Shaw BCHL Playoff Recap: Apr. 9

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Prince George Spruce Kings – 3
Cranbrook Bucks – 2 (OT)

With two goals on the night, Rowan Miller played the hero in the Prince George Spruce Kings 3-2 come-from-behind overtime win against the Cranbrook Bucks in Game 6, sending them to the second round of the BCHL Playoffs.

With the score tied 0-0 in the second period, Bucks defenceman Declan Ride netted his first of the postseason 6:14 into the middle frame to give Cranbrook a 1-0 lead. That lead was short-lived because Prince George rookie Evan Fedele responded less than a minute later to tie the game, but Tyson Dyck gave the Bucks the lead back before intermission and the score was 2-1 at the break. The Spruce Kings trailed most of the third period until Miller buried the tying goal with 4:17 to go to force overtime. With just over six minutes left in the first OT period, Miller took a pass from Simon Labelle while flying through the neutral zone, beat his defenceman wide, cut across the crease and roofed the puck while falling to the ice to score the game-winning and series-winning goal.

Cranbrook goaltender Nathan Airey was peppered with shots all night, managing to stop 47 of the 50 he faced to earn first star of the game.

PG awaits the result of the final Interior Conference series between the Salmon Arm Silverbacks and Wenatchee Wild before they know who they will play in Round 2.

Coquitlam Express – 3
Chilliwack Chiefs – 2

Coquitlam Express goalie Carter Woodside continued his impressive postseason, making 38 stops on 40 shots to lead his team to a narrow 3-2 win against the Chilliwack Chiefs and force a deciding Game 7 tomorrow night. Lucas Lundy, Kahlil Fontana and Christian MacDougall had the goals for the Express, while Ryan Tattle added a pair of assists. Dawson Good and Brett Rylance had the Chilliwack goals in a losing effort. The teams have alternated victories every game so far this series, a trend which Coquitlam hopes to break tomorrow night.

Wenatchee Wild – 5
Salmon Arm Silverbacks – 1

Wenatchee Wild captain Quinn Emerson had a hat trick as well as an assist, Landon Parker had three helpers and Tyler Shea stopped 33 of 34 shots as the Wild beat the Salmon Arm Silverbacks 5-1 to extend the series. The score was 1-1 entering the third period when Cade Littler gave Wenatchee the lead, then Emerson took over the game, scoring a natural hat trick in under 10 minutes to make it 5-1. Isaac Lambert had the lone goal for Salmon Arm. With the win, the Wild force a Game 7 on Monday night. The home team has won every game in this series.