Vees and Slammers clash at RBC Cup final on TSN2

The Canadian Press

5/13/2012 11:40:43 AM

HUMBOLDT, Sask. -- The Penticton Vees and Woodstock Slammers will meet for the 2012 RBC Cup after posting semifinal wins Saturday.

The Vees blanked the Soo Thunderbirds 3-0, while the Slammers topped the host Humboldt Broncos 4-3 in overtime.

The deciding game for the national junior A hockey championship is Sunday

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With a win Sunday, the Slammers would be the first team from the Maritime Hockey League to win the national championship since the Halifax Oland Exports in 2002.

The Vees are looking for their second national championship. Penticton, then known as the Knights, won the Centennial Cup in 1986. The Vees are the seventh Pacific Region champion to reach the national final in the last eight years.

In Saturday's early semifinal, Ben MacSwain scored 35 seconds into overtime to complete Woodstock's comeback from 2-0 and 3-2 deficits and hand the host Broncos their first loss of the tournament.

Tim Campbell scored twice, Sam Caldwell had the other goal and Matt Murphy made 40 saves for the Slammers, who are the first team to reach the final in their RBC Cup debut since the Prince George Spruce Kings in 2007.

Wade Murphy, Logan Johnston and Curtis Loik scored for the Vees.

Penticton got a measure of revenge on the Thunderbirds, who beat the Vees 2-1 in the tournament opener last Saturday.

Michael Garteig made 20 saves for the shutout.

Soo netminder John Kleinhans, who was named top goaltender and most valuable player at Friday's awards banquet, stopped 30 shots to give him 212 saves in five games.

The finalists met Tuesday in preliminary round action. Joey Benik scored the winner for the Vees early in the third period as Penticton erased a 1-0 second period deficit in a 2-1 win over the Slammers.