Photo: Darran Chaisson / Chaisson Creative
Game Time: 7:00 pm PDT
Location: Alberni Valley Multiplex
Radio: Bounce 800 am
Webcast: Hockey TV
GM & Head Coach: Fred Harbinson
2023 Playoffs: GP 16 15-1
Power Play: 36.8% (21/57)
Penalty Kill: 87.0% (6/46)
Scoring Leader: Bradly Nadeau (17-18-35)
|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 6-3 W at Alberni Valley (May 16)||* 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*|
Last Game: The Penticton Vees took a 3-0 series lead last night with their 6-3 win in Game Three.
Josh Nadeau and Aydar Suniev each had a pair of goals. Dovar Tinling and Billy Norcross also scored. Penticton scored five times in the second period, setting a new highwater mark for the playoffs.
Speciality teams played a major role in the win, as the Vees scored twice on the power play and scored shorthanded as well.
Luca Di Pasquo kicked out 28 of 31 shots in the Vees’ crease.
Game Four Preview: The Vees are on the cusp of capturing their second consecutive Fred Page Cup championship. A win tonight and the Vees sweep the best-of-seven BCHL Final.
Penticton is 6-1 on the road in the BCHL Playoffs. Last night they handed the Bulldogs their first lost at home in the postseason and first loss on home ice since February 24th.
Josh Nadeau is on fire in the BCHL Final. The 19-year-old has four goals and seven points in three games. He has a 13-game point streak heading into Game Four. Nadeau has 28 points in his last 13. He has also scored in four straight.
Alberni Valley Bulldogs
GM & Head Coach: Joe Martin
2023 Playoffs: GP 18 12-6
Power Play: 20.5% (9/44)
Penalty Kill: 80% (9/45)
Scoring Leader: Dakota MacIntosh (11-13-24)
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 Four Preview: The Bulldogs are looking to extend the series to a Game Five back in Penticton on Saturday.
This is not the first time the Bulldogs have faced elimination in the playoffs. Alberni Valley was down 3-2 to the Surrey Eagles in the second round. The Bulldogs won Game Six, then took Game Seven in Surrey. They certainly can lean on their previous experience for tonight.
The Bulldogs will want to zero in on the second period. In this series, the Vees have outscored Alberni Valley 11-5 in the middle frame. Penticton scored five of their six goals in the second period last night.
Nicholas Beneteau has had a strong series for the ‘Dogs. The forward has four goals in four games, as he has scored in three-straight games. Brady McIsaac has five points in his last five games.