Penticton Vees return to Fred Page final

Penticton Vees to defend BCHL Fred Page Cup title against Surrey Eagles, starting Friday at South Surrey Arena.

The Penticton Vees will continue their Fred Page Cup title defence as they visit the Surrey Eagles for Game 1 of the B.C. Hockey League final Friday at South Surrey Arena.

Fred Harbinson’s Vees eliminated the West Kelowna Warriors with a 2-1 overtime win in Game 5 of the Interior final Thursday night at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

Surrey, featuring former Vernon Viper Adam Tambellini, swept the Alberni Valley Bulldogs in the best-of-seven Coastal final.

Tambellini, who was dealt from Vernon to Surrey at the carding deadline, leads the post-season goal scoring with nine snipes. He is third in points (9-3-13 in 11 games) behind Eagle teammates Brady Shaw (6-10-16) and Michael Stenerson (6-8-14).

Meanwhile, Curtis Lazar’s Edmonton Oil Kings opened the WHL Eastern Conference semifinal with a 4-1 win over Cole Sandford’s Medicine Hat Tigers Friday night at Rexall Place.

Brady Brassart’s Calgary Hitmen are up 2-0 on the Red Deer Rebels in the other Eastern semi. The Kelowna Rockets hosted the Kamloops Blazers in Game 1 of their Western semi Saturday.

Game 2 goes tonight (5:05) at Prospera Place.