Former Nelson Junior Leafs sniper Dylan Walchuk is in the thick of the WHL post season as his Spokane Chiefs are doing battle with Jim Hiller and the Tri City Americans.

Former Nelson Junior Leafs sniper Dylan Walchuk is in the thick of the WHL post season as his Spokane Chiefs are doing battle with Jim Hiller and the Tri City Americans.

Second round WHL series features Nelson connection

Jim Hiller and Dylan Walchuk square off against each other in Washington State showdown

Though they finished 19 points ahead of them in the regular season, it doesn’t look like the Tri City Americans are going to have an easy time with the Spokane Chiefs.

The Americans are coached by former Nelson resident and Nelson Minor Hockey graduate Jim Hiller. The Chiefs feature former Nelson Junior Leafs star Dylan Walchuk in their line-up. Both teams are looking to move on to the Western Hockey League semi-finals.

In the first game of the Western Conference second round series, Spokane’s Mitch Holmberg scored just over one minute into overtime to secure a 3-2 win in the series opener. On Saturday night in Kennewick, Washington the Americans pulled even in the series with a 2-1 victory.

The series now shifts to Spokane where the teams will play Wednesday and Friday.