Selkirk Wins Third Straight BCIHL Title, Vees Strike First in Interior Final, Clippers & Chiefs Have 2-0 Series Leads, BCHL Alumni Featured in THN Future Watch:

Selkirk College became the first team in BC Intercollegiate Hockey League history to win three straight championships Saturday night in Castlegar. The Saints took Game Two of the championship final 4-2 to sweep the best-of-three series against Simon Fraser University.
Selkirk’s win sees Lucas Hildebrand, Clayton McEwan, Jackson Garrett, Thomas Hardy, Logan Proulx, and Mason Spear, along with Head Coach Alex Evin, each win their third career BCIHL title as they’ve all been with the Saints since their first win in 2013. 
With the loss, the BCIHL careers of SFU players Jono Ceci, Nick Sandor, Tyler Mah, Andrew Parent, Taylor Piller, Mike Ball, Jared Eng and Trent Murdoch came to end, which should usher in a new era for Clan hockey this September. Ceci ends his career as the second all-time scorer in BCIHL history, with 147 points (57 goals, 90 assists) in 86 games played. 
BCIHL Championship Final Series (Saints win best-of-three series 2-0) 
March 13 — SFU 1 at Selkirk 3 
March 14 — SFU 2 at Selkirk 4








The Nanaimo Clippers and Chilliwack Chiefs both used home ice advantage to a ‘T’ in their respective series against Powell River and Prince George.

The Clippers scored twice in the first period and held on for a 2-1 win over the Kings to take a 2-0 series lead in the Island Division Final. Jacob Hanlon and Anthony Rinaldi each notched unassisted goals for Nanaimo in the win and Guillaume Decelles kicked out 34 shots to get the victory.

The Chiefs built a 3-0 lead before the game was 18 minutes old and cruised to an 8-1 win against the Spruce Kings to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Mainland Division Final. All but six Chilliwack skaters got on the scoresheet, including multiple point performances from Vince Desharnais, Craig Puffer, Jake Hand, Mason Boh, Tipper Higgins and Jordan Kawaguchi.

The Penticton Vees coughed up a 2-0 first period lead and needed double overtime to beat Vernon 4-3 to nab a 1-0 lead in the Interior Division Final. Dante Fabbro scored a pair for the Vees, including a goal in the second which made it 3-1 for Penticton. Thomas Aldworth beat Hunter Miska with one second left in the second to bring Vernon within one, and then he tied the game nine minutes into the third period. After a scoreless first OT, Connor Chartier tipped in a Miles Gendron shot to give the Vees the win.


SECOND ROUND DIVISION FINAL MATCH-UPS

INTERIOR DIVISION







March 14 — Vernon 3 at Penticton 4 (OT) (2,217)
March 15 — Vernon at Penticton – 6 pm

March 17 — Penticton at Vernon – 7 pm
March 18 — Penticton at Vernon – 7 pm
x-March 20 — Vernon at Penticton – 7 pm
x-March 21 — Penticton at Vernon – 6 pm 
x-March 22 — Vernon at Penticton – 6 pm

MAINLAND DIVISION






 

(Chilliwack leads best of 7 series 2-0) March 13 — Prince George 2 at Chilliwack 3 (1,479)
March 14 — Prince George 1 at Chilliwack 8 (1,509)

March 16 — Chilliwack at Prince George – 7 pm
March 17 — Chilliwack at Prince George – 7 pm
x-March 20 — Prince George at Chilliwack – 7 pm
x-March 21 — Chilliwack at Prince George – 7 pm
x-March 22 — Prince George at Chilliwack – 7 pm

ISLAND DIVISION







(Nanaimo leads best of 7 series 2-0)
March 13 — Powell River 2 at Nanaimo 4 (1,096)
March 14 — Powell River 1 at Nanaimo 2 (1,096)

March 16 — Nanaimo at Powell River – 7 pm
March 17 — Nanaimo at Powell River – 7 pm
x-March 19 — Powell River at Nanaimo – 7 pm
x-March 20 — Nanaimo at Powell River – 7:15 pm
x-March 22 — Powell River at Nanaimo – 7 pm






The 2015 Future Watch issue from The Hockey News features seven former BCHL players. The issue, which features Winnipeg Jets young stars Jacob Trouba, Mark Scheifele, and Nikolaj Ehlers on the cover, is available now. 

Defenseman Kenney Morrison (Alberni Valley, 2010-11) and forward Casey Bailey (Alberni Valley, 2009-11) are named as two of the top five college free agents that NHL teams are looking at.

Forward Colton Sissons (West Kelowna, 2009-10) is listed as Nashville’s third best prospect, goaltender Laurent Brossoit (Cowichan, 2009-10) is Edmonton’s third best prospect, and forward Jujhar Khaira (Prince George, 2010-12) is listed as the Oilers fifth best prospect.

THN rates forward Mario Lucia (Penticton, 2011-12) as Minnesota’s sixth best prospect and defenseman Mike Reilly (Penticton, 2011-12) as Columbus’ seventh best prospect.

  

Forward Alexander MacMillan (Merritt, 2008-11) signed an amateur try-out contract with the Utah Grizzlies of the ECHL. MacMillan just wrapped up a four year NCAA career with American International College, posting 79 points (36 goals, 43 assists) in 118 games. The Calgary product is nominated for college hockey’s top individual honour, the Hobey Baker Award

Chiefs and Clippers Strike First in BCHL Second Round, Selkirk College on the Verge of BCIHL Three-peat:



SECOND ROUND DIVISION FINAL MATCH-UPS

INTERIOR DIVISION







March 14 — Vernon at Penticton – 6 pm
March 15 — Vernon at Penticton – 6 pm

March 17 — Penticton at Vernon – 7 pm
March 18 — Penticton at Vernon – 7 pm
x-March 20 — Vernon at Penticton – 7 pm
x-March 21 — Penticton at Vernon – 6 pm 
x-March 22 — Vernon at Penticton – 6 pm

MAINLAND DIVISION







March 13 — Prince George 2 at Chilliwack 3 (1,479)
March 14 — Prince George at Chilliwack – 7 pm

March 16 — Chilliwack at Prince George – 7 pm
March 17 — Chilliwack at Prince George – 7 pm
x-March 20 — Prince George at Chilliwack – 7 pm
x-March 21 — Chilliwack at Prince George – 7 pm
x-March 22 — Prince George at Chilliwack – 7 pm

ISLAND DIVISION


(Nanaimo leads best of 7 series 1-0)
March 13 — Powell River 2 at Nanaimo 4 (1,096)
March 14 — Powell River at Nanaimo – 7 pm

March 16 — Nanaimo at Powell River – 7 pm
March 17 — Nanaimo at Powell River – 7 pm
x-March 19 — Powell River at Nanaimo – 7 pm
x-March 20 — Nanaimo at Powell River – 7:15 pm
x-March 22 — Powell River at Nanaimo – 7 pm



FIRST ROUND DIVISION SEMIFINAL MATCH-UPS

INTERIOR DIVISION






(Penticton wins best of 7 series 4-1)
March 3 — West Kelowna 4 at Penticton 3 (2OT) (1,502)
March 4 — West Kelowna 2 at Penticton 3 (OT) (1,672)

March 6 — Penticton 4 at West Kelowna 3 (3OT) (1,188)
March 7 — Penticton 3 at West Kelowna 2 (1,154)
March 9 — West Kelowna 0 at Penticton 7 (1,877)







(Vernon wins best of 7 series 4-0)
March 3 — Merritt 2 at Vernon 3 (OT) (1,261)
March 4 — Merritt 1 at Vernon 2 (1,338)
March 6 — Vernon 1 at Merritt 0 (947)
March 7 — Vernon 6 at Merritt 5 (888)

ISLAND DIVISION






(Nanaimo wins best of 7 series tied 4-3)
March 3 — Alberni Valley 1 at Nanaimo 6 (838)
March 4 — Alberni Valley 1 at Nanaimo 3 (840)
March 6 — Nanaimo 4 at Alberni Valley 3 (1,065)
March 7 — Nanaimo 4 at Alberni Valley 5 (OT) (1,060)
March 9 — Alberni Valley 2 at Nanaimo 1 (977)

March 10 — Nanaimo 3 at Alberni Valley 4 (1,253)
March 11 — Alberni Valley 1 at Nanaimo 3 (1,629)

 





(Powell River wins best of 7 series 4-2)
March 3 — Powell River 7 at Victoria 2 (520)
March 4 — Powell River 1 at Victoria 2 (OT) (614)
March 6 — Victoria 2 at Powell River 5 (643)
March 7 — Victoria 6 at Powell River 1 (630)

March 8 — Victoria 1 at Powell River 5 (572)
March 10 — Powell River 5 at Victoria 4 (2OT) (936)

MAINLAND DIVISION






(Chilliwack wins best of 7 series 4-1)
March 3 — Coquitlam 1 at Chilliwack 4 (1,451)
March 4 — Coquitlam 2 at Chilliwack 6 (1,466)
March 6 — Chilliwack 5 at Coquitlam 6 (OT) (607)
March 7 — Chilliwack 7 at Coquitlam 2 (650)
March 9 — Coquitlam 2 at Chilliwack 4 (1,558)

 





(Prince George wins best of 7 series 4-2)
March 3 — Prince George 1 at Langley 0 (145)
March 4 — Prince George 2 at Langley 4 (412)
March 6 — Langley 2 at Prince George 4 (1,037)
March 7 — Langley 4 at Prince George 1 (937)
March 9 — Prince George 5 at Langley 4 (OT) (912)
March 10 — Langley 2 at Prince George 3 (1,352)







Selkirk College can win its third straight BCIHL championship title with a win Saturday against Simon Fraser University. The Saints have a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series after a 3-1 win in Game One on Friday, paced by Ryan Edwards’ hat trick. SFU was only able to muster 15 shots against Selkirk netminder James Prigione. The Clan will try to force a third and deciding game in Game Two. 

BCIHL Championship Final Series

(Saints lead best-of-three series 1-0)
March 13 SFU 1 at Selkirk 3
March 14 — SFU at Selkirk – 7 pm
March 15 — SFU at Selkirk – 3:45 pm

BCIHL Championship Final Series Preview – Selkirk College vs. Simon Fraser University:

(2) Selkirk College vs. (4) Simon Fraser University

Game 1: Friday, March 13 – 7 pm, Castlegar Recreation Centre
Game 2: Saturday, March 14 – 7 pm, Castlegar Recreation Centre
Game 3 (if necessary): Sunday, March 15 – 3:45 pm, Castlegar Recreation Centre

Records:
Selkirk College: 13-8-3, 29 points (2nd BCIHL)
Simon Fraser University: 12-12-0, 24 points (4th BCIHL)

Home Records:
SEL: 9-1-2, 20 points
SFU: 9-3-0, 18 points

Away Records:
SEL: 4-7-1, 9 points
SFU: 3-9-0, 6 points

SEL Power Play:
Overall: 26/123 = 21.14% (2nd BCIHL)
Home: 13/65 = 20% (5th BCIHL)
Away: 13/58 = 22.41% (1st BCIHL)

SFU Power Play:
Overall: 22/119 = 18.49% (4th BCIHL)
Home: 12/59 = 20.34% (3rd BCIHL)
Away: 10/60 = 16.67% (4th BCIHL)

SEL Penalty Kill:
Overall: 111/135 = 82.22% (2nd BCIHL)
Home: 61/70 = 87.14% (1st BCIHL)
Away: 50/65 = 76.92% (3rd BCIHL)

SFU Penalty Kill:
Overall: 76/98 = 77.55% (4th BCIHL)
Home: 39/45 = 84.44% (2nd BCIHL)
Away: 38/53 = 71.70% (5th BCIHL)

Goals For:
SEL: 102 (2nd BCIHL)
SFU: 81 (4th BCIHL)

SEL Top Scorers:
Darnell Dyck (12-24-36)
Ryan Edwards (14-18-32)
Logan Proulx (12-16-28)
Stefan Gonzales (7-14-21)
Alex Milligan (7-12-19)

SFU Top Scorers:
Nick Sandor (7-20-27)
Jono Ceci (12-10-22)
Adam Callegari (4-15-19)
Trent Murdoch (10-7-17)
Mathew Berry-Lamontagna (6-8-14)

Goals Against:
SEL: 73 (2nd BCIHL)
SFU: 83 (3rd BCIHL)

SEL Top Scoring Defencemen:
Stefan Gonzales (7-14-21)
Ryan Procyshyn (2-7-9)
Tanner Lenting (1-8-9)

SFU Top Scoring Defencemen:
Mathew Berry-Lamontagna (6-8-14)
Jared Eng (5-9-14)
Mike Ball (1-11-12)

SEL Goaltending:
James Prigione (9-8-0, 2.33 GAA, .907 SV%, 1 SO)
Steven Glass (3-2-0, 4.01 GAA, .830 SV%)
Mike Vlanich (1-1-0, 5.00 GAA, .853 SV%)

SFU Goaltending:
Jordan Liem (4-5-0, 2.72 GAA, .901 SV%, 1 SO)
Andrew Parent (7-6-0, 3.25 GAA, .885 SV%, 2 SO)
Dominic Stadnyk (1-1-0, 5.68 GAA, .809 SV%)

Penalty Minutes:
SEL – 480 PIM
SFU – 331 PIM

Head-to-Head Results (SFU goes 3-2, SEL goes 2-2-1):
10-Oct-14: SFU wins 6-2 at Bill Copeland Sports Centre
07-Nov-14: Selkirk wins 4-2 at Castlegar Recreation Complex
08-Nov-14: Selkirk wins 5-2 at Castlegar Recreation Complex
15-Nov-14: SFU wins 1-0 at Bill Copeland Sports Centre
06-Feb-15: SFU wins 2-1 (SO) at Bill Copeland Sports Centre

Goals-For/Goals-Against:
SFU outscored SEL 13-12 in five games

Special Teams:
SEL Power Play vs. SFU: 6/27 (22.22%)
SEL Penalty Kill vs. SFU: 23/27 (85.19%)

SFU Power Play vs. SEL: 4/27 (14.81%)
SFU Penalty Kill vs. SEL: 21/27 (77.78%)

SEL Leading Scorers vs. SFU:
Logan Proulx (2-2-4)
Jackson Garrett (2-2-4)
Darnell Dyck (1-3-4)
Stefan Gonzales (2-1-3)
Alex Milligan (2-1-3)

SFU Leading Scorers vs. SEL:
Trent Murdoch (2-1-3)
Jesse Williamson (2-1-3)
Tyler Basham (1-2-3)
Jared Eng (1-2-3)
Adam Callegari (0-3-3)

Goaltending Matchups:
SEL vs. SFU:
James Prigione (1-1-1, 1.47 GAA, .946 SV%)
Steven Glass (1-1, 4.20 GAA, .841 SV%)

SFU vs. SEL:
Andrew Parent (2-1, 2.01 GAA, .940 SV%)
Jordan Liem (1-1, 2.89 GAA, .895 SV%)

Alberni Valley Secures Two Commitments for 2015-16, Trail Forward Calvin Commits to Selkirk College, Travel Day for BCHL Playoffs, SFU Wins BCIHL Playoff Opener:

The Alberni Valley Bulldogs announced their first two player commitments for the 2015-16 season. Coming to the Dogs are two 18-year-old players from the US High School system, defenseman Paul Meyer, who plays for Edina High School, and forward Nathan Dingmann, who plays for Wayzata High School. Meyer had 17 points (one goal, 16 assists) in 25 games for Edina this season while Dingmann notched 23 points (nine goals, 14 assists) in 25 games for Wayzata. He was selected in the 10th round, 156th overall by the Lincoln Stars in the 2014 USHL Entry Draft.

Trail Smoke Eaters forward Dallas Calvin secured his post-junior hockey future and committed to attend Selkirk College of the BC Intercollegiate Hockey League this September. He was fourth in scoring on the Smoke Eaters this season with 45 points (19 goals, 16 assists) in 32 games. Prior to 2014-15, the 20-year-old was a prolific scorer in the junior B Kootenay International Junior Hockey League, tallying 273 points (122 goals, 151 assists) in 165 career games.







Thursday was a travel day in the first round of the BCHL playoffs, as all best-of-seven series continue tomorrow night with Game 3. Three of the six series’ are tied at one game apiece while the other three series see the higher seed with a 2-0 lead.

FIRST ROUND DIVISION SEMIFINAL MATCH-UPS

INTERIOR DIVISION







(Best of 7 series tied 1-1)
March 3 — West Kelowna 4 at Penticton 3 (2OT) (1,502)
March 4 — West Kelowna 2 at Penticton 3 (OT) (1,672)

March 6 — Penticton at West Kelowna – 7 pm
March 7 — Penticton at West Kelowna – 7 pm
x-March 9 — West Kelowna at Penticton – 7 pm
x-March 10 — Penticton at West Kelowna – 7 pm
x-March 11 — West Kelowna at Penticton – 7 pm







(Vernon leads best of 7 series 2-0)
March 3 — Merritt 2 at Vernon 3 (OT) (1,261)
March 4 — Merritt 1 at Vernon 2 (1,338)
March 6 — Vernon at Merritt – 7:30 pm
March 7 — Vernon at Merritt – 7:30 pm
x-March 9 — Merritt at Vernon – 7 pm
x-March 10 — Vernon at Merritt – 7 pm
x-March 11 — Merritt at Vernon – 7 pm

ISLAND DIVISION







(Nanaimo leads best of 7 series 2-0)
March 3 — Alberni Valley 1 at Nanaimo 6 (838)
March 4 — Alberni Valley 1 at Nanaimo 3 (840)
March 6 — Nanaimo at Alberni Valley – 7 pm
March 7 — Nanaimo at Alberni Valley – 7 pm
x-March 9 — Alberni Valley at Nanaimo – 7 pm
x-March 10 — Nanaimo at Alberni Valley – 7 pm
x-March 11 — Alberni Valley at Nanaimo – 7 pm

 





(Best of 7 series tied 1-1)
March 3 — Powell River 7 at Victoria 2 (520)
March 4 — Powell River 1 at Victoria 2 (OT) (614)
March 6 — Victoria at Powell River – 7:15 pm
March 7 — Victoria at Powell River – 7:15 pm
x-March 8 — Victoria at Powell River – 4 pm
x-March 10 — Powell River at Victoria – 7 pm
x-March 11 — Powell River at Victoria – 7 pm

MAINLAND DIVISION







(Chilliwack leads best of 7 series 2-0)
March 3 — Coquitlam 1 at Chilliwack 4 (1,451)
March 4 — Coquitlam 2 at Chilliwack 6 (1,466)
March 6 — Chilliwack at Coquitlam – 7 pm
March 7 — Chilliwack at Coquitlam – 7 pm
x-March 9 — Coquitlam at Chilliwack – 7 pm
x-March 10 — Chilliwack at Coquitlam – 7 pm
x-March 11 — Coquitlam at Chilliwack – 7 pm

 





(Best of 7 series tied 1-1)
March 3 — Prince George 1 at Langley 0 (145)
March 4 — Prince George 2 at Langley 4 (412)
March 6 — Langley at Prince George – 7 pm
March 7 — Langley at Prince George – 7 pm
x-March 9 — Prince George at Langley – 7 pm
x-March 10 — Langley at Prince George – 7 pm
x-March 11 — Prince George at Langley – 7 pm
Goaltender Grant Rollheiser (Trail, 2007-08) was traded in the ECHL on Thursday, from the Brampton Beast to the Wichita Thunder. The Chilliwack product is 8-17-0-0 with Brampton this season with a 3.58 goals-against-average, a .902 save percentage and two shutouts.





Adam Callegari scored twice as Simon Fraser University drew first blood in its best-of-three BCIHL semifinal series with a 3-2 win over Trinity Western University. Jono Ceci had the other goal for the Clan while Nick Sandor chipped in with two assists. Mattias Schmitt and Jake Harcoff each scored for TWU in the loss. Clan netminder Jordan Liem kicked out 34 shots to get the win and Silas Matthys made 33 saves for Trinity Western. SFU can win the series and advance to the BCIHL Championship Final with a win on home ice Friday night. 

BCIHL Semifinal Series 1 Preview – Trinity Western University vs. Simon Fraser University:

(1) Trinity Western University vs. (4) Simon Fraser University

Game 1: Thursday, March 5 – 7 pm, Langley Events Centre
Game 2: Friday, March 6 – 7 pm, Bill Copeland Sports Centre
Game 3 (if necessary): Sunday, March 7 – 7 pm, Langley Events Centre

Records:
Trinity Western University: 17-5-2, 36 points (1st BCIHL)
Simon Fraser University: 12-12-0, 24 points (4th BCIHL)

Home Records:
TWU: 11-1-0, 22 points
SFU: 9-3-0, 18 points

Away Records:
TWU: 6-4-2, 14 points
SFU: 3-9-0, 6 points

TWU Power Play:
Overall: 25/104 = 24.04% (1st BCIHL)
Home: 15/52 = 28.85% (1st BCIHL)
Away: 10/52 = 19.23% (2nd BCIHL)

SFU Power Play:
Overall: 22/119 = 18.49% (4th BCIHL)
Home: 12/59 = 20.34% (3rd BCIHL)
Away: 10/60 = 16.67% (4th BCIHL)

TWU Penalty Kill:
Overall: 115/137 = 83.94% (1st BCIHL)
Home: 53/66 = 80.30% (4th BCIHL)
Away: 62/71 = 87.32% (1st BCIHL)

SFU Penalty Kill:
Overall: 76/98 = 77.55% (4th BCIHL)
Home: 39/45 = 84.44% (2nd BCIHL)
Away: 38/53 = 71.70% (5th BCIHL)

Goals For:
TWU: 104 (1st BCIHL)
SFU: 81 (4th BCIHL)

TWU Top Scorers:
Cody Fidgett (25-16-41)
PJ Buys (14-24-38)
Mattias Schmitt (14-12-26)
Jake Harcoff (2-23-25)
Blair Murphy (4-13-17)

SFU Top Scorers:
Nick Sandor (7-20-27)
Jono Ceci (12-10-22)
Adam Callegari (4-15-19)
Trent Murdoch (10-7-17)
Mathew Berry-Lamontagna (6-8-14)

Goals Against:
TWU: 69 (1st BCIHL)
SFU: 83 (3rd BCIHL)

TWU Top Scoring Defencemen:
Jake Harcoff (2-23-25)
Blair Murphy (4-13-17)
Ryan Bakken (4-11-15)

SFU Top Scoring Defencemen:
Mathew Berry-Lamontagna (6-8-14)
Jared Eng (5-9-14)
Mike Ball (1-11-12)

TWU Goaltending:
Silas Matthys (14-5-0, 2.50 GAA, .930 SV%, 1 SO)
Aaron Oakley (3-0-0, 2.57 GAA, .920 SV%)
Nicholas Clark (0-2-0, 6.67 GAA, .855 SV%)

SFU Goaltending:
Jordan Liem (4-5-0, 2.72 GAA, .901 SV%, 1 SO)
Andrew Parent (7-6-0, 3.25 GAA, .885 SV%, 2 SO)
Dominic Stadnyk (1-1-0, 5.68 GAA, .809 SV%)

Penalty Minutes:
SFU – 331
TWU – 468

Head-to-Head Results (SFU goes 4-3-0, TWU goes 3-2-2)
17-Oct-14: TWU wins 3-2 at Langley Events Centre
18-Oct-14: SFU wins 5-4 (SO) at Bill Copeland Sports Centre
29-Nov-14: SFU wins 5-4 (SO) at Bill Copeland Sports Centre
15-Jan-15: TWU wins 6-2 at Langley Events Centre
22-Jan-15: TWU wins 5-3 at Langley Events Centre
14-Feb-15: SFU wins 3-0 at Bill Copeland Sports Centre
22-Feb-15: SFU wins 4-1 at Bill Copeland Sports Centre

Goals-For/Goals-Against:
SFU outscores TWU 24-23 in seven games.

Special Teams:
TWU Powerplay vs. SFU: 7/25 (28.00%)
SFU Penalty Kill vs. TWU: 18/25 (72.00%)
TWU Penalty Kill vs. SFU: 34/41 (82.93%)
SFU Powerplay vs. TWU: 7/41 (17.07%)

TWU Leading Scorers vs. SFU:
Cody Fidgett (7-3-10)
PJ Buys (3-5-8)
Harcoff (1-7-8)

SFU Leading Scorers vs. TWU:
Nick Sandor (2-7-9)
Jono Ceci (3-3-6)
Mike Ball (0-6-6)

Goaltending Matchups:
TWU vs. SFU: Silas Matthys (3-2-2, 3.07 GAA, .917 SV%)

SFU vs. TWU: Jordan Liem (1-2-0, 2.77 GAA, .904 SV%)
Andrew Parent (3-1-0, 3.52 GAA, .865 SV%)

SFU Men’s Hockey Releases Exhibition Schedule:

In addition to the two previously announced exhibition games against Bowling Green State University and Miami University, the Simon Fraser University Men’s Hockey team has filled out its exhibition schedule with four other games.

Only one of the games is against a fellow BC Intercollegiate Hockey League team, two are against Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference teams and one is against a Canadian Interuniversity Sport team.

The six game exhibition schedule is also interrupted by the start of the 2014-15 BCIHL season on September 26 and 27, when SFU travels to Cheney, Washington for back-to-back games against the University of Washington Eagles.

It’s interesting to note as well, that due to ice being unavailable at the Bill Copeland Sports Centre, SFU won’t host a game – exhibition or otherwise – until Friday, October 10 against Selkirk College.

The exhibition schedule looks like this (all times Pacific):

Tuesday, September 9 at University of British Columbia – Thunderbird Sports Centre – 7:15 pm

Friday, September 12 at Trinity Western University – Langley Events Centre – 7 pm

Friday, September 19 at Southern Alberta Institute of Technology – SAIT Campus Centre Arena – 6 pm

Saturday, September 20 at Red Deer College – SAIT Campus Centre Arena – 3 pm
Saturday, October 4 at Bowling Green State University – BGSU Ice Arena – 9 am

Sunday, October 5 at Miami University – Goggin Ice Centre – 2 pm

BC Intercollegiate Hockey League Releases 2014-15 Regular Season Schedule:

Following the withdrawl of Thompson Rivers University, the BC Intercollegiate Hockey League had to go back to square one with its 2014-15 schedule.

The revised schedule is now complete and the BCIHL’s five teams will each play 24 games (12 home, 12 away) starting on Friday, September 26 and wrapping up on Saturday, February 28.

The full regular season schedule is available here: http://www.bcihl.ca/leagues/schedules.cfm?clientID=3692&leagueID=11139

Schedule highlights include the first rematch of the 2014 BCIHL championship series when Trinity Western University hosts Selkirk College on Saturday, October 11. The Saints, who are back-to-back defending BCIHL champions, face TWU five times during the 2014-15 regular season.

Simon Fraser University faces Selkirk College for the first time on Friday, October 10 at the Bill Copeland Sports Centre, reigniting arguably the BCIHL’s most fierce rivalry. The Clan visit Castlegar for two games on Friday, November 7 and Saturday, November 8. It’s the last meeting between the two teams for nearly three months as SFU and Selkirk don’t meet again until Friday, February 6.

Kootenay region rivals Selkirk College and Eastern Washington play the first of their ten games on Friday, October 3.

Opening weekend games on Friday, September 26 and Saturday, September 27 include the University of Victoria hosting Trinity Western University for two games while Simon Fraser University plays a twin bill at Eastern Washington University.

The 2014-15 regular season concludes on the final weekend of February with all five teams in action, including UVIC on the Mainland for games against TWU and SFU while Selkirk makes one last trip to Cheney to face EWU.

All 120 regular season BCIHL games are available to watch at http://bcihl.fasthockey.com/

SUNY-Canton Forward Vance Bridgman Commits to SFU for 2014-15:

The Simon Fraser University Men’s Hockey team is pleased to announce its eighth student athlete commitment for the 2014-15 season. Joining SFU is forward Vance Bridgman of North Pole, Alaska. The 22-year-old is coming off two seasons of NCAA Div. III hockey with the State University of New York at Canton.

“Vance will be a versatile player for us as he can play forward and defense,” said SFU Head Coach Mark Coletta. “He put up some pretty good point totals during his last year of junior hockey and then was moved to defense when he got to university.”

Bridgman, who is listed at 6’1” and 195-pounds, had two goals and four assists in 18 games with SUNY-Canton in 2013-14. He was a two-sport athlete at North Pole High School in Alaska, competing in hockey and baseball.

“I’m excited to come to SFU because of the challenge in the classroom and on the ice. Joining a program that has proven to be a winner is also something I’m really looking forward to being apart of,” said Bridgman.

Bridgman started his junior hockey career in 2010-11 with the Southern Oregon Spartans of the Tier III Northern Pacific Hockey League, contributing 50 goals and 43 assists. He lead the league in goals and was named a NORPAC First Team All-Star. Bridgman also added eight goals and three assists in seven playoff games with the Spartans. He joined the Idaho Junior Steelheads of the Western States Hockey League for 2011-12 and posted 18 goals along with 29 assists in 42 games. He had three goals and eight assists in nine playoff games with the Steelheads as they won the WSHL Championship. In August 2012, he committed to attend SUNY-Canton and played 14 games as a freshman in 2012-13, totaling two goals and three assists.

“As for where Vance fits in our lineup, we’ll have to see how training camp plays out, but I see him giving us some added size and offense up front,” continued Coletta.

Bridgman is the first player with NCAA experience to commit to SFU for the upcoming season, but he joins Jared Eng, Nick Sandor, and Aaron Enns on the Clan roster as players who have played US college hockey.

“I’m not a very flashy player, but I like to be in front of the net and get in the goalie’s vision to get to job done. I’m also responsible in the defensive zone and love killing penalties,” he explains. “In my first year at SFU, I’d like to help continue the program’s winning tradition. I plan on finding out where I fit in as soon as possible and doing whatever I can to help the team be successful.”

Bridgman joins goaltenders Jordan Liem and Dominic Stadnyk, defensemen Mathew Berry-Lamontagna and Robby Jang, and forwards Adam Callegari, Tyler Basham and Matthew Luongo as eight recruits thus far in what is expected to be a very strong recruiting class for the 2014-15 season for SFU.

BCIHL Semifinals Preview – Simon Fraser University vs. Trinity Western University:

The first round is set in the BC Intercollegiate Hockey League with Selkirk College (1) vs. Thompson Rivers University (4) and Simon Fraser University (2) vs. Trinity Western University (3).

Simon Fraser University vs. Trinity Western University

Game 1: Thursday, March 6th – 8:00 PM, Langley Events Centre
 

Game 2: Friday, March 7th – 7:00 PM, Bill Copeland Sports Centre
Game 3: Sunday, March 9th – 8:00 PM, Bill Copeland Sports Centre

Records:
Simon Fraser University: 19-3-2, 40 points (2nd BCIHL)
Trinity Western University: 10-13-1, 21 points (3rd BCIHL)

Home Records:
SFU: 10-1-1, 21 points
TWU: 4-8-0, 8 points

Away Records:
SFU: 9-2-1, 19 points
TWU: 6-5-1, 13 points

SFU Power Play:
Overall: 26/109 = 23.85% (2nd BCIHL)
Home: 12/68 = 17.65% (5th BCIHL)
Away: 14/41 = 34.15% (1st BCIHL)

TWU Power Play:
Overall: 19/96 = 19.79% (5th BCIHL)
Home: 9/54 = 16.67% (6th BCIHL)
Away: 10/42 = 23.81% (3rd BCIHL)

SFU Penalty Kill:
Overall: 95/114 = 83.33% (2nd BCIHL)
Home: 50/64 = 78.13% (3rd BCIHL)
Away: 45/50 = 90.00% (2nd BCIHL)

TWU Penalty Kill:
Overall: 70/98 = 71.43% (6th BCIHL)
Home: 35/53 = 66.04% (6th BCIHL)
Away: 35/45 = 77.78% (4th BCIHL)

Goals For:
SFU: 113 (2nd BCIHL)
TWU: 68 (4th BCIHL)

SFU Top Scorers:
Jono Ceci (16-31-47)
Nick Sandor (18-28-46)
Aaron Enns (10-21-31)
Jared Eng (8-12-20)
Graham Smerek (6-12-18)

TWU Top Scorers:
J.P. Villeneuve (21-12-33)
Mattias Schmitt (2-11-13)
Jamey Kreller (5-7-12)
Andrew Wheeler (6-4-10)
Jamie Russell (5-5-10)

Goals Against:
Selkirk: 56 (2nd BCIHL)
TWU: 103 (5th BCIHL)

SFU Top Scoring Defencemen:
Jared Eng (8-12-20)
Mike Ball (3-13-16)
Jesse Williamson (1-15-16)

TWU Top Scoring Defencemen:
Blair Murphy (3-6-9)
Micah Cockrill (1-7-8)
Jake Harcoff (0-8-8)

SFU Goaltending:

Andrew Parent (12-6-0, 2.61 GAA, .901 SV%)
Evan Kurylo (0-0-0, 0.00 GAA, – SV%)

TWU Goaltending:
Harry Fredeman (6-9-0, 4.91 GAA, .878 SV%)
Silas Matthys (3-6-0, 4.05 GAA, .893 SV%)
Tim Zwiers (0-0-0, 5.81 GAA, .875 SV%)

Penalty Minutes:
SFU – 285
TWU – 337

Head-to-Head Results (SFU goes 4-0-1, TWU goes 1-4-0)
23-Nov-13: SFU wins 7-1 at Bill Copeland Sports Centre
28-Nov-13: SFU wins 7-1 at Langley Events Centre
16-Jan-14: SFU wins 5-2 at Langley Events Centre
31-Jan-14: SFU wins 6-2 at Langley Events Centre
01-Feb-14: TWU wins 4-3 (SO) at Bill Copeland Sports Centre

Goals-For/Goals-Against:
SFU outscores TWU 28-10 in five games.

Special Teams:
SFU Powerplay vs. TWU: 6/19 (31.58%)
TWU Penalty Kill vs. SFU: 13/19 (68.42%)
TWU Powerplay vs. SFU: 1/15 (6.67%)
SFU Penalty Kill vs. TWU: 14/15 (93.33%)

SFU Leading Scorers vs. TWU: 
Jono Ceci (3-10-13)
Nick Sandor (0-9-9)
Aaron Enns (3-5-8)

TWU Leading Scorers vs. SFU: 

J.P. Villeneuve (3-1-4)
Jamey Kreller (1-1-2)
Jamie Russell (1-1-2)

Goaltending Matchups:
SFU: Andrew Parent (3-1-0, 1.96 GAA, .914 SV%)

TRU: Silas Matthys (1-1-0, 4.21 GAA, .890 SV%)
Harry Fredeman (0-3-0, 7.16 GAA, .838 SV%)

2014 Great Northwest Showcase Preview:

The 2014 Great Northwest Showcase kicks off on Friday, January 3rd, at the Bill Copeland Sports Centre in Burnaby, BC.

The second annual Showcase once again features four teams – the host Simon Fraser University Clan (BCIHL), the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds (CIS), the University of North Dakota (NCAA) and Princeton University Tigers (NCAA) – who will battle for bragging rights.

Tickets are very affordable, starting as low as $10 per game, but there is a four-game package available for just $48. Tickets are available online at GreatNorthwestShowcase.com or at the door, however only cash will be accepted if you’re buying tickets at the door. If you buy tickets online, enter the promo code “Burnaby” and save 20 percent on the ticket price.

In addition, myself and Brady Trettenero will have the call of all four games available on Fast Hockey pay-per-view at FastHockey.com.


The Showcase format sees the two Canadian-based teams play each of the two U.S.-based teams over two days. Last year, UBC finished 2-0 after an 8-2 win over Arizona State University and a 4-3 overtime win against the University of Oklahoma. SFU had a 1-1 record at the inaugural event after shellacking OU 4-0 on opening day before falling 5-3 to ASU the next day.

Here’s a look at the four teams who will take the ice for the 2014 Great Northwest Showcase, courtesy of myself (stats) and colour commentator Brady Trettenero (write-ups):

SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY CLAN (BC Intercollegiate Hockey League)
Head Coach: Mark Coletta
Assistant Coach: Jimmy Camazzola

2013-14 Record: 10-2-0, 20pts

2013-14 BCIHL Ranking: 1

Last game: Saturday, December 7th (7-0 win over Eastern Washington University)
Streak: Won 2
Last ten games: 8-2-0

Average age: 22.04 years
Average height: 6’0″
Average weight: 182.6 lbs.
 
Goals For: 68 (Avg. 5.67) 
Goals Against: 28 (Avg. 2.33)

Power play: 15/66 (22.73% – 3rd in BCIHL)
Penalty kill: 54/64 (84.38% – 2nd in BCIHL)


2013-14 Top Scorers:
F – Nick Sandor (12gp-14g-16a-30pts)
F – Jono Ceci (12gp-11g-18a-29pts)
F – Aaron Enns (12gp-7g-13a-20pts)
D – Jared Eng (11gp-3g-10a-13pts)
F – Josh McKissock (11gp-5g-7a-12pts)

Team Scope: The SFU Men’s Hockey team currently leads the BCIHL with a 10-2-0 record.  Through 12 games on the season, the Clan have scored 68 goals.

The team has been powered by offensive catalysts Nick Sandor and Jono Ceci. Sandor leads the league in scoring with 30 points, while Ceci sits in third place with 29 points in 12 games.  The two powerhouse forwards combine with rookie Graham Smerek to form one of the most productive lines in the BCIHL.

SFU has been getting scoring from throughout the lineup, making it tough for opposing teams to completely shut down the Clan’s offense. SFU currently has seven players who are averaging a point per game, including two defensemen.

In net, the team has seen solid performances from the dynamic duo of Graeme Gordon and Andrew Parent.  Gordon, in his third season in the BCIHL, is 6-0-0 with a league-leading 1.50 GAA and 0.945 save percentage.

The Clan are coming off back-to-back wins over Eastern Washington University in early December and will be eager to get back into action after a long rest.

Key Stat: SFU has a power play that has scored in two straight games. Discipline is always needed when facing the Clan, as they have many options up front that can make you pay on the man advantage.

Who to watch: Nick Sandor is on a tear in his second season in the BCIHL, scoring 14 goals in 12 games. He is hot as of late, compiling eight points in his last two games, and is one to keep an eye on as opposing teams look to shut down the dynamic duo of Sandor and Ceci.

UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA THUNDERBIRDS (Canadian Interuniversity Sport)
Head Coach: Milan Dragicevic
Assistant Coach: Tyler Kuntz

2013-14 Record: 5-10-1, 11pts

2013-14 Canada West Ranking: 7

2013-14 CIS Ranking: 28

Last game: Saturday, November 30th (3-1 win over University of Lethbridge)
Streak: Won 2
Last ten games: 4-5-1

Average age: 22.28 years
Average height: 6’0″
Average weight: 185.1 lbs.

Goals For: 51 (Avg. 3.19)
Goals Against: 64 (Avg. 3.97)

Power play: 14/69 (20.30% – 11th in CIS)
Penalty kill: 62/76 (81.60% – 19th in CIS)

2013-14 Top Scorers:
F – Cole Wilson (16gp-7g-12a-19pts)
F – Anthony Bardaro (16gp-3g-12a-15pts)
F – Brad Hoban (16gp-4g-10a-14pts)
D – Neil Manning (16gp-4g-10a-14pts)
F – Nate Fleming (16gp-2g-11a-13pts)

Team Scope: The UBC Thunderbirds haven’t had an ideal season, currently sitting seventh in the CIS with a 5-10-1 record, giving up an average of four goals per game.

The team has a balanced offensive attack, led by Cole Wilson and Anthony Barbado. Wilson sits fourth in CIS scoring with 19 points, while his teammate Barbado has 15 points on the year. Wilson has followed up an impressive point per game season in 2012-2013 with an even better campaign in 2013-2014.

Despite the lackluster record for the Thunderbirds, the team is coming off a confidence-boosting sweep of Lethbridge in late November.

UBC took down Lehtbridge 9-2 on Saturday November 29th before going on to defeat them 3-1 the night after.

Captain Cole Wilson compiled four points over the weekend, while youngster Luke Lockhart made waves on Saturday, notching a hat-trick before adding an assist in Sunday’s win. What was even more remarkable was the fact all Lockhart’s goals came shorthanded, setting a new Canada West record.

The UBC Thunderbirds, as with the SFU Clan, will be eager to get back into action after a lengthy rest.

Though the ‘Birds won’t face SFU this weekend, they did defeat the Clan 6-2 and 5-2 in two exhibition games earlier this season.

Key Stat: As with the SFU Clan, the Thunderbirds take great pride in the ability of their power play. Despite sitting seventh in league standings, the Birds have the third-best power play, operating at 20.3%. Cole Wilson and Neil Manning lead the charge with three power-play tallies apiece.

Who to Watch: It may be hard to keep your eye off captain Cole Wilson and the flashy Anthony Barbado, but the 20-year-old Luke Lockhart deserves some attention too. Coming off a weekend in which he registered a hat-trick, Lockhart now is tied for the team lead in goals with seven. Luke had spent his past five seasons in the WHL, racking up 75 goals, 165 points and 146 penalty minutes in 345 career games with the Seattle Thunderbirds.


UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA (NCAA Division I)
Head Coach: Dave Hakstol
Assistant Coach: Brad Berry
Assistant Coach: Dane Jackson
Assistant Coach: Karl Goehring

2013-14 Record: 9-7-2, 20pts

2013-14 NCAA Div. I Ranking: Tied-23

2013-14 NCHC Ranking: 3

Last game: Saturday, December 14th (3-1 win over Northern Michigan)
Streak: Won 5
Last ten games: 6-3-1

Average age: 20.85 years
Average height: 6’0″
Average weight: 189.9 lbs.

Goals For: 50 (Avg. 2.78)
Goals Against: 52 (Avg. 2.89)

Power play: 17/83 (20.48% – 25th in NCAA Div. I)
Penalty kill: 78/93 (83.87% – 21st in NCAA Div. I)

2013-14 Top Scorers:
F – Rocco Grimaldi (18gp-6g-11a-17pts)
F – Drake Caggiula (18gp-5g-6a-11pts)
F – Luke Johnson (18gp-4g-7a-11pts)
F – Michael Parks (18gp-3g-8a-11pts)
D – Jordan Schmaltz (17gp-2g-8a-10pts)
Team Scope: North Dakota is an NCAA powerhouse that has not only won 15 conference titles, but also captured seven NCAA titles.
 
Many elite hockey players have played for the University of Dakota, including current NHL stars Jonathan Toews, Zach Parise, and T.J Oshie.

The university has a knack for developing elite talent. Ed Belfour and Garry Valk are just two of many retired NHL players who spent time earlier in their careers playing with UND.

UND boasts a 9-7-2 record on the season, but have won their past five games, meaning they are coming in hot to the Bill Copeland Sports Centre. They have been led all season by Florida Panthers prospect Rocco Grimaldi, who has 17 points in 18 games on the year.

Grimaldi played in the 2013 World Junior Championship tournament, scoring two goals, including the game winner, in the championship game vs. Sweden.

There is plenty of other talent to go around on the UND roster, including a top tier goalie that will make scoring goals a difficult task for UBC and SFU.

Boston Bruins prospect Zane Gothberg has been a rock in net, going 7-5-2 with a .917 save percentage and 2.36 GAA.

UND closed out their first half of the season with back-to-back wins over Northern Michigan, and Gotherberg was a big part of each victory.

Gothberg earned wins on December 13th and December 14th, stopping a total of 37 shots and allowing just two goals as his team cruised to 4-1 and 3-1 victories, closing out a non-conference series sweep over Northern Michigan.

Jordan Schmaltz (St. Louis Blues 1st round draft pick) finished the series with three points, while Luke Johnson (Chicago Blackhawks draft pick), Paul LaDue (Los Angeles Kings draft pick), and Michael Parks (Philadelphia Flyers draft pick) all finished the weekend with two points.

The team boasts numerous NHL prospects who are ready to showcase their talents to British Columbia.

Key Stat: There are 15 NHL draft picks currently on the UND roster. Though the Showcase is simply exhibition play, UBC and SFU need to focus on their own game and forget the high-caliber of the opposing players they are taking on.

Who to watch: While you can’t really go wrong with 15 NHL draft picks, goaltender Gothberg is a can’t-miss. Through his recent five-game win-streak, the Bruins prospect is sporting a .938 save percentage while allowing, on average, just 1.60 goals per game.


PRINCETON UNIVERSITY TIGERS (NCAA Division I)
Head Coach:Bob Prier
Assistant Coach: Scott Garrow
Assistant Coach: Greg Gardner
Assistant Coach: Matt Farris

2013-14 Record: 3-14-0, 6pts

2013-14 NCAA Div. I Ranking: 57

2013-14 ECAC Hockey Ranking: 12

Last game: Sunday, December 29th (3-2 loss to University of New Hampshire)
Streak: Lost 6
Last ten games: 2-8-0

Average age: 21.33 years
Average height: 6’0″
Average weight: 190.5 lbs.

Goals For: 33 (Avg. 1.93)
Goals Against: 67 (Avg. 3.94)

Power play: 10/66 (15.15% – 44th in NCAA Div. I)
Penalty kill: 58/76 (76.32% – 50th in NCAA Div. I)

2013-14 Top Scorers:
F – Tucker Brockett (17gp-2g-9a-11pts)
F – Andrew Ammon (17gp-6g-2a-8pts)
F – Aaron Kesselman (15gp-3g-5a-8pts)
F – Jonathan Liau (14gp-1g-7a-8pts)
F – Jack Berger (17gp-4g-3a-7pts)
Team Scope: Princeton is another NCAA powerhouse, but has struggled this season with a 3-14-0 record. Despite struggling in their league, the Princeton Tigers have a great reputation for producing elite hockey players.

The Princeton men’s hockey team has seen 23 of its players drafted in the National Hockey League’s entry draft since the draft began in 1963.

The team has won two ECAC Hockey Championships, in 1998 and 2008. Success has been harder to come by this season though, as the team last lost four straight games heading into this upcoming weekend.

Junior Tucker Brockett leads the charge offensively with 11 points in 17 games on the season.

Andrew Ammon is having another good season in his third year with Princeton, leading the team with six goals.

Key Stat: Through 17 games this season, Princeton has only managed to score five first-period goals. Getting the first goal against Princeton will be crucial for SFU and UBC.

Who to Watch: Senior Andrew Calof is always a pleasure to watch. Calof has only played seven games this season due to injury, but has still picked up four assists in that span. He picked up one of those helpers in the Tigers’ most recent game, a 3-2 loss in the consolation game of the Florida College Hockey Classic at Germain Arena. Over his career with Princeton, the senior has 40 goals and 106 points in 102 games.


2013 Great Northwest Showcase Schedule (all times listed are PST):
Game 1 – Simon Fraser University vs. Princeton University; Friday, January 3; 4:00pm
Game 2 – University of British Columbia vs. University of North Dakota; Friday, January 3; 7:00pm
Game 3 – University of British Columbia vs. Princeton University; Saturday, January 4; 4:00pm
Game 4 – Simon Fraser University vs. University of North Dakota; Saturday, January 4; 7:00pm