Shaw BCHL Playoff Recap: Apr. 30

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Nanaimo Clippers – 3
Langley Rivermen – 0

Cooper Black made 26 saves to register his third straight shutout and Jake Hewitt potted a pair of goals as the Nanaimo Clippers extended their perfect postseason record to 10-0 after a 3-0 win over the Langley Rivermen in Game 2 of the Coastal Conference Finals.

Hewitt scored the first goal of the game 4:55 into the first period to give the Clippers a 1-0 edge at intermission. Sean Donaldson doubled the Nanaimo lead in the middle frame with his BCHL-best 10th goal of the playoffs to make it 2-0 heading to the third. That score held up until the final two minutes of the game when Hewitt scored the insurance marker into an empty net to seal the 3-0 win.

Black has not let in a goal since the first period of Game 3 in Round 2 against the Chilliwack Chiefs. He has only let in one goal in his past four games and leads the playoffs with a sparkling .957 save percentage, 1.38 goals-against average and three shutouts.

At the other end, Langley goalie Ajeet Gundarah stopped 30 of 32 shots in the loss.

The series shifts to Langley for Game 3 on Tuesday night.

Penticton Vees – 6
West Kelowna Warriors – 0

For the second night in a row, the Penticton Vees had a massive second period to blow the game open and eventually beat the West Kelowna Warriors 6-0 in Game 2 of the Interior Conference Finals.

With the score tied 0-0 to start the middle frame, Josh Nadeau scored for Penticton 2:36 in and Stefano Bottini added on 48 seconds later to give their team a 2-0 lead. The Vees would get two goals from Bradley Nadeau and another from Luc Wilson before the end of the period to make it 5-0 at intermission. Wilson scored his second of the game midway through the third to make it a 6-0 final.

Five of Penticton’s six goals in the game came with the man advantage as they went 5-for-10 on the night. Vees goalie Kaeden Lane made 20 saves to earn the shutout, his first of the playoffs.

Wilson added two assists to his pair of goals to finish with four points on the night and climb into second place on the playoff scoring list with 17 points in 11 games. He was named the first star of the game.

With their backs against the wall down 2-0 in the series, the Warriors will hope a change of scenery is what they need with Game 3 set for Monday night in West Kelowna.