March 12, 2019 2:34 pm
Updated: March 12, 2019 7:16 pm

Junior hockey: Vees, Warriors ousted from BCHL playoffs

The Penticton Vees and West Kelowna Wariors were both eliminated from the first round of the BCHL's Interior Division playoffs on Monday.


A round-up of results from junior hockey teams in the Okanagan.

Cowichan Valley 3, Penticton 1

Pierce Diamond and the Cowichan Valley Capitals sparkled on Monday evening as they shockingly bounced the Penticton Vees from the playoffs.

At Duncan, Diamond stopped 36 shots as the Capitals posted an upset 3-1 win in Game 6. The victory earned Cowichan Valley a stunning 4-2 series win in the first-round, best-of-seven set.

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The Vees outshot the Caps 37-22, but could manage only one goal against Cowichan Valley – which had the league’s second-worst record, posting just 17 wins and 40 points. Penticton, which finished first in Interior Division standings, had 37 wins and 79 points.

David Melaragni, Dan McIntyre and Kolton Cousins scored for Cowichan Valley, which led 1-0 after the first period. There was no scoring in the second. In the third, McIntyre scored at 9:50 to make it 2-0 with Cousins scoring at 16:51 to make it 3-0.

Lukas Sillinger, at 19:24, replied for Penticton, which received a 19-save effort from goalie JackLaFontaine.

Penticton was 0-for-4 on the power play while Cowichan Valley was 1-for-2.

The Vees never held a lead in this series. The Capitals held series leads of 1-0, 2-1 and 3-1 before closing it out in Game 6 on Monday before a crowd of 1,345 in Duncan.

On Saturday, trailing the series 3-1, Penticton kept its playoff hopes alive by defeating Cowichan Valley 4-1 in Game 5 at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

Series results

  • Game 1: Cowichan Valley 4, Penticton 1
  • Game 2: Penticton 4, Cowichan Valley 1
  • Game 3: Cowichan Valley 3, Penticton 2
  • Game 4: Cowichan Valley 3, Penticton 0
  • Game 5: Penticton 4, Cowichan Valley 1
  • Game 6: Cowichan Valley 3, Penticton 1

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Wenatchee 6, West Kelowna 3

At Wenatchee, the Wild rallied from an early 2-0 deficit to defeat West Kelowna and win Game 7 of their first-round series.

Lucas Sowder, with a natural hat trick in the second period, P.J. Fletcher, with two goals, and Brian Adams, with an empty-net marker, scored for Wenatchee, which trailed 2-0 after the first period but led 4-2 after 40 minutes.

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Sowder’s three goals were scored within a 10-minute span of the second period: His first came at 1:56 to make it 2-1; his second at 4:47 levelled the score at 2-2; and his third at 11:04 made it 3-2, a lead Wenatchee would never relinquish. Fletcher then scored at 13:38 to make it 4-2.

Lucas Cullen, with two goals, and Willie Reim replied for West Kelowna.

Cullen opened the scoring at 13:35 of the first, with Reim making it 2-0 at 14:18. Cullens second goal of the night, and seventh of the playoffs, came at 8:39 of the third, making it 4-3.

Wenatchee, though, restored its two-goal lead when Fletcher scored at 17:45 to make it 5-3. Adams closed out the scoring at 19:31.

Connor Hopkins stopped 33 of 38 shots for West Kelowna, with Austin Park stopping 34 of 37 shots for Wenatchee.

The Warriors were 1-for-3 on the power play while the Wild were 0-for-2. The attendance was 1,697.

West Kelowna had Wenatchee on the ropes in this series, with a 3-2 series lead after posting a 4-2 win in Game 5 on Friday, but couldn’t knock out the defending league champions. The Wild rebounded with a 3-1 win in Game 6 on Sunday, then Game 7 on Monday.

Series results

  • Game 1: Wenatchee 5, West Kelowna 4
  • Game 2: West Kelowna 5, Wenatchee 1
  • Game 3: Wenatchee 6, West Kelowna 2
  • Game 4: West Kelowna 2, Wenatchee 1
  • Game 5: West Kelowna 4, Wenatchee 2
  • Game 6: Wenatchee 3, West Kelowna 1
  • Game 7: Wenatchee 6, West Kelowna 3

The second round of the playoffs are as follows:

Island Division

No. 1 Victoria will play No. 2 Powell River.

Mainland Division

No. 1 Chilliwack will play No. 2 Prince George

Interior Division

No. 3 Wenatchee will play crossover Cowichan Valley

No. 4 Vernon will play No. 7 Trail

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