March 18, 2016
Round 2 of the BCHL playoffs got started this weekend, with four matchups underway – in the Mainland Division, Island Division, and two in the Interior Division.
Surrey Eagles at Prince George Spruce Kings, Even 1-1
Game 2: 3-2 Surrey win
Mario Cavaliere made 46 saves to take 1st Star and Jackson Ross set up a pair of goals for the Surrey Eagles in a 3-2 road win in Prince George that evens the Mainland finals at a game apiece.
There was no scoring in the first and just past the midway point of the second, it was Desi Burgart with his postseason-leading ninth goal, getting Surrey on the board. Aaron White added the second Eagles tally just over five minutes later. Cavaliere made 21 saves in the second period alone.
In the third, Ethan de Jong got PG on the board at the 7:41 mark but John Wesley got what would be the winner for Surrey a little under five minutes after that.
The Spruce Kings managed a second goal, with Ben Brar tallying at 19:59 leaving no time to get the equalizer.
Game 3 is Monday at 7 p.m. in Surrey.
Game 1: 9-1 Prince George win
The Prince George Spruce Kings scored five third-period goals to pull away from the Surrey Eagles in a 9-1 win in game one of their second-round series.
Prince George went ahead early as Liam Watson-Brawn scored a pair of goals just over five minutes into the game, but Surrey’s Jackson Ross replied before the end of the first to cut the Spruce Kings lead to 2-1.
Prince George then ripped off seven straight goals, including two-goal efforts from Kyle Johnson and Sam Anzai, and cruised to the win.
Patrick Cozzi and Jay Keranen scored the other Spruce Kings goals and Evan DeBrouwer made 14 saves to get the win.
Watson-Brawn ended up with four points on the night and was named the game’s first star.
Powell River Kings at Victoria Grizzles, Kings lead 2-0
Game 2: Powell River win 3-2
In Victoria, it was Josh Coblenz’ second-period goal that stood up at the winner for the Powell River Kings in a 3-2 victory over the Grizzlies that puts the Kings up 2-0 in the Island finals.
Hunter Findlater opened the scoring with just 25 seconds to go in the first and Kyle Kawamura added on early in the second. Coblenz made it 3-0 before Carter Berger got the Grizzlies on the board later in the second.
Cam Thompson scored in the final minute of regulation to get Victoria within one but they couldn’t find the equalizer.
Matteo Paler-Chow made 39 saves for the win and 1st Star, for the second game in a row. Paler-Chow has now stopped 69 of 72 in the series.
Game 3 is Monday at 7 p.m. in Powell River.
Game 1: Powell River win 5-1
Matteo Paler-Chow continued his strong postseason as he stopped 30 of 31 shots and was named the game’s first star as he backstopped the Powell River Kings to a 5-1 road win in game one.
The Kings led 3-0 after two period on goals from Carmine Buono, Ben Berard and Ben Thomas, then added to it when Carter Turnbull scored his fifth of the playoffs midway through the third.
Victoria replied late with a goal by Ethan Nother, but Josh Coblenz scored an empty-netter in the final minute to seal the win.
Turnbull’s goal puts him in the lead in BCHL playoff scoring with 11 points in seven games.
Interior Division – Series 1
Wenatchee Wild at Vernon Vipers, Vipers lead 2-0
Ty Taylor made 34 saves and Jesse Lansdell’s goal late in the first was the winner for the Vernon Vipers in a 3-1 decision over the Wenatchee Wild that puts Vernon up 2-0 in the Interior semis.
Mitch Andres opened the scoring for Vernon at the 2:50 mark and Lansdell got the decisive tally at 18:37 of the opening frame.
AJ Vanderbeck got Wenatchee on the board 1:55 into the second but it would be the only puck to beat Taylor on the night.
Jagger Williamson rounded out the Vipers’ scoring with a shorthanded tally in the third.
Game 3 goes Tuesday at 7:05 in Wenatchee.
Niko Karamanis had a hat trick and Jesse Landsell added three assists as the Vernon Vipers exploded offensively in a 7-1 win over the Wenatchee Wild.
Cameron Trott, Brett Stapley, Jagger Williamson and Alex Swetlikoff each contributed multiple points for the Vipers and goaltender Ty Taylor made 26 saves in his fifth straight playoff win.
Sam Morton scored the lone goal for Wenatchee.
Interior Division – Series 2
Trail Smoke Eaters at Penticton Vees, Vees lead 2-0
Game 2, Vees win 7-2
Owen Sillinger notched a hat trick for the Penticton Vees, leading them to a 7-2 win over the Trail Smoke Eaters and putting the Vees up 2-0 in the other Interior semifinal series.
Sillinger opened the scoring but Tyler Ghirardosi had a quick reply for Trail before Jack Barnes restored the Vees edge later in the first.
Sillinger got his second early in the second and his younger brother Lukas added on as well, both goals coming on the man advantage. Jackson Keane, again on the power play, made it 5-1 Vees after 40 minutes.
Spencer McLean got the other Trail goal later in the third but Penticton added two more late ones of their own with Sillinger finishing the hat trick and Keane adding his second.
Penticton was 5-for-7 on the power play on the night.
Game 3 is Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Trail.
Game 1, Vees win 5-3
After going down 3-1 in the second period, the Penticton Vees scored four straight goals, including third-period markers by Chris Klack and Jordan Henderson, and came back to beat the Trail Smoke Eaters 5-3 in game one of their series on Friday night.
Trail took an early second-period lead after goals from Braedon Tuck and Blaine Caton put them up 2-0, but Penticton’s Jack Barnes replied shortly after to cut the lead to one.
Ethan Martini scored his first of the playoffs to restore the Smoke Eaters two-goal lead, but the Vees replied again with goals by Wyatt Sloboshan and Taylor Ward to tie the game before the end of the period, setting up Klack’s game-winner in the third.
Penticton defenceman Jonny Tychonick extended his point streak to five playoff games and six going back to the regular season as he chipped in with a pair of helpers.
Caton led the way offensively for the Smoke Eaters as he tallied an assist to go along with his second-period goal and was named the game’s second star.
Vees goalie Adam Scheel stopped 25 of the 28 shots he faced in the win.