Silvertips play must-win games

The North Island Silvertips will need to come up with the two biggest wins of the season this weekend, and cross their fingers.

Nanaimo’s B.C. Major Midget League hockey team kept its playoff hopes alive last weekend, but probably needs upset wins Saturday (March 3) and Sunday against the Okanagan Rockets, plus some help on the out-of-town scoreboard.

The Silvertips and Fraser Valley Bruins met for a pair of games last weekend at the Nanaimo Ice Centre. The visitors won Saturday 5-1, with Jordan Levesque scoring the only goal for the home team.

That set up a critical rematch, which the ’Tips pulled out 2-1 thanks to Garrett Dunlop’s winner with seven minutes left in the third period. Levesque had a goal and an assist and Riley Medves was the winning goalie.

The split between North Island (17-17-4) and Fraser Valley (16-15-7) allowed the Valley West Hawks (18-17-3) to sneak by both teams into the sixth and final playoff spot.

GAME ON … The Silvertips play the Rockets (19-11-8) Saturday at 5:15 p.m. at the Nanaimo Ice Centre. Sunday’s rematch is a 10:30 a.m. faceoff at the NIC.

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