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Shaw BCHL Playoff Recap: Apr. 14

Vernon Vipers – 4
Salmon Arm Silverbacks – 3 (OT)

Isaac Tremblay scored twice, including the game-winner 4:17 into overtime as the Vernon Vipers came back from down 3-0 in the third period to beat the Salmon Arm Silverbacks 4-3 in extra time in Game 1 of their second-round series. Nathan Mackie scored for Salmon Arm in the first period and Brandon Santa Juana doubled the home team’s lead with a goal in the middle frame, before Ryan Gillespie got his first of the playoffs to stretch the lead to 3-0 in the third. Anthony Cliche got the Vipers on the board shortly after, then Walker Erickson cut the lead to one with 13 minute to play. Tremblay then took over, scoring the tying goal in the final minute as well as the overtime winner. He added an assist to finish with a three-point night.

Chilliwack Chiefs – 2
Nanaimo Clippers – 1

Lucas Szyszka stopped 34 of the 35 shots he faced in his first start of the postseason and Dylan Kinch scored the game-winning goal with 5:03 to play in the third period as the Chilliwack Chiefs took Game 1 on the road by a 2-1 final over the Nanaimo Clippers. After a scoreless opening frame, Jérémie Payant scored shorthanded for Nanaimo in the second period to get the game’s first goal, but before the buzzer went, Lucas Sorace got things back on even terms for Chilliwack with his first of the playoffs. Kinch then scored late with assists going to Sasha Teleguine and Abram Wiebe, giving the Chiefs the narrow victory.

Penticton Vees – 3
Wenatchee Wild – 1

Dovar Tinling, Bradly Nadeau and Spencer Smith each scored, while Luca Di Pasquo made 22 stops as the Penticton Vees outlasted the Wenatchee Wild in Game 1, winning 3-1. Parker Murray continued his outstanding postseason, breaking the ice with his league-best 13th of the playoffs to give Wenatchee a 1-0 lead in the second period, but Tinling replied a few minutes later to tie things up. With the game deadlocked in the third, Nadeau notched his ninth of the postseason while shorthanded to get the eventual game-winner and Smith would seal it with an empty-netter late. Wild goalie Andy Vlaha also kept up his impressive form, making 41 saves in the loss.

Surrey Eagles – 3
Alberni Valley Bulldogs – 1

The Surrey Eagles scored twice in 33 second in the third period to flip the script on the Alberni Valley Bulldogs and eventually take a 3-1 decision in Game 1 of their series. Will Elger got the Bulldogs on the board first with his second of the playoffs late in the first period and the road team held that lead until the final frame. Ryden Evers tied it up with his sixth midway through the third, then Jacob Bonkowski gave the Eagles the lead just seconds after. Ante Zlomislic capped the scoring with an empty-net goal in the final minute. Both goaltenders were outstanding in this one with Michael Sochan stopping 29 of 30 for Surrey and Hobie Hedquist making 24 saves on 26 shots for Alberni.