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BCHL Playoff Recap – Saturday, March 3

A night after being blanked themselves, the Prince George Spruce Kings turned the tables on the Chilliwack Chiefs with a 2-0 win that evened their series 1-1.

The game was scoreless after 40 minutes and it was Jay Kerananen’s goal from Ethan De Jong that was the winner coming 37 seconds into the third period. Ben Brar added the insurance with an empty-net tally in the final minute.

Evan DeBrouwer made 20 saves for the win and was named 2nd Star. Game 3 of the series goes Monday at 7 p.m. in Chilliwack.

In Nanaimo, David Melaragni, Jamie Collins and and Parker Colley each had a goal and an assist to lead the Clippers to a 4-3 win over the Powell River Kings, evening their series 1-1. The only goal of the first was Neal Samanski’s for the Kings but in the second, Melaragni and Collins tallied to put the Clips ahead. In the final frame, Samanski scored again to tie it but Colley and Tristan Crozier responded for Nanaimo before Ben Berard got one back late for Powell River but that’s how it ended. Taz Burman made 27 saves for the win. Game 3 goes Monday at 7 p.m. in Powell River.

The Wenatchee Wild scored four times on the man advantage and took a 6-4 win over the Merritt Centennials to go up 2-0 in their series. Merritt opened the scoring in the first minute on a Christian Sabin goal but Lucas Sowder and Nathan Iannone replied for the Wild. Matthew Kopperud evened the score before Chad Sasaki put the Wild up one heading to the first intermission. Jasper Weatherby made it a two-goal Wild lead midway through the second, prompting a Cents goalie change with Jacob Berger coming in for Austin Roden. Merritt then got goals from Mathieu Gosselin and Zach Risteau to tie it 4-4 going to the third. Weatherby’s second of the game and fourth of the playoffs was the winner in the third and Sowder added a second to seal the win. Game 3 goes Tuesday 7 p.m. in Merritt.

Ty Westgard scored twice and Chase Danol’s first of the postseason was the winner for the Surrey Eagles in a 5-3 victory over the Langley Rivermen that puts the Eagles ahead 2-0 in their series. Westgard opened the scoring in the first on the power play but Ethan Leyh replied for Langley on an unassisted tally. In the second, John Wesley and Connor Marshall traded tallies in quick succession early on but Matthew Campese and Danol scored later in the frame to give the Eagles the goals they’d need. In the third, Spencer Berry got the Rivermen within one late but Westgard got his second to seal the win a minute later. Mario Cavaliere made 29 saves for the win. Game 3 goes Monday at 7 p.m. in Surrey.

Goals just 1:16 apart from Jimmy Lambert, Connor Marritt and Josh Latta early in the second were the difference for the Vernon Vipers in a 6-4 win over the Salmon Arm Silverbacks that puts Vernon up 2-0 in the series. Jordan Sandhu opened the scoring in the first and after Hudson Schandor responded for the ‘Backs, Derek Brown put the Vipers back in front. The three quick goals early in the second chased Reid Cooper from the Salmon Arm net with Kyle Dumba coming in and Salmon Arm replied with goals from Rhett Kingston and Julian Timba but Jagger Williamson put the home side back up by three. Trevor Adams got a goal late in the second for Salmon Arm but that would be the final tally of the game. The series shifts now to Salmon Arm where Game 3 goes Tuesday at 7 p.m.

In Trail, Levi Glasman scored twice and set up another as the Smoke Eaters took a 7-2 victory over the West Kelowna Warriors to go up 2-0 in their series. Braeden Tuck, Spencer McLean and Glasman scored in the first giving Trail all the offence they’d need. Blaine Caton and Glasman added on in the second and it got to be 6-0 in the third on a Mack Byers goal before Willie Reim got the Warriors on the board. Ryan Murphy got the final Trail tally shortly after that and Michael Lombardi got a late one for West Kelowna. Game 3 is Monday at 7 p.m. in West Kelowna.

A Taylor Ward hat trick and four helpers from Nick Leivermann propelled the Penticton Vees to a 9-2 win over the Coquitlam Express, putting the Vees up 2-0 in their series. Chris Klack and Massimo Rizzo put the Vees up two in the first before Jack Lippis got the Express on the board. Jackson Keane, Ward, Dakota Boutin and Rizzo scored in the second making it 6-1 Vees going to the third. Ward, Marcus Mitchell and Ward again, with his hat trick goal, put the Vees way out of reach in the third. Eric Linell got the final Express tally at 8:14 of the third. Game 3 goes Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Coquitlam.