Conroy's OT winner puts Vees names on Fred Page Cup again
Friday, April 17, 2015 - Submitted by BCHL Media
Dakota Conroy capped off the Penticton Vees' series comeback with the Fred Page Cup-clinching overtime winner in a 3-2 road win over the Nanaimo Clippers.
Perhaps tentative owing to what was at stake, the teams were scoreless through 40 minutes. Dante Fabbro opened the scoring for the Vees at 9:18 of the third but Nanaimo's Spencer Hewson had an unassisted reply just 14 seconds later.
Riley Alferd had his second goal in as many games to put the Vees up 2-1 but with just 3:22 remaining, Brett Roulson converted a Cole Maier setup and forced the game to overtime.
Just 2:06 into the extra session, Conroy finished an unassisted effort to win the game and the BCHL title for Penticton. The Vees lost the first two games of the series on home ice but won four-straight from there to take the best-of-seven set.
The title is Penticton's second in four years. In 2012, the Vees set a CJHL record with a 42-game win streak on the way to the BCHL crown and an RBC Cup national title.
This year's Vees will have to first go to the Crescent Point Energy Western Canada Cup in Ft. McMurray, Alta. April 25 to May 3. That event sees the winners of the four Western CJHL leagues plus the host Ft. McMurray Oil Barons do battle for two berths into the RBC Cup. The national championship this season is in Portage-la-Prairie, Man. May 9 to 17.