BCHL Playoffs – Round 1 – Interior – 2 big upsets – CV, Trail, Wild, Vipers win

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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 and #2 ranked teams sent packing.

Here’s how things went in the Interior Division:

 

Interior Division

 

Series 3 – 

# 8 Caps in 6.

#1 Penticton Vees (37-16-3-2, 79 pts) favored by many to win the playoffs, were defeated by the #8 seeded wildcard Cowichan Valley Capitals (17-35-5-1), in a six game series.

Game #: Visitor – Home

Game 1:  CV 4 – Penticton 1 (Shots Pen 41 – CV 28, Vees 0-5 pp, Caps 0-0 pp)

Game 2: CV 1 – Penticton 4 (Shots Pen 38 – CV 23, Vees 1-3 pp, Caps 1-3 pp)

Game 3: Penticton 2 – CV 3 (Shots Pen 32 – CV 33, Vees 2-4 pp, Caps 0-3 pp)

Game 4: Penticton 0 – CV 3 (Shots Pen 27 – CV 27, Vees 0-3 pp, Caps 0-3 pp)

Game 5: CV 1 – Penticton 4 (Shots Pen 31 – CV 27, Vees 2-10 pp, Caps 0-5 pp)

Game 6: Penticton 1 – CV 3 (Shots Pen 37 – CV 22, Vees 0-4 pp, Caps 1-2 pp)

Notable:

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.

Burnaby’s Massimo Rizzo, the 2001 born captain with 3G-3A and David Silye (99, Arnprior, ON) with 2G-4A lead the Vees offense.

Jack LaFontaine (98, Mississauga) backstopped Penticton in all six games, posting a 2.47 GGA and .906 save percentage.

 

 

Series 4 –

#7 Smokies in 5

The other big upset was the #7 seed 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.

 

Game #: Visitor vs Home

Game 1:  Trail 2 – Merritt 4 (Shots Cents 37 – Trail 31, Trail 0-2 pp, Cents 1-3 pp)

Game 2: Trail 5 – Merritt 2  (Shots Cents 34 – Trail 31, Trail 2-3 pp, Cents 1-4 pp)

Game 3: Merritt 2 – Trail 5  (Shots Cents 42 – Trail 27, Trail 0-1 pp, Cents 0-1 pp)

Game 4: Merritt 2 – Trail 3 (Shots Cents 26 – Trail 34, Trail 0-3 pp, Cents 0-2 pp)

Game 5: Trail 4– Merritt 2 (Shots Cents 34 – Trail 33, Trail 0-4 pp, Cents 1-6 pp)

 

Notable: 

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) acquired from the WHL Prince Albert Raiders just prior to0 the Jan. 10 trade deadline, started all five games, posting a 2.40 GGA and  .931 save percentage.

 

 

 

Series 5 –

#4 Wild in 7

The #4 Wenatchee Wild (32-20-2-4, 70 pts) vs #5 West Kelowna (26-21-8-3, 63 pts) series was a thriller, going seven games, with Wenatchee pulling off the final big win at home, Monday.

The teams split both home openers to start.

Game #, Visitor vs Home

Game 1, WK 4 – Wen 5

Game 2, WK 5 – Wen 1

Game 3, Wen 6 – WK 2

Game 4, Wen 1 – WK 2 (OT1)

Game 5, Wen 2 – WK 4

Game 6, WK 1 – Wen 3

Game 7, WK 3 – Wen 6

 

Notable:

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.

Four BC based players lead the Warriors offensively. Parm Dhaliwal (99, Surrey) was 4G-7A; Lucas Cullen (99, Kelowna) was 7G-3A, Chase Dubois (98, Williams Lake) was 2G-7A, and d-man Wyatt Head (99, Kelowna) was 6A.

Connor Hopkins (00, Malden, MA) played all seven for the Warriors, posting a .922 save percentage and a 3.08 GGA.

 

 

Series 6

#4 Vipers in 5

In the final Interior matchup, the #4 Vernon Vipers (26-21-8-3, 63 pts) made relatively short work of the #5 Salmon Arm Silverbacks (27-26-4-1, 59 pts), winning in five.

But it was by no means a cake walk. In fact, anything but.

After spotting the ‘Backs game one at home in Vernon (5-3), the Vipers won the next four straight – but every game was decided by a single goal – the first two in OT, and the deciding game in the third OT frame.

Game #, Visitor vs Home

Game 1, SA 5 – Vernon 3

Game 2, SA 1 – Vernon 2 (OT1)

Game 3, Vernon 2 – SA 1 (OT1)

Game 4, Vernon 2 – SA 1

Game 5, SA 3 – Vernon 4 (OT3)

Notable:

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

Aidan Porter (99, Boston, MA) played all five games for the Vipers, posting a 1.77 GGA and .932 save percentage.

Akito Hirose with 4A lead the Backs in points. Andy Stevens (98, Campbell River) was 3G and North Vancouver’s Hudson Schandor (00) was 1G-2A.

Ethan Langenegger (00, Kamloops) was .938 with a 2.08 GGA for the Silverbacks.

 

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