Saturday, March 8, 2014 - Submitted by Jesse Adamson for BCHL Media
Brad McClure scored 9:25 into overtime as the Penticton Vees beat the Merritt Centennials 5-4 to take a commanding 3-0 series lead. Vees defenseman Paul Stoykewych led the charge offensively with two goals and goaltender Hunter Miska made 30 saves.
The two teams exchanged goals five times before McClure kept the trend going with the overtime winner. Centennials goalie Devin Kero made 30 saves in the loss as Merritt now faces the tough task of coming back from being down 3-0. Cetennials forward Sebastian Pare had two assists in the loss and was named FortisBC Energy Player of the Game.
Forwards Jack Ramsey and Erik Benoit had two assists each.for Penticton who now look ahead to game four where they will try to wrap up the series on the road.
Brett Mulcahy picked up right where he left off in game two scoring four goals in the Vernon Viper's 6-4 win over the West Kelowna Warriors in game three, giving the Vipers a 2-1 series edge. Mulcahy, a trade-deadline acquisition from Surrey, now has seven goals in his last two playoff games. Vipers goaltender Austin Smith made 38 saves for the win. With several star players out due to injury, the Warriors relied on Liam Blackburn and Carl Hesler offensively, both chipping in with three-point nights in a losing effort.
The Langley Rivermen went into the second period down 1-0 to the Surrey Eagles but scored six straight goals over the second and third to take game three 6-3 and take a 2-1 series lead. Rivermen forward Matt Ustaski had two goals and an assist while Zach Urban, Jakob Reichert and Kevan Kilitsoff each had a goal and an assist to lead the way offensively. Eagles forward Nathan Renouf had the only goal of the first period giving Surrey the lead going into the second before Langley exploded in a game that featured eight misconducts. Surrey defenseman Matthew Dawson had a goal and two assits.
Gordie Defiel made 24 saves for the shutout as the Coquitlam Express took a 2-1 series lead after beating the Prince George Spruce Kings 2-0 in game three. The Express got goals from Cody Boyd in the second and Bo Pieper in the third and relied on Defiel to hang on in the end. Emotions boiled over in the third period and it resulted in a total of 13 misconducts being handed out in the third period.
The Nanaimo Clippers avoided going down 3-0 after beating the Powell River Kings 5-1 giving the Clippers their first win of the series. Goaltender Jayson Argue turned aside 36 of the 37 shots he faced and was named first star of the game. Clippers forward Korey Morgan had two goals and Luke Sandler had a goal and two assists. The Clippers scored five straight goals to go up 5-0 before Kings forward JJ Coleshaw scored a late power-play goal to break the shutout.
Connor LaCouvee made 33 saves for the shutout as the Alberni Valley Bulldogs scored three goals in the second period to win 4-0 over the Victoria Grizzlies and take a 2-1 series lead. Tryg Strand had a goal and an assist and Jake Kaupilla had two helpers for the Bulldogs.The Grizzlies now look to regain home-ice advantage on the road in game four.