The Penticton Vees didn’t make it easy on themselves, but Scott Conway answered the call when it mattered most, as his game-tying goal at 19:01 of the third period set the stage for an incredible finish.
At 5:57 of overtime, Conway scored the winners thanks to assists from Nicholas Jones and Luke Voltin. The Vees now lead the series 2-0 over the West Kelowna Warriors.
Kyle Marino opened the scoring for the Warriors 2:03 into the first period, and it would take 18 seconds into the second for the next goal to be scored, courtesy of Vees’ Demico Hannoun.
The Warriors grabbed the lead with 8:22 into the third, but Conway’s heroics stole the game for Penticton. Zachary Driscoll stopped 23 shots for the Vees, while Matthew Greenfield stopped 40 in the loss. Game 3 goes at 7 p.m. on Monday in West Kelowna.
In a night full of late-game heroics, Chilliwack Chiefs’ Kale Kane joined in by scoring with 23 seconds remaining in regulation to lead his team past the Wenatchee Wild, 3-2.
With the victory, the Chiefs now lead the series 2-0. Kane’s second goal of the night and fourth of the playoffs came at the opportune time after the Wild tied the game with 1:21 left in the third period.
Kane opened the scoring 12:19 into the first period, before Dennis Cholowski’s marker 3:48 into the second gave the Chiefs a 2-0 series lead.
Joseph Drabin scored 5:40 into the second frame for Wenatchee to cut the lead in half, where Colin Burston would tie it late in the third, before Kane’s game-winner helped the Chiefs go up 2-0 in the series.
Chase Perry made 24 saves for the Wild, while Aidan Pelino made 25 saves as he backstopped the Chiefs to victory. Game 3 goes Monday at 7:05 p.m. in Wenatchee.
Sheldon Rempal’s three-point night helped the Nanaimo Clippers get past the Powell River Kings, 5-2 as they took a 2-0 series lead.
Chris Dodero opened the scoring for Nanaimo 6:48 into the first period with Matthew Hoover adding another just before intermission to make it 2-0.
Rylan Ball and Kyle Betts scored for the Kings in the second, but Rempal and Yanni Kaldis answered as well for Nanaimo, giving them a 4-2 lead after 40 minutes.
Devin Brosseau added an empty-netter 18:47 into the third, helping the Clippers seal the victory. Jeff Smith stopped 29 shots for the Kings while Evan Johnson stopped 24 for Nanaimo in a winning effort. Game 3 goes Monday at 7 p.m. in Powell River.