The BCHL round robin semifinal series is set after thrilling game seven wins for Penticton over Vernon 2-0 and Nanaimo over Powell River 3-2. The Vees and Clippers join Chilliwack in the unique round robin format and this year sees all three regular season division winners move on to the semifinals to determine the Fred Page Cup finalists.
The BCHL division finals saw a total of 29,397 fans attend 18 games, which is an average of 1,633 per game.
Each team plays two home and two road games in the round robin setup, with the top two teams advancing to the Fred Page Cup final. If one team is mathematically eliminated from the round robin before its conclusion, the tournament stops and the teams remaining begin their preparations for the Fred Page Cup.
The following tiebreakers are applied in order to determine first place: most points, most points acquired in games played between tied teams, superior goal differential from games played between tied teams, superior goal differential from overall games played in round robin; round robin seed.
After first place is declared, if the other two teams are tied in round-robin points, they will play a tie-breaker game hosted by the higher round-robin seed on Monday, April 6.
March 25 — Nanaimo at Penticton - 7 pm
March 27 — Chilliwack at Nanaimo - 7 pm
March 29 — Penticton at Chilliwack - 7 pm
March 31 — Chilliwack at Penticton - 7 pm
x-April 2 — Penticton at Nanaimo - 7 pm
x-April 4 — Nanaimo at Chilliwack - 7 pm
x-April 6 — TBA at TBA - TBA
The Prince George Spruce Kings completed the future considerations from the December 1st trade which saw 20-year-old defenseman Tyler Kunz be acquired from the Lloydminster Bobcats of the Alberta Junior Hockey League.
PG sends 19-year-old defenseman Adam Clements and 19-year-old Marco Ballarin to the Bobcats to completed the deal. Clements had 34 points (ten goals, 24 assists) in 49 games with the Spruce Kings after being acquired from the Ontario Junior Hockey League's Whitby Fury in late September.
Ballarin was into his second season with Prince George after joining the Spruce Kings as a free agent on December 1, 2013 from the junior B Ridge Meadows Flames. In 67 career games with PG, the New Westminster, BC, product had 20 points (11 goals, nine assists). Andrea Johnson of the Prince George Citizen has the story here.
The Merritt Centennials traded 18-year-old Rhett Willcox to the Trail Smoke Eaters as the future considerations. The deal completes the trade that saw the Cents pick up 20-year-old defenseman Griffyn Martin.
Martin, who's from Fairfield, CT, had ten assists in 20 games with Merritt after posting 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in 35 games with the Smoke Eaters. He played two games of NCAA hockey with Union College in 2013-14 before joining Trail this past season.
Willcox, from Surrey, BC, is a veteran of two BCHL seasons in Merritt. He notched 42 points (16 goals, 26 assists) in 97 career games with the Centennials. Willcox is a 10th round selection of the Portland Winterhawks in the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft.
Forward Stephen Peat (Langley, 1994-95) has been charged with arson after a bizarre incident in Langley last week. The 35-year-old is a veteran of 130 NHL games with Washington, but hadn't played competitively since 2006-07 with the AHL's Albany River Rats. Monique Taminga of the Langley Times has the story here.
Defenseman Jake Baker (Merritt, Nanaimo, Victoria, Trail, 2008-11) has signed a free agent contract with the Quad City Mallards of the ECHL. The Port Moody, BC, native wraps up a four college career at Northern Michigan University which saw him serve as co-captain this past season. Baker had 25 points (eight goals, 17 assists) in 144 games with the Wildcats.
Forward Johnny Rogic (Surrey AP, Alberni Valley, 2007-10) was released by Quad City after the Mallads signed Jake Baker. The Vancouver product scored seven points (two goals, five assists) in 30 games with the Mallards this season.
Defenseman Steve Weinstein (Vernon, 2008-11) signed an amateur try-out contract with the Springfield Falcons of the AHL. The 24-year-old completed his four year NCAA career with Bentley College this season, finishing with 105 points (14 goals, 91 assists) in 145 games.