West Kelowna def. Vernon 2-0
Victoria def. Alberni Valley 4-0
Victoria at Nanaimo
Chilliwack at Coquitlam
Trail at Merritt
Once again this season, the BCHL will go with a playoff format that sees best-of-seven playoff series in Rounds One (Division Semifinals) and Two (Division Finals), a three-team round robin in Round Three designed to eliminate one team, and then a best-of-seven Fred Page Cup final between the two remaining teams.
The top four teams from each division make the post-season, meaning that only four of the BCHL’s 12 teams get in. Right now, Penticton, Chilliwack, Langley, Prince George, Coquitlam, Powell River and Nanaimo have locked up playoff spots. If the regular season ended Tuesday, these would be the Division Semifinal match-ups:
(1) Penticton vs. (4) Merritt
(2) Vernon vs. (3) West Kelowna
Penticton – 78 points, 10 games remaining
Vernon – 63 points, 10 games remaining
West Kelowna – 54 points, eight games remaining
Merritt – 52 points, 11 games remaining
Salmon Arm – 50 points, 10 games remaining
Trail – 35 points, 11 games remaining
(1) Nanaimo vs. (4) Alberni Valley
(2) Powell River vs. (3) Victoria
Nanaimo – 69 points, 10 games remaining
Powell River – 59 points, eight games remaining
Victoria – 54 points, 10 games remaining
Alberni Valley – 49 points, 11 games remaining
Cowichan – 40 points, eight games remaining
(1) Chilliwack vs. (4) Coquitlam
(2) Langley vs. (3) Prince George
Chilliwack – 58 points, 12 games remaining
Langley – 57 points, 11 games remaining
Prince George – 51 points, 10 games remaining
Coquitlam – 43 points, 10 games remaining
The Northeastern University Huskies beat Boston College 3-2 on Tuesday night in one Beanpot semifinal to advance to the championship game on Monday, February 9th. Northeastern features forward Ryan Rosenthal (Coquitlam, 2013-14) on its roster while Boston College has forwards Peter McMullen (Vernon, Langley, 2011-12) and Destry Straight (Surrey AP, Coquitlam, 2010-11) on its roster.
In the other Beanpot semifinal, Boston University knocked off Harvard 4-3 in double overtime to move on to the championship final. BU, which features one of the top prospects rated for this June’s NHL Entry Draft in Jack Eichel, also has a BCHL alumni on its roster. Goaltender Connor Lacouvee (Cowichan, Merritt, Alberni Valley, 2012-14) has played five games for the Eagles thus far this season as their third netminder. Harvard has forwards Luke Esposito (Chilliwack, 2012-13), Alexander Kerfoot (Coquitlam, 2011-13), Philip Zielonka (Coquitlam, Chilliwack, 2012-13) and Seb Lloyd (Prince George AP, West Kelowna, 2010-14) along with defensemen Kevin Guiltinan (Vernon, Prince George, 2012-13) and Victor Newell (Nanaimo, 2009-11) as BCHL alumni on its roster.
Goaltender Chris Rawlings (Salmon Arm, Powell River, Cowichan, 2005-09) has signed with the ECHL’s Elmira Jackals for the remainder of the 2014-15 season. Rawlings was signed by Evansville in August, but was released in October and hasn’t gotten into any game action this season. The 2009 BCHL Coastal Conference MVP appeared in five games with the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League, six games with the Gwinnett Gladiators of the ECHL and 12 games with the Arizona Sundogs of the Central Hockey League last season.
Defenseman Matt Joyaux (Powell River, 2012-13) committed to attend Colorado College starting this September. The Bloomingdale, Illinois native spent most of this season with Omaha of the USHL, posting seven points (three goals, four assists) in 17 games. Joyaux started 2014-15 playing NCAA hockey with Miami University (Ohio). He skated in four games and notched one assist with the RedHawks.
Forward Marcel Fuchs has committed to Selkirk College and will play for the Saints starting this September. The Mission, BC native has 24 points (eight goals, 16 assists) in 44 games with Creston Valley of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League. Creston’s coach and GM is former Selkirk bench boss Jeff Dubois. Bob Hall from the Nelson Daily News has more here.