2010 RBC Cup

Oakville Blades  3 -  Vernon Vipers  5


DAUPHIN, Man. – You’ve got to be good to be lucky, and lucky to be good.

The old saying rang true on Tuesday afternoon for the Vernon Vipers, as they ended the national title hopes of the Oakville Blades with a 5-3 win at the 2010 RBC Cup, clinching a spot in Saturday’s semifinals in the process.

Curtis Gedig notched the game winner for the Vipers (2-1), throwing the puck into the Oakville zone from his side of centre, only to see it hit a partition on the glass and ricochet past Blades netminder Daniel Savelli to give the Vipers a 4-1 second-period lead.

The Blades (0-3) pushed in the final period, pulling to within one after goals from Ryan Murphy and Mark McGowan, but Jonathan Milhouse’s empty-netter with 18 seconds to go sealed the deal for the Pacific Region champions.

The loss means Oakville will not take part in Saturday’s semifinals, marking the second time in as many RBC Cup appearances that the Blades missed out on the final four – they went 1-3 in 2008, missing out on fourth place thanks to a tiebreaker.  

Sahir Gill opened the scoring for Vernon at the 14:32 mark – a point shot from Gedig banked off his skate and past a surprised Savelli – and helped set up Dan Nycholat for the 2-0 goal on a Vernon power play just 1:43 later.

Cole Ikkala got it to 3-0 early in the second period, but Oakville captain Michael Ingoldsby put the first puck past Vernon goaltender Graeme Gordon just 41 seconds later, cutting the lead back down to two.

With little to play for except pride, the Blades wrap up the preliminary round on Wednesday night against the host Dauphin Kings (7 p.m. CT), while the Vipers take on Brockville in the Wednesday matinee (2 p.m. CT).


Game Information
Game Number Round Preliminary
Arena Credit Union Place City, Country Dauphin, Man., Canada
Month / Day / Year 05/04/2010 Time (local) 02:00 PM CT
Attendance 924 Game Status Final

Box Score   1     2     3   Total
Oakville Blades (CEN) 0 1 2 3
Vernon Vipers (PAC) 2 2 1 5
First Period
   14:32 PAC 17 Sahir Gill (8 Curtis Gedig)
   16:15 PAC 7 Dan Nycholat (17 Sahir Gill, 19 Jonathan Milhouse) PP

   03:05 PAC 14 Braden Pimm (Holding)
   05:21 PAC 21 Kevin Kraus (Roughing After Whistle)
   15:00 CEN 19 Kellan Lain (Roughing After Whistle)

Second Period
   04:34 PAC 12 Cole Ikkala (5 Mike Collins, 14 Braden Pimm) PP
   05:15 CEN 20 Michael Ingoldsby (74 Josh Ranalli)
   13:25 PAC 8 Curtis Gedig (3 Garrett Noonan)

   03:29 CEN 18 Tyler Karius (Hooking)

Third Period
   07:47 CEN 12 Ryan Murphy (4 Thomas Evans, 91 Mark Bennett) PP
   13:05 CEN 27 Mark McGowan (9 Steven Guzzo, 74 Josh Ranalli)
   19:42 PAC 19 Jonathan Milhouse (15 Kellen Jones) EN

   05:51 PAC 27 Bryce Kakoske (Tripping)
   08:17 CEN 27 Mark McGowan (Holding)
   14:48 CEN 8 Dan Hunt (Hooking)

Oakville Blades
35 Daniel Savelli On 1/00:00   Off 3/20:00
Vernon Vipers
35 Graeme Gordon On 1/00:00   Off 3/20:00

Shots on Goal   1     2     3   Total
Oakville Blades 4 10 12 26
Vernon Vipers 10 6 6 22

Player of Game
Oakville Blades 74 Josh Ranalli
Vernon Vipers 17 Sahir Gill
Referee Jeff Hopkins
Lines People Dustin Deck, Derek Reimer