Steam look to take 3-1 series lead at home in KIJHL playoffs

The first sweep of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoffs belong to the Golden Rockets. A 4-3 overtime win ended any thought the Kimberley Dynamiters had of keeping their season alive. The Rockets outscored their opponent 27-10, with Game 2 being a 12-2 blowout. Game 4 in the rest of the series' is going today.

In the Okanagan Shuswap Conference, the North Okanagan Knights have a commanding 3-0 lead on the Kamloops Storm. The Sicamous Eagles have a 2-1 series lead on the Revelstoke Grizzlies, while the Kelowna Chiefs cut into the Summerland Steam's lead. After winning the opening two games, the Chiefs stomped the Steam 6-1 in Game 3. Today's game is in Summerland. Game 1 of the Princeton Posse/Osoyoos Coyotes series started in Coyote country instead of Princeton due to a scheduling conflict. The Coyotes won the game 4-3 and also took Game 2 5-4 in overtime. The Posse have inched back in with a 4-0 victory.

Wrapping up the Kootenay Conference, the Fernie Ghostriders and Columbia Valley Rockies are tied at one, while the Castlegar Rebels have a 2-1 lead on the Spokane Braves. After blowing out the Braves 12-1 in Game 2, the Rebels were edged 2-1 in overtime. The Nelson Leafs will be looking to take a commanding 3-1 series lead on the Beaver Valley Nitehawks. Both teams have traded victories in the series.


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