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There were four games in the league last night and three teams waved bye bye to the playoffs. Gone in sweepy style are the coquitlam express, merritt centennials and salmon arm silverbacks while the victoria grizzlies live to fight another day.

And that’s where we start. Rookie phenom alex newhook collected his first goal of the series and victoria goalie kurtis chapman was at the top of his game in a 4-1 grizzly win.

Zachary rose filled in and surrendered 10 goals combined in games one and two. Chapman, a 19 year old airdrie native, reclaimed the crease in game three, stopping 35 shots with a .921 save percentage in tuesday’s 3-2 overtime loss. He came back with 33 saves and a .971 save percentage last night.Second period

I mentioned newhook finally getting on the board with a second period goal. Interesting note there is he collected his first regular season goal at the weyerhauser arena as well.

Ethan nother, dayne finnson and cameron thompson also scored for victoria with michael sacco responding for the bulldogs.

So victoria is on the board, still facing a 3-1 deficit. Even against alberni valley, is there reason to suspect they can complete an epic comeback.

Based on the score, you’d think coquitlam put up a helluva fight in game four, falling 2-1 to the penticton vees at the poirier sports and leisure centre.

Upon further review, it looks like clay stevenson put up a helluva fight while the rest of the express stood around and watched.Second period making his first start of the series after putting in relief appearances in games two and three, the 18 year old chilliwack native stopped 57 of 59 shots, keeping his team in the game when they were being badly outplayed.

Taylor ward of the penticton vees gets some good air in front of coquitlam express goalie brock hamm during game three of the vees/express series. MARK BRETT/ BLACK PRESS

Owen sillinger, who was named BCHL player of the month on wednesday, opened the scoring 1:22 into period two, but coquitlam’s joshua wildauer scored exactly three minutes later and the game was tied 1-1 through 40 minutes.

Side note: of concern to penticton moving forward, star defenceman nicky leivermann missed the game after receiving a blow to the head from coquitlam’s dominic davis in game three.Last night davis was suspended four games. Leivermann had 10 goals and 37 points in 43 regular season games, and had four assists in three playoff matches. If he’s out for any length of time, the vees will feel it.

Like the penticton/coquitlam game, the final score in this one is a bit deceiving as the vipers peppered the silverback net with 50 shots. Kyle dumba stopped all but the last one, turning in his third straight solid performance. The calgary native came on in relief of reid cooper in game two and over the final 156:17 in this series stopped 107 of 113 pucks.

Ty taylor was his equal at the other end. The BCHL’s top goaltender turned in a 31 save shutout to close out the series, doing some of his best work early in the third period when vernon’s jack judson was handed a five minute major and game misconduct for a blow to the head.Last night taylor tied a BCHL record in the regular season with seven shutouts, equaling the mark set by michael garteig (2010-11 powell river) and brad thiessen (2005-06 merritt/prince george).

He’s got his first of the post-season. In four playoff games so far taylor’s posted a 1.97 goals-against average and .927 save percentage, which, believe it or not, is down a tick from his regular season numbers (1.87 GAA, .931 SP).

The richmond native will jump to the NCAA ranks next fall with the university of new hampshire wildcats and kevin mitchell, the excellent sports writer for the vernon morning star, wrote a great article recently on the 18 year old.

Austin park got his second straight start in net, replacing the ineffective seth eisele and turning aside 32 of 33 centennial shots.Blow head merritt’s chase bell snuck a puck past park 11:53 into the second period to open the scoring, but the colorado native was unbeatable from that point on.

Jasper weatherby scored his league-leading sixth of the playoffs on a late second period power play and lucas sowder put a bow on it with a third period strike.

I am fascinated by the centennials netminding duo of austin roden and jacob berger. Roden was red hot down the stretch and stopped 16 of 16 shots in a game-one relief appearance. He got the start in game two, struggled, and never got another chance.

I’m not one to second guess coaches, because generally they know a lot more than I do, but I’d love to know why roden had such a short leash after playing so well in february.Last night

Meanwhile, I picked wenatchee to win the fred page cup before the playoffs started and I’ll stick with that based on the star power up and down their lineup. But I don’t feel nearly as good about it now as I did then, not with the wild’s netminding situation in flux.

Park played well last night, but his previous two outings weren’t that great and his regular season numbers (2.78 GAA and .887 SP) don’t inspire confidence. Wenatchee will be going up against ty taylor in round two. The importance of every goal in that series will be magnified, and unless eisele or park gets on some kind of roll, vernon had a massive edge in net.

“when the story reached wenatchee, the wild fan base, known collectively as “wildnation” (or, this year, “wildnat10n” in honor of their tenth anniversary) banded together and using the first two games of the playoff series as a collection point, used an info table on the concourse along with proceeds from the 50/50 drawings and chuck-a-puck to raise a total of $2,672.25 USD, and someone tossed in a $20 CDN bill for good measure.Last night on tuesday, with the wild getting a game day skate in advance of game 3 in merritt at the nicola valley memorial arena, wenatchee head coach / GM bliss littler met with the culbertsons to hand over the cash.”

“the entire centennials organization just wants to send out a thank you,” said merritt’s katie couture. “to everyone that’s reached out to the billet family and players that lost their home in the fire.”