Saturday, February 7, 2015

BCHL Playoff Picture, BCHL Top Scorers By Age, MacTavish Commits to Nanaimo for 2015-16:






Friday Games
Penticton def. Chilliwack 3-2 2OT
Prince George def. 6-4
Alberni Valley def. Nanaimo 5-2
Salmon Arm def. West Kelowna 4-1
Vernon def. Victoria 6-2
Powell River def. Langley 5-1
Merritt def. Trail 5-4 OT

Saturday Games
Langley at Nanaimo
Vernon at Cowichan
Coquitlam at Prince George
West Kelowna at Chilliwack
Penticton at Powell River
Surrey at Trail
Salmon Arm at Merritt

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 Friday, these would be the Division Semifinal match-ups:

INTERIOR DIVISION
(1) Penticton vs. (4) West Kelowna
(2) Vernon vs. (3) Merritt

STANDINGS
Penticton - 80 points, nine games remaining
Vernon - 65 points, nine games remaining
Merritt - 56 points, nine games remaining
West Kelowna - 54 points, seven games remaining
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Salmon Arm - 52 points, nine games remaining
Trail - 36 points, nine games remaining
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ISLAND DIVISION
(1) Nanaimo vs. (4) Alberni Valley
(2) Powell River vs. (3) Victoria

STANDINGS
Nanaimo - 71 points, eight games remaining
Powell River - 61 points, seven games remaining
Victoria - 55 points, eight games remaining
Alberni Valley - 51 points, ten games remaining
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Cowichan - 40 points, eight games remaining
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MAINLAND DIVISION
(1) Chilliwack vs. (4) Coquitlam
(2) Langley vs. (3) Prince George

STANDINGS
Chilliwack - 60 points, ten games remaining
Langley - 57 points, ten games remaining
Prince George - 53 points, nine games remaining
Coquitlam - 45 points, eight games remaining
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I took the liberty of checking out the highest scorers by age in the BCHL heading into Friday night's games.

Under-20
1. Corey Mackin, Coquitlam -  88 points (44 goals, 44 assists)
2. Brett Supinski, Coquitlam - 79 points (41 goals, 38 assists)
3. Liam Blackburn, West Kelowna - 68 points (21 goals, 47 assists)
4. Jared Lukosevicius, Powell River - 65 points (31 goals, 34 assists)
5. Jacob Pritchard, Powell River - 63 points (28 goals, 35 assists)
6. Jake Lucchini, Trail - 59 points (25 goals, 24 assists)
7. Kurt Keats, Powell River - 56 points (29 goals, 27 assists)
8. Liam Finlay, Vernon - 54 points (22 goals, 32 assists)
9. Brett Gruber, Victoria - 53 points (30 goals, 23 assists)
10. Brendan Taylor, Nanaimo - 53 points (22 goals, 31 assists)

Under-19
1. Liam Blackburn, West Kelowna - 68 points (21 goals, 47 assists)
2. Liam Finlay, Vernon - 54 points (22 goals, 32 assists)
3. Brett Gruber, Victoria - 53 points (30 goals, 23 assists)
4. Gavin Gould, Merritt - 48 points (19 goals, 29 assists)
5. Darius Davidson, Surrey - 46 points (21 goals, 25 assists)
6. Taro Hirose, Salmon Arm - 44 points (16 goals, 28 assists)
7. Michael Ederer, Merritt - 42 points (16 goals, 26 assists)
8. Jonathan Desbiens, West Kelowna - 41 points (21 goals, 21 assists)
9. Chris Schutz, Alberni Valley - 41 points (20 goals, 21 assists)
10. Patrick Newell, Penticton - 41 points (14 goals, 27 assists)

Under-18
1. Liam Finlay, Vernon - 54 points (22 goals, 32 assists)
2. Jordan Kawaguchi, Chilliwack - 39 points (19 goals, 20 assists)
3. Tyson Jost, Penticton - 36 points (20 goals, 16 assists)
4. Darien Craighead, Cowichan - 35 points (13 goals, 22 assists)
5. Kristian Blumenschein, West Kelowna - 34 points (6 goals, 28 assists)
6. Colin Grannary, Merritt - 33 points (16 goals, 17 assists)
7. Marcus Vela, Langley - 32 points (9 goals, 23 assists)
8. Dante Fabbro, Penticton - 27 points (3 goals, 24 assists)
9. Justin Szeto, Langley - 24 points (10 goals, 14 assists)
10. Carmine Buono, Powell River - 24 points (2 goals, 22 assists)

Under-17
1. Tyson Jost, Penticton - 36 points (20 goals, 16 assists)
2.  Dante Fabbro, Penticton - 27 points (3 goals, 24 assists)
3. Jagger Williamson, Vernon - 21 points (4 goals, 17 assists)
4. Dennis Cholowski, Chilliwack - 20 points (3 goals, 17 assists)
5. Ryan Bowen, Chilliwack - 18 points (7 goals, 11 assists)
6. Robert Johnson, Trail - 11 points (0 goals, 11 assists)
7. Ty Westgard, Surrey - 9 points (5 goals, 4 assists)
8. Ryan Hogg, Cowichan - 5 points (0 goals, 5 assists)
9. Spencer Hunter, Victoria - 4 points (2 goals, 2 assists)
10. Noah Turanski, Coquitlam - 3 points (2 goals, 1 assist)







17-year-old forward Troy MacTavish has committed to the Nanaimo Clippers for the 2015-16 season. MacTavish, who's from Ottawa, has spent the last two seasons with the Midget AAA Senators of the Ontario East Minor Hockey League. He has 46 points (22 goals, 24 assists) in 26 games with the Sens in 2014-15. MacTavish was selected in the eighth round, 91st overall in the 2013 Canadian Central Hockey League Draft by the Smiths Falls Bears. He played two games with the Bears at the start of this season, registering no points.







Forward Anthony Perdicaro (Penticton, Cowichan, 2007-10) was traded in the ECHL on Friday, going from Gwinnett to Wichita. The 25-year-old had nine points (three goals, six assists) in 24 games with the Gladiators this season.
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Forward Brandon Yip (Coquitlam, 2003-05) signed for the remainder of the 2014-15 season with Adler Mannheim of the German Elite League. He was released by Norfolk of the AHL on Thursday. The Maple Ridge, BC product played 31 games this season for Norfolk, posting 12 points (three goals, nine assists). He also skated in seven games for Utah of the ECHL and recorded four points (one goal, three assists).
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Defenseman Zach Josepher (Penticton, 2007-09) was released by the Missouri Mavericks of the ECHL. The Wantagh, New York native had two assists in eight games with the Mavericks since being acquired from Wichita in December. The 26-year-old didn't play a game for the Thunder this season.

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