home games dating back to December 31, 2022. They sold out these two home games in two hours. Tonight, they will look to feed off the hometown crowd.

Alberni Valley’s best period in this series has been the third. They have outscored Penticton 2-1 in the third and have outshot them 31-16. The Bulldogs have a minus three goal differential in the first two periods of this series and have been outshot 58-32.

Forward Nicholas Beneteau has scored three goals in the first two games of the series. Brady McIsaac has four points, all assists, in his last four games.