The Nanaimo Clippers and Chilliwack Chiefs both used home ice advantage to a ‘T’ in their respective series against Powell River and Prince George.
The Clippers scored twice in the first period and held on for a 2-1 win over the Kings to take a 2-0 series lead in the Island Division Final. Jacob Hanlon and Anthony Rinaldi each notched unassisted goals for Nanaimo in the win and Guillaume Decelles kicked out 34 shots to get the victory.
The Chiefs built a 3-0 lead before the game was 18 minutes old and cruised to an 8-1 win against the Spruce Kings to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Mainland Division Final. All but six Chilliwack skaters got on the scoresheet, including multiple point performances from Vince Desharnais, Craig Puffer, Jake Hand, Mason Boh, Tipper Higgins and Jordan Kawaguchi.
The Penticton Vees coughed up a 2-0 first period lead and needed double overtime to beat Vernon 4-3 to nab a 1-0 lead in the Interior Division Final. Dante Fabbro scored a pair for the Vees, including a goal in the second which made it 3-1 for Penticton. Thomas Aldworth beat Hunter Miska with one second left in the second to bring Vernon within one, and then he tied the game nine minutes into the third period. After a scoreless first OT, Connor Chartier tipped in a Miles Gendron shot to give the Vees the win.
SECOND ROUND DIVISION FINAL MATCH-UPS
March 14 — Vernon 3 at Penticton 4 (OT) (2,217)
March 15 — Vernon at Penticton – 6 pm
March 17 — Penticton at Vernon – 7 pm
March 18 — Penticton at Vernon – 7 pm
x-March 20 — Vernon at Penticton – 7 pm
x-March 21 — Penticton at Vernon – 6 pm
x-March 22 — Vernon at Penticton – 6 pm
(Chilliwack leads best of 7 series 2-0) March 13 — Prince George 2 at Chilliwack 3 (1,479)
March 14 — Prince George 1 at Chilliwack 8 (1,509)
March 16 — Chilliwack at Prince George – 7 pm
March 17 — Chilliwack at Prince George – 7 pm
x-March 20 — Prince George at Chilliwack – 7 pm
x-March 21 — Chilliwack at Prince George – 7 pm
x-March 22 — Prince George at Chilliwack – 7 pm
(Nanaimo leads best of 7 series 2-0)
March 13 — Powell River 2 at Nanaimo 4 (1,096)
March 14 — Powell River 1 at Nanaimo 2 (1,096)
March 16 — Nanaimo at Powell River – 7 pm
March 17 — Nanaimo at Powell River – 7 pm
x-March 19 — Powell River at Nanaimo – 7 pm
x-March 20 — Nanaimo at Powell River – 7:15 pm
x-March 22 — Powell River at Nanaimo – 7 pm
Defenseman Kenney Morrison (Alberni Valley, 2010-11) and forward Casey Bailey (Alberni Valley, 2009-11) are named as two of the top five college free agents that NHL teams are looking at.
Forward Colton Sissons (West Kelowna, 2009-10) is listed as Nashville’s third best prospect, goaltender Laurent Brossoit (Cowichan, 2009-10) is Edmonton’s third best prospect, and forward Jujhar Khaira (Prince George, 2010-12) is listed as the Oilers fifth best prospect.
THN rates forward Mario Lucia (Penticton, 2011-12) as Minnesota’s sixth best prospect and defenseman Mike Reilly (Penticton, 2011-12) as Columbus’ seventh best prospect.
Forward Alexander MacMillan (Merritt, 2008-11) signed an amateur try-out contract with the Utah Grizzlies of the ECHL. MacMillan just wrapped up a four year NCAA career with American International College, posting 79 points (36 goals, 43 assists) in 118 games. The Calgary product is nominated for college hockey’s top individual honour, the Hobey Baker Award