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Shaw BCHL Playoff Recap: Apr. 18

Penticton Vees – 3
Wenatchee Wild – 1

The Penticton Vees continued their unbeaten run throughout the BCHL Playoffs so far with a 3-1 road victory over the Wenatchee Wild in Game 3 of their second round series. All the scoring was done in the first period in this contest. Penticton jumped out to a 3-0 advantage on goals by Spencer Smith, Josh Nadeau and Nic DeGraves, all within the first 10 minutes. Cade Littler replied for Wenatchee to make it 3-1 before the end of the frame, but that was as close as they would come. Reigning BCHL 1st Star of the Week Luca Di Pasquo stopped 32 of 33 shots for the Vees in the win.

Salmon Arm Silverbacks – 3
Vernon Vipers – 2 (2OT)

Defenceman William Lavigne potted his first goal of the postseason 11:26 into the second overtime period to give the Salmon Arm Silverbacks a 3-2 win over the Vernon Vipers in Game 3 of their second round series. The goal also gave the Silverbacks a 2-1 series edge. This game followed a similar script to the previous two, with Salmon Arm jumping out to a lead and Vernon staging a dramatic third period comeback. This time, Isaac Lambert and Hayden Stavroff scored to build a 2-0 ‘Backs lead heading into the third, but Luke Ashton and Hank Cleaves scored third period goals to tie it up and send it to extra time. Matthew Tovell made 41 saves in net for Salmon Arm to earn the victory.

Alberni Valley Bulldogs – 2
Surrey Eagles – 1

Nicholas Beneteau and Braden Blace each scored goals and Hobie Hedquist stopped 24 of 25 shots as the Alberni Valley Bulldogs got a much needed 2-1 victory over the Surrey Eagles to narrow their series deficit to one game. Beneteau’s goal came with just 1:02 left in the first period to give the home team the 1-0 edge, but Ryden Evers answered back with his seventh of the postseason in the middle frame to tie the game at one. Blace’s goal 4:14 into the third held up as the winner. The two teams meet again tomorrow night in Game 4, back in Port Alberni.

Chilliwack Chiefs – 5
Nanaimo Clippers – 2

The Chilliwack Chiefs beat the Nanaimo Clippers 5-2 on Tuesday night to take a 3-0 series advantage. Brian Morse scored for the Chiefs late in the first period, then Michael La Starza and Duncan Ramsey added on in the second to make it a 3-0 advantage for the home team headed into the third. Brody Waters gave Nanaimo some life with a goal in the first minute of the period, but the teams would just exchange goals from there with Olivier Beaulieu and Dylan Kinch scoring for the Chiefs and Jake Hewitt getting one for the Clippers. Nanaimo will look to stay alive tomorrow night in Game 4 from the Chilliwack Coliseum.