Penticton tries to get back into the Fred Page Cup Final series on Monday as the Vees head to Nanaimo with the Clippers up 2-0 after a 2-1 win in overtime on Saturday. The Vees face the uphill climb without co-captain Cody DePourcq, whose jaw was broken in two places after being hit in the face by a puck early in the third period of Game Two. DePourcq is the lone Penticton player remaining on the team that won the RBC Cup in 2012. He is likely out for the remainder of the season with the injury. David Crompton of Penticton Herald has more.
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 at Nanaimo - 7 pm
April 14 — Penticton at Nanaimo - 7 pm
x-April 16 — Nanaimo at Penticton - 7 pm
x-April 17 — Penticton at Nanaimo - 7 pm
x-April 19 — Nanaimo at Penticton - 6 pm
A pair of Okanagan Rockets players have committed to the Salmon Arm SilverBacks for the 2015-16 season. Joining Salmon Arm are 17-year-old defenseman Sam De Melo and 16-year-old forward Marcus Mitchell. Both players are from Kelowna and although they both played for the Rockets in the BC Major Midget League in 2014-15, their seasons were markedly different.
De Melo was injured after just one game and didn't play at all for the remainder of the season as he rehabbed the injury. He was listed as an affiliate player by the SilverBacks, but didn't get into a game with them. Mitchell was named the Rockets MVP after producing 46 points (22 goals, 24 assists) in 39 games. He played one game with Salmon Arm as an AP, but didn't register any points.
Forward Mark MacMillan (Alberni Valley, Penticton, 2009-11) has signed a two-year, entry level contract with Montreal, which drafted him in the fourth round, 114th overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. This past season with the University of North Dakota, the Penticton, BC product had 25 points (16 goals, nine assists) in 29 games. In four years with UND, MacMillan tallied 99 points (46 goals, 53 assists) in 151 games.
Defenseman Kyle Cumiskey (Penticton, 2002-04) has been recalled by Chicago from Rockford of the AHL for the start of the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Abbotsford, BC native played seven games with the Blackhawks during the regular season, registering no points. He also had 20 points (two goals, 18 assists) in 54 games with Rockford in 2014-15.