Junior hockey: Rockets fall to Blazers, Vees crush Clippers – Okanagan


A roundup of junior hockey outcomes from the Okanagan and space.


Hosts of this 12 months’s Memorial Cup, and with the playoffs simply across the nook, the Kamloops Blazers appear to be peaking on the good time.

That’s not excellent news for Kelowna Rockets followers.

On Friday evening, the Blazers punished the Rockets with 60 pictures en path to a 5-2 home-ice victory – the primary of back-to-back video games between the 2 B.C. Inside rivals.

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Shea Van Olm, Emmitt Finnie, Logan Stankoven, Dylan Sydor and Connor Levis scored for Kamloops (46-11-4-2), which has now received eight straight video games.

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Grady Lenton and Dylan Wightman replied for Kelowna (26-36-3-0), which trailed 3-1 and 4-1 on the interval breaks. Dylan Ernst stopped 24 of 26 pictures for the Blazers, with Talyn Boyko making 55 saves for the Rockets.

Kamloops was 1-for-5 on the ability play whereas Kelowna was 1-for-2.

With 98 factors and 5 regular-season video games, the Blazers will enter the post-season in two weeks’ time as the highest B.C. group, having clinched their fourth consecutive division pennant earlier this month.

Coincidentally, Kamloops received this season’s B.C. Division pennant on March 4 with a 7-2 beatdown of the Rockets. The 2 groups meet once more on Saturday evening, in Kelowna, and a Blazers win would give them to 100 factors – their most since 109 factors in 1998-99.

The Blazers have additionally dominated the season sequence with Kelowna at 7-2.

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In Western Convention standings, the seedings are all however locked up, and Kelowna is gazing an eighth-place end and a first-round playoff sequence in opposition to top-ranked Seattle (51-9-1-2) who’ve 105 factors.

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With 55 factors, the Rockets path seventh-place Vancouver (26-29-5-3) by 5 factors. The lead was three getting into Friday’s sport, however the Giants stretched it to 5 with a 3-0 win over Everett.

The Rockets have three video games left, a most of six factors, whereas the Giants have 5 video games remaining. The 2 groups play a home-and-home set to shut out the season subsequent weekend.

Nonetheless, a loss by Kelowna on Saturday evening to Kamloops would render that two-game set meaningless. Needing 5 factors simply to tie Vancouver, shedding to the Blazers would reduce Kelowna’s potential six factors all the way down to 4.

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Friday’s outcomes

  • Prince Albert 4, Brandon 3
  • Medication Hat 7, Edmonton 2
  • Lethbridge 6, Calgary 4
  • Prince George 7, Victoria 1
  • Pink Deer 2, Swift Present 0
  • Moose Jaw 9, Regina 5
  • Seattle 5, Portland 2
  • Tri-Metropolis 3, Spokane 1
  • Vancouver 3, Everett 0

Saturday’s video games (all instances PT)

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  • Prince Albert at Winnipeg, 5:05 p.m.
  • Lethbridge at Edmonton, 6 p.m.
  • Calgary at Medication Hat, 6 p.m.
  • Regina at Moose Jaw, 6 p.m.
  • Seattle at Portland, 6 p.m.
  • Victoria at Prince George, 6 p.m.
  • Swift Present at Pink Deer, 6 p.m.
  • Brandon at Saskatoon, 6 p.m.
  • Vancouver at Everett, 6:05 p.m.
  • Spokane at Tri-Metropolis, 6:05 p.m.
  • Kamloops at Kelowna, 7:05 p.m.

Sunday’s video games (all instances PT)

  • Medication Hat at Calgary, 3 p.m.
  • Regina at Saskatoon, 3 p.m.
  • Prince Albert at Winnipeg, 3:05 p.m.
  • Vancouver at Tri-Metropolis, 4:05 p.m.
  • Everett at Spokane, 5:05 p.m.

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At Penticton, the Vees outclassed the Clippers in what was a gathering of the league’s two finest groups on Friday evening.

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Josh Nadeau, with three objectives and two assists, paced Penticton (46-3-0-1), which led 4-0 and 7-1 on the interval breaks en path to outshooting Nanaimo 70-18.

Aydar Suniev, with two objectives, Bradly Nadeau, Frank Djurasevic, Nic DeGraves and Thomas Pichette additionally scored for the Vees, who had 20 or extra pictures in each interval (26-24-20).

Ethan Mistry, who made it 5-1 early within the second, and Jake Hewitt, who made it 8-2 halfway by means of the third, replied for Nanaimo (35-13-3-0).

Luca Di Pasquo made 16 stops for the Vees. For the Clippers, Aidan Campbell began however lasted simply half-hour, making 34 saves on 40 pictures earlier than being pulled. Shane Shelest confronted 30 pictures in aid, stopping 27.

Penticton was 4-for-7 on the ability play whereas Nanaimo was 1-for-4.

In BCHL standings, Penticton has 93 factors, 20 greater than Nanaimo or Cranbrook (35-13-3-0), each of which have 73.

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At Prince George, Owen Beckner scored the game-winning purpose, in extra time, because the Silverbacks edged the Spruce Kings on Friday evening.

Nathan Mackie, Isaac Lambert and CJ Foley additionally scored for Salmon Arm (27-17-4-2) which led 2-1 and 3-2 on the interval breaks.

Jack Stockfish, Scott Cousins and Jake Schneider, who tied the sport at 17:01 of the third interval, replied for Prince George (25-20-5-1).

Matthew Tovell stopped 24 of 27 pictures for the Silverbacks. For the Spruce Kings, starter Jordan Fairlie turned apart 13 of 16 pictures earlier than being pulled early within the second. Aidan Feddema stopped eight of 9 pictures in aid.

Salmon Arm was 0-for-3 on the ability play whereas Prince George was 1-for-3.

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At Vernon, Luke Pakulak scored twice in pacing the Vipers to a five-goal win over the Smoke Eaters.

Hank Cleaves, Reagan Milburn, Isaac Tremblay and Griffen Barr additionally scored for Vernon (25-20-2-4), which led 4-1 after the second interval following a 1-1 tie after 20 minutes.

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Josh Schenk, who opened the scoring halfway by means of the primary, had the one purpose for Path (19-26-3-3).

Roan Clarke stopped 20 of 21 pictures for the Vipers, with Teagan Kendrick making 29 saves on 35 pictures for the Smokies.

Vernon was 2-for-4 on the ability play whereas Path was 0-for-2.


At West Kelowna, Noah Quinn had a purpose and two assists for Cranbrook because the Bucks doubled up the Warriors on Friday evening.

Donovan Frias, Luke Pfoh, Bauer Morrissey, Jack Silich and Cameron Kungle additionally scored for Cranbrook (35-13-1-2), which led 2-0 and 5-2 and the interval breaks.

Isaiah Norlin, Christopher Duclair and Ben MacDonald replied for West Kelowna (26-20-5-0), which outshot its opponents 29-25.

Nathan Airey stopped 26 pictures for the Bucks, with Angelo Zol making 18 saves for the Warriors.

Cranbrook was 2-for-3 on the ability play whereas West Kelowna was 2-for-5.

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Friday’s outcomes

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  • Victoria 5, Chilliwack 3
  • Powell River 9, Cowichan Valley 5
  • Alberni Valley 6, Surrey 3
  • Wenatchee 7, Merritt 4
  • Langley 5, Coquitlam 2

Saturday’s video games (all instances PT)

  • Cowichan Valley at Powell River, 5 p.m.
  • Alberni Valley at Chilliwack, 6 p.m.
  • Merritt at Penticton, 6 p.m.
  • Path at Vernon, 6 p.m.
  • Cranbrook at Wenatchee, 6:05 p.m.
  • Victoria at Coquitlam, 7 p.m.
  • Salmon Arm at Prince George, 7 p.m.
  • Nanaimo at West Kelowna, 7 p.m.
  • Surrey at Langley, 7:15 p.m.

Sunday’s video games

  • Nanaimo at Coquitlam, 3 p.m.
  • Victoria at Surrey, 4 p.m.

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Friday’s outcomes

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  • Kimberley 4, Beaver Valley 2
  • Kimberley leads sequence 1-0
  • Princeton 2, Revelstoke 1
  • Princeton leads sequence 1-0

Saturday’s video games (all instances PT)

  • Beaver Valley at Kimberley, 6 p.m.
  • Revelstoke at Princeton, 7 p.m.

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