Keyvan Mokhtari picked the perfect time to get his first goal of the postseason, moving into the slot on the counterattack and snapping a shot top corner to deliver a 2-1 home win in Game 7 double overtime for the Victoria Grizzlies over the Powell River Kings.
The win moves the Grizzlies into the Coastal finals where they’ll face the Chilliwack Chiefs.
All scoring in regulation in this one happened in the first period with Curtis McCarrick opening the scoring for the Kings at 5:44 on the power play and Jamie Rome replying in the final minute of the first to make it 1-1.
There were no goals and no power-play opportunities, no penalties whistled at all, in the second and third periods. After Rome’s tying goal, there was no scoring for 61:39 of game time. But 57 seconds into the second OT period, Mokhtari gathered the puck in the neutral zone and winding his way to the high slot, he was able to beat Brian Wilson for the series-winner.
Wilson wound up with 35 saves for the Kings while Matthew Galajda stopped 36 for the Grizzlies.
Victoria will travel to Chilliwack for Games 1 and 2 of Round 3, starting Friday, March 31.
Nic Jones scored midway through the first and added the winner late in the second as part of a three-point night that helped the Penticton Vees to a 6-2 home win in Game 7 over the Merritt Centennials that puts the Vees into the Interior finals.
Zach Zorn opened the scoring for the Cents just 1:15 into the game but Penticton got replies from Taylor Sanheim on the power play and Jones’ first to take a 2-1 lead to the second.
In the middle frame, Jones got his second at 17:24 and Duncan Campbell followed just 56 seconds later to put the Vees in command, up three going to the third. In the final frame, Taylor Ward and Chris Klack added on for the Vees to go ahead 6-1. Merritt got a late reply from Rylan Van Unen but it was too little too late.
Penticton wound up with a 28-16 shot advantage. They will host the Vernon Vipers in Games 1 and 2 of the Interior finals starting Friday, March 31.