March 21, 2019 3:58 pm
Updated: March 21, 2019 3:59 pm

Junior hockey: Chiefs fall to Grizzlies, Vipers level series with Smoke Eaters

The Kelowna Chiefs and Revelstoke Grizzlies, seen here in action on Tuesday night, are battling each other in one of two KIJHL conference finals. Revelstoke leads the best-of-seven series 2-0 after winning Games 1 and 2 in Kelowna on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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

KOOTENAY INTERNATIONAL JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE

Revelstoke 6, Kelowna 3

The Kelowna Chiefs were the class of the league during the regular season, recording just three regulation-time losses.

On Wednesday, Revelstoke handed the regular-season champions their second consecutive loss in as many nights, as the Grizzlies beat the Chiefs 6-3 at Rutland Arena. With the win, Revelstoke now holds a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven conference final.

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The Grizzlies, who showed superior grit and effort on Wednesday, beat the Chiefs 3-2 in Game 1 on Tuesday night. The series now shifts to Revelstoke for Games 3 and 4 this Friday and Saturday. Both games start at 7 p.m.

Game 5, if needed, will take place Monday, 7 p.m., at Rutland Arena in Kelowna.

On Wednesday, Kaeden Patrick and Carter Anderson, with two goals apiece, Ryan Pereverzoff and Cody Flann scored for Revelstoke, which broke open a 3-3 tie with three unanswered goals in the third period.

Anderson made it 4-3 at 6:02 of the third with a power-play goal, then made it 5-3 at 7:39. Flann closed out the scoring with an empty-net marker with just 11 seconds remaining.

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Dyaln Kent, Zach Erhardt and Devin Sutton scored for Kelowna, which trailed 2-1 after the first period but tied it at 3-3 with two goals in the third.

Liam McGarva stopped 23 of 26 shots for the Grizzlies. For the Chiefs, Shane Zilka started, but lasted only 24:11, stopping 15 of 18 shots before being pulled. Braeden Mitchell was 17-for-19 in relief.

Revelstoke was 2-for-8 on the power play while Kelowna was 1-for-9. The attendance was 565.

In other KIJHL action, Kimberley beat Beaver Valley 4-3 on Wednesday to take a 2-0 lead in the other conference final. Games 3 and 4 will take place in Fruitvale this Friday and Saturday.

B.C. HOCKEY LEAGUE

Vernon 3, Trail 2

At Trail, Jack Judson capped a three-goal comeback as the Vipers rallied to beat the Smoke Eaters.

Jagger Williamson and Trey Taylor also scored for Vernon, which trailed 2-0 at one point but wound up winning to level the second-round series at 2-2. Williamson made it 2-1 at 17:17 of the first period, with Taylor levelling the score just 13 seconds into the second. Judson closed out the scoring at 14:07 of the third.

Owen Ozar and Carter Jones replied for Trail. Ozar scored at 14:15 of the first, with Jones doubling the Smokies’ lead less than a minute later at 15:13.

The best-of-seven series resumes Friday, 7 p.m. in Vernon, with Game 5. Trail will host Game 6 on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Aidan Porter stopped 24 of 26 shots for the Vipers, with Donovan Buskey turning aside 23 of 26 shots for the Smoke Eaters.

Vernon was 0-for-2 on the power play while Trail was 1-for-6. The attendance was 2,064.

In other BCHL playoff action from Wednesday, Wenatchee beat Cowichan Valley 4-1 to level that series at 2-2.

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