Lucia Helps Lead Penticton To National Championship

Mario Lucia has capped off his remarkable first year of junior hockey with a Canadian Junior ‘A’ national championship.

Lucia had an assist on the first goal of the championship game, as the Penticton Vees defeated the Woodstock Slammers in the RBC Cup final on Sunday, 4-3.

In the round-robing style tournament, the Vees had to rally for the championship by winning four consecutive games after a 0-2 start.

Before moving onto the RBC Cup, Penticton won the Fred Page Cup, as BCHL champions, and defeated the AJHL champions, the Brooks Bandits, to take the Doyle Cup.

The victory rounded out a trophy case full of hardware for the Vees and Lucia, who ended the season with a myriad of personal achievements. The Wild’s second-round pick (60th overall) in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft finished the regular season third in the league in points, T-first in goals, and was named to the BCHL Second All-Star Team and the BCHL All-Rookie Team.

Visit Penticton’s website to find out more about their 4-3 victory over the Slammers, here.

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