RBC Cup: Icing on the cake for St. Denis

Travis St. Denis finished his junior career and a dream season with a cherry on top.

After winning the RBC Championship  with the Penticton Vees Sunday, Travis St. Denis finished his junior career and a dream season with a cherry on top.

Not only did the Trail native make a beautiful touch pass to set up the game-winning goal in the final minute in the RBC Cup final against Woodstock Slammers, he was also named the BCHL Player of the Week on Monday.

A power-play goal by Joey Benik with 51 seconds to go in regulation lifted the Penticton Vees to a 4-3 win over the Slammers in the final of the RBC Cup.

After taking a 2-0 lead in the first period, the Vees found themselves down 3-2 early in the third. A Bryce Gervais goal tied it at 11:10 of the final frame setting the stage for Benik.

The Minnesota native made a nice move at the blue line, skated into the slot and slid a pass to St. Denis at the side of the net. St. Denis feathered the puck back between two defenders onto Benik’s stick, who fired it upstairs to claim Penticton’s first cup in 26 years.

The BCHL then announced Monday that St. Denis also received the PoW honour for the week ending May 13.

The Vees forward missed the first game as he recovered from a bout of the flu and returned to the Vees lineup scoring points in tbe final five games.

He registered an assist in each of the Vees first two wins of the RBC Cup and was named Player of the Game against the Portage Terriers.

He followed that up with another Player of the Game nod in the 3-0 semifinal win over the Soo Thunderbirds where he counted two assists. The 5-foot-8, 170-pounder scored his first goal of the tournament in the final against the Slammers to go with the game-winning assist.

He finished second in tournament scoring with a goal and six assists and will join fellow RBC Cup winners Connor and Kellen Jones at Quinnipiac University next season.

It’s the third time in four years a team from the BCHL has won the Cup with  the Vernon Vipers winning it in 2009 and ‘10.