BCHL Playoff Report – Two teams face elimination in game 4

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With files from BCHL Media

The BCHL playoffs got underway March 3, with the top four teams from each of the league’s three divisions meeting in the first round.

Here’s how things went in Friday’s games, and current standings. Two teams, Merritt and Alberni Valley, are facing elimination Saturday night.

 

Interior Division, #1 vs #4: Penticton Vees vs West Kelowna, Vees lead 2-1

Tyson Jost of the Penticton Vees battle determined West Kelowna Warriors in BCHL Playoff action – Cherie Morgan photo.

Mitch Newsome was the triple-overtime hero and Hunter Miska made an astonishing 78 saves as the Penticton Vees beat the West Kelowna Warriors 4-3 on the road to take a 2-1 series lead.

The Vees got out to a 3-0 first-period lead after goals from Jack Ramsey, Dakota Conroy and Tyson Jost only to see it disappear over the second and third when Tanner Campbell, Kylar Hope and Rylan Yaremko scored for the Warriors to force the game into overtime.

Newsome’s goal came at 9:37 of the third overtime period. The Warriors peppered Miska’s net with 82 shots over six periods while the Vees finished with 51.

West Kelowna finished fourth in the Interior division with a 29-21-0-8 OTL record, 27 points behind first place Vees, 44-9-3-2 OTL.

 

Mainland Division, # 2  vs #3: Langley vs Prince George, PG up 2-1  

Chad Staley of the Prince George Spruce Kings has the lead in a race for a loose puck against the Surrey Eagles on Friday night at the Coliseum. The Spruce Kings won both games last week agains Surrey. Allan WISHART/Free Press
Chad Staley of the Prince George Spruce Kings won this puck battle against the Surrey Eagles in regular season play, Jan 29 Allan WISHART/Free Press

 

Chad Staley scored once and added an assist while Jesse Jenks stopped 25 of 27 shots and the Prince George Spruce Kings took advantage of home ice to win 4-2 over the Langley Riverman to take a 2-1 series lead.

Forward Jake LeBrun chipped in with two assists for the Spruce Kings who saw their two-goal third-period lead disappear after Hunter Anderson got the Rivermen on the board with a shorthanded goal under five minutes into the frame and Ryan Coulter evened the game less than two minutes later.

Prince George forward Cole Todd put his team back in front with 2:37 left in the third and Staley sealed the game with an empty netter with less than a minute to go.

Prince George finished in third place in the Mainland Division with a 27-24-1-6 OTL, 3 points behind second place Langley 29-23-1-5 OTL.

 

Interior Division, #2 vs #3: Vernon vs Merritt, Vipers up 3-0

 

Jarrod Schamerhorn made 24 saves and Riley Brandt registered the only point of the game as the Vernon Vipers shutout the Merritt Centennials 1-0 to go up 3-0 in the series.

Centennials goalie Jonah Imoo stopped 28 of 29 shots in a losing effort and in yet another one-goal game in this series.

Brandt beat Imoo on an unassisted effort in the second period and it was all the offense Schamerhorn needed to earn the shutout.

Vernon finished second in the Interior Division with 76 points, and a 36-18-1-3 OTL record. Merritt finished third, 10 points back, with a 32-24-0-2 OTL record.

Mainland Division, #1 vs #4: Chilliwack vs Coquitlam, Chiefs lead 2-1

The Coquitlam Express climbed back into their best-of-seven series with the Chilliwack Chiefs after winning a back-and-forth contest 6-5 in overtime when defenseman Austin Anelsmo scored the winner. They had dropped the first two, 4-1 and 6-2. Anelsmo’s goal matches his regular season total with his first of the playoffs.

The Chiefs got off to a strong start, particularly forward Rory Bell who scored two goals two-and-a-half minutes into the game before the Express answered back with first-period goals from Brett Supinski and Michael Merulla to tie it up after one.

Chilliwack forward Tipper Higgins took over for Bell on offense as he scored his team’s next three goals, but the Express responded with two power-play goals and one at even strength as the teams exchanged scores on the way to a 5-5 tie after three periods.

Anelsmo’s overtime winner came 6:22 into the first overtime period and was assisted by Corey Mackin and Brendan Lamont. The win saves the Express from going down 3-0 in the series with game four set for Saturday night in Coquitlam.

Chilliwack finished first in the Mainland division with 78 points and a 37-17-1-3 OTL record. Coquitlam finished in fourth, with 55 points, and a 25-28-1-4 OTL record.

Island Division: #1 vs #4, Nanaimo vs Alberni Valley, Clippers up 3-0

The Nanaimo Clippers were outshot 48-34 on the road but got 45 saves from goaltender Guillaume Decelles and were able to edge the Alberni Valley Bulldogs 4-3 to take a commanding 3-0 series lead.

The Clilppers received goals from Nicolas Carrier, Brett Roulston, Kale Bennett and Jacob Jackson in another penalty-filled game, that included 16 minor penalties in the second period.

This was the closest game of the series as Eric Therrien, Chris Schutz and Drew Blackmun scored for the Bulldogs, but their third-period comeback fell just short.

Nanaimo finished first in the Island Division with 79 points on a record of 37-16-0-5 OTL, while Alberni Valley finished in fourth with 60 points and a record of 27-25-2-4 OTL.

Island Division: #2 vs #3, Victoria vs Powell River, Kings lead 2-1

Brett Magnus stopped 47 of 49 shots he faced and Jarid Lukosevicius and Jacob Pritchard each chipped in with two goals and one assist as the Powell River Kings beat the Victoria Grizzlies 5-2 to go up 2-1 in the series.

Forwards Kurt Keats and Brent Lashuk also had multi-point nights for Powell River in a game that featured 25 minor penalties, with the Kings going 3-12 and the Grizzlies going 1-for-13.

Powell River finished third in the Island division, with 64 points and a record of 27-21-1-9 OTL, while Victoria finished second with 69 points and a record of 29-18-1-10 OTL.

 

Standings, Regular Season:

Interior Division GP W L T OTL Pts OTW GF GA Diff Win% Stk
Penticton 58 44 9 3 2 93 6 216 115 101 0.802 W6
Vernon 58 36 18 1 3 76 1 218 161 57 0.655 L2
Merritt 58 32 24 0 2 66 7 208 207 1 0.569 L1
West Kelowna 58 29 21 0 8 66 7 205 210 -5 0.569 W5
Salmon Arm 58 28 21 3 6 65 4 187 176 11 0.56 L2
Trail 58 19 33 0 6 44 5 208 249 -41 0.379 W1
Island Division GP W L T OTL Pts OTW GF GA Diff Win% Stk
Nanaimo 58 37 16 0 5 79 6 235 167 68 0.681 L2
Victoria 58 29 18 1 10 69 6 219 210 9 0.595 W7
Powell River 58 27 21 1 9 64 7 208 205 3 0.552 L1
Alberni Valley 58 27 25 2 4 60 3 200 196 4 0.517 W1
Cowichan Valley 58 20 33 2 3 45 5 175 238 -63 0.388 L5
Mainland Division GP W L T OTL Pts OTW GF GA Diff Win% Stk
Chilliwack 58 37 17 1 3 78 10 215 184 31 0.672 W4
Langley 58 29 23 1 5 64 3 204 198 6 0.552 W1
Prince George 58 27 24 1 6 61 2 195 213 -18 0.526 L1
Coquitlam 58 25 28 1 4 55 3 218 238 -20 0.474 L2
Surrey 58 9 45 1 3 22 4 141 285 -144 0.19 L2

 

Scoring Leaders: Regular Season

PLAYER # P TEAM GP G A PTS
1 Corey Mackin Import 20 F Coquitlam 58 50 54 104
2 Brett Supinski Import 21 F Coquitlam 58 48 50 98
3 Dane Gibson 16 F Victoria 56 32 57 89
4 Jake Lucchini 9 F Trail 58 35 48 83
5 Jacob Pritchard Import 21 F Powell River 54 39 37 76
6 Jarid Lukosevicius 8 F Powell River 55 33 40 73
7 Liam Blackburn 26 F West Kelowna 55 22 51 73
8 Brett Gruber Import 8 F Victoria 57 35 32 67
9 Jeremiah Luedtke Import 14 F Prince George 58 21 46 67
10 Kevan Kilistoff 16 F Langley 56 25 41 66
11 Kurt Keats 7 F Powell River 52 31 34 65
12 Gage Torrel Import 3 F Langley 54 26 38 64
13 Liam Finlay 21 F Vernon 55 23 41 64
14 Brendan Lamont 17 F Coquitlam 58 25 38 63
15 John Schiavo 9 F Merritt 58 29 32 61
16 Mitch Makin 11 F Alberni Valley 58 25 35 60
17 Liam Coughlin Import 7 F Vernon 54 20 40 60
18 Gavin Gould 16 F Merritt 58 24 35 59
19 Jay Mackie 18 F Victoria 58 22 37 59
20 Brendan Taylo 19 F Nanaimo 58 22 37 59