The Penticton Vees head to Vancouver Island with a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven Fred Page Cup Final against the Nanaimo Clippers with Game #3 on Tuesday night at Frank Crane Arena.
REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE vs. NANAIMO
Friday, November 5th @ Frank Crane Arena (7-3 Vees) (BOXSCORE)
FOURTH ROUND SCHEDULE vs. NANAIMO
Game #1: Friday, May 13th @ South Okanagan Events Centre (4-1 Vees) (BOXSCORE)
Game #2: Saturday, May 14th @ South Okanagan Events Centre (3-1 Vees) (BOXSCORE)
Game #3: Tuesday, May 17th @ Frank Crane Arena (7:00 PM)
Game #4: Wednesday, May 18th @ Frank Crane Arena (7:00 PM)
*Game #5: Friday, May 20th @ South Okanagan Events Centre (7:00 PM)
*Game #6: Sunday, May 22nd @ Frank Crane Arena (7:00 PM)
*Game #7: Tuesday, May 24th @ South Okanagan Events Centre (7:00 PM)
*- If Necessary
The Vees make their way to Nanaimo with a 2-0 series lead following a 3-1 triumph over the Clippers on Saturday night at the South Okanagan Events Centre in Game #2. Beanie Richter opened the scoring in the 1st period before Owen Simpson came through with the eventual game winning goal in the 3rd period as well as Jackson Nieuwendyk burying an empty net marker to help the Vees to a win. Kaeden Lane turned aside 18 of the 19 shots thrown his way in his 14th win of the playoffs.
Vees Regular Season Leading Scorers:
Luc Wilson (29-46-75)
Josh Nadeau (40-32-72)
Bradly Nadeau (20-26-46)
Brett Moravec (22-19-41)
Casey McDonald (20-17-37)
Vees Playoff Leading Scorers:
Luc Wilson (7-15-22)
Josh Nadeau (10-10-20)
Bradly Nadeau (8-12-20)
Adam Eisele (5-12-17)
Jackson Nieuwendyk (8-5-13)
The empty net tally for Vees forward Jackson Nieuwendyk pushed him to eight goals in the playoff season and has him tied for second in team goal scoring with his 8 tallies. The Dallas, Texas native posted five goals in the Interior Conference Final series against the West Kelowna Warriors before adding his first goal of the series in Game #2 on Saturday. Nieuwendyk will look to continue an impressive run as he is one goal shy of his regular season outpuas he had nine markers in the regular campaign.
The win in Game #2 has the Vees win total at 14 for the playoffs, including all of those being in a row as they sit two wins away from a BCHL Championship. Penticton has outscored their opposition by a 62-18 margin over the course of the last 14 games, holding a 14-1 record in 15 playoff games.
Having an advantage while on the power play is always important and the Vees have had just that so far in the playoffs, posting a 30.2% power play through the postseason. Penticton leads all teams with 19 goals scored on the power play while amassing markers in each of the last four games while up a player.
The Nanaimo Clippers come into Tuesday night’s Game #3 following a 3-1 loss on Saturday night at the SOEC. Kai Daniells, who scored Nanaimo’s lone goal in Game #1, was the only goal scorer for the Clippers in Game #2 as well while Cooper Black turned aside 29 of the 31 shots thrown his way in his 2nd loss of the postseason.
Clippers Regular Season Leaders:
Sean Donaldson (36-34-70)
Max Itagaki (27-34-61)
Tristan Fraser (20-37-57)
Kai Daniells (22-20-42)
Jeremie Payant (14-21-35)
Clippers Playoff Leaders:
Sean Donaldson (12-7-19)
Brody Waters (9-5-14)
Kai Daniells (8-4-12)
Keighan Gerrie (6-6-12)
Tristan Fraser (1-10-11)
Once again, Kai Daniells scored the lone marker for the Clippers in Game #2, as he did a night earlier, and now has collected 8 goals on the playoffs. The Whistler, BC native has scored in four consecutive games and five of his last six contests as well as earning points in six consecutive games. Daniells has earned 6 goals and an assist for 7 points in that span while collecting two multi-goal games in the playoffs.
The Vees and Clippers will meet in Game #3 of the Fred Page Cup Final on Tuesday night from Frank Crane Arena in Nanaimo. Puck drop is slated for 7:00 PM with the game being broadcasted live on Bounce Radio 800 as well as streamed online on BCHLTV.ca beginning with the pre-game show at 6:40 PM.