Photo credit: Christopher Kelsall

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While the Victoria Royals are wrapping up their 68-game Western Hockey League regular season this weekend with a home-and-home series against the US Division-leading Everett Silvertips, the Victoria Grizzlies are moving into the second round of the BCHL playoffs against the Powell River Kings.

The Grizzlies dispatched the Alberni Valley Bulldogs in four straight. The Kings took out the Nanaimo Clippers 4-1. The Grizzlies host the Kings Friday and Saturday nights at The Q Centre in Colwood. They will play in Powell River Monday and Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the Vancouver Junior Hockey League playoff schedule continues. The Victoria Cougars split their first two games of their second-round series against the Nanaimo Buccaneers at the Archie Browning Arena.

The Cougars lost Game 1, 2-1 on Tuesday. On Thursday, they defeated Nanaimo 4-2. Games 3 and 4 will take place in Nanaimo on Saturday and Sunday.

File photo. Braves and Cougars. Credit: Christopher Kelsall

The series became emotional during Game 2, providing 22 powerplay opportunities for the two teams.

The Buccaneers went 0/10 and missed out on keeping the game close by not being able to capitalize on the man advantage, while the Cougars took advantage scoring 3/12 on the powerplay.

The Cougars got up to a 3-0 leading during the first period with goals by Marshall Brown, Jaden McNulty and Foster Martin. Brown opened the scoring at just 55 seconds while on the powerplay.

Jory Swanson tried to set the tone while trying to engage Cougars players during the warm up and was assessed a “warm-up violation” that put the Buccaneers on their heels from the opening faceoff.

At 3:59 of the first, Trey Watson was assessed two of his own for slashing. Nine seconds later McNulty scored to make it 2-0.

Watson did get one back at 2:42 of the second period and Billy Walters scored 14 seconds later, to change the tone of the game, they were within one at 3-2.

At 3:41, Darrian Harris took two for slashing. Nanaimo’s lack of discipline was backfiring as at 4:52 Kevan McBean scored a powerplay marker. To restore the two-goal lead.

There was no scoring during the third period; however, Nanaimo continued to get into penalty trouble taking five-consecutive penalties mostly for slashing. They took 6 of 8 assessed during the third.

The Buccaneers outshot Victoria 31-27.

Blake Wood took the loss in net for Nanaimo stopping 23 of 27 shots fired his way.

Owen Sikkes earned the win with his 29-save performance.

Elsewhere in the VIJHL, the Campbell River Storm will host the Saanich Braves on Friday and Saturday night for the first two games of their second-round series. They will play Monday and Wednesday at Pearkes Arena for Games 3 and 4.