Surrey eyeing BCHL title after blanking Penticton in Game 5

A roundup of junior hockey results from the Okanagan and area.

surrey eyeing bchl title after blanking penticton in game 5

B.C. HOCKEY LEAGUE

SURREY 4, PENTICTON 0

The best team during the regular season is now one win away from claiming the league title.

At Surrey, Ajeet Gundarah posted his second shutout of the championship series as the Eagles whitewashed the Penticton Vees 4-0 in Game 5 on Friday night.

Surrey now holds a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series, with Game 6 scheduled for Sunday at 5 p.m. in Penticton.

surrey eyeing bchl title after blanking penticton in game 5
2:34 NHL prospect Macklin Celebrini prepares for entry draft in Las Vegas

“The few chances we gave them, they finished. And we didn’t generate enough. We’re not producing enough high-quality chances right now,” said Vees assistant coach Matthew Vanden Berg.

“We got to find a way to get some shots from the inside and make life a little harder on them.”

Evan Brown, Ryder Evers, Ryan Evenhuis and Rylan Bonkowski scored for Surrey, which led 2-0 and 3-0 at the period breaks.

Andrew Ness stopped 12 of 16 shots for the Vees. Gundarah also earned a shutout in Game 1, which Surrey won 6-0.

Surrey was 1-for-2 on the power play while Penticton was 0-for-1.

The Vees are now facing elimination and must win Game 6 and 7 to three-peat as league champions.

“We’ve been in this spot before and came back in our last series against Salmon Arm,” said Vanden Berg, noting Penticton was down 3-2 against the Silverbacks before winning Game 6 and 7 of the Interior Final.

Breaking news from Canada and around the world sent to your email, as it happens.

However, the Silverbacks aren’t the Eagles.

During the regular season, Salmon Arm finished with 34 wins and 71 points while Surrey topped the league with 44 wins and 90 points. Penticton was second with 38 wins and 82 points.

“We’re going back home and it’s gut-check time and we need to bring it Sunday,” said Vanden Berg.

Game 7, if needed, is scheduled for Tuesday night in Surrey.

surrey eyeing bchl title after blanking penticton in game 5
2:42 How a TV show led to a Brazilian man’s love of the Edmonton Oilers

MEMORIAL CUP

SAGINAW 5, MOOSE JAW 4

It took some time, but the Moose Jaw Warriors finally found their legs on Friday night after a long day of travel on Thursday from Saskatchewan to Michigan.

But time had already run out on the Western Hockey League champions.

At Saginaw, the host Spirit started strong and rushed to a 4-0 lead halfway through the game – which was when the Warriors found their legs.

Moose Jaw, who was outshot 17-7 in the first period and 36-26 overall, scored three straight goals and closed the gap to 4-3 before the frame ended.

In the third, the two clubs swapped goals, with Saginaw making it 5-3 at 1:52 and Moose Jaw scoring late, at 17:13, to make it 5-4.

In the last two minutes, the Warriors pulled their goalie and had a handful of chances to tie the game but couldn’t score the equalizer.

Saginaw is the first American team to host the Memorial Cup since Spokane in 1998.

The Spirit (50-16-1-1) had a great season in the OHL but were bounced in the Western Conference final, 4-2, by the eventual league champion, the London Knights (50-14-1-3).

surrey eyeing bchl title after blanking penticton in game 5
1:13 BCHL championship tied 2-2 after Surrey defeats Penticton in Game 4

“There’s no fear in any of these teams,” Saginaw head coach Chris Lazary said. “We have to keep bringing it.

“We’re the only team that has nothing to show; we’re here because we’re the hosts but our plan is to make sure at the end of it everyone knows how good this group is.”

The Warriors (44-21-0-3) are appearing in their first Memorial Cup after the franchise swept the Portland Winterhawks for the WHL’s Ed Chynoweth Cup earlier this month.

It was the franchise’s first league championship.

Moose Jaw will play London on Monday, then Drummondville (48-14-5-1) on Tuesday.

The Warriors’ roster features several B.C. players, including Lynden Lakovic of West Kelowna, Rilen Kovacevic of Kelowna, Max Finley of Kelowna and Cosmo Wilson of Vernon.

More information about the 104th Memorial Cup is available online.

More on Sports

OTHER NEWS

32 minutes ago

Europe stocks set to open mixed as investors look ahead to Bank of England decision later this week

32 minutes ago

Families infuriated as ADF moves to gut inquiry into deadly crash

32 minutes ago

The large cars with the best fuel economy in Australia

32 minutes ago

Hong Kong stays on top of global ‘most expensive cities’ list

32 minutes ago

PICS: Irish international soccer star ties the knot with GAA royalty on the guestlist

32 minutes ago

Ferrari win at Le Mans after holding off Toyota

32 minutes ago

England fans inside Germany stadium celebrate incredible first win of Euros 2024

32 minutes ago

102 millionaires paid no tax and the richest and poorest postcodes and occupations revealed

32 minutes ago

Celebrate Eid Al Adha 2024 in the UAE: Best spots to watch fireworks in Dubai and Abu Dhabi this long weekend

32 minutes ago

When is Portugal’s next game at Euro 2024? Schedule, date, kickoff time, player roster and how to watch matches

32 minutes ago

Royal family member to visit Australia

32 minutes ago

Euro 2024: Belgium captained by De Bruyne face Slovakia to open Group E in clash of Italian coaches

32 minutes ago

Katie Boulter chides then praises boyfriend Alex de Minaur after defending Nottingham Open title

32 minutes ago

‘Monster’ Florida teen kills parents, shoots officer during gunfight caught on bodycam

32 minutes ago

Terrifying moment a stampede breaks out at Baltimore Pride event after 'chemical agent' is fired into crowd

37 minutes ago

US soldier detained in Russia pleads partially guilty in court, local media reports

38 minutes ago

Iceland wants to switch up its tourism tax to protect nature — and fight overtourism

38 minutes ago

CNBC Daily Open: Nasdaq record, Tesla future value?

38 minutes ago

Max Verstappen defended by fellow F1 driver after ‘false accusations’ and ‘hate’

38 minutes ago

South Africa: Today’s latest news and headlines, Monday, 17 JuneSouth Africa: Today’s latest news and headlines, Monday, 17 JuneSouth Africa: Today’s latest news and headlines, Monday, 17 June

38 minutes ago

Horror as pet dog is killed and woman wounded after Gold Coast apartment is sprayed with bullets in 'targeted attack'

38 minutes ago

Cronulla thigh tattoos: Identity of footy player with shocking tats revealed as he's ordered to cover them up or QUIT the sport

38 minutes ago

The one group of Aussies who can all but give up on the dream of ever buying a house

41 minutes ago

Johns Hopkins Scientists Engineer Synthetic Cells to Mimic Symmetry Breaking

43 minutes ago

The downfall of the Tories may be predictable, but it can still feel promising

43 minutes ago

Converted chapel for sale but estate agent fails to mention one crucial feature

43 minutes ago

Watch: Tom Heaton makes two impressive saves in England training

43 minutes ago

Last orders: 80 pubs shut for good each month, says new data

43 minutes ago

Author Julia Quinn Gave 'Bridgerton' Her Blessing to Gender-Swap Character

43 minutes ago

Mbappe rules out playing at Paris Games after Real Madrid move

44 minutes ago

Shocking moment suspected bank robber with a small child in his arms flees after handing teller note demanding cash

44 minutes ago

Cronulla thigh tattoos: Identity of footy player with shocking tats revealed as he's ordered to cover them up or QUIT the sport

44 minutes ago

Cody Simpson's classy sign off from Australia swimming after falling agonisingly short of living his Olympic dream

46 minutes ago

Iceland wants to switch up its tourism tax to protect nature — and fight overtourism

47 minutes ago

Renters forced to turn to state benefits to afford rising cost of living

48 minutes ago

Sydney coach John Longmire says clubs ‘in dark’ over AFL rule changes

48 minutes ago

House of the Dragon’s Aegon star on episode one scene that will ‘split’ viewers

48 minutes ago

House of the Dragon episode one recap: Season two premiere is full of scheming, staring and provocation

48 minutes ago

Football rumours: Manchester City not lowering price for Joao Cancelo

48 minutes ago

Jason and Kylie Kelce are the parents of 3: What to know about their family