Junior hockey: Chiefs shut out Grizzlies; Vipers smash Smoke Eaters
A round-up of results from junior hockey teams in the Okanagan.
B.C. HOCKEY LEAGUE
Vernon 5, Trail 2
At Vernon, Teddy Wooding scored twice for the home team as the Vipers beat the Smoke Eaters in Game 5.
The Vipers now lead the second-round playoff series 3-2, with Game 6 of the best-of-seven affair scheduled for Saturday night in Trail. Game 7, if needed, will take place Monday, 7 p.m., in Vernon.
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On Friday, Connor Marritt, Matt Kowalski and Coleton Bilodeau also scored for Vernon, which trailed 1-0 after the first period but led 3-2 after 40 minutes. The Vipers scored a shorthanded goal, a power-play marker, twice on even strength and an empty-netter in the game.
Carter Jones, who opened the scoring at 4:32 of the first period, on the power play, and Hayden Rowan, midway through the second to make it 2-2, replied for Trail.
Marritt made it 1-1 with a shorthanded effort at 7:50 of the second, with Wooding scoring his first of the night at 9:41 to give Vernon a 2-1 lead. After Rowan scored to level the score, Kowalski connected on the power play at 15:04 for a 3-2 Vipers lead.
In the third, Biloeau made it 4-2 at 1:12, with Wooding closing out the scoring into an empty net at 19:17.
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Aidan Porter stopped 22 of 24 shots for Vernon. For Trail, Donovan Buskey started, making 15 saves on 19 shots, before giving way to Adam Marcoux, who was 5-for-5 in relief.
The Smoke Eaters were 1-for-5 on the power play while the Vipers were 1-for-3. The attendance was not available.
In other BCHL playoff action from Friday, Wenatchee beat Cowichan Valley 2-1 in overtime to take a 3-2 lead, and Victoria beat Powell River 4-2 to go up 3-2.
KOOTENAY INTERNATIONAL JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
Kelowna 4, Revelstoke 0
At Revelstoke, Braeden Mitchell was perfect between pipes for Kelowna, stopping all 28 shots he faced, as the Chiefs blanked the Grizzlies to win Game 3 of their conference final.
The Grizzlies, who swept Games 1 and 2 in Kelowna earlier this week, lead the series 2-1. Revelstoke will host Game 4 on Saturday at 7 p.m., with Kelowna hosting Game 5 on Monday night, 7 p.m. at Rutland Arena.
Heading into Game 3 on Friday, it seemed the Grizzlies were in control. After posting a 3-2 victory in Game 1 on Tuesday, Revelstoke crushed Kelowna in Game 2 on Wednesday, outshooting the Chiefs 38-26 and scoring three unanswered goals in the third period to win 6-3.
Kelowna management wasn’t happy after that loss, stating they needed a complete effort. They got that and more on Friday, with eight of 18 skaters registering a point. In what was a scoring-by-committee effort, no Chief had more than one point.
Dylan Kent and Myles Mattila, with goals in the second period, plus Juanre Naude and Zach Erhardt, with third-period markers, scored for Kelowna.
Liam McGarva stopped 32 of 36 shots for Revelstoke.
The Chiefs were 0-for-3 on the power play while the Grizzlies were 0-for-4. The attendance was not available.
In other KIJHL playoff action from Friday, Kimberley beat Beaver Valley 2-1 to take a 3-0 lead. The Dynamiters can sweep the Nitehawks with a win in Game 4 on Saturday in Fruitvale.
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