BCHL – Round 2 – Interior – Caps vs Wild, Smokies vs Vipers

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March 11, 2019

The first round of the BCHL playoffs is now complete.

There were two huge upsets in the Interior, with both the #1 Penticton Vees and #2 Merritt Centennials eliminated by lower seeds.

Here’s the schedule and matchups for Round 2.

 

Interior Division

 

The Cowichan Capitals came into round 1 as the wildcard #8 team, and upset the #1 Penticton Vees in six games. They will now face the Wenatchee Wild in Round 2.

The #3 Wild battled #6 West Kelowna in a tough seven game series and will hold home ice advantage in Round 2.

Notables:

Nico Esposito-Selivanov (98, St. Petersburg, FL) lead the Caps offense with 3G-4A, while Paul Select (98, Laguna Hills, CA) was 2G-4A.

Pierce Diamond (98, Edmonton) went the distance for Cowichan Valley, with 1.98 GGA and .946.

Lucas Sowder (98, Trinity, FL) lead the Wild attack, with 6G-6A. Murphy Stratton (99, Los Angeles) was 4G-4A.

Austin Park (98, Highlands Ranch, CO ) was 3W-1L, with a 3.21 GGA and . 891 GGA.

 

Schedule:

Game 1: Fri. Mar 15, 2019 – 7:05PM
CV @  WEN
Game 2: Sat. Mar 16, 2019 – 7:05PM
CV @  WEN
Game 3: Tue. Mar 19, 2019 – 7:05PM
WEN @  CV
Game 4: Wed. Mar 20, 2019 – 7:05PM
WEN @  CV
Game 5: Fri. Mar 22, 2019 – 7:05PM*
CV @  WEN
Game 6: Sun. Mar 24, 2019 – 7:05PM*
WEN @  CV
Game 7: Tue. Mar 26, 2019 – 7:05PM*
CV @  WEN

 

 

 

 

The other big upset in Round 1 was the #7 Trail Smoke Eaters (28-28-1-1, 57 pts) defeating the #2 Merritt Centennials (36-15-4-3, 79 pts) in five games.

Merritt won only the first home game.

#4 Vernon meanwhile battled #5 Salmon Arm in a close fought series, which they won in five games, three which went into OT.

Notables:

Trail were lead offensively by Tyler Ghirardosi (99, Montrose, BC), with 2G-5A and rookie Kent Johnson (02, Port Moody, BC) with 4G-2A.

Trail’s Donovan Busky (2000, Vancouver) started all five games, posting a 2.40 GGA and .931 save percentage.

Jesse Lansdell (98, Langley) and Jagger Williamson (98, Vernon) lead the Vipers attack, each with 2G-5A.

Vernon’s Aidan Porter (99, Boston, MA) also played all five games, posting a 1.77 GGA and .932 save percentage.

 

Schedule:

Fri. Mar 15, 2019 – 7:00PM
TRA  @  VER
Sat. Mar 16, 2019 – 7:00PM
TRA  @  VER
Tue. Mar 19, 2019 – 7:00PM
VER  @  TRA
Wed. Mar 20, 2019 – 7:00PM
VER  @  TRA
Fri. Mar 22, 2019 – 7:00PM*
TRA  @  VER
Sat. Mar 23, 2019 – 7:00PM*
VER  @  TRA
Mon. Mar 25, 2019 – 7:00PM*
TRA  @  VER

 

What’s ahead?

The winner of the BCHL’s Fred Page Cup as league champion will move on to face the Alberta Junior Hockey League champion in the best-of-seven Doyle Cup. The Doyle Cup begins on April 26.

The National Junior A Championship (formerly Royal Bank Cup), will be held in Brooks, Alberta, beginning May 11.

 

Final Standings

BCHL 2018-2018 Regular Season

Island GP W L OTL SOL PTS OTW GF GA DIFF PCT PIM
1 xy – Victoria Grizzlies 58 36 18 0 4 76 3 231 188 43 0.655 628
2 x – Powell River Kings 58 34 21 2 1 71 1 217 180 37 0.612 694
3 x – Nanaimo Clippers 58 27 30 1 0 55 6 180 213 -33 0.474 750
4 x – Alberni Valley Bulldogs 58 21 34 3 0 45 3 156 199 -43 0.388 679
5 x – Cowichan Valley Capitals 58 17 35 5 1 40 1 159 220 -61 0.345 942
Mainland GP W L OTL SOL PTS OTW GF GA DIFF PCT PIM
1 xyz – Chilliwack Chiefs 58 42 15 1 0 85 4 209 169 40 0.733 726
2 x – Prince George Spruce Kings 58 39 13 1 5 84 2 181 120 61 0.724 536
3 x – Coquitlam Express 58 28 24 3 3 62 3 209 198 11 0.534 640
4 x – Langley Rivermen 58 27 27 2 2 58 1 167 173 -6 0.5 795
5 Surrey Eagles 58 13 41 2 2 30 2 143 259 -116 0.259 761
Interior GP W L OTL SOL PTS OTW GF GA DIFF PCT PIM
1 xy – Penticton Vees 58 37 16 3 2 79 2 200 143 57 0.681 617
2 x – Merritt Centennials 58 36 15 4 3 79 5 220 182 38 0.681 817
3 x – Wenatchee Wild 58 32 20 2 4 70 5 202 170 32 0.603 549
4 x – Vernon Vipers 58 26 21 8 3 63 2 166 160 6 0.543 659
5 x – Salmon Arm Silverbacks 58 27 26 4 1 59 4 170 203 -33 0.509 713
6 x – West Kelowna Warriors 58 28 28 1 1 58 3 210 220 -10 0.500 669
7 x – Trail Smoke Eaters 58 23 24 8 3 57 3 184 207 -23 0.491 664