Junior hockey roundup: Royals virgin Rockets, Silverbacks Wild double – Okanagan
A roundup of Okanagan region junior hockey results:
WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE
KELOWNA 5, VICTORIA 0
Jari Kykkanen had an easy night between the posts Saturday night, stopping all 15 shots he faced, as the Kelowna Rockets shut out the visiting Victoria Royals.
Colton Dach, Jake Lee, Andrew Cristall, Pavel Novak and Elias Carmichael scored for Kelowna (37-19-1-5), giving the team a 2-0 lead and 3-0 at breaks en route to their third shutout victory of the season.
Tyler Palmer stopped 33 of 38 shots for Victoria (22-36-5-1), which was also shut out in its last game 3-0 against Prince George on March 26.
The Rockets were 1 for 3 on the power play, while the Royals were 0 for 4.
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Cristall’s goal gave Kelowna a 3-0 lead midway through the second and was his 24and goal of the season. He finished the night with two points, including an assist, giving the rookie 59 points (24 goals, 35 assists) on the season.
This propelled him to second place in the franchise’s rookie rankings as he passed Nick Merkley for most points in a season by a 16-year-old.
The franchise leader for most points by a rookie in a season is Shane McColgan, who had 69 points (25 goals, 44 assists) in 71 games during the 2009-10 season.
Merkley had 58 points (25 goals, 33 assists) in 66 games during the 2013-14 season.
Cristall has played 56 games so far, and the Rockets have several more.
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- Portland 5, Seattle 4
- Everett 2, Tri-City 1
- Spokane 5, Vancouver 2
- Moose Jaw 3, Winnipeg 1
- Prince Albert 6, Regina 1
- Red Deer 4, Edmonton 3
- Brandon 2, Saskatoon 1
- Lethbridge 6, Medicine Hat 1
Sunday matches (every hour in PT)
- Swift Current at Calgary, 1 p.m.
- Kamloops at Prince George, 2 p.m.
- Red Deer at Edmonton, 3 p.m.
- Spokane at Vancouver, 4 p.m.
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WEST KELOWNA 5, VERNON 3
At Royal LePage Place, Tyler Cristall scored twice for West Kelowna on Saturday night as the Warriors tied their first-round series against the Vernon Vipers.
John Evans, Marcus Joughin and Nick Roukounakis also scored for West Kelowna, who led 2-1 and 4-1 at the break, and 5-1 just five minutes into the third.
Reagan Milburn scored twice and Seiya Tanaka-Campbell replied for Vernon, who opened the series with a 5-2 win in Game 1 on Friday.
Johnny Derrick stopped 26 of 29 shots for West Kelowna, while Roan Clarke stopped 25 of 30 shots for Vernon.
The Warriors were 2-2 on the power play while the Vipers were 1-4.
Games 3 and 4 are scheduled for Vernon on Monday and Wednesday.
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SALMON ARM 6, WENATCHEE 3
In Salmon Arm, the Silverbacks erased a 2-0 deficit by scoring six of the game’s next seven goals en route to a three-goal win over the Wild on Saturday night.
Noah Serdachny scored twice while Daniel Panetta, Nathan Mackie, Zach Smith and Simon Tassy also scored for Salmon Arm, who lead the first-round series 1-0.
Quinn Emerson opened the scoring 9:06 from the first, while Cade Littler made it 2-0 7:09 from the second and Ean Somoza 17:14 from the second scored to make it 3-3 , answering for Wenatchee.
Before the end of the second period, however, Salmon Arm restored their lead, with Smith firing home a shot from the slot on the power play. And in the third, Serdachny made it 5-3 at 7:13, with Tassy closing the score at 16:17.
Owen Say stopped 20 of 23 shots for the Silverbacks, while Tyler Shea made 33 saves on 39 shots for the Wild.
Both teams were 2 for 4 on the power play.
The series resumes Sunday with Game 2 in Salmon Arm. Wenatchee will host Games 3 and 4 on Tuesday and Wednesday.
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- Alberni Valley 3, Cowichan Valley 1 (Alberni Valley leads the series 2-0)
- Coquitlam 5, Chilliwack 2 (Series tied 1-1)
- Nanaimo 7, Surrey 4 (Nanaimo leads the series 2-0)
- Prince George 4, Cranbrook 1 (Prince George leads the series 2-0)
- Victoria 8, Langley 3 (Series tied 1-1)
Sunday game (every hour in PT)
- Wenatchee at Salmon Arm, 5 p.m.
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