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Historic Run Ends as Vees Capture Fred Page Cup in Game 4

Try as they might, in the end the Penticton Vees were simply too big of an obstacle for the Bulldogs to overcome.  The Bulldogs dropped Game 4 of the Fred Page Cup Final to the Penticton Vees 4-1 in front of the 5th consecutive sellout crowd of 1854 on Wednesday night.  With the victory, the Vees became back-to-back Fred Page Cup Champions.

Owen Desilets scored the lone the goal of the night for the Bulldogs in the 2nd period cutting the Vees lead to 2-1, but sadly that was a close as they got.

The Vees made it 3-1 before the 2nd was finished, and Aydar Suniev put the game away with an empty-netter late in the 3rd period for the the 4-1 final.

Callum Tung was a surprise starter in goal for the Bulldogs as he came in to replace an ailing Campbell Arnold before puck drop.  Tung hadn’t play in a game since February 11th for the Port Moody Panthers in the PIJHL.  The former Port Alberni Bomber playoff hero channelled that, and much more as he held the Bulldogs in the game making 38 saves on 41 attempts.

In a move that allowed the Dawg Pound faithful a chance to salute Campbell Arnold one more time, Joe Martin swapped Tung for Arnold with 1:21 remaining in regulation time.  Arnold earned the admiration of so many this spring as he came in for the injured Hobie Hedquist in Game 3 of the 2nd round and delivered the Bulldogs a spot in the League Final for the first time in franchise history.

While the outcome was not desired, full credit goes to the Penticton Vees.  A near unstoppable force for the entire season, the Bulldogs faced a juggernaut that lived up to their lofty expectations.

With as many as 15 potential returning players, the Bulldogs have the all the makings of a dynamic season in 23-24 in front of them as well. It will be a short summer, and something tells us that when the puck drops in the fall, there might be 1854 loud and rowdy fans cheering on as the Bulldogs unveil the Coastal Conference Champions banner.