March 12, 2016
The top 4 teams from the Interior all closed out the first round of their playoffs this last week, with sweeps.
On the weekend, Surrey Eagles finished Langley Rivermen in six, Powell River advanced vs Nanaimo in six, and Prince George Spruce Kings completed their come back from a 3-0 series deficit vs Chilliwack, to take the series in seven.
Round 2 Matchups (start March 16):
Mainland: Surrey Eagles host Prince George Spruce Kings
Island: Powell River Kings host Victoria Grizzlies
Interior: Penticton Sees host Trail, and Vernon host Wenatchee.
Interior Round 1 Review:
The Penticton Vees downed Coquitlam Express, outscoring them 20-6. Taylor Ward leads the Vees playoff offence, with 4G-3A.
Scores were 2-1, 9-2 at Penticton, and 7-2, 2-1 at Coquitlam.
Trail sent West Kelowna packing in four. The Smokies were 23GF-10GA, with Kale Howard leading the team with 3G-5A.
Scores were 6-5, 7-2 at Trail, and 4-0, 6-3 in WK.
The Vees will meet Trail in Round 2, starting Friday, March 16 in Penticton.
Vernon eliminated Salmon Arm in four, on 16GF-8GA. Derek Brown led with 4G-4A.
Scores were 5-2, 6-4 at Vernon, and 4-2, 1-0 in Salmon Arm.
Wenatchee notched the final sweep vs Merritt. The Wild were 19GF-9GA. Jasper Weatherby is leading the offence with 6G-4A.
Scores were 4-0, 6-4 in Wenatchee and 5-4 and 4-1 at Merritt.
Vernon will meet Wenatchee in Round 2, starting Friday, March 16 in Vernon.
March 11 Game Recaps
PG down Chilliwack 3-1, PG win in seven games – meet Surrey
The Prince George Spruce Kings scored three goals in the third period to come from behind to beat the Chilliwack Chiefs 3-1 in game seven and advance to the second round.
After going scoreless in the first 50 minutes of the game, Prince George got a shorthanded goal from Ethan de Jong and another at even strength from Jay Keranen less than a minute-and-a-half apart to take the lead. Ben Brar sealed the game and the series for the Spruce Kings with an empty-netter in the final minute.
Chilliwack took the early lead when PJ Marrocco scored his second of the playoffs 51 seconds into the game, but Spruce Kings goalie Evan DeBrouwer shut the door from there, stopping 27 of the 28 shots he faced in the win.
Prince George will host the Surrey Eagles to start their second-round Mainland Division series.
Victoria down Alberni Valley 3-1, take series in seven, meet Powell River
Kurtis Chapman stopped 31 of 32 shots and was named the game’s first star as the Victoria Grizzlies completed their comeback and beat the Alberni Valley Bulldogs 3-1 in game seven of their first-round series.
Victoria led 1-0 going into the third period after Finn Withey scored his first of the postseason just over five minutes into the game. In the final frame, Cameron Thompson and Cole Noble scored to increase the Grizzlies lead to 3-0.
Julian Benner responded with a late goal for Alberni Valley, but their comeback fell short.
After going down 3-0 in the series, Victoria clawed back to force a deciding game seven. The Island Division champions move on to the second round where they will take on the Powell River Kings at home in game one.
Powell River had clinched Saturday, with a 6-4 win over Nanaimo to take their series in six games.
Powell River vs Nanaimo March 10, Game 6 recap:
A three-goal third period, including the second goals of the night for both Carter Turnbull and Mitchell Williams, allowed the Powell River Kings to take a 6-4 home win over the Nanaimo Clippers and finish the series in six games.
Jordan Wharrie opened the scoring for the visitors at 7:25 of the first and in the second, Neal Samanski tied it just 1:22 in with his fourth of the playoffs.
The Clippers then got goals 28 seconds apart from Parker Colley and Cal Babych to take a 3-1 lead but the Kings replied with Turnbull’s first. Josh Bourne restored the Clips’ edge but Williams then got his first to get the Kings within one going to the third.
The final frame belonged to the Kings with Gavin Rauser tying it early on and Turnbull getting the winner with under three minutes to go. Williams added the final tally in the last minute of play. Powell River advances to Round 2 and will await the winner of Sunday’s Alberni Valley-Victoria game.