Home-ice advantage is proving critical in the B.C. Hockey League’s Fred Page Cup final.
After dropping the opening two games of the best-of-seven set in Surrey, the Penticton Vees rebounded with a 3-2 win over the Eagles Monday night at the South Okanagan Events Centre.
Game 4 went Tuesday in the South Okanagan. Game 5 goes Thursday night at South Surrey Arena.
Vees’ sniper Brad McClure scored twice in the first period and Cody DePourcq notched the winner midway through the third.
The teams traded goals in the first 20 minutes with Surrey’s Nic Pierog and Brady Shaw replying to each of McClure’s tallies. DePourcq finished a nice feed from Travis Blanleil for the winner, and Chad Katunar made 28 saves to preserve the win.
– The Richmond Sockeyes claimed the provincial Junior B title with a 4-1 win over the Victoria Cougars in Sunday’s championship final of the Cyclone Taylor Cup in Comox.
The Cougars jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a goal by Matthew Ho, but the Sockeyes stormed back with four unanswered from Jeremy Hamaguchi, Jake Roder, Liam Lawson and Rudie Thorsteinson.
Jamie Vlanich had two goals and an assist as the Castlegar Rebels bounced the host Glacier Kings 5-4 in the bronze-medal game.
Comox netminder Michael Hails, a Vernon product, recorded 42 stops. Connor Beauchamp made 17 saves for Castlegar.
The Sockeyes advance to the Keystone Cup western championships, starting today in St. Malo, Man.
– Kyle Murphy was named the Vernon Vipers’ Unsung Hero in 2011, and now he’s back at it with the NCAA Division 1 Providence Friars.
The Fairhaven, N.J. product wrapped up his senior season by receiving the NCAA Derek Hines Unsung Hero Award.
Hines played at Army from 1999-2003 and was a four-year letter-winner as well as a co-captain his senior season. He was killed in the line of duty on Sept. 1, 2005 in Afghanistan.
“I am extremely honored and deeply humbled to accept the Derek Hines Unsung Hero Award,” Murphy said in a statement. “Derek was a great hockey player, but more importantly, he was an extraordinary person. Derek’s infectious personality, natural leadership ability and genuine spirit truly embody the perfect teammate and I will strive each day to live my own life as Derek so selflessly lived his.”
After de-committing from the University of Notre Dame, Murphy joined the Vipers for their 2011 championship run. He took 36 credit hours in order to graduate with an Associate’s degree, maintaining straight-A’s.
Murphy’s work ethic and leadership was so persistent throughout the 2011-12 season that before the 2012-13 campaign – without having played a game for the Friars – he was named captain.
Murphy finished the year with three goals and eight assists, helping the Friars reach the Hockey East semifinals for the second consecutive season. He will graduate this spring with a degree in finance.