(ISN) – After a busy Saturday night of action in the BCHL, the playoff match-ups have been decided with the Cowichan Valley Capitals facing the Surrey Eagles and the Powell River Kings meeting Coquitlam in their first round battles.

The matchups for the first round of the British Columbia Hockey League playoffs are now known with the postseason beginning on Friday, March 16.

All series are a best-of-seven format. The higher-seeded teams will host games 1, 2 and 5 and 7 if necessary. Check www.bchl.ca for game dates; start times are subject to arena availability.

Interior Conference:
#1 seed Penticton Vees will meet #4 seed Chilliwack Chiefs.
#2 seed Merritt Centennials will meet #3 seed Prince George Spruce Kings.

Coastal Conference
#1 seed Powell River Kings meet #4 seed Coquitlam Express
#2 seed Surrey Eagles meet #3 seed Cowichan Valley Capitals.

Teams will be re-seeded after the first round. The first game of the second round is scheduled for Tuesday, March 27. The league final will begin either April 6 or 7 depending on the length of the second-round matchups.

Saturday Night BCHL Wrap-Up: Vees Streak Comes to an End

The Streak is no longer. The Prince George Spruce Kings scored three goals in the third period to take a 5-2 home win over the Penticton Vees, stopping the visitors’ incredible winning streak at 42.

With the game tied 2-2 heading into the third, Myles Fitzgerald popped the winner at 7:16 of the final frame before a pair of goals by Michael Colantone to hand the Vees their first loss since Nov. 5.

Also, with his three assists, PG’s Paul De Jersey takes the Brett Hull Trophy with 98 points on the season, two better than Penticton’s Joey Benik who had one assist Saturday night.

The Powell River Kings clinched top seed in the Coastal Conference with a 7-0 road win over the Victoria Grizzlies. Teal Burns scored 1:09 into the game and it proved to be all the scoring the Kings would need. Cohen Adair potted a pair of goals 38 seconds apart shortly after Burns’ goal. Jonah Imoo made 15 saves for his second BCHL shutout in as many starts.

Cowichan Valley failed to overtake Surrey for second spot despite firing 62 shots at Langley Rivermen goalie James Barr in a 2-1 OT loss at home. Chris Tracy opened the scoring for the Rivermen in the first and Brayden Sherbinin tied it in the third before Mario Puskarich’s winner in the first OT.

Malcolm Gould scored a hat trick for the second consecutive game and the Chilliwack Chiefs earned a 5-2 home win over the Westside Warriors. Gould put the Chiefs up 2-0 early in the second with hi second of the game and got his third with less than four minutes to go in the final frame. Chilliwack will finish fourth in the Interior Conference.

The Merritt Centennials scored 2:38 into the game and got the winning goal 46 seconds into the second period in a 5-2 win over the visiting Trail Smoke Eaters. Markers from Payton Schaefer and Brayden Low put the Cents up 2-1 after one and Reece Willcox’s goal early in the second was the winner. Brent Baltus and Kyle Horsman had the Smokies’ goals.

A five-point night from John Knisley and four assists from Darren Nowick led the Vernon Vipers to a 10-1 road win over the Salmon Arm SilverBacks. Devin Muller’s goal at 2:54 of the second was the only goal for the ‘Backs. Knisley got his first of two in a three-goal Vipers first. Kirby Halcrow made 26 saves for the win.