The West Kelowna Warriors have advanced to the B.C. Hockey League’s Fred Page Cup final for the first time in team history.
Kylar Hope scored on a wraparound with 57 seconds left in the first overtime to give the Warriors a 3-2 win over the Nanaimo Clippers Tuesday at Royal LePage Place.
The Warriors take on the Chilliwack Chiefs in the best-of-seven league championship starting tonight in Chilliwack.
The Chiefs are seeking their third championship and first since 2002, when they beat the Vernon Vipers in six games. Chilliwack last appeared in the championship in 2003, when they were swept by the Vipers.
Vernon’s Spencer Hewson had a goal and two assists in 14 playoff games for Nanaimo. Matt Kowalski of Vernon appeared in one Clippers’ post-season contest.
Vernon’s Logan Mick and the Brooks Bandits meet the Spruce Grove Saints in the Alberta Junior Hockey League championship. The Saints defeated Brooks in 2015.
Mick has appeared in all eight Bandits post-season games, picking up five points on 2+3.
The Flin Flon Bombers and Melfort Mustangs will meet in the Saskatchewan final. The Mustangs beat the Nipiwin Hawks 5-4 in Game 7 of their semifinal series Wednesday.
In Manitoba, the defending Royal Bank Cup champion Portage Terriers have a 3-0 lead on the Steinbach Pistons in the MJHL final. Portage beat Steinbach 3-0 Wednesday.
The four league champions will join the host Estevan Bruins of the SJHL in the Cresent Point Energy Western Canada Cup April 30-May 8. Estevan was eliminated from the SJHL playoffs in the quarterfinals.
The top two teams in Estevan advance to the RBC Cup May 14-22 in Lloydminster, Sask. The host Bobcats lost the AJHL divisional final to Spruce Grove.
Kelowna Rockets got back into their Western Hockey League playoff series with Victoria, beating the Royals 3-2 at Prospera Place Tuesday.
Game 4 went Thursday night in Kelowna. The Royals lead the best-of-seven 2-1.
Vernon’s Cole Sanford had a goal and an assist Wednesday to help the Regina Pats to a 6-4 win over the Red Deer Rebels, tying their Eastern Conference series at 2-2.
Sanford had an assist in Game 3, a 6-3 Pats victory.