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Penticton Vees sweep Nanaimo Clippers to become BCHL champions

The Penticton Vees have won the 2022 Fred Page Cup, after four straight wins against the Nanaimo Clippers in the final round of the B.C. Hockey League playoffs.
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The Penticton Vees’ Bradly Nadeau shoots on Nanaimo Clippers goaltender Cooper Black in Game 1 of the BCHL final at the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton on May 13, 2022. The Vees swept the series, winning the championship Wednesday in Nanaimo. ADRIAN LAM, TIMES COLONIST

The Penticton Vees have won the 2022 Fred Page Cup, after four straight wins against the Nanaimo Clippers in the final round of the B.C. Hockey League playoffs.

The Vees concluded a four-game sweep of the Clippers with an exclamation mark — an 8-2 victory in Game 4, Wednesday in Nanaimo.

Bradly Nadeau, the game’s No. 1 star, scored a hat-trick in the victory and added an assist. Ryan Hopkins, Frank Djurasevic, Thomas Pichette, Spencer Smith and Josh Nadeau each added single goals.

Charles Tardif and Cole Hansen replied for the Clippers, who, after being unbeaten in the first 12 games of the playoffs, lost four straight in the Fred Page Cup final.

Unlike the first three games of the series, this one wasn’t even close, with the Vees scoring at 2:08 in the first period and never looking back. They led 3-0 at the end of the first period and 7-2 after two.

Kaeden Lane made 21 saves in posting the win in net. Clipper Cooper Black stopped 50 of 58 shots.

The Vees lost only once in the playoffs, the opening game of the opening round against Trail Smoke Eaters.

The season is now done for the Vees as the BCHL opted to not participate in the Canadian playdowns this year. This is the 13th Fred Page Cup win for the franchise.

— With a file from Castanet