BCHL Playoff Picture, Penticton Clinches Interior Title, Zolnierczyk Called Up by New York Islanders, Beanpot Final Postponed:

Sunday Results

Langley def. Victoria 7-1
Chilliwack def. Vernon 4-3 OT
Alberni Valley def. Penticton 3-0
Salmon Arm def. Surrey 3-2

Monday Games
Nanaimo at Powell River
Coquitlam at Surrey

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 don’t get in. Penticton, Chilliwack, Langley, Prince George, Coquitlam, Powell River and Nanaimo have locked up playoff spots. The Vees clinched the Interior Division title with Vernon’s 4-3 overtime loss in Chilliwack, despite Penticton’s 3-0 loss to Alberni Valley. If the regular season ended Sunday, these would be the Division Semifinal match-ups:

INTERIOR DIVISION
(1) Penticton vs. (4) Salmon Arm
(2) Vernon vs. (3) Merritt

STANDINGS
Penticton – 81 points, seven games remaining
Vernon – 66 points, seven games remaining
Merritt – 56 points, eight games remaining
Salmon Arm – 56 points, seven games remaining
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West Kelowna – 55 points, six games remaining
Trail – 38 points, eight games remaining
ISLAND DIVISION
(1) Nanaimo vs. (4) Alberni Valley
(2) Powell River vs. (3) Victoria

STANDINGS
Nanaimo – 73 points, seven games remaining
Powell River – 62 points, six games remaining
Victoria – 55 points, seven games remaining
Alberni Valley – 53 points, nine games remaining
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Cowichan – 42 points, seven games remaining
MAINLAND DIVISION
(1) Chilliwack vs. (4) Coquitlam
(2) Langley vs. (3) Prince George

STANDINGS
Chilliwack – 64 points, eight games remaining
Langley – 59 points, eight games remaining
Prince George – 55 points, eight games remaining
Coquitlam – 45 points, seven games remaining

Forward Harry Zolnierczyk (Alberni Valley, 2005-07) has been called up by the New York Islanders from the AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers. The Toronto native has 35 points (13 goals, 22 assists) in 47 games as an alternate captain with Bridgeport this season. Zolnierczyk has played 57 career NHL games, but none this season after signing with the Islanders as a free agent last summer.

The 2015 Beanpot tournament is postponed for the second time in two weeks due to heavy snow in the New England region of the US. The championship final features forward Ryan Rosenthal (Coquitlam, 2013-14) and Northeastern University against goaltender Connor Lacouvee (Cowichan, Merritt, Alberni Valley, 2012-14) and Boston University. John Connolly of the Boston Herald has the story here.

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