The three BCHL divisional winners are now battling in a six game round robin semi-final to determine who will move onto the best seven final round to determine the winner of the Fred Page Cup.
Number 1 seed Penticton Vees opened with a 4-1 win over #2 Nanaimo Clippers in game one, Wednesday, March 25.
Nanaimo scored four in the third to clinch a 7-3 win over #3 Chilliwack Chiefs in game two Friday night.
The Vees play the Chiefs Sunday in game 3.
Game 1: Vees 4 Clippers 1
The Penticton Vees allowed the first goal of the game and then nothing else the rest of the night in a 4-1 win on home ice over the Nanaimo Clippers in the opener of the BCHL Round-Robin semifinals.
Cole Maier made it 1-0 Clips 8:07 into the opening frame but it was the only puck to get past Hunter Miska, who wound up with 27 saves. In the second period, Dante Fabbro scored early on and Riley Alferd scored late during a stretch of 4-on-4 hockey, providing all the scoring the Vees would need.
Patrick Newell got an insurance tally early in the final frame and shortly after that, star Clippers forward Jake Jackson was assessed the second goalie interference penalty of the game taken by Nanaimo and he was shown the exit.
On the ensuing power play, Dakota Conroy got what might prove to be the most important Vees goal of the night. A power-play goal, which has been hard to come by for the Vees of late, made for the three-goal cushion the Vees would finish with. Penticton entered Round 3 operating at just 9 per cent on the man advantage.
Game 2: Clippers 7 – Chiefs 3
The Nanaimo Clippers got into the win column for Round 3 in their first home date of the series with a 7-3 home victory over the Chilliwack Chiefs.
Brendan Shane’s goal early in the third proved to be the game-winner and Corey Renwick’s first of two would be the insurance. Nanaimo led 1-0 after one on Yanni Kaldis’ marker and 3-2 after two after Cole Maier and Sheldon Rempal tallied 1:59 apart.
Brandon Potomak and Jake Hand had the Chiefs goals in the middle frame and Rory Bell got their final goal in the third. Brett Roulston had an empty-netter and Renwick added another to put the finishing touches on the win.
Nanaimo is now 1-1 in the Round-Robin semifinal with a goal differential of +1.
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