R.E. Postill & Sons Orphans’ Leath Gare protects the puck from the Royal LePage Whalers’ Kyle Johnson in Interior Hockey League playoff action Sunday at Wesbild Centre.

R.E. Postill & Sons Orphans’ Leath Gare protects the puck from the Royal LePage Whalers’ Kyle Johnson in Interior Hockey League playoff action Sunday at Wesbild Centre.

Canucks whack Hitmen

The No. 1 seeded Teale Utility Canucks bounced the Silver Star Hitmen 5-1 in Interior Hockey League playoff action Monday night at Priest Valley Arena.

Mike Burke, Darcy Quiring, Reid Church, Jason Elders and Logan Strohm scored for the Canucks, who got two assists from Rob Killingbeck.

The Canucks meet the Royal LePage Whalers Sunday night (6:30) at Priest Valley Arena.

Dave Claeys replied for the eliminated Hitmen.

The Canucks got 3+3 from Elders and 2+4 from Tyler Quiring in a 9-2 stuffing of the Kal Tire Knights Saturday night.

Darcy Quiring scored twice, while Troy Killingbeck added 1+4 and Chris Swales scored once. Taylor Summerfelt and Cody Watson replied for the eliminated Knights.

The defending playoff champion R.E. Postill & Sons Orphans moved to the fourth round with a 5-2 win over the Royal LePage Whalers Sunday night at Wesbild Centre.

Jamie Johansson (2), Grady Gare, Murray Vetsch and Leath Gare scored for the Orphans, who got four assists from Biff McLeod and three from Chris Bradford.

Steve Burke and Curtis Wakelin answered for the Whalers, who suffered their first playoff loss.

The Re/Max Rangers grounded the Westwood Cabinets Flyers 7-2 Sunday night at Wesbild, advancing to a game this Saturday at PV versus the Orphans.

Scott Kowalski pulled the hat trick and added one assist for the Rangers, while Richard Jodoin counted 2+1, d-man Rich Haldane earned 1+3 and Cody Schmidt also scored. Tom Ouchi and Dave Penner each pocketed a pair of helpers.

Paul Saunders and Matt Glinsbockel countered for the Flyers, who will have to come through the back door to reach the best-of-three championship series.

The Silver Star Hitmen knocked out the Godard Excavating Predators 8-5 Sunday night at PV with Warren Carter and Dave Gillespie each scoring twice.

Rhett Ballard, with 1+2, Jeff Kuzniar and Kyle Pliszka rounded out the Hitmen offence. Waylon Folliott and Claeys each had two helpers.

Justin Horochuk supplied 2+1 for the Preds, who got 1+2 both Ryan Black and Kenny Johnstone and one goal from Danny Stein.

The Aquatico Bay Bar & Grill Sharks stayed alive by eliminating the Blue Jay Concrete Blue Jays 8-5 Sunday night at PV.

Mike Fochler produced 2+1 for the Sharks who got 1+3 apiece from Ryan Robertson and Justin Glinsbockel and other goals from Vernon Miskosky, Taylor Zoethout and Justin Mann.

Scott Horsfield, with 1+2, Murray Ford, Sean Ovington, Kevin Stecyk and Trevor Keenan scored for the Buzz, who got two helpers apiece from Blair Fernley and Mike Glowa.

The Kal Sports Bar Blackhawks won 1-0 by default over the M&K Ready-Mix Bruins. The Hawks meet the Sharks Saturday night at PV.