Vees Go The Distance

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The Finals that went the distance went even a bit further Tuesday night with the Penticton Vees winning the BCHL’s Fred Page Cup on an overtime goal from Duncan Campbell – the only goal of the game – in a 1-0 victory over the host Chilliwack Chiefs.

It was the third-consecutive Game 7 win for the Vees in these playoffs.

Both teams were fairly tentative in the opening frame as neither generated many scoring chances and no penalties were called.

The second period was much the same with the only event coming in the form of a Chiefs power play when Penticton’s Gabe Bast was whistled for slashing at 13:02. But Chilliwack was unable to do much with the man advantage and Penticton killed it off without incident.

In the final frame, the Vees posted a 13-7 edge in shots but Chiefs netminder Mark Sinclair continued to have all the answers as he made 32 stops in regulation and was later named 1st Star.

With regulation solving nothing, overtime was needed and at the 9:25 mark, Campbell corralled a rebound off a point shot by Bast and shovelled it past Sinclair to bring the Vees swarming off the bench.

Vees goalie Mat Robson was sharp when counted on as well making 26 saves for his first shutout of the playoffs. He was named 2nd Star.

Both teams will see their seasons continue starting Saturday at the Western Canada Cup presented by Sun Life Financial. The event runs April 29 to May 7 at South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton.

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