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Penticton Vees – 6
West Kelowna Warriors – 1
Jackson Nieuwendyk had his second three-point game of the series and Kaeden Lane gave a first-star performance, stopping 27 of 28 shots, as the Penticton Vees beat the West Kelowna Warriors 6-1 to clinch the Interior Conference Finals and advance to the league championship series.
The Warriors got things started on the right foot with a Nick Roukounakis goal midway through the opening frame, but that lead was short lived since Nieuwendyk scored 38 seconds later to tie the game and Ethan Mann added another to give the Vees a 2-1 lead after one.
Casey McDonald scored on the power play in the second period and the Vees blew things open in third with a trio of goals from Josh Nadeau, Adam Eisele and Nieuwendyk to make it a 6-1 final.
Nadeau added an assist to his goal for a two-point performance, which moves him into a tie for the BCHL Playoffs scoring lead with 19 points in 13 games.
Penticton has now won 12 straight playoff games since dropping their opener and will host Game 1 of the Fred Page Cup Finals at the South Okanagan Events Centre next week.
Nanaimo Clippers – 6
Langley Rivermen – 1
Brody Waters and Kai Daniells each scored a pair of goals, while Cooper Black continued his run of excellence in the playoffs, making 31 saves on 32 shots as the Nanaimo Clippers defeated the Langley Rivermen 6-1 in Game 4 of the Coastal Conference Finals to advance to the championship series.
Langley opened the scoring in the first period on a deflection goal by Riley Wallack, but Nanaimo got a shorthanded goal from Daniells and a power-play marker from Waters before the end of the frame to take a 2-1 lead. The Clippers built on that lead in the second stanza when Keighan Gerrie and Daniells both scored and the team finished things off with a Waters empty-netter and a Charles Tardif marker in the third to make it 6-1.
Black’s performance in net boosts his save percentage to a BCHL Playoffs best .953 and sees his goals-against average drop to 1.54, tied for the league lead.
Nanaimo has yet to drop a game this postseason, going a perfect 12-0 through the first three rounds of the playoffs. Their win sets up a matchup against the Penticton Vees in a battle of two teams who have lost a combined one game all postseason.