Demico Hannoun's second goal of the game was the overtime winner for the Penticton Vees in a 4-3 road triumph Sunday over the Chilliwack Chiefs.
Penticton improves to 2-0 in the Round-robin semifinals while Chilliwack falls to 0-2. The two teams play again on Tuesday in Penticton.
On Sunday in Chilliwack, the teams exchanged two goals apiece in the first starting with Matthew Serratore's opener followed by the first of two for Chilliwack's Bennett Morrison. Connor Chartier had the other Vees goal in the first while Jake Hand evened it up heading to the break
The Chiefs went up 3-2 on Morrison's second, which came late in the middle frame on a two-man advantage. The score remained that way until Hannoun equalized, with a power-play tally of his own, to force OT. He would end it 11:29 into overtime, converting a Patrick Newell pass from behind the net.
A Penticton win in Tuesday's rematch would ensure them a spot in the BCHL Finals. Chilliwack remains alive as wins Tuesday in Penticton and Thursday against Nanaimo with a favourable goal differential could earn them a spot in the next round. That would also depend on the outcome of the April 4 Nanaimo-Chilliwack game, which would in that case need to be played.
The complete schedule for Round 3 is below:
March 25: Nanaimo Clippers 1 @ Penticton Vees 4 Friday, March 27: Chilliwack Chiefs 3 @ Nanaimo Clippers 7 Sunday, March 29: Penticton Vees 4 @ Chilliwack Chiefs 3 (OT) Tuesday, March 31: Chilliwack Chiefs @ Penticton Vees, 7pm Thursday, April 2: Penticton Vees @ Nanaimo Clippers, 7pm *Saturday, April 4: Nanaimo Clippers @ Chilliwack Chiefs, 7pm *Monday, April 6: Tiebreaker game
March 27 - The Nanaimo Clippers got into the win column for Round 3 in their first home date of the series with a 7-3 home victory over the Chilliwack Chiefs.
Brendan Shane's goal early in the third proved to be the game-winner and Corey Renwick's first of two would be the insurance. Nanaimo led 1-0 after one on Yanni Kaldis' marker and 3-2 after two after Cole Maier and Sheldon Rempal tallied 1:59 apart.
Brandon Potomak and Jake Hand had the Chiefs goals in the middle frame and Rory Bell got their final goal in the third. Brett Roulston had an empty-netter and Renwick added another to put the finishing touches on the win.
Nanaimo is now 1-1 in the Round-Robin semifinal with a goal differential of +1. Chilliwack hosts the next game, Sunday in a 7 p.m. start with the Penticton Vees paying a visit.
March 25 - The Penticton Vees allowed the first goal of the game and then nothing else the rest of the night in a 4-1 win on home ice over the Nanaimo Clippers in the opener of the BCHL Round-Robin semifinals.
Cole Maier made it 1-0 Clips 8:07 into the opening frame but it was the only puck to get past Hunter Miska, who wound up with 27 saves. In the second period, Dante Fabbro scored early on and Riley Alferd scored late during a stretch of 4-on-4 hockey, providing all the scoring the Vees would need.
Patrick Newell got an insurance tally early in the final frame and shortly after that, star Clippers forward Jake Jackson was assessed the second goalie interference penalty of the game taken by Nanaimo and he was shown the exit.
On the ensuing power play, Dakota Conroy got what might prove to be the most important Vees goal of the night. A power-play goal, which has been hard to come by for the Vees of late, made for the three-goal cushion the Vees would finish with. Penticton entered Round 3 operating at just 9 per cent on the man advantage.
The next game of the Round-Robin is Friday in Nanaimo when the Clippers will host the #3 seed Chilliwack Chiefs in a 7 p.m. start.
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