PENTICTON, BC –Manitoba and North Dakota have had a noticeable Penticton Vees presence, as Vees, past and present, have made their mark on the big stage this past weekend.
Tyson Jost and Dante Fabbro have had a terrific start to the World Under-18 Hockey Championship in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Jost and Fabbro are one, two in team scoring after two games at the U-18 Worlds. Jost leads all Canadian skaters with a pair of goals and six points in two wins over Denmark and the Czech Republic; Fabbro is right behind him with five assists.
Jost and Fabbro made a great first impression in Canada’s 10-2 thumping of Denmark in their tournament opener Friday. Jost exploded for two goals and five points and Fabbro had three assists. A day later they pair of graduating Vees were at it again. Fabbro helped set up the first two goals in Canada’s 3-1 win over the Czechs and Jost also had a helper in the victory.
The pair has the day off Sunday before resuming round-robin action against Finland on Monday afternoon. Fans can watch every Team Canada game on TSN and TSN.ca.
Across the border, a piece of Penticton is part of this year’s Allan Cup-winning Bentley Generals. The Senior Men’s team won the national championship Saturday afternoon in Steinbach, Manitoba, and thanks to a Penticton kid. Carter Rigby, who played for the Vees in 2010-11, scored the cup-winning goal in overtime, as the Generals beat the host South East Prairie Thunder 4-3.
Rigby told Global News Winnipeg that it’s a goal he won’t soon forget, “Unbelievable. I’ve never had a goal that big, never won a championship. To get that, speechless.”
The Generals roster also featured alum Alex MacLeod (2004-07), who has played the last two seasons with the Alberta based senior side.