March 25 — Nanaimo 1 at Penticton 4 (2,433)
March 27 — Chilliwack 3 at Nanaimo 7 (1,700)
March 29 — Penticton 4 at Chilliwack 3 OT (2,489)
March 31 — Chilliwack 2 at Penticton 5 (2,508)
April 2 — Penticton 0 at Nanaimo 2 (1,821)
The BCHL Championship finalists are determined after Nanaimo's 2-0 win over Penticton Thursday night in the Round Robin Semifinals. The Clippers victory eliminates Chilliwack from the three-team mini-series and they advance to face the Vees for the Fred Page Cup.
Sheldon Rempal had a goal and an assist for Nanaimo in the win, while Guillaume Decelles kicked out 32 shots for the shutout - his second of the post-season. The average attendance during the semifinals was 2,190. This year's Fred Page Cup Final is the eighth time in franchise history the Clippers will play for a BCHL title, and the sixth time they've faced Penticton.
This year's championship schedule - subject to change - is as follows:
April 10 — Nanaimo at Penticton - 7 pm
April 11 — Nanaimo at Penticton - 6 pm
April 13 — Penticton at Nanaimo - TBA
April 14 — Penticton at Nanaimo - TBA
x-April 16 — Nanaimo at Penticton - 7 pm
x-April 17 — Penticton at Nanaimo - TBA
x-April 19 — Nanaimo at Penticton - 6 pm
The Merritt Centennials may not have 20-year-old forwards Devin Oakes and James Neil back on their roster in 2015-16 as both are dealing with long-term injuries. According to Ian Webster of the Merritt Herald, Oakes is expected to retire after season-ending shoulder surgery and Neil's status is up in the air as he recovers from concussion symptoms. Oakes, who's from Prince Rupert, BC, had seven points (one goal, six assists) in 35 games with the Centennials this season. Neil, from White Rock, BC, missed 40 games this season, but still managed 14 points (eight goals, six assists). Webster also notes that 19-year-old forwards Cole Chorney and Stephan Seeger are expected to try and return to major junior. Seeger played one game with the OHL's Oshawa Generals last season while Chorney joined the Cents from WHL Red Deer back in November, he's since been added to Everett's 50-player protected list. The entire article from the Merritt Herald is here.
Defenseman Justin DaSilva (Powell River, 2009-11) signed an amateur tryout with the Greenville Road Warriors of the ECHL. DaSilva is from Cambridge, ON, and just wrapped up his four year NCAA career at Ohio State University. He had 23 points (seven goals, 16 assists) in 122 games at OSU. DaSilva was named Top Defenseman in the Coastal Conference in 2011 while with Powell River.
Trevor Bast, who's spearheading a movement to try and resurrect the Thompson Rivers University men's hockey program, had a meeting on Thursday with Nathan Lane, who is the executive director of the school's Student Union. Coming away from the meeting, Bast gets the feeling that the TRUSU won't facilitate a hockey club exclusively for the purpose of competing in the BCIHL. According to Bast, the Student Union feels that facilitating a hockey club would leave it too exposed on a number of levels and needs partnership with other areas of TRU. The encouraging news is that over the next two weeks, Lane will explore other areas of TRU to "co-host" hockey and give a final decision then. The BCIHL has also indicated that it needs to know the concrete plans of a TRU team by May 3rd to be considered entry in time for the 2015-16 season. If you're interested in offering any support to Bast, he can be reached via email at email@example.com.