Apr 2013 08

Penticton Vees Championship Preview

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The defending BCHL champion Penticton Vees, will face the Surrey Eagles in the Fred Page Cup starting Friday night.

It’s a matchup of the two hottest teams in the BCHL playoffs, the regular season champion Eagles are 10-1 through three rounds and have won nine straight games dating back to game three of their Mainland Division Semi-Final with the Langley Rivermen.

The Vees are 8-1 in the post season after sweeping Salmon Arm and beating the West Kelowna Warriors in five games.

Both the Vees and Eagles are the two highest scoring teams in the post-season, as both teams have 38 goals through nine and 11 games respectively. The top three in league playoff scoring are all Surrey Eagles, as Brady Shaw leads the way with six goals and 16 points. Shaw is followed by teammates Michael Stenerson (6-8-14) and Adam Tambellini (9-4-13). Louie Nanne is the highest scoring Vee, with five goals and 11 points which is seventh best.

It’s not all about the offense, as both teams are very good defensively in their own right. The Eagles have only surrendered 18 goals in 11 games and the Vees 21 in nine games. Surrey’s Michael Santaguida sits first in playoff wins with 10 and owns the league’s best goals-against average (1.61) and save-percentage (.956); three shutouts too. The Vees Chad Katunar is second in wins (8) and third in goals against-average (2.15) and save-percentage (.926).

The two teams split their two-game season series, with each team winning on home ice. The Vees drew first blood on January 5th, winning 3-2 in double overtime in an exciting back-and-forth affair; Troy Stecher scored the game-winner. Surrey rebounded by edging the Vees 2-1 on January 11th at South Surrey Arena, on the back of a two-goal performance by Adam Tambellini. Stecher led the Vees in scoring against the Eagles, with two goals and Brad McClure was a close second with a goal and assist. Brad Shaw led all Eagles with two goals and three points, followed by Adam Tambellini who had a pair of goals.

Ryan talks with Vees lead broadcaster Fraser Rodgers to tee up the BCHL finale

Season Series
Jan 5th 3-2 (2 OT) Vees (SOEC)
Jan 11th 2-1 Eagles (South Surrey Arena)

Fred Page Cup Schedule
Game 1 Friday, April 12th (SSA)
Game 2 Saturday, April 13th (SSA)
Game 3 Monday, April 15th (SOEC)
Game 4 Tuesday, April 16th (SOEC)
Game 5** Thursday, April 18th (SSA)
Game 6** Sunday, April 21st (SOEC)
Game 7** Monday, April 22d (SSA)
** If necessary

The Vees are looking to defend their 2012 Fred Page Cup and RBC Cup Championships. This is their 17th league final appearance in franchise history. The Eagles are making their first appearance in the Fred Page Cup since 2005 and this is their third appearance in franchise history. The Eagles previously won in 2005, 1998 and 1997; winning the RBC Cup in’98. The two franchises did meet in the 1998 Fred Page Cup, with the Eagles beating the Penticton Panthers in five games.

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