The Penticton Vees ended the upstart West Kelowna Warriors playoff run with a decisive 7-0 victory on Monday at the South Okanagan Events Centre to take the Interior division semifinal in five games.
Rookie Tyson Jost scored twice and goalie Hunter Miska netted the shut out with a 29 save performance. The Vees will face the Vernon Vipers, who defeated Merritt in four straight, in the division final starting Saturday in Penticton.
Chad Staley made the Langley Rivermen pay for taking two straight penalties in overtime as he rifled home the game-winner at 8:56 of OT to give the Prince George Spruce Kings a 5-4 road win in Game 5.
Erik Udahl was sent off for kneeing early in OT and Langley killed it but they couldn’t do the same with William Campion off for Interference. Staley corraled a loose puck off his initial shot and the wristed home the winner. PG leads the series 3-2.
Billy Christopoulos made 40 saves to backstop the Alberni Valley Bulldogs to a 2-1 road win over the Nanaimo Clippers. Garrett Halls opened the scoring for the ‘Dogs and after Yanni Kaldis tied it, Everett Putz notched the winner late in the second. There was no scoring in the first or third. Nanaimo leads the series 3-2.
Mason Boh’s goal at 12:59 of the third proved to be the winner for the Chilliwack Chiefs who eliminated the Coquitlam Express with a 4-2 home win. Jake Hand and Trail native Scott Davidson had the Chiefs up 2-0 after one but Brett Supinski cut the lead in half in the second for Coquitlam. Boh’s marker was the decsive one in the third. Colton Kerfoot got the Express back within one but Jordan Kawaguchi iced it with an empty-netter.