Vees One Win Away from Fred Page Cup, SilverBacks Acquire Gorgi, Smokies Recruit Tetteh, Four BCMML Players Commit to PG, Jandric to Join Vipers:

Penticton scored twice in a four minute span of the third period to win 3-2 over Nanaimo and take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Fred Page Cup Final Series. Riley Alferd had the winner for the Vees as the home team claimed a victory for the first time in the series. 

Penticton leads the best-of-7 series 3-2
April 10 — Nanaimo 5 at Penticton 2 (2,341)
April 11 — Nanaimo 2 at Penticton 1 (OT) (2,203)
April 13 — Penticton 2 at Nanaimo 1 (OT) (1,716)
April 14 — Penticton 8 at Nanaimo 5 (1,654)
April 16 — Nanaimo 2 at Penticton 3 (2,349)
April 17 — Penticton at Nanaimo – 7 pm
x-April 19 — Nanaimo at Penticton – 6 pm

The Salmon Arm SilverBacks acquired 20-year-old centre Dustin Gorgi from Grande Prairie of the AJHL as future considerations from the January 10th trade that saw 19-year-old defenseman Karl El-Mir join the Storm. Gorgi, who’s from Red Deer, AB, had 18 points (nine goals, nine assists) in 58 games split between the Olds Grizzlys and Grande Prairie. He had 29 points (13 goals, 16 assists) in 60 games with Olds in 2013-14.

The Trail Smoke Eaters added 16-year-old defenseman Nii Noi Tetteh to their “New Recruits” on the BCHL website. The Revelstoke, BC product played for his hometown Grizzlies of the KIJHL in 2014-15, registering 21 points (six goals, 15 assists) in 49 games. He also played one game as an affiliate player with the Vernon Vipers this season, but didn’t register any points.

The Prince George Spruce Kings announced the commitment of four players following their spring camp last weekend. Heading to PG are three members of the BC Major Midget League champion Vancouver NE Chiefs, and one member of the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds. 17-year-olds Parker Colley and Nic Ponak, who are both forwards, along with 17-year-old goaltender Liam McCloskey join 16-year-old forward Kyle Johnson on the Spruce Kings.

Colley had 64 points (18 goals, 46 assists) in 40 games last season with the Chiefs while Johnson finished with 48 points (23 goals, 25 assists), also in 40 games. McCloskey started more than half of the Chiefs’ regular season games, finishing with a 15-2-3 record along with a 2.25 goals-against-average. Ponak notched 50 points (22 goals, 28 assists) in 37 games with the Thunderbirds.
The BC Major Midget League continues to have players commit to BCHL clubs as Cariboo Cougars forward Steven Jandric has committed to Vernon for the 2015-16 season. Jandric, who committed to Salmon Arm in March 2014 and played six games for the SilverBacks this past season, was second on the Cougars in scoring in 2014-15, with 54 points (18 goals, 36 assists) in 39 games.

Defenseman Scott Ford (Merritt, 1997-2000) has been released by Milwaukee of the AHL from his professional try-out so he can rejoin the South Carolina Stingrays for the ECHL Kelly Cup Playoffs. Ford played 12 games and recorded two assists with the Admirals since signing with the team on March 17th. He had five points in 40 games with South Carolina in 2014-15 before joining Milwaukee.

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