BCHL – Vees grinding road to the RBC Cup

in playoffs

 

May 11, 2017

It’s been quite a ride for the Penticton Vees this year, but they’ve finally got to their objective – playing for the National Junior A Championship – RBC Cup – in Coburg, Ontario, starting Sunday, May 14.

The Vees no doubt will have something to say about their ranking – starting the season ranked #5 overall, then sliding to #17 by the end of the regular season.

First they clawed their way through three series that went to seven games to claim the BCHL Championship. Then after losing an opportunity to come into the RBC as the Western Canada Cup Champion, following a preliminary game 4-3 shootout loss to eventual winner Brooks Bandits,  they win a 3-2 qualification game win over arch-rival Chilliwack Chiefs to punch their RBC Cup ticket.

Here’s an overview of the Vees season so far – and how they got to Cobourg – along with a list of their college committed players for this coming fall, and next – 20 in all!

British Columbia Hockey League Playoffs
Quarter-final: defeated Merritt 4-3 (4-1, 4-1, 1-5, 2-1 OT, 4-5, 1-2, 6-2)
Semifinal: defeated Vernon 4-3 (2-3, 4-2, 4-2, 0-3, 3-2 OT, 1-5, 3-1)
BCHL championship: defeated Chilliwack 4-3 (2-4, 5-1, 5-2, 4-3 OT, 2-4, 2-3 OT, 1-0 OT)

Western Canada Cup
Preliminary round: 2-2 (third place – defeated Battlefords 2-1 OT; lost to Brooks 4-3 SO; lost to Chilliwack 4-2; defeated Portage 5-3)
Semifinal: defeated Battlefords 4-0
RBC Cup qualification game: defeated Chilliwack 3-2

Regular Season

Record: 41-13-4 (3rd in BCHL)
Goals for: 189 (8th in BCHL)
Goals against: 129 (1st in BCHL)
Power play: 38 for 217 (17.5% – 13th in BCHL)
Penalty killing: 166 of 203 (81.8% – 5th in BCHL)
Longest winning streak: 9 (Sept. 18-Oct. 14)
Top 3 scorers:
Nicholas Jones (25G 37A 62P – 17th in BCHL)
Grant Cruikshank (32G 21A 53P – 32nd in BCHL)
Chris Klack (13G 34A 47P – 47th in BCHL)

Playoffs

Record: 16-11
Goals for: 79
Goals against: 66
Power play: 18 for 101 (17.8%)
Penalty killing: 63 of 76 (82.9%)
Top 3 scorers:
Nicholas Jones (13G 25A 37P)
Chris Klack (6G 17A 23P)
Gabe Bast (7G 14A 21P)

 

NATIONAL JUNIOR A CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY

2015 – Penticton Vees | third place | 3-2 | 16GF 10GA
2012 – Penticton Vees | national champions | 4-2 | 15GF 10GA
1986 – Penticton Knights | national champions | 4-1 | 30GF 18GA
1985 – Penticton Knights | runner-up | 2-3 | 26GF 29GA

 

CJHL NATIONAL RANKINGS

Preseason – 5th
Sept. 26 – 14th
Oct. 3 – 11th
Oct. 10 – 9th
Oct. 17 – 9th
Oct. 24 – 5th
Oct. 31 – 7th
Nov. 7 – 6th
Nov. 14 – 6th
Nov. 21 – 4th
Nov. 28 – 2nd
Dec. 5 – 4th
Dec. 12 – 6th
Dec. 19 – 8th
Jan. 9 – 11th
Jan. 16 – 11th
Jan. 23 – 12th
Jan. 30 – 19th
Feb. 6 – Honourable Mention
Feb. 13 – 19th
Feb. 20 – 19th
Feb. 27 – 17th
Mar. 6 – 17th

 

PLAYERS TO WATCH (BY ISS HOCKEY)

TY AMONTE
aggressive two-way forward … solid on his skates … good acceleration … poise and confidence with the puck … controls the play … good ice awareness … soft hands

NICHOLAS JONES
heart-and-soul captain … motor that doesn’t quit … tireless forechecker … never gives up on a play … quick, accurate release … wants to make a difference on the ice

OWEN SILLINGER
works hard every shift … reliable on the PP and PK … very good edge work … has outside speed to beat defenders … doesn’t get intimidated … quick stick

 

COLLEGE COMMITMENTS

Ty Amonte – Boston University (2017-18)
Jamie Armstrong – Northeastern University (2017-18)
Gabe Bast – University of North Dakota (2017-18)
Duncan Campbell – Queen’s University (2017-18)
Grant Cruikshank – University of Wisconsin (2017-18)
Matt Gosiewski – Harvard University (2017-18)
Kenny Johnson – University of Michigan (2017-18)
Nicholas Jones – University of North Dakota (2017-18)
Chris Klack – Clarkson University (2017-18)
Joe Leahy – Cornell University (2017-18)
Mitch Meek – Michigan Tech University (2017-18)

James Miller – University of New Hampshire (2017-18)
Ryley Risling – Robert Morris University (2017-18)
Mathew Robson – University of Minnesota (2017-18)
Sam Rossini – University of Minnesota (2017-18)
Owen Sillinger – Bemidji State University (2017-18)
Griffin Mendel – University of Denver (2018-19)
Jared Nash – University of Alaska Anchorage (2018-19)
Jonny Tychonick – University of North Dakota (2018-19)
Taylor Ward – University of Nebraska Omaha (2018-19)

 

Click here to open link to the RBC Cup schedule.