Merritt def. Trail 6-4
Coquitlam def. Chilliwack 3-2 OT
Nanaimo def. Victoria 5-4 OT
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.
Surrey Eagles defenseman Andy Chugg has committed to Bentley University, starting this September. The 19-year-old from Mesa, Arizona came to Surrey in a trade earlier this season from Salmon Arm. In four games with the SilverBacks, he had no points, while with the Eagles, Chugg has 10 points (one goal, nine assists) in 43 games.
Forward Brandon Yip (Coquitlam, 2003-05) has been recalled by the AHL’s Norfolk Admirals from the Utah Grizzlies of the ECHL. Yip is a veteran of 174 NHL games and has 12 points (three goals, nine assists) in 31 games with the Admirals this season. He has four points (one goal, three assists) in seven games with Utah.
Netminder Jeff Malcolm (Quesnel, 2007-09) has been called up by the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack from the ECHL’s Greenville Road Warriors. The Lethbridge, Alberta product is 15-9-1 with a 2.54 goals-against-average, a .920 save percentage and one shutout in Greenville this season. He is 1-0 with the Wolf Pack in 2014-15, posting a 3.00 goals-against-average and a .921 save percentage.