The West Kelowna Warriors accomplished three incredible feats on Tuesday night, beating the Penticton Vees on consecutive nights, earning a shutout and tying up the Interior division finals at two games apiece.
Jonathan Desbiens’ goal at 9:41 of the second period was all the Warriors would need to win, but he added a second with 20 seconds remaining in the frame.
Kylar Hope added an insurance marker at 16:10 of the third period, helping West Kelowna win Game 4 to tie up the series.
Warriors goaltender Matthew Greenfield was named 1st star after stopping all 28 shots he faced in the shutout victory, while Zachary Driscoll stopped 36 of 39 shots faced for Penticton. Game 5 goes Thursday at 7:00 p.m.
The Nanaimo Clippers won the Island division final after sweeping the Powell River Kings, thanks to a thrilling 3-2 victory in Game 4. Nolain Aibel scored for Nanaimo at 16:44 of the first period, but the Kings got goals from Mitchell Hawes and Nick Halagian to grab a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes. Aibel’s second of the night came at 4:03 of the third, setting the stage for Corey Renwick to score the series-clinching goal at 13:24 of the third period, helping the Clippers reach the next round. Evan Johnson made 41 saves in the victory for Nanaimo, while Jeff Smith stopped 33 shots for Powell River. The Clippers will wait to find out their two opponents in the three-team round-robin in the third round.
The Chilliwack Chiefs inched a step closer to clinching their spot in Round 3 after defeating the Wenatchee Wild, 4-2 to take a 3-1 series lead. Ryan Forbes opened the scoring for the visitors 2:57 into the first, and Darien Craighead padded another to give Chilliwack a 2-0 lead. Blake Christensen and Charlie Combs scored 3:04 apart to tie it up for the Wild. Craighead scored at 13:33 and Dennis Cholowski added another 24 seconds later, giving Chilliwack a 4-2 lead after 40 minutes and holding off the Wild attack the rest of the way. Aidan Pelino made 36 saves in the win, while Chase Perry stopped 25 of 29 shots faced. Game 5 goes Thursday at 7 p.m.