Trail Pee Wee Smoke Eaters Samuel Owatz's backhand shot is stopped by the Powell River goalie as the two teams played to a 3-3 draw on Monday.

Trail Pee Wee Smoke Eaters Samuel Owatz's backhand shot is stopped by the Powell River goalie as the two teams played to a 3-3 draw on Monday.

BC Tier 2 Pee Wee playoff picture comes into focus

The B.C. Tier 2 Pee Wee championships starts its playoffs on Wednesday

The Pee Wee Tier 2 championship continued play at the Cominco Arena on Tuesday with participating teams looking to secure a playoff position.

The Greater Trail Minor Hockey Association’s (GTMHA) Pee Wee Tier 2 Smoke Eaters were poised to win its first game on Monday but squandered a two-goal lead late in the third period to tie the Powell River Kings 3-3.

Trail led 3-1 on goals from Jacob Smith, David Pengelly, and Ethan Smyth but the Powell River Kings stormed back. Adam Hopper scored with 3:33 to play in regulation to bring the Kings within one. Then with the goalie pulled, the Kings pressed and the Trail goalie made a great save kicking out Mason Windsor’s point-blank shot, but Marcus Cramb was waiting on the doorstep and lifted in the rebound to tie the match with a mere 14 seconds left on the clock.

The result effectively eliminated the Smokies from playoff contention. Even a win over the 2-and-1 Vancouver Team in the Tuesday night game would tie the two teams in points (4), but Vancouver would claim the tie breaker by virtue of its two wins.

The West Kootenay Rapids meanwhile guaranteed their spot in the playoffs with a 6-3 win over Kitimat Sunday and a 12-4 victory over Prince George Monday. The Nelson team lost to the unbeaten Burnaby Winter Club on Tuesday but will play in Wednesday’s semi-final match against West Kelowna as the Warriors rolled through the tournament undefeated beating Vancouver on Monday 4-2.

Burnaby finished the tournament 3-0 and will play Vancouver in the other semifinals match, which go at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. at the Cominco Arena. The bronze medal game is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. with the gold medal game facing off at 7:15 p.m.

BC Hockey update:

The GTMHA Tier 2 Bantam Smoke Eaters fell 6-4 to Quesnel on Tuesday to go to 0-3 at the Bantam provincials in Powell River, while the Miget Tier 3 Smokies is also looking for its first win after a 9-1 loss to Alberni Valley and a close 3-2 setback to Dawson Creek Tuesday.