March 9, 2016
The top 4 teams from the Interior all closed out the first round of their playoffs this week, with sweeps.
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.
Vernon eliminated Salmon Arm in four, on 16GF-8GA. Derek Brown leads with 4G-4A.
Scores were 5-2, 6-4 at Vernon, and 4-2, 1-0 in Salmon Arm.
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.
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.
March 8 Game Recaps
PG down Chilliwack 3-2 OT, PG up 3-2
Ben Brar’s unassisted goal at 8:45 of overtime lifted the Prince George Spruce Kings to a 3-2 home win over the Chilliwack Chiefs that also gives PG a 3-2 lead in the series.
Opening the scoring for Chilliwack was Bryan Allbee with a tally just past the midway point of the first.
The Spruce Kings evened the score in the second on a Liam Watson-Brawn tally but Jared Turcotte restored the Chiefs lead just 21 seconds after that. Patrick Cozzi was able to get PG on level terms again with a power-play goal later in the second.
Each team had a chance on the man advantage in the third but neither could capitalize.
The Spruce Kings had a two-man advantage for 1:40 with Corey Andonovski off for hooking and Anthony Vincent for slashing shortly after but couldn’t get the go-ahead goal.
The stage set for overtime, it was Brar sending the fans home happy before the extra session reached nine minutes in.
Game 6 of the series is Saturday at 7 p.m. in Chilliwack
Powell River down Nanaimo, 3-2, Powell River up 3-2
In Nanaimo, it was Carter Turnbull’s goal with just 1:29 remaining that gave the Powell River Kings a 3-2 win over the Clippers and the Kings now lead the series 3-2.
A power-play marker by David Melaragni had the home side up one after one but Ben Berard tied the game just 24 seconds into the second.
Tristan Crozier put Nanaimo ahead once more on another power-play goal but Kevin Obssuth tied it at 13:39 of the second.
Overtime looked likely late in the third but Turnbull converted for the winner on a play set up by Josh Coblenz and Andy Stevens.
Matteo Paler-Chow made 30 saves for the win.
Game 6 of the series is Saturday at 7 p.m. in Powell River.
Langley down Surrey 8-5, Surrey up 3-2
In Langley, the Rivermen got two goals each from Ethan Leyh and Sean Gulka in a wild 8-5 win over the Surrey Eagles that keeps the Rivermen alive, now trailing 3-2 in the series.
Leyh opened the scoring in the first but Chase Danol tied it for Surrey on the power play late in the opening frame.
Tanner Versluis scored early in the second to put Langley ahead but Surrey struck on the man advantage again with Matthew Campese doing the damage.
Angus Crookshank got his second goal in as many games with a power-play marker to make it 3-2 Rivermen but Surrey then got goals 1:53 apart from Aaron White and Jeff Stewart to go up one heading to the third.
Gulka and Alec Capstick responded for Langley in the final frame, put them up one briefly but Ryan Brushett tied it once again just 1:16 later.
However, Langley finished strong with three unanswered tallies courtesy of Gulka with the game-winner, Brendan Budy and Leyh.
Game 6 goes Friday at 7 p.m. in Surrey.