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BCHL Saturday: Grizzlies and Capitals split series

Saturday proved to be a rough night for many of the BCHL goaltenders facing second round playoff pressure.

Victoria came back in their series with a 7-3 win over Cowichan Valley Saturday, splitting the series 1-1 at home.

Capitals goalie Chris Rawlings was pulled for Kiefer Smiley after allowing three goals on seven shots in the first, while Grizzlies keeper Anthony Grieco went 27 for 30 on the night.

Grizzlies first star Evan Pighin led the team in scoring after netting two in a row during the second. Trever Hertz, Lee Baldwin and Jeff Forsythe all contributed to the Grizzlies success with 2 assists each.

The other Coastal Conference series isn't so tight.

Powell River took their second game at home. They are up in the series two games to zero after a dominate performance Saturday, that ended with a 10-0 score.

After stopping 15 of 20 shots Eagles net minder Tommy Tartaglione was swapped for Vinny Lessard, who turned away 37 of the 42 shots he faced. Kings goalie Carsen Chubak played the full 60 minutes putting a stop to all 21 shots he saw.

Darcy Oakes had five points on the night with two goals and Kyle Bodie put up four points with a goal and three assists.

The Interior Conference saw similar results to the coast, with a split series and home team that took two straight at home.

After a close game that went into overtime on Friday the Vernon Vipers took control during game two beating out the Penticton Vees 5-1.

Chris Crowell led the Vipers in their victory with a three point night. Vees Matt Paltridge posted his team’s only point of the night unassisted in the third.

Penticton goaltender Jordan White saw 45 shots during the 60 minute battle and turned away 40, while Viper Andrew Hammond faced 25 and shutdown 24.

Elsewhere in the interior, Salmon Arm now has two of the four games they need to take their second round series after a 4-2 win at home.

Most of the game's scoring was done in the first. Silverback Conor Morrison put up three points on his side and Garrett Watson had a two point night for the Warriors.

Goalies were traded again in this game, a trend that seemed to span game two in the second round. Warriors’ goalies Kevin Jebson and Devon Murtagh split the game after Jebson stopped 10 of the 13 shots that came his way. Silverbacks’ goaltender Bryan Gillis stayed between the pipes for the full 60 minutes and stopped 29 of 31 shots.