The R.E. Postill & Sons Orphans are back in the Vernon Hockey League playoff finals for a second time in three seasons.
The 2009-10 champions open the best-of-three series tonight (9:30) at Priest Valley Arena against either the defending winners Re/Max Rangers or the Godard Excavating Predators. Game 2 goes Thursday night (7:15, PV). A third game, if required, will be played Sunday night, 6:15, at Wesbild Centre.
Prince George Spruce King grad Leath Gare pocketed 1+3 as the regular-season champion Orphans brushed off the runner-up Rangers 4-3 Saturday night at Wesbild.
Former Vernon Viper Bryce Kakoske added 1+2 for the Orphans, while ageless Rob Bauml and Ryan Kurbis also converted.
Ex-Portland Winterhawk Sawyer Mick, Brad Kowalski and Steve Vallier replied for the Rangers, who led 3-2 at the break.
Jason Silzer blocked 15 shots for the Orphans, while Kyle Ostrass earned 12 saves for Re/Max. Both teams were assessed six minor penalties in the chippy affair.
The Rangers and Predators met in the semifinal Tuesday night.
Luc Blinkhorn counted 2+1 as the Preds grounded the Kasper Denture Red Wings 6-4 Monday night at PV.
Andy Stein, Logan Stockley, Trevor Abel and Cody Keller completed the Predators’ offence. Danny Stein earned three helpers in support of Chris Kingdon.
Former Vernon Viper Cody Bostock, ex-Kelowna Spartan Jarret Watts, Blair Fernley and Rhett Ballard answered for the Wings in front of Jason Chasca.
The Red Wings knocked out the Teale Utility Canucks 4-1 Saturday night at Wesbild.
Former Edmonton Oiler farmhand Duane Dennis supplied a pair of goals and helped set up one by Fernley, all in the first period. Mike Glowa also scored for the Wings, who got 25 saves from Kingdon.
Chris Usselman answered for the Canucks, who finished third at 20-9-01. Steve Clark made 22 saves.
The Preds stayed alive in the double elimination format with a 5-4 win over the sixth-place Kalavida Flyers Saturday at Wesbild. Geoff Bevan bagged two goals for the Preds, including the winner with 5:32 remaining.
Justin Horochuk supplied 1+2, while Kenny Johnstone and Matt Litzenberger also converted for the Preds. Keller and Tyler Willms each produced a pair of helpers.
Jeff Kuzniar, Logan Massie, Kevin Arbuckle and Paul Saunders answered for the Flyers. Dan Novakowski had two helpers.