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BCHL Playoffs: Wednesday, March 9

A goal each period did the trick for the Nanaimo Clippers as they took a 3-1 series lead with a 3-1 win over the host Alberni Valley Bulldogs Wednesday night.

Troy MacTavish opened the scoring in the first for the Clips and after Adam Donnelly tied the game in the second, it was Sean Buchanan’s tally that wound up being the winner for Nanaimo. Nolan Aibel added the insurance marker early in the final frame to close out the scoring.

Evan Johnson made 28 saves for the win and Nanaimo fired 42 shots on Brody Claeys in the ‘Dogs crease. Game 5 of the series goes Friday at 7 p.m. in Nanaimo.

Nick Jones resumed his torrid playoff scoring pace after being held from the scoresheet a night earlier, picking up two goals, an assist and 1st Star in a 6-2 Penticton Vees road win that puts them up 3-1 in the series against the Vernon Vipers. The Vees got all the scoring they’d need in the first with Scott Conway, Jones and Owen Sillinger doing the damage. Easton Brodzinski and Jones had goals in the second on either sided of a Steven Jandric goal for the Vipers with Hunter Zandee and Tyson Jost swapping goals in the third. Zach Driscoll made 17 saves for the win. Game 5 is set for Friday at 7 p.m. in Penticton.

Kyle Stephan scored twice and Chase Perry made all 29 saves in a 5-0 Wenatchee Wild road win over the Langley Rivermen that puts the Wild up 3-1 in the series. Matt Baker’s goal in the first would be all the support Perry would need on the night but Stephan scored an insurance tally in the second and provided a shorthanded effort to put the Wild in command in the third. Blake Christensen and Brendan Harris also scored in the final frame for Wenatchee. Game 5 goes Friday at 7 p.m. in Langley.