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BCHL Playoff recap – Saturday, March 18

BCHL-FPC-180Matthew Galajda made all 30 saves and Cole Pickup notched a pair of goals for the Victoria Grizzlies in a 4-0 home win over the Powell River Kings that evens the Island finals at 1-1.

Nico Somerville’s goal early in the first period proved to be all the offensive support Galajda required on the night. In the second, Victoria added on with a Tyler Welsh power-play marker and Pickup’s first.

Pickup scored again in the third to finish up the scoring. Galajda was named 1st Star on the night. Game 3 of the series goes Monday at 7:15 p.m. in Powell River.

Will Calverley’s first goal of the playoffs stood up as the winner for the Chilliwack Chiefs in a 4-1 road win over the Wenatchee Wild that puts the Chiefs up 2-0 in the Mainland finals.

Slava Demin opened the scoring for the Wild in the first and it remained 1-0 until the 15-minute mark of the second when Ben Fanjoy tied it for the Chiefs. In the final minute of the middle frame, Calverley potted the go-ahead goal that proved to be the difference.

Jake Smith and Linden Hora (empy net) added goals in the third. Mark Sinclair made 20 saves for the win. Game 3 of the series goes Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Chilliwack.

A three-goal second period helped the Vernon Vipers to a 5-2 home win over the Trail Smoke Eaters that moved the series to 2-0 in favour of the Vipers.

Niko Karamanis opened the scoring for Vernon in the first on the power play and in the second, Brett Stapley scored 27 seconds in with Jagger Williamson providing the game-winner shorthanded at 14:35. Luke Santerno got Trail on the board but Steven Jandric had a reply for Vernon just seven seconds later.

Connor Brown-Maloski and Williamson traded goals in the third to finish up the scoring. Darion Hanson made 23 saves for the win while Linden Marshall stopped 29 for Trail. Game 3 of the series goes Monday at 7 p.m. in Trail.

Duncan Campbell’s goal in the second period was the winner for the Penticton Vees in a 4-1 home win over the Merritt Centennials that puts the Vees up 2-0 in the series.

Jamie Armstrong opened the scoring unassisted in the first for Penticton and Campbell’s winner came at 13:56 of the middle frame. Taylor Ward made it 3-0 Vees in the third before Stephan Seeger broke Mat Robson’s shutout bid with 1:51 to go but Owen Sillinger scored an empty-netter for the Vees just under a minute later to complete the scoring on the night.

Robson wound up with 20 saves for the win while Jacob Berger turned aside 32 for Merritt. Game 3 of the series goes Monday at 7 p.m. in Merritt.