Saturday, April 18, 2015

Vees Win 2015 Fred Page Cup, Daerendinger Commits to Bulldogs, Collins Commits to EWU, Waddington Commits to SFU, Gratz Commits to Selkirk:


The Penticton Vees won the 2015 Fred Page Cup as BCHL champions last night after Dakota Conroy scored at 2:06 of overtime to beat Nanaimo 3-2 in Game Six. For the Vees, it's their first title since 2012, third in the last eight years, and 11th overall in franchise history. Nanaimo claimed the first two victories of the series before Penticton reeled off four straight wins to nab the championship. Four of the six games in the series were decided by one goal while three of the six went into overtime. Average attendance for the Final series was 1,945. 

The Vees now advance to the Western Canada Cup in Fort McMurray, AB. Penticton plays its first game of the tournament on Saturday, April 25 against either Brooks or Spruce Grove. The Saints lead the AJHL championship series 3-2.

Penticton wins the best-of-7 series 4-2
April 10 — Nanaimo 5 at Penticton 2 (2,341)
April 11 — Nanaimo 2 at Penticton 1 (OT) (2,203)
April 13 — Penticton 2 at Nanaimo 1 (OT) (1,716)
April 14 — Penticton 8 at Nanaimo 5 (1,654)
April 16 — Nanaimo 2 at Penticton 3 (2,349)
April 17 — Penticton 3 at Nanaimo 2 (OT) (1,405)







The Alberni Valley Bulldogs received a commitment from 17-year-old defenseman Max Daerendinger. The Vancouver native spent 2014-15 with the Burnaby Winter Club Academy Prep team, scoring nine points (one goal, eight assists) in 21 games. He added one assist in three playoff games for BWC. Daerendinger also skated in six games with the Bulldogs as an affiliate player, but didn't post any points.







Eastern Washington University announced the commitment of forward Jesse Collins for the 2015-16 season. Collins, who's from Spokane, WA, spent the fall semester with Weber State University in Ogden, UT, posting 21 points (10 goals, 11 assists) in 19 games. Prior to attending Weber State, Collins racked up 319 points (92 goals, 227 assists) in 220 career KIJHL games with Spokane and Creston Valley.

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Forward Jamie Waddington has committed to Simon Fraser University for the 2015-16 season. Waddington is from Coquitlam, BC and played the 2014-15 season with Drayton Valley. In two seasons with the Thunder, he posted 54 points (28 goals, 26 assists) in 104 career games. Waddington played 2012-13 with Cowichan of the BCHL and tallied 17 points (eight goals, nine assists) in 51 games as an 18-year-old.

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Selkirk College secured a commitment for the 2015-16 season from defenseman Richard Gratz of the OCN Blizzard. The Surrey, BC native spent the last two seasons with OCN, scoring 21 points (three goals, 18 assists) in 107 games. Gratz started the 2013-14 season with Melfort of the SJHL and had one assist five games before joining the Blizzard. He played his junior B hockey with the PJHL's North Delta Devils in 2012-13 and had three assists in 38 games.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Vees One Win Away from Fred Page Cup, SilverBacks Acquire Gorgi, Smokies Recruit Tetteh, Four BCMML Players Commit to PG, Jandric to Join Vipers:


Penticton scored twice in a four minute span of the third period to win 3-2 over Nanaimo and take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Fred Page Cup Final Series. Riley Alferd had the winner for the Vees as the home team claimed a victory for the first time in the series. 

Penticton leads the best-of-7 series 3-2
April 10 — Nanaimo 5 at Penticton 2 (2,341)
April 11 — Nanaimo 2 at Penticton 1 (OT) (2,203)
April 13 — Penticton 2 at Nanaimo 1 (OT) (1,716)
April 14 — Penticton 8 at Nanaimo 5 (1,654)
April 16 — Nanaimo 2 at Penticton 3 (2,349)
April 17 — Penticton at Nanaimo - 7 pm
x-April 19 — Nanaimo at Penticton - 6 pm







The Salmon Arm SilverBacks acquired 20-year-old centre Dustin Gorgi from Grande Prairie of the AJHL as future considerations from the January 10th trade that saw 19-year-old defenseman Karl El-Mir join the Storm. Gorgi, who's from Red Deer, AB, had 18 points (nine goals, nine assists) in 58 games split between the Olds Grizzlys and Grande Prairie. He had 29 points (13 goals, 16 assists) in 60 games with Olds in 2013-14.

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The Trail Smoke Eaters added 16-year-old defenseman Nii Noi Tetteh to their "New Recruits" on the BCHL website. The Revelstoke, BC product played for his hometown Grizzlies of the KIJHL in 2014-15, registering 21 points (six goals, 15 assists) in 49 games. He also played one game as an affiliate player with the Vernon Vipers this season, but didn't register any points.

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The Prince George Spruce Kings announced the commitment of four players following their spring camp last weekend. Heading to PG are three members of the BC Major Midget League champion Vancouver NE Chiefs, and one member of the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds. 17-year-olds Parker Colley and Nic Ponak, who are both forwards, along with 17-year-old goaltender Liam McCloskey join 16-year-old forward Kyle Johnson on the Spruce Kings.

Colley had 64 points (18 goals, 46 assists) in 40 games last season with the Chiefs while Johnson finished with 48 points (23 goals, 25 assists), also in 40 games. McCloskey started more than half of the Chiefs' regular season games, finishing with a 15-2-3 record along with a 2.25 goals-against-average. Ponak notched 50 points (22 goals, 28 assists) in 37 games with the Thunderbirds.

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The BC Major Midget League continues to have players commit to BCHL clubs as Cariboo Cougars forward Steven Jandric has committed to Vernon for the 2015-16 season. Jandric, who committed to Salmon Arm in March 2014 and played six games for the SilverBacks this past season, was second on the Cougars in scoring in 2014-15, with 54 points (18 goals, 36 assists) in 39 games.







Defenseman Scott Ford (Merritt, 1997-2000) has been released by Milwaukee of the AHL from his professional try-out so he can rejoin the South Carolina Stingrays for the ECHL Kelly Cup Playoffs. Ford played 12 games and recorded two assists with the Admirals since signing with the team on March 17th. He had five points in 40 games with South Carolina in 2014-15 before joining Milwaukee.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Vees Win Game Four Shootout, Smoke Eaters Looking for Assistant Coach, Buono Commits to UMass, Bloodoff Signs AHL Try-out:



Dakota Conroy had four assists as Penticton won 8-5 over Nanaimo to tie the Fred Page Cup Final playoff series at two games apiece. Three of the Vees goals came on the power play as part of a four goal second period. Penticton's victory continues a trend in which the home team is winless in the series. Gabe Bast had a goal and two assists for the Vees while Sheldon Rempal and Nick Gushue each chipped in with three points for the Clippers. 

Best-of-7 series tied 2-2
April 10 — Nanaimo 5 at Penticton 2 (2,341)
April 11 — Nanaimo 2 at Penticton 1 (OT) (2,203)
April 13 — Penticton 2 at Nanaimo 1 (OT) (1,716)
April 14 — Penticton at Nanaimo (1,654)
April 16 — Nanaimo at Penticton - 7 pm
April 17 — Penticton at Nanaimo - 7 pm
x-April 19 — Nanaimo at Penticton - 6 pm







The Trail Smoke Eaters are looking to add to their coaching staff for the 2015-16 season. The Smokies have a posting on their website for a full-time assistant coach's position which will complement head coach Nick Deschenes and current assistants Barry Zanier and Craig Clare. The posting indicates that defensive and goaltending knowledge along with NCAA experience is an asset. Interested candidates should email Trail president Tom Gawryletz at remax1@telus.net.








Powell River Kings defenseman Carmine Buono has committed to the University of Massachusetts. The 18-year-old announced the commitment on his own Twitter account. There's no word whether or not Buono will head to the Minutemen this September or in September 2016. The Burnaby, BC product had 26 points (two goals, 24 assists) in 48 games with Powell River this season. Buono is ranked 188th among North American skaters on NHL Central Scouting's final draft rankings.








Forward Lucas Bloodoff (Trail, 2005-06) has signed a professional try-out with the AHL's Adirondack Flames. He spent the season with the Elmira Jackals of the ECHL, posting 22 points (11 goals, 11 assists) in 44 games.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Vees Strike in Fred Page Cup Final Game Three, Scofield Released by Grizzly Adams, Ahlgren Commits to Bentley, Noonan Recalled to Milwaukee:



The home team continued to be 0-for-3 in the Fred Page Cup final series as Penticton won Game Three 2-1 in overtime against Nanaimo on Monday night to cut the Clippers lead to 2-1 in the best-of-seven. Tyson Jost had the winner for the Vees just 57 seconds into the extra frame. The goal is Jost's eighth in 18 playoff games this year with Penticton. Goaltender Guillaume Decelles, who was named BCHL Player of the Week for the second straight week, made 37 saves in goal for the Clippers.

Nanaimo leads best-of-7 series 2-0
April 10 — Nanaimo 5 at Penticton 2 (2,341)
April 11 — Nanaimo 2 at Penticton 1 (OT) (2,203)
April 13 — Penticton 2 at Nanaimo 1 (OT) (1,716)
April 14 — Penticton at Nanaimo - 7 pm
April 16 — Nanaimo at Penticton - 7 pm
x-April 17 — Penticton at Nanaimo - 7 pm
x-April 19 — Nanaimo at Penticton - 6 pm








Forward Tyler Scofield (Vernon, Prince George, Alberni Valley, 2000-04) wasn't tendered a new contract for the 2015-16 season by Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg of the German Elite League. Scofield, who's from Prince George, BC, had four points (one goal, three assists) in nine games with Wolfsburg this season. He also played 18 games with the ECHL's Ontario Reign and eight games with the Graz 99ers of the Austrian League in 2014-15.

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Forward Jake Ahlgren (Penticton, 2013-14) has committed to Bentley University for 2015-16. The 19-year-old spent the last season and a half with the NAHL's Wenatchee Wild, tallying 59 points (25 goals, 34 assists) in 92 games.

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Defenseman Garrett Noonan (Vernon, 2009-10) has been recalled by the Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL from the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL. Noonan posted nine points (four goals, five assists) in 38 games with the Admirals during his first professional season and added 10 points (one goal, nine assists) in 23 games with Cincinnati.