Penticton Vee Grant Cruikshank absorbs a check from Cobourg Cougars Matt Busby during RBC Cup round robin action. The Vees will see more of the six-foot, 195 pound defenceman on Saturday. Matthew Murnaghan/Hockey Canada Images

Vees, Cougars set for rematch

The Penticton Vees and host Cobourg Cougars meet again in RBC Cup semifinal

The Penticton Vees will have to beat the host Cobourg Cougars for a shot at the Royal Bank Cup.

Taylor Sanheim scored in overtime to give the Vees a 3-2 win against the Cougars on May 15.

The Cougars are the second highest scoring team in the RBC tournament, averaging four goals a game. They also allowed the second fewest goals compared to the Vees, at two per game. The Vees allowed 1.75 goals per game, while averaging 2.25 goals for.

Spencer Roberts of the Cougars led all skaters in scoring with four goals and seven points in four games. His teammate Jesse Baird is third with two goals and six points. Vees captain Nicholas Jones ranked fifth with a goal and five points. The Vees next high scorer is Sanheim, ranking 31st with two goals in three games.

In goal, Cougars netminder Stefano Durante posted a 1.92 goals against average, which was third best. He also posted a .930 save percentage. Vees goalie Mathew Robson posted the second best goals against average at 1.68 with a .940 save percentage.

Puck drop is at 11:30 a.m. PST and the game can be view at

The annual awards banquet was held Friday evening. Brooks Bandits defenceman Cale Makar made Canadian Junior Hockey League history by being the first player to be named most valuable player and top defenceman in back-to-back years. He was also named the CJHL National Player of the Year. Jones earned the Tubby Schmalz Award as the most sportsmanlike player.

The full list of award recipients includes:

Roland Mercier Award (MVP): Makar

Top Goaltender: Durante, Cobourg Cougars

Top Forward: Roberts, Cobourg Cougars

Top Scorer: Roberts

Thanks to the legacy from past RBC Cup events, one graduating player from each participating team was awarded a $500 grant. This year’s recipients are:

Nick Prkusic (Medicine Hat, Alta./Brooks, AJHL)

Stefano Durante (Brampton, Ont./Cobourg, OJHL)

Taylor Sanheim (Elkhorn, Man./Penticton, BCHL)

Kevin Laliberté (Bois-des-Filion, Que./Terrebonne, LHJQ)

Lucas Brown (Powassan, Ont./Trenton, OJHL)


Mitch Meek fires a shot on Cobourg Cougars goalie Stefano Durante in round robin action. The Vees will see Durante and the Cougars Saturday in RBC Cup semifinal action at 11:30 a.m. PST. The winner will advance to the championship game on Sunday. Matthew Murnaghan/Hockey Canada Images

Penticton Vees defenceman Griffin Mendel takes Benjamin Bohémier of the Cobras de Terrebonne hard into the boards during Royal Bank Cup round robin play on May 18. The Vees lost to the Cobras 3-1. Matthew Murnaghan/Hockey Canada Images