Hartley's Sports ShortsSports HARTLEY’S SPORTS SHORTS: MONDAY, MARCH 12 SHARE ON: Hartley Miller, staff Monday, Mar. 12th, 2018 (As of 12:01AM) PRINCE GEORGE SPRUCE KINGS: Prince George Spruce Kings 3 Chilliwack Chiefs 1 (Sunday) Spruce Kings win the series 4-3 to advance to the Mainland Division best-of-seven final against the Surrey Eagles starting Friday at the Rolling Mix Concrete Arena (RMCA) in Prince George. (Eagles won their series in six games over the Langley Rivermen) Ethan de Jong tied the game at 1 with a shorthanded goal at 11:02 of the third period and defenceman Jay Keranen tallied the winner just 1:22 later. De Jong put the game and series away with an empty netter with 22 seconds remaining to the delight of 1,463 hometown fans. The Chiefs only goal came on a power play in the first minute of the game from PJ Marrocco. ### Chilliwack Chiefs 6 Prince George Spruce Kings 1 (Saturday) Chiefs tied the series 3-3 with convincing victory in Game six. Chilliwack enjoyed period leads of 2-1 and 3-1 before 1,866 fans at Prospera Centre. Two of their final three goals came into an empty net. Former Spruce King Bryan Allbee notched a goal and an assist for the Chiefs to give the 20-year-old defenceman six points (including three goals) in the series. ### Chiefs-Spruce Kings first round schedule: GAME 1 = Friday, March 2nd – Chilliwack @ Prince George – (CHIEFS WON 3-0) GAME 2 = Saturday, March 3rd – Chilliwack @ Prince George – (SPRUCE KINGS WON 2-0) GAME 3 = Monday, March 5th – Prince George @ Chilliwack – (SPRUCE KINGS WON 2-1 in OT) GAME 4 = Tuesday, March 6th – Prince George @ Chilliwack – (CHIEFS WON 3-2) GAME 5 = Thursday, March 8th – Chilliwack @ Prince George – (SPRUCE KINGS WON 3-2 in OT) GAME 6 = Saturday, March 10th – Prince George @ Chilliwack – (CHIEFS WON 6-1) GAME 7 = Sunday, March 11th – Chilliwack @ Prince George (SPRUCE KINGS WON 3-1) PRINCE GEORGE COUGARS: Victoria Royals 4 Prince George Cougars 3 (Sunday) The Royals erased a 3-2 deficit with a pair of goals in the third period. Matthew Phillips scored the winner on the power-play, his second goal of the game and 47th of the season with 6:52 left. Aaron Boyd, Joel Lakusta, and Jackson Leppard tallied for the Cougars. Tavin Grant made 30 saves and took the loss in net. Ex Cariboo Cougar Griffen Outhouse blocked 33 shots to earn a franchise record 35th victory this season. The (23-37-5-4) Cougars visit Kelowna on Wednesday before concluding with a home-and-home against the Blazers; Friday in Kamloops and Saturday in Prince George. ### Victoria Royals 4 Prince George Cougars 3 (OT) (Friday) Tanner Kaspick scored his second goal of the game at 2:39 of overtime. Tyler Soy tied the game 3-3 for Victoria with 2:57 remaining. Reid Perepeluk with his first WHL goal, Rhett Rhinehart and Josh Maser tallied for the Cats. WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE: Tri-City 4 Vancouver 3 Portland 2 Everett 0 Moose Jaw 5 Brandon 3 Edmonton 4 Kootenay 3 (OT) BC DIVISION STANDINGS: Kelowna, 69 games = 40-22-5-2 (87 points) Victoria, 70 games = 39-25-4-2 (84 points) Vancouver, 69 games = 35-25-6-3 (79 points) Kamloops, 69 games = 29-35-1-4 (63 points) Prince George, 69 games = 23-37-5-4 (55 points) WESTERN CONFERENCE WILD CARD: Tri-City, 68 games = 35-24-8-1 (79 points) Seattle, 68 games = 32-26-8-2 (74 points) Kamloops, 69 games = 29-35-1-4 (63 points) Prince George, 69 games = 23-37-5-4 (55 points) (Blazers and Cougars mathematically eliminated from playoff contention) CARIBOO COUGARS: The Cariboo Cougars finished in second place with a 30-7-3 record after a split of their final two regular season games against the fourth-place Okanagan Rockets in Kelowna. The Major Midget Cougars lost 4-1 Saturday before posting a 6-5 victory in overtime on Sunday. The (31-6-2-1) Valley West Hawks finished first, two points ahead of the Cats. Cariboo will host the seventh-place Thompson Blazers in a best of three quarter-final series at Kin 1; Friday at 5:30PM, Saturday at 4PM and Sunday, if needed, at 10AM. ### Cariboo Cougars 6 Okanagan Rockets 5 (OT Sunday) With a goal and an assist in the victory, Mason Richey becomes the BCMML’s all-time leading scorer with 137 points, overtaking Cariboo Cougar grad Eli Jarvis who had 136. Okanagan Rockets 4 Cariboo Cougars 1 (Saturday) NHL: Arizona 1 Vancouver 0 (Coyotes are last in the Western Conference, just four points behind the (25-35-9) Canucks, who play the Kings tonight in Los Angeles. LA is one point out of a playoff spot) New York Islanders 5 Calgary 2 (The win ended the Islanders eight-game losing streak) Pittsburgh 3 Dallas 1 Chicago 3 Boston 1 BC BOYS AAA BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP: Sir Charles Tupper 75 Duchess Park Condors 74 The Condors finished sixth in the 16-team tournament with an overall 2-2 record. Duchess beat Rick Hansen 88-65 in its opener, lost to South Kamloops 62-44 in the quarter-final, and whipped Richmond 98-69 in its third game. South Kamloops captured gold defeating Byrne Creek 74-66 in the final. BC BOYS AA BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP: D.P. Todd Trojans 68 Collingwood 64 The Trojans placed ninth and was named Most Sportsmanlike Team in the 16-team tournament with an overall record of 3-1. D.P. Todd dropped its opener 72-66 to Seycove. before beating R.C. Palmer 68-50 and Pacific Academy 77-56. Brentwood College crushed King George 97-59 in the final. BC BOYS A BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP: FINAL Heritage Christian 65 Bulkley Valley Christian 53 Bulkley Valley Christian earned the silver medal, placing second with an overall 3-1 record. Fort St. James ended up 10th, Northside Christian of Vanderhoof 11th, and Fraser Lake 14th in the 16-team tournament. BIATHLON: Sarah Beaudry of Prince George placed 66th out of 96 in the women’s 7.5-kilometre Sprint at a World Cup Biathlon race in Kontiolahti, Finland. It was her first competition since the Olympics. The 23-year-old Beaudry will have her next race on Thursday in Oslo, Norway. CURLING: Canada (Brad Gushue) beat Alberta (Brendan Bottcher) 6-4 in Regina to win the Tim Hortons Brier for a second straight year. Gushue, third Mark Nichols, second Brett Gallant and lead Geoff Walker will represent Canada at the men’s world championship March 31st to April 8th in Las Vegas. They are the first team to win back-to-back Briers since Kevin Martin in 2008 and 2009. Alberta advanced after defeating Ontario (John Epping) 6-4 in the semi-final and Northern Ontario (Brad Jacobs) 6-5 in an extra end in the quarter-final. After going 10-1 in the Championship Pool, Canada outscored Ontario 6-2 in the one-two page playoff game. PGA TOUR: Tiger Woods tied for second (with Patrick Reed), just a shot behind the winner Paul Casey at the Valspar Championship in Palm Harbor, Florida. It was the closest Woods has come to winning on the PGA Tour in nearly five years. Casey closed with a 6-under 65 to finish at 10-under-274 for his second PGA Tour title and his first since the Houston Open in 2009. NBA: Toronto Raptors 132 New York Knicks 106 Season-high eighth straight victory for the (49-17) Raptors who lead the Eastern Conference by three-and-a-half games over the (46-21) Boston Celtics. Toronto has the third best record in the NBA behind (52-14) Houston and (51-16) Golden State.