BENIK SCORES IN FINAL MINUTE AS VEES WIN RBC CUP
HUMBOLDT, Sask. – Joey Benik scored the game-winning goal on a power play with 51.3 seconds to go as the Penticton Vees won the 2012 RBC Cup with a 4-3 victory over the Woodstock Slammers on Sunday night.
The national championship is the second for Penticton, which won the Centennial Cup in 1986 when the team was known as the Knights. The Vees finished the season with a record of 74-10-2, including regular season, playoffs and the RBC Cup.
Travis St. Denis, Steven Fogarty and Bryce Gervais had the other goals for Penticton, which scored first for the second day in a row after falling behind in each of their four preliminary round games. St. Denis and Fogarty had a goal and an assist each, while Mike Reilly and Mario Lucia both chipped in with two helpers.
St. Denis and Fogarty gave the Vees a 2-0 lead just 12:18 in, but the Slammers, who erased deficits of 2-0 and 3-2 in their semifinal win over the Humboldt Broncos on Saturday, battled back for the second day in a row.
Bradley Greene got Woodstock on the board just 61 seconds after Fogarty’s goal, Nick Huard tied it eight minutes into the second period on a Slammers power play and Greene’s second goal 90 seconds after the puck dropped to start the third period gave the East region champions their first lead at 3-2.
But the Vees tied the game at 11:10 of the final frame when Gervais poked a loose puck past Woodstock goaltender Matt Murphy after Fogarty’s initial shot had hit the post, and went ahead for good when Benik took a pass from St. Denis in the slot and beat Murphy, who got a piece of the puck, but not enough.
Murphy finished with 30 saves, while his Penticton counterpart, Michael Garteig, had 22 stops.
The Vees are the third Pacific Region team to win the RBC Cup in the last four years, and are the 10th team from the British Columbia Hockey League to be crowned national champions since the start of the five-team format in 1990.
Woodstock finished 63-13-1, becoming the first Maritime Hockey League team to reach the national final since the Halifax Oland Exports in 2002.
|Game Information/Renseignements sur le match|
|Game #/No. de match||13||Round/Ronde||Championship|
|Arena/Aréna||Elgar Petersen Arena
|Date||05/13/2012||Time/Heure||05:30 PM MT
|Attendance/Assistance||1706||Game Status/État du match
|Goals & Penalties/Buts et pénalités|
|First Period/Première période
06:13 PAC 26 Travis St. Denis (5 Mike Reilly, 22 Mario Lucia) PP/AN
12:18 PAC 91 Steven Fogarty (5 Mike Reilly, 24 Curtis Loik)
13:19 EST 14 Bradley Greene (13 Nick Huard, 21 Evan Carmody)
04:53 EST 24 Jake Logan (Holding/Retenir)
15:05 EST (Too Many Men/Trop de joueurs)
16:14 PAC 22 Mario Lucia (Interference/Obstruction)
|Second Period/Deuxième période
07:48 EST 13 Nick Huard (15 Tim Campbell, 3 Sam Caldwell) PP/AN
07:04 PAC 9 Joey Benik (Hooking/Accrocher)
12:09 EST 15 Tim Campbell (Hooking/Accrocher)
15:01 PAC 77 Troy Stecher (Slashing/Coup de bâton)
17:57 EST 27 Chris Rygus (Kneeing/Donner du genou)
|Third Period/Troisième période
01:30 EST 14 Bradley Greene (7 Connor Tresham, 61 Ben MacSwain)
11:10 PAC 71 Bryce Gervais (77 Troy Stecher, 91 Steven Fogarty)
19:09 PAC 9 Joey Benik (26 Travis St. Denis, 21 Logan Johnston) PP/AN
11:23 EST 24 Jake Logan (Hooking/Accrocher)
14:27 EST 61 Ben MacSwain (Hooking/Accrocher)
17:42 EST 24 Jake Logan (Tripping/Faire trébucher)
|Goaltenders/Gardiens de but|
|Shots on Goal/Tirs au but||1||2||3||Total|
|Players of the Game/Joueurs du match|
|Referee/Arbitre||Adam Byblow, Devin Piccott
|Lines People/Juges de lignes
||Sean Dufour, Jason Roy