Surrey Eagles – 3
Powell River Kings – 2
Ryden Evers had a goal and an assist and Michael Sochan stopped 34 of 36 shots as the Surrey Eagles edged the Powell River Kings 3-2 in Game 3 of their first-round matchup to take a 2-1 series lead.
Surrey came out firing in this one, scoring 1:05 into the game on Jacob Bonkowski’s second of the series and Evers added his third of the postseason shortly after to give the road team a 2-0 edge at intermission. In the second, it was Powell River’s turn to answer quickly when Jack Blanchett scored 44 seconds into the frame, then Anthony Lucarelli tied things up just 18 seconds later. But, before the end of the period, Zachary Wagnon scored for Surrey to regain the lead and close out the scoring in the game as Sochan shut the door the rest of the way.
Down 2-1 in the series, Powell River will look to bounce back in Game 4 tomorrow night.
Langley Rivermen – 3
Nanaimo Clippers – 1
The Langley Rivermen rode a 36-save performance from goaltender Ajeet Gundarah, as well as a goal and an assist each by the Messina brothers to top the Nanaimo Clippers for the second game in a row, this time by a 3-1 final.
Brody Waters opened the scoring for the Clippers with a first-period goal, but Garrett Valk tied things up for the Rivermen early in the second and Nick Messina scored later in the frame to make it 2-1 Langley. In the third, Joseph Messina scored the insurance marker to make it a 3-1 final.
After tonight’s win, Langley has top-seeded Nanaimo on the ropes with two straight losses and a 2-1 series edge. Game 4 goes tomorrow night back in Langley.