Game Summary
Wellington Dukes 1 - Vernon Vipers 4
 

KAKOSKE SCORES TWICE TO LEAD VIPERS TO CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

CAMROSE, Alta. – Bryce Kakoske had a pair of goals to lead the offence as the Vernon Vipers advanced to the championship game at the RBC Cup for the third year in a row with a 4-1 semifinal win over the Wellington Dukes on Saturday.

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Kakoske is one of three players – along with defencemen Adam Thompson and Steve Weinstein – who can win an unprecedented third straight RBC Cup on Sunday. His first goal, with 8.6 seconds left in the first period, broke the ice against Wellington goaltender Jordan Ruby, who stood on his head in the opening frame to keep the Dukes in the game.

Patrick McGillis and David Robinson also scored for the Vipers, who are the first team to ever earn a chance for three straight national titles – the 1992 Vernon Lakers lost in the semifinals and the 1983 Prince Albert Raiders failed to get out of the SJHL playoffs, ending their run of six straight league championships.

Elliott Richardson scored the lone goal for Wellington, a flip in from centre ice that skipped past Vernon netminder Kirby Halcrow to pull the Dukes to within a goal at 2-1 eight minutes into the third period. Ruby turned in his best performance of the tournament, making 35 saves, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Dukes from their second RBC Cup semifinal loss; they lost 3-2 to the Humboldt Broncos in 2003.

 

Game Information
Game Number 11 Round Semifinal
Arena Edgeworth Centre City, Country Camrose, Alta.
Month / Day / Year 05/07/2011 Time 02:00 PM MT
Attendance Game Status Final

Box Score   1     2     3   Total
Wellington Dukes (CEN) 0 0 1 1
Vernon Vipers (PAC) 1 1 2 4

Goals/Penalties
First Period
Goals:
   19:51 PAC 27 Bryce Kakoske (28 Adam Thompson, 10 David Robinson)

Penalties:
   14:43 PAC 26 Trevor Fitzgerald (High Sticking)
   18:41 CEN 11 Sean Rudy (Interference)

Second Period
Goals:
   03:25 PAC 27 Bryce Kakoske (2 Malcolm Lyles)

Penalties:
   07:25 CEN 10 Curtis Leonard (Slashing)
   08:59 PAC 16 Darren Nowick (Slashing)
   18:26 PAC 19 Patrick McGillis (Roughing After Whistle)
   18:26 CEN 15 Darcy Murphy (Inter. on Goaltender)

Third Period
Goals:
   07:44 CEN 6 Elliott Richardson  PP
   10:08 PAC 19 Patrick McGillis (29 Ryan Renz)
   19:32 PAC 10 David Robinson (18 Kyle Murphy) EN

Penalties:
   06:34 PAC 28 Adam Thompson (Tripping)
   19:45 CEN 11 Sean Rudy (Elbowing)


Goaltenders
Wellington Dukes
30 Jordan Ruby On 1/00:00 Off 2/20:00
Vernon Vipers
30 Kirby Halcrow On 1/00:00 Off 2/20:00

Shots on Goal   1     2     3   Total
Wellington Dukes 6 9 8 23
Vernon Vipers 17 9 13 39

Player of the Game
Vernon Vipers 27 Bryce Kakoske
Wellington Dukes 30 Jordan Ruby
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