BCHL Playoff Picture, Nanaimo’s Austin Dick Suspended for Blow to the Head, Surrey’s Andy Chugg Commits to Bentley:


Wednesday Results
Merritt def. Trail 6-4
Coquitlam def. Chilliwack 3-2 OT
Nanaimo def. Victoria 5-4 OT

Thursday Games
No games

Friday Games
Penticton at Chilliwack
Coquitlam at Prince George
Nanaimo at Alberni Valley
West Kelowna at Salmon Arm
Vernon at Victoria
Langley at Powell River
Merritt at Trail

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 Wednesday, these would be the Division Semifinal match-ups:
(1) Penticton vs. (4) West Kelowna
(2) Vernon vs. (3) Merritt

Penticton – 78 points, 10 games remaining
Vernon – 63 points, 10 games remaining
Merritt – 54 points, 10 games remaining
West Kelowna – 54 points, eight games remaining
Salmon Arm – 50 points, 10 games remaining
Trail – 35 points, 10 games remaining
(1) Nanaimo vs. (4) Alberni Valley
(2) Powell River vs. (3) Victoria

Nanaimo – 71 points, nine games remaining
Powell River – 59 points, eight games remaining
Victoria – 55 points, nine 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 – 59 points, 11 games remaining
Langley – 57 points, 11 games remaining
Prince George – 51 points, 10 games remaining
Coquitlam – 45 points, nine games remaining

Nanaimo defenseman Austin Dick has been suspended four games by the BCHL for a blow to the head in Saturday’s 5-2 win over Alberni Valley. Dick served the first game of the suspension Wednesday against Victoria. He’s eligible to return on Friday, February 13 in Penticton against the Vees.

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