March 11, 2019
The first round of the BCHL playoffs is now complete.
Here’s how things played out on the Island.
Series 7: Grizzlies in 4 games
The #1 Victoria Grizzlies finished first on the Island, with a 36-18-0-4 record and 76 points, and faced off against #4 Alberni Valley Bulldogs, 21-34-3-0, 43 points.
As might be expected with such a wide points spread, the Grizzlies made quick work of the Bulldogs, downing them in four straight.
In the first two games at home in Victoria, the Grizzlies outscored the Bulldogs 13-3. The Avs were better at home, pushing game three into OT, and losing game 4 by a single goal.
Game #, Visitor vs Home
Game 1: March 1, Avs 3 – Vic 8
Game 2: March 2, Avs 0 – Vic 5
Game 3: March 5, Vic 6 – Avs 5
Game 4: March 6, Vic 3 – Avs 2
The Grizzlies were lead offensively by league #1 Alex Newhook (01, St. John’s) with 3G-5A, 8 pts, and defenseman Carter Berger (99, North Vancouver), with 3G-4A, 7 pts.
Kurtis Chapman played all four games, posting a 2.41 GGA, and .920 save percentage.
The Grizzlies will meet up with Powell River in the next round, which gets underway at 7:00 PM Friday, March 15, in Victoria.
Series 8: Kings in 5
#2 Powell River Kings finished five points back of Victoria, in the Island Division, with a record of 34-21-2-1, 71 pts, and faced #3 Nanaimo Clippers, 27-30-1-0, 55 pts, in Round 1.
Again the higher ranked team easily handled the lower ranked squad.
The Kings split their opening series at home and then ran the table over the next three games.
Four of games were close – three were decided by a goal, including game 4 which went into OT. Game 5 was the only lop-sided decision, 5-1 for the Grizzlies.
Game 3, Visitor vs Home
Game 1, March 1, Nan 2 – PR 3
Game 2, March 2, Nan 2 – PR 1
Game 3, March 4, PR 3 – Nan 1
Game 4, March 5, PR 5 – Nan 4
Game 5, March 7, Nan 1 – PR 5
Levi Glasman (99, Lacombe, AB) led the Kings, with 6G-3A in the series.
Mitch Adamyk played all five games, posting a 2.08 GGA and .918 save percentage.
As noted above, the Kings will meet the Grizzlies, Friday night at 7:00 PM in Victoria to start Round 2.
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.
BCHL 2018-2018 Regular season records
|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|
|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|
|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|