The Prince George Spruce Kings swept the Victoria Grizzlies to continue their incredible run to the Fred Page Cup final.
Ben Poisson scored late in overtime to give the Spruce Kings a 3-2 win and complete a four-game sweep of the Victoria Grizzlies to become the first team to punch their ticket to the league finals.
Prince George has swept the last two series, beating Victoria and regular-season champion, Chilliwack Chiefs, while suffering just one loss in the playoffs, a 3-0 setback to the Coquitlam Express in Game 4 of the first round.
After a scoreless first period, Spruce Kings defenceman Liam Watson-Brawn gave PG a 1-0 lead 1:12 into the second, but the league MVP and leading scorer Alex Newhook willed the Grizzlies back into the lead with a pair of goals before the end of the period to make it 2-1 Victoria after two.
P.G. defenceman Layton Ahac evened things up with a goal midway through the third and Poisson buried the winner with just 1:51 left in the first overtime period to seal the win for the Spruce Kings.
Prince George goalie Logan Neaton continued to shine with a 34-save performance, while Victoria’s Kurtis Chapman was stellar in defeat, making 41 saves on 44 shots.
Game 3: Vernon Vipers 7 Wenatchee Wild 2
The Vernon Vipers took a 2-1 series lead over Wenatchee Wild on Tuesday night.
Teddy Wooding had a goal and three assists, Jesse Lansdell chipped in with a pair of helpers and Aidan Porter made 26 saves as the Vernon Vipers beat the Wild 7-2 in Game 3 of the Interior Division Finals.
Logan Cash scored the lone goal of the first period to give Vernon a 1-0 lead after one. Ben Sanderson doubled the lead for the Vipers less than five minutes into the second, but Brian Adams answered back for the Wild 2:25 later to make it 2-1. Landon Fuller and Tyler Ho each scored before the end of the frame to make it 4-1 heading into intermission.
Vernon pulled away in the third with goals by Michael Young, Wooding and Josh Latta, before Blake Bargar scored late to make it a 7-2 final.
The Vipers and Wild continue the series tonight in Vernon with the puck drop at 7 p.m.