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Nanaimo mowers – 3
Langley Rivermen – 0
Cooper Black made 26 saves for his third straight shutout and Jake Hewitt scored twice as the Nanaimo Clippers extended their perfect playoff record to 10-0 after a 3-0 victory over the Langley Rivermen in of Game 2 of the Coastal Conference Finals. .
Hewitt scored the first goal of the game at 4:55 of the start of the first period to give the Clippers a 1-0 advantage at intermission. Sean Donaldson doubled Nanaimo’s lead midway through the period with his best 10th goal of the BCHL playoffs to make it 2-0 heading into the third. That score held until the final two minutes of the game when Hewitt scored the insurance marker into an empty net to seal the 3-0 victory.
Black hasn’t allowed a goal since the first period of Game 3 of Round 2 against the Chilliwack Chiefs. He’s allowed just one goal in his last four games and leads the playoffs with a sparkling .957 save percentage, 1.38 goals-against average and three shutouts.
At the other end, Langley goaltender Ajeet Gundarah stopped 30 of 32 shots in the loss.
The series moves to Langley for Game 3 on Tuesday night.
Penticton Vees – 6
West Kelowna Warriors – 0
For the second night in a row, the Penticton Vees had a massive second period to blow the game away and eventually beat the West Kelowna Warriors 6-0 in Game 2 of the Interior Conference Finals.
With the score tied 0-0 to start the second quarter, Josh Nadeau scored for Penticton at 2:36 and Stefano Bottini added 48 seconds later to give his team a 2-0 lead. The Vees would get two goals from Bradley Nadeau and another from Luc Wilson before the end of the period to make it 5-0 at intermission. Wilson scored his second of the game midway through the third to make it a 6-0 final.
Five of Penticton’s six goals in the game came with the man advantage as they went 5 for 10 on the night. Vees goaltender Kaeden Lane made 20 saves to earn the shutout, his first of the playoffs.
Wilson added two assists to his pair of goals to finish with four points on the night and climb to second on the playoff scoring list with 17 points in 11 games. He was named the game’s first star.
Back to the wall 2-0 in the series, the Warriors are hoping a change of scenery is what they need with Game 3 scheduled for Monday night in West Kelowna.