The Canadian Press' take on Seattle's crucial win vs Spokane:
SPOKANE, Wash. - Burke Gallimore scored the winning goal with less than five minutes remaining in the third period as the Seattle Thunderbirds edged the host Spokane Chiefs 4-3 on Friday in Western Hockey League action.
Colin Jacobs and Luke Lockhart each had a goal and an assist for the Thunderbirds (25-43-2), who are tied for the final playoff position in the Western Conference, while Seth Swenson added a single goal.
Blake Gal, Dylan Walchuk and Marek Kalus scored for the Chiefs (37-25-9), who are fifth in the West.
Calvin Pickard made 36 saves for the win as Eric Williams stopped 25 shots in a losing effort.
Seattle went 1 for 5 on the power play while Spokane went 2 for 5.
Game Day Post
Regina vs Brandon
Kootenay vs Calgary
Prince Albert vs Moose Jaw
Swift Current vs Saskatoon
Lethbridge vs Medicine Hat
Edmonton vs Red Deer
Kamloops vs Prince George
Vancouver vs Kelowna
Everett vs Seattle
Spokane vs Tri-City
Everett vs Seattle for 8th place should be a huge game. Seattle can clinch a spot with a win. I'm working 2:45-11:15, Post will be updated when I get home.
Royals enter WHL playoffs against heavily favoured Kamloops in battle-ready condition
Rain Man was named best picture and the Berlin Wall was still up the last time a Victoria team played in the Western Hockey League playoffs, during the spring of 1989.
That was followed by five consecutive seasons of missing the post-season before the hapless Victoria Cougars franchise was moved to Prince George in 1994. Nothing has changed much for the latter — the Prince George Cougars are still missing the playoffs. But the Victoria Royals, the former Chilliwack Bruins before moving to the capital this season, are in and will meet the Kamloops Blazers in a Western Conference best-of-seven opening-round series starting Friday and Saturday in the Interior.
Games 3-4 are Tuesday, March 27, and Thursday, March 29, at Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre. If required, the remaining games would be Friday, March 30, in Kamloops, Monday, April 2, at the Memorial Centre and Wednesday, April 4, in Kamloops.