University of Denver ice hockey recruit Cody DePourcq and his Penticton Vees' teammates defeated the New Brunswick's Woodstock Slammers 4-3 Sunday in Humboldt, Sask., to win the RBC Cup national Junior A championship.
Pencticton scored the game-winner with 51 seconds remaining in third period.
The Vees lost the first two games at the five-team national tournament, falling 2-1 to Ontario's Soo Thunderbirds and 3-2 to the host Humboldt Broncos, but then beat Woodstock 2-1 and Manitoba's Portage Terriers 3-1 to advance to the playoffs.
Eight players on Penticton's roster from Minnesota, including forward Mario Lucia, son of Minnesota Gophers coach Don Lucia. Penticton went 54-4-0-2 in the regular season and had seven of the league's top nine scorers.