Nanaimo leads best-of-7 series 2-0
April 10 — Nanaimo 5 at Penticton 2 (2,341)
April 11 — Nanaimo 2 at Penticton 1 (OT) (2,203)
April 13 — Penticton at Nanaimo – 7 pm
April 14 — Penticton at Nanaimo – 7 pm
x-April 16 — Nanaimo at Penticton – 7 pm
x-April 17 — Penticton at Nanaimo – 7 pm
x-April 19 — Nanaimo at Penticton – 6 pm
Forward Jamie Benn (Victoria, 2006-08) made BCHL history on Saturday night as he won the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL’s scoring leader with 87 points. The Dallas Stars forward claimed the league’s scoring title in dramatic fashion, scoring four points in a 4-1 win over Nashville. It was an assist on a Cody Eakin goal with 8.5 seconds left in the third period that gave Benn the Art Ross, one point ahead of New York Islanders captain John Tavares. The Victoria native is also the first ever BC-born player to lead the NHL in scoring.
Goaltender Carey Price (Quesnel, 2002-03) finished the 2014-15 season leading all NHL goaltenders in wins (44), goals-against-average (1.96) and save percentage (.933). By being the starting goaltender for the team finishing with the lowest goals against in the NHL, Price also wins the William M. Jennings Trophy. Montreal allowed 189 goals in 82 games in 2014-15. Price, from Anahim Lake, BC, is the first former BCHL player to win the Jennings Trophy since Andy Moog (Kamloops, Penticton, 1976-78) did in 1989-90 as a member of the Boston Bruins. He’ll share the award with Chicago netminder Corey Crawford.
Defenseman Josh Monk (Salmon Arm, Surrey, Cowichan, West Kelowna, 2009-13) and forward Brandon Tanev (Surrey, 2012-13) are NCAA Men’s Hockey champions as Providence College beat Boston University 4-3 in the title game. BU also features two former BCHL players as Sean Maguire (Powell River, 2010-12) is the back-up to starter Matt O’Connor while Connor Lacouvee (Cowichan, Merritt, Alberni Valley, 2012-14) is the team’s third goaltender. The championship is the first ever in the history of the men’s hockey program at Providence College.
Defenseman Brandon Manning (Prince George, 2007-08) has been returned to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms of the AHL by the Philadelphia Flyers. Manning appeared in 11 games with Philadelphia this season and registered three assists across his four NHL recalls this season. He has 43 points (11 goals, 32 assists) in 58 games with the Phantoms in 2014-15.