A summary of junior hockey results from Okanagan and the area.
VANCOUVER in KELOWNA
With only a handful of matches left and a place in the playoffs secured, Kelowna finishes in the middle of the Western Conference package this season.
Currently, Kelowna (39-19-1-5) is in fifth place in the West with 84 points, well behind the front-runner Everett Silvertips (45-10-5-5, 100 points), but only two behind the fourth. -place Seattle Thunderbirds (40-18-4-2, 86 points).
Aside from an unlikely scenario where Seattle overtakes third-placed Portland (44-16-3-2, 93 points), the Rockets will play the Thunderbirds in the first round of the playoffs.
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Both Kelowna and Seattle have four games left, with the Rockets having a slightly easier schedule – where a little is the key word.
The Rockets must face Vancouver (23-36-4-0, 50 points) three times, including twice this weekend at Prospera Place in Kelowna, Saturday and Sunday. The Rockets close out their program next Saturday at home against Prince George (22-38-4-1, 49 points).
Kelowna is 5-3-1-0 against Vancouver this season and has 9-2 against Prince George.
Meanwhile, Seattle has matches against Spokane (23-37-4-1, 51 points), Everett (45-10-5-5), Vancouver (23-36-4-1) and Tri-City (18-4- 5-0).
Seattle is 9-2-1-0 against Spokane, 3-7-1-0 against Everett, 3-0 against Vancouver and 13-0 against Tri-City.
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In short, to overtake Seattle to fourth, Kelowna must have the Thunderbirds lose at least once, preferably twice.
If the two teams end in a draw in points, the highest place goes to the team with the most wins. If it is also a draw, then the first tiebreaker is the most points in the head-to-head series that Seattle owns (3-1-0-0).
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It’s an easy uphill battle for Kelowna, but the Rockets go into the weekend on a five-game winning streak. And Seattle’s opponent on Saturday night, Spokane, is on a four-game winning streak.
“(Seattle) is a big, heavy team, much like ourselves,” Rockets head coach Kris Mallette said. “It’s going to be a great series, no matter what.”
In trying to get the home ice advantage, Mallette said “it’s a big thing for us. Comfort in your own home, no distractions. Routine is huge. We know how important it is and we want it done.”
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- Brandon 6, Medicine Hat 3
- Saskatoon 2, Prince Albert 0
- Red Deer 5, Lethbridge 4
- Regina 4, Swift Current 2
- Kamloops 4, Victoria 3
- Everett 5, Tri-City 2
- Portland 7, Vancouver 2
- Red deer in Edmonton at 13.00
- Medicinhat in Winnipeg at 17.00
- Moose Jaw by Brandon, at. 17.00
- Prince Albert at Regina, at
- Calgary at Lethbridge at. 18.00
- Victoria at Prince George, at
- Vancouver and Kelowna at 19.00
- Portland at Kamloops, at. 19.00
- Spokane in Seattle, at 19.05
- Edmonton and Calgary at 13.00
- Medicinhat in Winnipeg at 15.00
- Vancouver and Kelowna at 16.05
- Everett, Seattle, at 17.05
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BC HOCKEY LEAGUE
LAKSEARM 5, WENATCHEE 1
At Salmon Arm, it was scored by selection for the Silverbacks, who finished with four unanswered goals Friday night to take a 3-2 lead in their first-round series against Wild.
Mathieu Cobetto-Roy, who opened the scoring just 3:16 inside the first period, Simon Tassy, Mathieu Bourgault, Ethan Ullrick and Noah Serdachny scored for Salmon Arm, who led 3-1 into the third period.
Anthony Cafarelli, 14:04 as the first to make it 1-1, answered for Wenatchee.
Tassy made it 2-1 at 14:20 of the second with his fourth goal in the playoffs, with Bourgault making it 3-1 at 19:27. In the third, Ullrick added Salmon Arm’s lead at 10:52, with Serdachny closing the score at 14:47 with his fourth goal in the playoffs.
Owen Say stopped 30 of 31 shots for the Silverbacks, with Andy Vlaha turning 23 of 28 shots aside for Wild.
Salmon Arm was 1-to-6 in the powerplay, while Wenatchee was 0-to-4.
The two teams meet again on Saturday night at 18 in Wenatchee.
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WEST KELOWNA 7, VERNON 2
At West Kelowna, John Evans scored twice for the Warriors, eliminating the Vipers from this season’s playoffs.
Brennan Nelson, Charles-Alexis Legault, Felix Trudeau, Marcus Joughin and Zach Reim also scored for West Kelowna, who led 3-0 after 40 minutes after a goalless first period.
Ryan Shostak, at 2:51 of the third to make it 3-1, and Zack Tonelli, at 14:27 to make it 5-2, responded for Vernon.
The Vipers won the series opener, 5-2 on April 1, but West Kelowna rebounded and won the next four, winning with scores of 5-3, 6-2, 6-2 and 7-2.
Johnny Derrick stopped 34 of 36 shots for the Warriors, while Ethan David stopped 28 of 34 shots for the Vipers.
West Kelowna was 0-to-1 in the powerplay, while Vernon was 1-to-3.
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- Langley 5, Victoria 3
- (Langley wins Series 4-1)
- Salmon arm at Wenatchee, at
- (Salmon Arm leads series 3-2)
- Prince George at Cranbrook at 18.00
- (Prince George leads series 3-2)
- Chilliwack at Coquitlam at 19.00
- (Chilliwack leads Series 3-2)
- Coquitlam and Chilliwack at 19.00
- (If necessary)
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