2017 RBC Cup Preview: Pentciton Vees

The British Columbia Hockey League’s Penticton Vees who finished third overall in the 2016 – 2017 BCHL standings will be headed back to the RBC Cup national championship for their third appearance in six seasons. In 2012, the Vees the Penticton, British Columbia based franchise hoisted the RBC Cup as national championships.

This season the Vees to take part in the second berth game at the 2017 Western Canada Cup against the BCHL Chilliwack Chiefs to gain entry into this year’s RBC Cup in Cobourg, Ontario from May 13th – May 21st. Penticton edged Chilliwack 3 – 2 to join the 2017 Western Canada Cup Brooks Bandits to represent western Canada.

Penticton Vees (58gp, 41-13-3-1, 86 points) 3rd overall in BCHL

Top Producers
2016 – 2017 Regular Season
Nicholas Jones (58gp, 25g, 37a, 4 SHG)
Grant Cruikshamk (57gp, 32g, 21a, 13 PPG)
Chris Klack (58gp, 13g, 34a, 2 GWG)
Mathew Robson (49gp, 35W, 13L, 1T, 1.94 GAA, 0.930 SV%, 2910 MINS)
Nolan Hildebrand (13gp, 6W, 3L, 3.09 GAA, 0.896 SV%, 621 MINS)

2017 Post – Season
Nicholas Jones (21gp, 10g, 17a, 3 GWG)
Chris Klack (20gp, 4g, 14a, 1 PPG)
Grant Cruikshank (21gp, 6g, 6a, 1 PPG)
Mathew Robson (21gp, 12W, 9L, 2.21 GAA, 0.920 SV%)

Road the 2017 RBC Cup
(11) Merritt Centennials vs Penticton Vees (3)
Game 1: March 17th Merritt Centennials (1) @ Penticton Vees (4) Final
Game 2: March 18th Merritt Centennials (1) @ Penticton Vees (4) Final
Game 3: March 20th Penticton Vees (1) @ Merritt Centennials (5) Final
Game 4: March 21st Penticton Vees (2) @ Merritt Centennials (1) Final OT
Game 5: March 23rd Merritt Centennials (5) @ Penticton Vees (4) Final OT
Game 6: March 24th Penticton Vees (1) @ Merritt Centennials (2) Final OT
Game 7: March 27th Merritt Centennials (2) @ Penticton Vees (6) Final

(6) Vernon Vipers vs Penticton Vees (3)
Game 1: March 31st Vernon Vipers (3) @ Penticton Vees (2) Final
Game 2: April 1st Vernon Vipers (2) @ Penticton Vees (4) Final
Game 3: April 3rd Penticton Vees (4) @ Vernon Vipers (2) Final
Game 4: April 4th Penticton Vees (0) @ Vernon Vipers (3) Final
Game 5: April 7th Vernon Vipers (2) @ Penticton Vees (3) Final OT
Game 6: April 8th Penticton Vees (1) @ Vernon Vipers (5) Final
Game 7: April 10th Vernon Vipers (1) @ Penticton Vees (3) Final

(3) Penticton Vees vs Chilliwack Chiefs (2)
Game 1: April 14th Penticton Vees (2) @ Chilliwack Chiefs (4) Final
Game 2: April 15th Penticton Vees (5) @ Chilliwack Chiefs (1) Final
Game 3: April 18th Chilliwack Chiefs (2) @ Penticton Vees (5) Final
Game 4: April 19th Chilliwack Chiefs (3) @ Penticton Vees (4) Final OT
Game 5: April 22nd Penticton Vees (2) @ Chilliwack Chiefs (4) Final
Game 6: April 24th Chilliwack Chiefs (3) @ Penticton Vees (2) Final OT
Game 7 April 25th Penticton Vees (1) @ Chilliwack Chiefs (0) Final OT

2017 Western Canada Cup
Game 1: April 30th Penticton Vees (Host) 3 vs Brooks Bandits (AJHL) 4 Final SO
Game 2: May 2nd Chilliwack Chiefs (Host) 4 vs Penticton Vees (BCHL) 2 Final
Game 3: May 4th Portage Terriers (MJHL) 3 vs Penticton Vees (Host) 5 Final
Game 4: May 6th Battlefords North Stars (SJHL) 0 vs Penticton Vees 4 Final)
RBC Cup Berth: May 7th Penticton Vees (Host) 3 vs Chilliwack Chiefs 2 Final

College Commitments
Player (Position) School Attending (Starting Year)
Owen Sillinger (F) Bemidji State University Beavers (2017-18)
Jared Nash (F) University of Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves (2018-19)
Mathew Robson (G) University of Minnesota Golden Gophers (2017-18)
Ryley Rising (F) Robert Morris University Colonials (2017-18)
Taylor Ward (F) University of Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks (2018-19)
Nicholas Jones (F) University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks (2017-18)
Joseph Leahy (D) Cornell University Big Red (2017-18)
James Miller (D) University of New Hampshire Wildcats (2017-18)
Jonathan Tychonick (D) University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks (2018-19)
Chris Klack (F) Clarkson University Golden Knights (2017-18)
Ty Amonte (F) Boston University Terriers (2017-18)
Griffin Mendel (D) University of Denver Pioneers (2018-19)
Gabe Bast (D) University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks (2017-18)
Matt Gosiewski (F) Harvard University Crimson (2017-18)
Jamie Armstrong (F) Northeastern University Huskies (2017-18)
Kenneth Johnson (D) University of Michigan Wolverines (2017-18)
Sam Rossini (D) University of Minnesota Golden Gophers (2017-18)
Mitch Meek (D) Clarkson University Golden Knights (2017-18)
Grant Cruikshank (F) University of Wisconsin Badgers (2017-18)

2017 RBC Cup Schedule
May 14th
3:30 PM (EST)
Brooks Bandits (West – AJHL) vs Penticton Vees (BCHL)

May 15th
7:30 PM (EST)
Cobourg Cougars (Host – OJHL) vs Penticton Vees (BCHL)

May 17th
3:30 PM (EST)
Penticton Vees (BCHL) vs Trenton Golden Hawks (Central – OJHL)

May 18th
3:30 PM (EST)
Penticton Vees (BCHL) vs Corbas de Terebonne (East – LHJQ)

May 20th 
2:30 PM (EST)
Semifinal TBD vs TBD

7:30 PM (EST)
Semifinal TBD vs TBD

May 21st
5:00 PM (EST)
2017 PBC Cup Championship
Winner of Semi Final # 1 vs Winner Semi – Final # 2

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