Wednesday ResultsVernon def. Penticton 2-1Salmon Arm def. Trail 6-5 OT
Prince George at Langley
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 four of the BCHL’s 16 teams don’t get in. As of Wednesday, Surrey, Cowichan, and Trail are eliminated while Penticton, Vernon, Chilliwack, Langley, Prince George, Coquitlam, Powell River, Alberni Valley, Victoria 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) Merritt
(2) Vernon vs. (3) Salmon Arm
Penticton – 81 points, seven games remaining
Vernon – 68 points, six games remaining
Salmon Arm – 58 points, six games remaining
Merritt – 56 points, eight games remaining
West Kelowna – 55 points, six games remaining
(1) Nanaimo vs. (4) Victoria
(2) Powell River vs. (3) Alberni Valley
Nanaimo – 75 points, six games remaining
Powell River – 62 points, five games remaining
Alberni Valley – 55 points, eight games remaining
Victoria – 55 points, seven games remaining
(1) Chilliwack vs. (4) Coquitlam
(2) Langley vs. (3) Prince George
Chilliwack – 64 points, eight games remaining
Langley – 59 points, eight games remaining
Prince George – 55 points, eight games remaining
Coquitlam – 47 points, six games remaining
The Canadian Junior Hockey League put out a release Wednesday, stating that more than 2030 alumni of the national junior A league are playing college or university hockey this season. The numbers state that 594 players (or 37 percent) in NCAA Division I hockey are CJHL alumni, 595 players (or 29 percent) in NCAA Division III are CJHL alumni, and 849 players (or 67 percent) in Canadian universities and colleges (CIS, ACAC, BCIHL) are CJHL alumni.
Forward Alex Nikiforuk (Vernon AP, Burnaby, Salmon Arm) has been loaned by the GC Küsnacht Lions to the Martigny Red Ice for the remainder of the season and playoffs. Both teams play in Switzerland’s National League B. Nikiforuk, who’s from North Vancouver, BC, had 31 points (nine goals, 22 assists) in 38 games this season with the Lions. He led the BCHL in scoring with the SilverBacks in 2002-03, notching 106 points (49 goals, 57 assists) in 57 games.
Forward Curtis McKenzie (Penticton, 2007-09) is back with the Dallas Stars after being recalled from the AHL’s Texas Stars on Wednesday. McKenzie has played 14 games for Dallas this season, posting one goal. The 2013-14 AHL rookie of the year has 16 points (six goals, 11 assists) in 25 games for Texas this season.