Junior hockey: Blazers at Rockets again, Warriors outlast OT – Okanagan
A roundup of junior hockey results from the Okanagan and area.
WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE
KAMLOOPS 3, KELOWNA 2
The Kelowna Rockets lost back-to-back games this week against the WHL’s last-place team, the Kamloops Blazers.
The Rockets came to Kamloops on Saturday looking for revenge after the Blazers beat Kelowna in the dying seconds of overtime the night before.
The Blazers jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on goals from Matteo Koci and Josh Kelly. Then, 1:50 into the second period, Kamloops scored again to make it 3-0. Rockets star Jake Pilon was yanked from the net after allowing three goals on 15 shots. He was replaced by Jari Kykkanen.
With 39 seconds left to play in the second period, Rockets forward Dylan Wightman buried a rebound, cutting the deficit to two goals.
The goal change seemed to provide a little spark for Kelowna. Tij Iginla made it a one goal game when he scored his 32n.d goal of the season just 1:06 into the third period. Unfortunately, they couldn’t even raise the score and send the game to overtime, like they did last Friday.
Kelowna went 1-for-2 with the man advantage, while Kamloops didn’t score on any of its five power play attempts. The Rockets defeated the Blazers, 33-22. Kamloops now leads the season series 3-1.
The Rockets head south of the border for a three-game road trip starting in Portland on Wednesday.
- Saskatoon 3, Prince Albert 2
- Medicine Hat 5, Moose Jaw 3
- Red Deer 5, Brandon 3
- Seattle 3, Everett 1
- Portland 5, Spokane 4
- Prince George 3, Tri-City 2
- Vancouver 7, Victoria 6
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- Edmonton to Calgary
- Spokane to Medicine Hat
- Prince George and Everett
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BC HOCKEY LEAGUE
CHILLIWACK 3, WEST KELOWNA 2 (OT)
The West Kelowna Warriors let a third-period lead slip and the team fell in overtime with the visiting Chilliwack Chiefs on Saturday.
In front of a sellout crowd, the Warriors brought their fans to their feet at 12:14 of the opening frame when Jack Pridham scored his 14.th goal of the season. The Chiefs would answer back courtesy of Willyam Gendron, and the score would remain even into the second period.
On the Warriors’ power play in the second period, Felix Caron found the back of the net, giving his team a 2-1 lead.
Before the halfway mark of the final frame, Nathan Morin of the Chiefs scored the equalizer, and the score remained deadlocked at 2-2 at the end of the period, meaning the winner had to be decided in sudden death overtime.
Parker Murray would be the hero for Chilliwack in OT, scoring the game-winning goal to send his team home happy.
The Warriors hit the road to face Nanaimo, Port Alberni, Cranbrook and Trail over the next two weekends.
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PENTICTON 4, SURREY 1
In Penticton, the Surrey Eagles edged the Vees 32-22 on Saturday, but only found the back of the net once, with Andrew Ness taking 31 shots for Penticton.
Simon Meier opened the scoring for Penticton with his seventh tally of the season, but the Eagles answered less than two minutes later with a power play goal. The score remained 1-1 after 20 minutes of play.
In the second period, with the Vees on a one-man advantage, Cade Littler restored the lead for Penticton – the only goal in the middle frame. Then, exactly one minute into the third period, Penticton’s Conyr Hellyer scored to put his team within a pair.
Callum Arnott added an empty-net goal, and the Vees cruised home in a 4-1 decision. With the win, the Vees are now tied with Surrey for first place in the BCHL standings with 54 points each.
The Vees will take on the Silverbacks in Salmon Arm on Friday, Feb.
TRAIL 3, VERNON 1
The Vernon Vipers struggled to find offense on Saturday night against the Trail Smoke Eaters, and it cost them two important points in the standings.
After a scoreless opening period, the Vipers would light the lamp first, thanks to a power play goal from Luke Pakulak. Minutes later, with the Smoke Eaters on a power play of their own, Montreal native Mathieu Cobetto-Roy headed home his 19th goal of the year, and the score remained even at 1-1 after 40 minutes of play.
Just under three minutes into the final frame, the Smoke Eaters scored another power play marker, giving them their first lead of the game. Then, with 11 seconds left and the Vipers down, Trail’s Chase Stefanek scored his second goal of the night, capping the 3-1 win.
With the win, the Smoke Eaters are just three points behind the Vipers, who sit in fourth place in the BCHL’s Interior Division. The Vipers will return to action against the Bucks in Cranbrook this Sunday.
- Salmon Arm 6, Prince George 0
- Prince Rupert 1, Nanaimo 0
- Merritt 6, Victoria 3
- Cowichan Valley 4, Langley 3
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