Teck Cup playoffs Round 2 Game 7 recap

The Princeton Posse gave its fans reason to celebrate with a Game 7 win against the North Okanagan Knights. Hanna Gould Photography

March 18/24

North Okanagan Knights Princeton Posse
Princeton takes Game 7 over North Okanagan, wins 7-0

Seven goals in Game 7 for the Posse. They surged to victory against the Knights, securing the Bill Ohlhausen division title. Dayton Nelson’s first goal of the Teck Cup playoffs sealed the deal, with Joey Hawco delivering a 30-save performance for his second shutout of the series. Jonathan Ward and Vinay Junek each notched two goals, complemented by Grady Sterling-Ponech’s three assists. Josh Hager finished with 33 saves for the Knights.  Now, the Posse sets their sights on defending their Okanagan-Shuswap Conference championship against the Revelstoke Grizzlies.


March 16/24


Fernie Ghostriders Columbia Valley Rockies
Fernie defeats Columbia Valley, 4-2

Landon Hedges scored a hat-trick, including the winner, as the Ghostriders defeated the Rockies 5-1 to clinch their series in six games. Goalie Nick Kunyk saved 16 shots for the win. The Rockies opened the scoring on Teo Fath’s fifth goal, 5:50 into the first period and their lead lasted until Riley Enns notched his first Teck Cup playoff goal at 14:21 of the second period. Rockies goalie Nate Glenn stopped 18 of 22 shots. Taylor Haggerty had two assists for the Ghostriders.

Beaver Valley Nitehawks Grand Forks Border Bruins
Beaver Valley takes series over Grand Forks 4-2

Adam Redding’s fifth goal, scored on the power-play, proved to be the eventual winner for the Nitehawks in a 5-1 final over the Border Bruins at the Jack Goddard Memorial Arena. In the second period, Chad Bates cut the Nitehawks’ lead to 2-1 with his second goal, however, the visitors secured the victory to win the Neil Murdoch division title with three third period goals by Nathan Simm (2), Boris Hristov (4) and Ollie Clement (4). Connor Stojan made 36 saves for the Nitehawks, while Ethan Shebansky stopped 26.

Princeton Posse North Okanagan Knights
North Okanagan forces Game 7 with Princeton

Nolan Kelly, this week’s Young Guns, dangled his way to scoring a top shelf goal to give the Knights a 3-2 win. After getting the opening goal by Grayson Williamson, the Knights surrendered two goals to Tyson Horiachka (6) and Brennan Watterson (4) in the second period to trail 2-1 heading into the third period. Devin Jameson (5) potted the equalizer at 6:41 with Kelly’s goal coming a minute later. Josh Hager made 41 saves in the Knights net, while Joey Hawco made 31.

March 15/24


Grand Forks Border Bruins Beaver Valley Nitehawks
Beaver Valley leads Grand Forks 3-2

Connor Stojan recorded his second shutout of the series, a 30-save effort, for the Nitehawks in a 3-0 win over the Border Bruins at the Beaver Valley Arena. Tim Josza scored twice (4), including the winner five minutes into the third period. The Nitehawks secured the victory with a pair of goals 50 seconds apart with four minutes remaining, as Ethan Shebansky finished with 38 saves. Josza’s final goal came on the power-play.

North Okanagan Knights Princeton Posse
Princeton leads North Okanagan 3-2

Jonathan Ward scored the winning goal for the Posse short-handed, his first of the Teck Cup playoffs, at 7:53 of the first period in a 4-0 victory over the Knights. The Posse then added two power-play goals by Brennan Watterson (three) and Justice Loewen (five) to build onto their lead. Bryton Morrow scored the final goal with his sixth of the playoffs. Joey Hawco stopped 26 shots for his first playoff shutout, while Knights goalie Josh Hager finished with 31 saves.

March 14/24


Columbia Valley Rockies Fernie Ghostriders
Columbia Valley cuts Fernie’s series lead to 3-2

Ben Sharp and Kyran Gromnisky led the Rockies with two points each, Gromnisky scoring the winner short-handed at 8:56 of the second period in a 5-1 victory against the Ghostriders. His tally marked the first of four consecutive goals by the Rockies and Sharp contributed to the final two goals. Nate Glenn made 29 saves for the Rockies as Landon Hedges notched his first Teck Cup playoffs goal on the power-play 1:26 into the second period.




March 13/24


Beaver Valley Nitehawks Grand Forks Border Bruins
Grand Forks ties series with Beaver Valley at 2-2, win 3-2

The Nitehawks opened the scoring with Lohgan Nimmo’s (3) goal, but the Border Bruins secured a 3-2 victory. Russell Kosec passed to Carter Skarbon, who ignited Keanan Pearman on a breakaway, resulting in his inaugural Teck Cup playoff goal with a backhand finish. Theo Naidu (one) and Logan McCabe (one) also contributed to the Border Bruins’ scoring. Connor Drake (two) tallied the other Nitehawks goal. Ethan Shebansky saved 37 shots for the win, while Connor Stojan blocked 29 attempts.

March 12/24


Fernie Ghostriders Columbia Valley Rockies
Fernie takes 3-1 lead on Columbia Valley with a 4-1 win

A quick start by the Ghostriders helped them earn an important win in Game 4 of their Teck Cup series against the Rockies as Lucas Desjarlais and Dayden Collier, the eventual winner, scored four minutes into the first period. Jack Lambert gave them a 3-0 lead on the power-play with his third goal. Kyran Gromnisky scored for the Rockies at 6:16, however, Coden Fournier sealed the game with his fifth with 4:30 minutes remaining. Nate Glenn did everything he could to give the Rockies a chance, stopping 41 shots, while Ghostriders netminder Nick Kunyk made 26 saves.

Revelstoke Grizzlies Kamloops Storm
Revelstoke defeats Kamloops in four games

A 27-save performance by Jozef Kuchaslo and a power-play tally by Nathan White helped the Grizzlies sweep their series over the Storm in a 3-2 final. White’s winner came a minute into the second period with the Grizzlies leading 2-0, on goals by Brady Scwab and Austin Wooley. The Storm began clawing back into the game with a goal by Ryan Larsen at 6:03 of the second, then Sam Zulyniak made it 3-2 midway through the period on set up by Jake Phillips-Watts. Storm goalie Colton Phillips-Watts made 31 saves.

Princeton Posse North Okanagan Knights
Princeton evens series with North Okanagan at 2-2

Lucas Sadownyk scored the overtime winner with a minute remaining in the period to give the Posse a 4-3 win against the Knights. Their series now becomes a best of three with neither team being able to win on home ice.

Colton Fleming forced the game into extra time with his second of the playoffs, on the power-play, midway through the second period. The Knights built a 2-0 lead on goals by Gage Parrell and Nolan Kelly, but the Posse fought back with three straight by Vinay Junek, Bryton Morrow and Ty Russell. Josh Hager finished with 55 saves for the Knights, while Blake Sittler had 41.


March 11/24


Fernie Ghostriders Columbia Valley Rockies
Fernie takes 2-1 series lead over Columbia Valley with 2-1 overtime win

After giving up the opening goal to Rockies’ Kyran Gromnisky in the second period of their Teck Cup playoff game in Invermere, the Ghostriders scored two straight by Kaden Slobodian and the overtime winner by Cole Fournier with his first of the playoffs and fifth post-season goal of his career. Nick Kunyk made 34 saves for the Ghostriders, while Nate Glenn made 39.

Beaver Valley Nitehawks Grand Forks Border Bruins
Beaver Valley takes 2-1 series lead on Grand Forks with 3-0 win

Connor Stojan had a 29-save shutout performance, while Kaleb Percival blasted a shot 5:30 into the first period to lead the Nitehawks to victory over the Border Bruins. The Nitehawks added two more in the third on goals by Adam Redding and Joel Smyth, on the power-play. Ethan Shebansky made 31 saves for the Border Bruins.

Revelstoke Grizzlies Kamloops Storm
Princeton cuts North Okanagan lead to 2-1

They got four, but the Posse only needed Tyson Horiachka’s fifth goal of the Teck Cup playoffs to earn a 4-0 victory against the Knights. Blake Sittler had a 27-save shutout, while Justice Lowen scored the insurance tally and Vinay Junek added two. Josh Hager finished with 29 saves for the Knights.

Princeton Posse North Okanagan Knights
Revelstoke takes 3-0 lead on Kamloops after OT win

Daniel Wittenberg scored the overtime winner on the power-play and added an assist in the Grizzlies’ 3-2 victory over the Storm. Ryan Larsen scored twice for the Storm, while Colton Phillips-Watts stopped 41 shots. The winner got by him as Wittenberg benefitted from his pass to the front hitting a Storm skate and returning in his direction for him to pounce on. Jozef Kuchaslo made 22 saves.

March 9/24


Columbia Valley Rockies Fernie Ghostriders
Columbia Valley ties series with Fernie at 1-1

The Columbia Valley Rockies got redemption against the Fernie Ghostriders with a 4-1 win in Game 2 of their Teck Cup series. Kobe Mason set up Bryan Kim for the winner with his third Teck Cup playoff goal. Mason and Oleg Bitus had a goal and an assist for the Rockies. Teo Fath opened the scoring and Nate Glenn made 36 saves, including stopping 19-second period shots by the Ghostriders. Coden Fournier scored the lone Ghostriders goal, while Levi Hall made 30 saves.

Grand Forks Border Bruins Beaver Valley Nitehawks
Beaver Valley evens series with Grand Forks at 1-1

The Beaver Valley Nitehawks used their special teams to score three goals en route to a convincing 5-1 win over the Grand Forks Border Bruins. Their power-play went 2-for-4 on goals by Lucas Gartner, and Adam Redding , who scored the winner, while Ollie Clement scored the insurance goal short-handed. Meanwhile, the Border Bruins power-play went 0-for-5. Clement, Redding and Will Caputo each had two points. Border Bruins goalie Ethan Shebansky stopped 25 of 28 shots, then had Matthew Dovichak come in relief and allow two goals on 14 shots. Connor Stojan made 23 saves for the win.

Kamloops Storm Revelstoke Grizzlies
Revelstoke takes 2-0 series lead on Kamloops

Colton McLeod scored twice, including the winner, as the Revelstoke Grizzlies earned a 5-2 win over the Kamloops Storm. Ethan Coventry recorded his second hat-trick of the series, the final two goals into empty-nets. Grizzlies Defenceman Mikkel Hrechka collected two assists, both on McLeod goals. Goalie Jozef Kuchaslo made 20 saves, while counterpart was busier, making 33 saves. Braycen Dube scored both Storm goals.

March 8/24


Columbia Valley Rockies Fernie Ghostriders
Watson’s three points leads Fernie past Columbia Valley in Game 1

Kyler Watson was a force for the Fernie Ghostriders scoring the winning goal and collecting two assists in their 6-2 win over the Columbia Valley Rockies. Nick Kunyk stopped 23 shots for his second Teck Cup playoff win. The Ghostriders opened the scoring as Jack Lambert once again made an impact, ripping a wrist shot past Rockies goalie Nate Glenn in the first period. Glenn finished with 34 saves. The Ghostriders sealed the game with two power-play goals (Taylor Haggerty and Coden Fournier) – they went 3-for-5 on the man advantage. Kaelan Shelton and Teo Fath scored for the Rockies.

North Okanagan Knights Princeton Posse
North Okanagan takes 2-0 series lead on Princeton

A three-goal first period helped the North Okanagan Knights win their second straight in Princeton, a 5-3 finale against the Posse. Nolan Kelly sniped his seventh of the Teck Cup playoffs at 12:49 of the second period to give them a 4-1 lead. He and Devin Jameson (an empty net goal) led the Knights with two points, while Josh Hager stopped 37 shots. After Vinay Junek scored for the Posse in the first period, they clawed within a goal on special teams with a power-play tally by Matthew Langdon and a short-handed goal by Jalen McRae. Joey Hawco made 15 saves for the Posse.

Grand Forks Border Bruins Beaver Valley Nitehawks
Desabrais gives Grand Forks a 1-0 lead on Beaver Valley

JP Desabrais broke the backs of the Beaver Valley Nitehawks with seven seconds remaining in regulation time to lead the Grand Forks Borders Bruins to a 2-1 win. Desabrais deked through the Nitehawks and snapped a wrist shot over the glove of Connor Stojan, who finished with 26 saves. The Border Bruins opened the scoring on a great individual effort by Tyler Burke. Ollie Clement tied the game for the Nitehawks less than two minutes later. Border Bruins goalie Ethan Shebansky also made 26 saves.

Kamloops Storm Revelstoke Grizzlies
Revelstoke storms back in third to defeat Kamloops for 1-0 series lead

Down 3-1 going into the third period, the Revelstoke Grizzlies scored four third-period goals by Ethan Coventry, who had a hat-trick, Brady Schwab and Daniel Wittenberg, who scored the winner and led the team with four points. Luke Aston has three assists, including on the winner.  Goalie Jozef Kuchaslo made 41 saves, while Colton Phillips-Watts finished with 52.


March 7/24

North Okanagan Knights Princeton Posse
North Okanagan stuns Princeton with Game 1 OT win

Cash Anderson clinched victory for the North Okanagan Knights with a thrilling 5-4 overtime goal against the Princeton Posse in Princeton. Despite trailing 4-0, the Knights mounted an incredible comeback, led by Devin Jameson’s stellar performance with three points, including two crucial goals. Goalie Josh Hager was the backbone of the Knights’ defence, making 42 saves, 14 of which came in the third period. The Posse initially surged ahead with goals from Bryton Morrow, Jackson Gush, Justice Loewen, and Jeffrey Stewart. However, Jameson sparked the Knights’ resurgence, scoring his first goal on a power-play. Luke Rishaug then equalized with an assist from Anderson, just moments after Ian George narrowed the lead to 4-3, thanks to assists from Jameson and affiliate player Zack Brandson. Blake Sittler made 23 saves for the Posse. Speaking of Brandson, he brought valuable experience to the Knights after playing 37 games in the KIJHL last season and excelling with the Dawson Creek Kodiaks in the NWJHL, tallying 54 points in 40 games.

Knights head coach-GM Liam McOnie on Brandson: “He’s a good fit in our room, the boys really like him and he dominated the NWJHL this year,” said McOnie. “He had a great game.”