Sunday, May 3, 2015

Former Vipers Conroy & Hannoun-Western Canada Cup Champs!

Former Vernon Vipers forwards Dakota Conroy & Demico Hannoun & the Penticton Vees have won their first Western Canada Cup Saturday after a 4-3 overtime win over the RBC Cup Hosts Portage Terriers at the WCC in Fort McMurray.

Here are the game highlight's, 

The Vees are looking for their third National Championship are making their fourth appearance at the Centennial Cup-Royal Bank Cup.

This was in the Penticton Herald Newspaper:

Chartier hero as Vees win the West

May 2, 2015

by David Crompton

After surrendering the lead in the last minute, the resilient Penticton Vees recovered in overtime to beat the No. 1 team in the country and capture the Crescent Point Energy Western Canada Cup Junior-A hockey title.

Connor Chartier stuffed home a rebound of Dakota Conroy’s bad-angle shot from the right side at 2:59 of overtime as the Vees defeated the Portage Terriers 4-3 in front of 943 fans Saturday at the Casman Centre in Fort McMurray.

Both teams had already clinched berths in the RBC Cup May 9-17 in Portage, Man., but played for keeps in a thrilling game from start to finish.

Portage will play the Melfort Mustangs in an essentially meaningless game Sunday aftrenoon. Melfort defeated the host Fort McMurray Oil Barons 4-2 earlier Saturday to earn the second West region berth at the RBC Cup, while Portage is in as the host team.

The Vees will open the five-team RBC Cup – ironically against the host Portage team – next Saturday at 12 noon.

Riley Alferd, Dante Fabbro and Steen Cooper had the other goals for the Vees, while Taylor Friesen, Tyler Jeanson and Zack Waldvogel connected for Portage.

Tournament MVP Hunter Miska was magnificent again with 34 saves for the Vees, while Justin Laforest made 32 saves for Portage but gave up the weak goal in overtime.

A tough first period proved to be the difference when Portage beat the Vees in the round-robin game, but this time Penticton got the jump.

Off a faceoff win by Alferd, Jack Ramsey got a spin-around shot on goal and Alferd went to the net and tucked home the rebound at 7:01.

Friesen tied it on his own rebound at 13:41 after the Vees got caught on a slow line change. Tanner Jago assisted.

An extremely quick whistle cost the Vees the go-ahead goal a minute later. Again it was Ramsey getting the shot on goal and the puck was clearly loose, but referee Mark Pearce ruled it out as Alferd tapped the puck into the open net.

The Vees did reclaim the lead at 5:15 of the second period as Fabbro’s seeing-eye shot made its way through a maze of legs and past a helpless Laforest. Patrick Sexton and Matt Serratore earned the assists.

Penticton opened up a 3-1 lead on the power play at 15:35. After some terrific puck movement, Mike Lee directed a shot from the right point that Laforest stopped through traffic, but Cooper drove hard to the net and slipped in the rebound. Conroy also assisted.

But the Vees couldn’t handle prosperity and let the Terriers get back within 3-2 just 25 seconds later, as Jeanson scored on another rebound from Brett Orr and Jordan Boyd.

Fabbro was knocked from the game in the third period and did not return after taking a pair of dangerous hits to the head, neither of which went penalized.

With 2:48 to go, Vees forward Tyson Jost was whistled for a marginal holding-the-stick infraction on the offensive zone.

Portage got Laforest for an extra skater to make it a 6-on-4 and Waldvogel tied it up with 56 seconds left, tipping Jago’s point shot and then swiping home his own rebound.

On the Vees first offensive foray in overtime, Conroy lofted a soft shot from the right side that somehow went right through Laforest and appeared to be going in anyway before a hard-driving Chartier made sure of it.

Miska and Jago – who had two assists – were the game MVPs.

ICE CHIPS: Miska was also named the tourney’s top goaltender, Jost was named top forward and top scorer, while Miska, Jost and D Miles Gendron were named to the tourney all-star team ... With veteran F Cam Amantea out indefinitely with a shoulder injury, rookie F Jordy Bellerive dressed for the Vees but played sparingly ... In the Dudley Hewitt Cup final, Soo Thunderbirds edged the host Fort Frances Lakers 3-2 and will represent the Central region at the RBC Cup ... Carleton Place Canadians play Dieppe Commandos today in the Fred Page Cup final, with the winner to represent the East region.

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