BCHL Playoff Matchups Set – Starts Friday

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February 26, 2019

Chiefs finish first overall

BCHL teams wrapped up the regular season on the weekend, with the Chilliwack Chiefs finishing as the league’s top team, posting a 42-15-1-0 record, and 85 points.

The first round of the best-of-seven playoff series starts Friday.

In the Island and Mainland Divisions, it will be the No. 1 seeds against the No. 4 seeds and No. 2 against No. 3 in the opening round with the winners facing each off in the Division finals.

In the eight-team Interior Division playoff, the teams will be re-seeded after Round 1 with the highest seed to advance playing the lowest seed to advance.

 

Mainland Division

 

The Chiefs edged out division rival Prince George Spruce Kings for #1 by a single point. Although the Chiefs posted three more wins over the season, points gained in the Spruce Kings’ league leading five shoot out losses kept things tight.

The two rivals faced each other in their final three games, with Chilliwack winning the critical first match on February 17 at home, 2-1, to clinch first place overall for the first time in 17 years.

 

 

 

The teams then travelled to Prince George this past weekend to wrap the season, with the Spruce Kings winning both games at home, 5-2 and 4-1; to finish the regular season up 5-3 on the Chiefs.

The Chiefs will open the playoffs at home Friday, March 1 vs. #4 Langley (27-27-2-2).

The Spruce Kings will face off against #3 Coquitlam Express (28-24-3-3).

The Spruce Kings’ 2-1 loss to the Chiefs on February 17 was their only loss in February, vs 10 wins.

The Express lost 7 of their final 10 games, including one in a shootout and two in OT.

 

Interior Division

 

 

 

In a thrilling finish to the regular season, the Penticton Vees also edged out their closest rival, the Merritt Centennials for the division title by the narrowest of margins.

Both teams finished with 79 points. The Vees posted one more win and suffered one less OTL and one less SOL –  37-16-3-2 vs 36-15-4-3 for the title.

The Vees finished the regular season with wins in a home and home series vs Salmon Arm, 5-2 and 4-0 to clinch first place. Attendance at the final Vees home game was 3,488.

Penticton will open the playoffs on at the Okanagan Events Centre on Friday vs Cowichan Valley who finished #5 in the Island division, with a 17-35-5-1 record, 159GF vs 220 GA.

 

Strong finish by Cents

Merritt Centennials downed Penticton 4-2 in Penticton on February 15, and then finished with four more wins to wrap up their season, including a shootout win in Langley on Friday and an OT win vs Vernon on Saturday.

The Cents will meet Trail Smoke Eaters at home Friday to start their playoffs. Trail finished at the bottom of the Interior division in 7th place, with a record of 23-24-8-3.

Trail finished February with a record of 5W-4L. Three of their wins were in extra time, including wins over both Penticton and Merritt, illustrating they can upset the favorites anytime.

Wentachee finished third in the division, nine points back of the Vees and Cents, and will match up vs West Kelowna, #6 in the Interior (28-28-1-1). The series gets underway Saturday at the Town Toyota Center in Wenatchee.

 

 

 

Island Division

The Victoria Grizzlies finished first on the Island, with a 36-18-0-4 record, for the fourth best record overall.

The Grizzlies finished five up on #2 Powell River Kings, posting a 6-2-2-0 record through February, which included a 1-1-1-0 record vs the Kings.

The Grizzlies will meet Alberni Valley (21-34-3-0), who finished #4 on the Island. The series gets underway Friday night at the Q Centre in Victoria.

Powell River will host Nanaimo Clippers also starting Friday. The Clippers finished 27-30-1-0, sixteen points back of the Kings in the regular season.

 

 

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 records

  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

 

Final Scoring Stats:

2001 born Alex Newhook (St. John’s, NF) 0f the Victoria Grizzlies finished with spectacular 12 points over his last three games to win the scoring title by 18 points over #2, 1998 born Ryan Brushett of the West Kelowna Warriors (Verdun, QC).

North Vancouver defenseman Carter Berger (99) of the Victoria Grizzlies finished as the top ranked BC raised player, notching 27G-26A for 63 points, to finish #9 overall in the scoring race.

Four other BC players finished in the Top 20, including three 20 year olds, #11 Chase Dubois, #13 Ben Brar, #18 Nicholas Wicks, and 2001 born Harrison Blaisdell at #19.

 

Name BY Team GP G A PTS Pt/G Hometown
1 Alex Newhook ’01 VIC 53 38 64 102 1.92 St.John’s, NL
2 Ryan Brushett ’98 PR 55 41 43 84 1.53 Verdun, QC
3 Mike Hardman ’99 WK 58 39 33 72 1.24 Hanover, MA
4 Dustin Manz ’99 PG 58 33 37 70 1.21 Vanderbilt, MI
5 Matt Holmes ’99 CHW 54 28 40 68 1.26 Rye, NY
6 Bradley Cocca ’99 MER 58 23 45 68 1.17 Mississauga , ON
7 Alexander Campbell ’01 VIC 53 21 46 67 1.26 Chateauguay, QC
8 Kevin Wall ’00 CHW 49 31 33 64 1.31 Fairport, NY
9 Carter Berger ’99 VIC 54 27 36 63 1.17 North Vancouver, BC
10 Levi Glasman (total) + ’99 PR 58 24 39 63 1.09 Lacombe, AB
11 Chase Dubois ’98 WK 58 21 41 62 1.07 Williams Lake, BC
12 James Miller ’98 PEN 58 18 44 62 1.07 Spruce Grove, AB
13 Ben Brar ’98 PG 57 35 26 61 1.07 Abbotsford, BC
14 Mathieu Gosselin ’99 MER 53 22 38 60 1.13 Quebec City, QC
15 David Silye ’99 PEN 54 21 39 60 1.11 Arnprior, ON
16 Nick Granowicz ’98 MER 58 32 27 59 1.02 Macomb, MI
17 Ryan Miotto (total) + ’99 AV 54 20 39 59 1.09 Thorold, ON
18 Nicholas Wicks ’98 MER 58 18 41 59 1.02 Delta, BC
19 Harrison Blaisdell ’01 CHW 51 33 25 58 1.14 Abbotsford, BC
20 Matthew Verboon ’00 SA 50 28 30 58 1.16 Richmond Hill, ON

 

Top Goalies – Final Stats, by GGA

Prince George Spruce Kings’ Logan Newton, of Brighton, Michigan (99), finished at the top of the BCHL goalie stats page at the end of the regular season with an amazing 1.92 GGA average, and .914 save percentage in 47 games played, and most minutes logged overall.

Jack LaFontaine of the Penticton Vees (98, Mississauga) had the second best GGA at 2.19, while Kurtis Chapman of Wenatchee posted the best save percentage, at .933, and fourth best 2.53 GGA.

Victoria’s Cal Sandquist (01, Evergreen, CO) at #3, with 2.48 GGA and .890 save percentage is the youngest goalie in the Top 20, and the only 2001 born.

Chilliwack’s Mathieu Caron an Abbotsford native, (00) is the top ranked BC goalie, at #6 overall with a 2.71 GGA and a 914 save percentage.

 

R # Goalie By Team GP W L OTL T GA SV% GAA SO Min
1 1 Logan Neaton ’99 PG 47 32 8 0 0 88 0.914 1.92 5 2748
2 45 Jack LaFontaine ’98 PEN 45 30 13 0 0 98 0.923 2.19 3 2686
3 30 Cal Sandquist ’01 WEN 28 13 9 0 0 57 0.890 2.48 0 1379
4 1 Kurtis Chapman ’98 VIC 38 26 9 0 0 92 0.933 2.52 4 2188
5 35 Aidan Porter ’99 VER 40 19 17 0 0 102 0.908 2.59 4 2366
6 1 Mathieu Caron ’00 CHW 26 18 7 0 0 68 0.914 2.71 1 1504
7 30 Braedon Fleming ’99 LAN 43 18 20 0 0 110 0.904 2.78 4 2376
8 30 Bradley Cooper ’99 VER 22 7 14 0 0 53 0.907 2.78 3 1142
9 35 Austin Park ’98 WEN 41 19 13 0 0 104 0.878 2.92 2 2136
10 1 Austin Roden ’98 MER 42 27 11 0 0 120 0.912 2.95 2 2442
11 30 John Hawthorne ’98 AV 46 17 25 0 0 129 0.918 2.95 3 2621
12 30 Kolby Matthews ’99 COQ 34 14 16 0 0 95 0.900 3.01 1 1896
13 35 Mitch Adamyk ’98 PR 41 24 16 0 0 119 0.901 3.09 4 2308
14 34 Adam Marcoux ’98 TRA 42 16 22 0 0 127 0.893 3.13 0 2437
15 33 Connor Hopkins ’00 WK 37 16 19 0 0 110 0.912 3.26 1 2027
16 1 Ethan Langenegger ’00 SA 37 18 17 0 0 121 0.906 3.27 0 2217
17 31 Clay Stevenson ’99 COQ 27 14 11 0 0 90 0.889 3.36 2 1608
18 30 Jordan Naylor ’00 NAN 39 18 18 0 0 124 0.895 3.37 0 2209
19 34 Jack Grant ’99 CV 31 8 22 0 0 106 0.893 3.55 1 1792
20 31 Landon Pavlisin ’99 NAN 24 9 13 0 0 80 0.894 3.71 0 1293