Photo: Cherie Morgan
PENTICTON, B.C.- The Penticton Vees lead the Fred Page Cup Final series 2-0 after their 4-3 win over the Alberni Valley Bulldogs, Saturday at the South Okanagan Events Centre (SOEC).
It was the second-straight night the Vees edged the Bulldogs by a 4-3 score. The series resumes Tuesday, May 16th, in Port Alberni for Game Three.
Josh Nadeau had a goal and a pair of helpers for a three-point night. Spencer Smith had a goal and an assist in the win. Bradly Nadeau had two assists.
Smith scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal just before the midway mark of the third period. The 20-year-old was the named the game’s first star after his two point night.
After a scoreless first period, in which the Vees outshot the Bulldogs 15-2, the two teams combined for five goals in the middle frame. Penticton scored three times in the second period, whereas the Bulldogs countered with two of their own.
Moravec put Penticton ahead 1-0 three minutes into the second period with his eighth of the playoffs.
Alberni Valley then countered with back-to-back goals to grab their first lead of the series. Brandon Buhr tied it with a shorthanded breakaway just before the eight minute mark. That the first shorthanded goal against Penticton in the BCHL Playoffs. Then with five minutes left in the period, Ethan Bono made it 2-1 after a nice set up by Brady McIsaac.
Penticton responded by scoring two goals in 25 seconds to go up 3-2. Joshua Niedermayer brought the Vees back level with his shot from the top of the slot. His second of the postseason made it 2-2 at 15:52. On the very next shift, Josh Nadeau gave the Vees the lead back. His younger brother Bradly made a great play to maneuver around the defender before he fired the puck across to Josh for the tap in at 16:17. His 13th put the Vees back up 3-2.
Early in the third period the Bulldogs thought they had tied the game, but Matt Kursonis had his goal waved off after a handpass was called. That came just 18 seconds into the period.
Spencer Smith got the Vees an insurance marker eight and a half minutes into the final frame. Smith jammed the puck underneath the Bulldogs’ goaltender from inside the crease for his fifth that made it 4-2.
Then Nicholas Beneteau brought the Bulldogs back within one, as he scored on the power play at 11:17 to shave the Vees’ lead to 4-3.
Alberni Valley came close to equalizing on another play late in regulation. With just over six minutes left, Maltais threw the puck at the net, and it bounced off the crossbar, Brandon Buhr, Luca Di Pasquo’s mask and then trickled on the goal line, before being swatted away by Di Pasquo’s glove. After a lengthy video review, the original call stood. No goal.
The Bulldogs pulled their goalie with just over a minute left for the extra attacker, but for the second-straight night the Vees held them at bay.
Josh Nadeau extended his point streak to 12 games with his three-point night. Joshua Niedermayer’s goal was his first in nine games. The Vees are now 9-0 at home in the playoffs and have won 43-straight games at the SOEC dating back to April 1, 2022.
Final Score: 4-3, Vees
Shots: 38-19, Vees
Vees Scoring: Moravec, Niedermayer, J. Nadeau, Smith
Vees PP: 0/4
Vees PK: 1/2
- Spencer Smith
- Josh Nadeau
- Brandon Buhr
Next Game: May 16th, 7:00 pm, Game Three at Alberni Valley Bulldogs