Friday, February 27, 2015

BCHL Playoff Picture, Police Recommend Charges Against BCHL Parent, TWU Wraps Up BCIHL Season with a Win

The Merritt Centennials clinched third place in the BCHL Interior Division and a playoff spot with a 5-1 win over Salmon Arm on Friday.

The win moves the Cents two points ahead of the SilverBacks and West Kelowna. Salmon Arm isn't eliminated from the playoffs with the loss. A SilverBacks win Saturday vs. Penticton combined with a Warriors loss against Surrey will clinch for Salmon Arm.

With Chilliwack's win over Coquitlam and Langley's loss to Prince George, it ensures that the Chiefs and Express faceoff in the first round of the playoffs while the Rivermen meet the Spruce Kings. Home ice between Langley and PG will be determined by a return match-up between the two teams on Saturday.

The Island Division playoff picture became clearer with Victoria's 4-3 double overtime win against Nanaimo clinching second place for the Grizzlies. It means Victoria has home ice advantage for its first round playoff series vs. Powell River.

Friday Results
Merritt def. Salmon Arm 5-1
Penticton def. Vernon 3-2
Chilliwack def. Coquitlam 5-2
Prince George def. Langley 5-3
Powell River def. Alberni Valley 8-2
Victoria def. Nanaimo 4-3 (2OT)

Saturday Games
Salmon Arm at Penticton
Surrey at West Kelowna
Trail at Merritt
Coquitlam at Chilliwack
Langley at Prince George
Alberni Valley at Powell River
Nanaimo at Victoria

The BCHL playoffs start on Tuesday, March 3 with each of the Division Semifinals.The league has stated that the Division Semifinals will be completed no later than March 11. The Division Finals start March 13 and wrap up no later than March 22. The three-team double round robin in Round Three starts March 25 and is done no later than April 5. The BCHL Championship Fred Page Cup Finals are scheduled between April 10 and April 19.

The top four teams from each division make the post-season, meaning four of the BCHL's 16 teams don't get in. As of Friday, Surrey, Cowichan, and Trail are eliminated while Penticton, Vernon, Merritt, Chilliwack, Langley, Prince George, Coquitlam, Powell River, Alberni Valley, Victoria and Nanaimo have all locked up playoff spots.







Police are now recommending charges against the father of a Merritt Centennials player after threats were allegedly hurled at a referee last week outside the South Okanagan Events Centre following a Cents-Penticton Vees game. CTV News Vancouver has the story here.







The Trinity Western University Spartans wrapped up their most successful regular season ever with a 4-1 win over the University of Victoria. TWU clinched a playoff spot more than a month ago and locked up first place in the BCIHL three weeks ago. UVIC wraps up the season on Saturday against Simon Fraser University in a game which will determine who finishes third and fourth in the standings. Third place SFU is one point ahead of the fourth place Vikes. A third place finish means a first round playoff date with Selkirk College while finishing fourth ensures a first round match-up against Trinity Western.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

BCHL Playoff Picture, Vipers' Shiplo Commits to Quinnipiac, Vees' Berry Commits to Clarkson, Caps' Lepage Commits to York, Grizzlies Add Handful of Recruits for 2015-16:





 


The BCHL playoffs start on Tuesday, March 3 with each of the Division Semifinals.The league has stated that the Division Semifinals will be completed no later than March 11. The Division Finals start March 13 and wrap up no later than March 22. The three-team double round robin in Round Three starts March 25 and is done no later than April 5. The BCHL Championship Fred Page Cup Finals are scheduled between April 10 and April 19.

The top four teams from each division make the post-season, meaning four of the BCHL's 16 teams don't get in. As of Thursday, Surrey, Cowichan, and Trail are eliminated while Penticton, Vernon, Chilliwack, Langley, Prince George, Coquitlam, Powell River, Alberni Valley, Victoria and Nanaimo have all locked up playoff spots. It looks like the battle for the final two spots in the Interior Division will come down to the final weekend of regular season action.

Friday Games
Victoria at Nanaimo
Chilliwack at Coquitlam
Vernon at Penticton
Langley at Prince George
Merritt at Salmon Arm
Alberni Valley at Powell River

If the regular season ended Thursday, these would be the Division Semifinal match-ups:

INTERIOR DIVISION
(1) Penticton vs. (4) Salmon Arm
(2) Vernon vs. (3) Merritt

STANDINGS
Penticton - 89 points, two games remaining
Vernon - 76 points, one game remaining
Merritt - 64 points, two games remaining
Salmon Arm - 64 points, two games remaining
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West Kelowna - 64 points, one game remaining
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ISLAND DIVISION
(1) Nanaimo vs. (4) Alberni Valley
(2) Victoria vs. (3) Powell River

STANDINGS
Nanaimo - 77 points, two games remaining
Victoria - 65 points, two games remaining
Powell River - 62 points, two games remaining
Alberni Valley - 58 points, two games remaining
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MAINLAND DIVISION
(1) Chilliwack vs. (4) Coquitlam
(2) Langley vs. (3) Prince George

STANDINGS
Chilliwack - 74 points, two games remaining
Langley - 62 points, two games remaining
Prince George - 59 points, two games remaining
Coquitlam - 55 points, two games remaining
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The father of a Merritt Centennials player could be in some legal hot water after allegedly uttering threats against the referees as they left the South Okanagan Events Centre last Saturday following Merritt's loss to the Penticton Vees. Joe Fries of the Penticton Herald has the story here.







With the BCHL regular season coming to an end soon, we're bound to see the number of players committing to university and college hockey increase. On Thursday, the Vernon Vipers announced that 19-year-old defenseman Luke Shiplo verbally committed to attend Quinnipiac University this September. Shiplo had previously committed to Western Michigan University as a 16-year-old back in 2011, but de-committed from the school last week. He has 44 points (five goals, 39 assists) in 50 games with the Vipers this season. The Vernon Morning Star has more here.
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17-year-old Penticton Vees netminder Brendan Barry took to Twitter on Thursday afternoon to announce his commitment to Clarkson University. Barry has three years of junior eligibility left and didn't indicate when he'll head to Clarkson, but my guess would be that he plays one more season in Penticton before leaving for school starting in September 2016. The Kelowna native has a 10-2-0 record with a 2.06 goals-against-average, a .912 save percentage and two shutouts this season.
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Cowichan Capitals graduating defenseman Julien Lepage has committed to York University of the CIS for this September. The 20-year-old from Baie-Comeau, Quebec, had 23 points (five goals, 18 assists) in 58 games with Cowichan this season. He's a veteran of 202 major junior games with Baie-Comeau and Chicoutimi of the QMJHL.
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The Victoria Grizzlies have received commitments from no less than six players for the 2015-16 season. Among them are 18-year-old forward Matthew Baker from Upper Canada College, 17-year-old forward J.D. Falconer, 18-year-old defenseman Cal Walker, and 17-year-old goaltender Matthew Galajda from St. Andrew's College, along with 17-year-old forward Joey Visconti and 18-year-old defenseman Jake Stevens from Lake Forest Academy. Mario Annicchiarico of the Victoria Times-Colonist has the story.







Goaltender Nic Renyard (Cowichan AP, Langley AP, Penticton, Victoria, 2010-14) was named Alberta Junior Hockey League MVP and Top Goaltender for 2014-15. Renyard, who was released by the Grizzlies in September and signed as a free agent with Okotoks shortly after. He finished the season with a 30-7-3 record, a 2.12 goals-against-average, a .925 save percentage and five shutouts. Sean Emmett of High River Online has Renyard's story here.
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Netminder Andrew Hammond (Westside AP, Surrey, Vernon, 2006-09) posted his second straight NHL shutout for Ottawa as the Senators blanked LA 1-0 Thursday night. The White Rock product is 4-0 on the season with a sparkling 1.15 goals-against-average and a .962 save percentage. Hammond is 7-13-2 with a 3.51 goals-against-average and an .898 save percentage with the Sens AHL affiliate in Binghamton this season.
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Forward Brett Lyon (Penticton AP, Westside, 2007-09) was traded in the ECHL to the Brampton Beast by the Allen Americans on Thursday. Lyon, a native of Grand Forks, BC, has 11 points (four goals, seven assists) and a league-leading 256 penalty minutes in 47 games with the Americans this season.

Friday, February 13, 2015

BCHL Announces Playoff Schedule, Allows Teams to Pick Best-of-Seven Format:






The BCHL announced on Friday that it would keep the same playoff format as last season, something the league previously announced last June. The playoffs start on Tuesday, March 3 with each of the Division Semifinals.The league has stated that the Division Semifinals will be completed no later than March 11. The Division Finals start March 13 and wrap up no later than March 22. The three-team double round robin in Round Three starts March 25 and is done no later than April 5. The BCHL Championship Fred Page Cup Finals are scheduled between April 10 and April 19.

What's really interesting about the league's announcement today is that it is allowing the opposing teams in each best-of-seven series to determine the format. It adds a twist to the playoffs in that it'll be interesting to see which formats (2-2-1-1-1, 2-3-2, 2-3-1-1, 1-1-1-1-1-1-1) the teams agree on. No doubt travel will enter into the equation.

The top four teams from each division make the post-season, meaning four of the BCHL's 16 teams don't get in. As of Friday, Surrey, Cowichan, and Trail are eliminated while Penticton, Vernon, Chilliwack, Langley, Prince George, Coquitlam, Powell River, Alberni Valley, Victoria and Nanaimo have locked up playoff spots.

Friday Results
Victoria def. Alberni Valley 8-4
Coquitlam def. Langley 5-3
Cowichan def. Prince George 3-0
Penticton def. Nanaimo 4-2
Vernon def. Salmon Arm 2-1
Trail def. West Kelowna 8-7 OT
Merritt def. Powell River 4-2
Chilliwack def. Surrey 8-1

Saturday Games
Nanaimo at Vernon
Prince George at Victoria
Surrey at Chilliwack
Merritt at Alberni Valley
Langley at Coquitlam
Penticton at Trail

If the regular season ended Friday, these would be the Division Semifinal match-ups:

INTERIOR DIVISION
(1) Penticton vs. (4) Merritt
(2) Vernon vs. (3) Salmon Arm

STANDINGS
Penticton - 83 points, six games remaining
Vernon - 70 points, five games remaining
Merritt - 58 points, seven games remaining
Salmon Arm - 58 points, five games remaining
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West Kelowna - 56 points, five games remaining
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ISLAND DIVISION
(1) Nanaimo vs. (4) Alberni Valley
(2) Powell River vs. (3) Victoria

STANDINGS
Nanaimo - 75 points, six games remaining
Powell River - 62 points, five games remaining
Victoria - 57 points, six games remaining
Alberni Valley - 55 points, seven games remaining
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MAINLAND DIVISION
(1) Chilliwack vs. (4) Coquitlam
(2) Langley vs. (3) Prince George

STANDINGS
Chilliwack - 66 points, seven games remaining
Langley - 59 points, six games remaining
Prince George - 57 points, six games remaining
Coquitlam - 49 points, five games remaining







Forward Ben Maxwell (Surrey AP, 2003-04) will join Kärpät of the Finnish Elite League for the remainder of the 2014-15 season. Maxwell played 46 games for Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk of the KHL this season, posting 27 points (14 goals, 13 assists). He's played 47 career NHL games with Montreal, Atlanta, Winnipeg, and Anaheim.
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Defenseman Kyle Cumiskey (Penticton, 2002-04) is back in the NHL after being called up to Chicago from the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL. Cumiskey, who won a Memorial Cup with the Kelowna Rockets in 2004, had 11 points (one goal, ten assists) in 38 games with Rockford in 2014-15. He's a veteran of 132 NHL games with Colorado.
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Forward Harry Zolnierczyk (Alberni Valley, 2005-07) was sent back to the AHL by the New York Islanders as he'll rejoin the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Zolnierczyk played two games with the Isles since being recalled earlier this week, recording no points. The 2011 NCAA Ivy-League Player of the Year has 35 points (13 goals, 22 assists) in 47 games with Bridgeport this season.
 






Selkirk College has secured its second commitment for next season as Osoyoos Coyotes forward Troy Maclise will play for the Saints in 2015-16. The 20-year-old Lacombe, AB product has played 46 games with Osoyoos this season, scoring 60 points (26 goals, 34 assists). 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Vernon Clinches Playoff Spot, CJHL Boasts More Than 2000 Alumni in College Hockey, BCHL Alumni Update:



 



Wednesday Results
Vernon def. Penticton 2-1
Salmon Arm def. Trail 6-5 OT

Thursday Games
Prince George at Langley

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 four of the BCHL's 16 teams don't get in. As of Wednesday, Surrey, Cowichan, and Trail are eliminated while Penticton, Vernon, Chilliwack, Langley, Prince George, Coquitlam, Powell River, Alberni Valley, Victoria and Nanaimo have locked up playoff spots. If the regular season ended Wednesday, these would be the Division Semifinal match-ups:

INTERIOR DIVISION
(1) Penticton vs. (4) Merritt
(2) Vernon vs. (3) Salmon Arm

STANDINGS
Penticton - 81 points, seven games remaining
Vernon - 68 points, six games remaining
Salmon Arm - 58 points, six games remaining
Merritt - 56 points, eight games remaining
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West Kelowna - 55 points, six games remaining
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ISLAND DIVISION
(1) Nanaimo vs. (4) Victoria
(2) Powell River vs. (3) Alberni Valley

STANDINGS
Nanaimo - 75 points, six games remaining
Powell River - 62 points, five games remaining
Alberni Valley - 55 points, eight games remaining
Victoria - 55 points, seven games remaining
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MAINLAND DIVISION
(1) Chilliwack vs. (4) Coquitlam
(2) Langley vs. (3) Prince George

STANDINGS
Chilliwack - 64 points, eight games remaining
Langley - 59 points, eight games remaining
Prince George - 55 points, eight games remaining
Coquitlam - 47 points, six games remaining
  




 

The Canadian Junior Hockey League put out a release Wednesday, stating that more than 2030 alumni of the national junior A league are playing college or university hockey this season. The numbers state that 594 players (or 37 percent) in NCAA Division I hockey are CJHL alumni, 595 players (or 29 percent) in NCAA Division III are CJHL alumni, and 849 players (or 67 percent) in Canadian universities and colleges (CIS, ACAC, BCIHL) are CJHL alumni.







Forward Alex Nikiforuk (Vernon AP, Burnaby, Salmon Arm) has been loaned by the GC Küsnacht Lions to the Martigny Red Ice for the remainder of the season and playoffs. Both teams play in Switzerland's National League B. Nikiforuk, who's from North Vancouver, BC, had 31 points (nine goals, 22 assists) in 38 games this season with the Lions. He led the BCHL in scoring with the SilverBacks in 2002-03, notching 106 points (49 goals, 57 assists) in 57 games.
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Forward Curtis McKenzie (Penticton, 2007-09) is back with the Dallas Stars after being recalled from the AHL's Texas Stars on Wednesday. McKenzie has played 14 games for Dallas this season, posting one goal. The 2013-14 AHL rookie of the year has 16 points (six goals, 11 assists) in 25 games for Texas this season.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Alberni Valley and Victoria Clinch Fred Page Cup Playoff Spots, BCHL Alumni Update:



 


Tuesday Results
Alberni Valley def. Cowichan 5-3

Wednesday Games
Vernon at Penticton
Salmon Arm at Trail
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 16 teams don't get in. As of Tuesday, Surrey, Cowichan, and Trail are eliminated while Penticton, Chilliwack, Langley, Prince George, Coquitlam, Powell River, Alberni Valley, Victoria and Nanaimo have locked up playoff spots. If the regular season ended Tuesday, these would be the Division Semifinal match-ups:

INTERIOR DIVISION
(1) Penticton vs. (4) Salmon Arm
(2) Vernon vs. (3) Merritt

STANDINGS
Penticton - 81 points, seven games remaining
Vernon - 66 points, seven games remaining
Merritt - 56 points, eight games remaining
Salmon Arm - 56 points, seven games remaining
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West Kelowna - 55 points, six games remaining
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ISLAND DIVISION
(1) Nanaimo vs. (4) Victoria
(2) Powell River vs. (3) Alberni Valley

STANDINGS
Nanaimo - 75 points, six games remaining
Powell River - 62 points, five games remaining
Alberni Valley - 55 points, eight games remaining
Victoria - 55 points, seven games remaining
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MAINLAND DIVISION
(1) Chilliwack vs. (4) Coquitlam
(2) Langley vs. (3) Prince George

STANDINGS
Chilliwack - 64 points, eight games remaining
Langley - 59 points, eight games remaining
Prince George - 55 points, eight games remaining
Coquitlam - 47 points, six games remaining







Goaltender Chris Rawlings (Salmon Arm, Powell River, Cowichan, 2005-09) was traded in the ECHL from the Elmira Jackals to the Idaho Steelheads on Tuesday. The North Delta, BC, native played one game with Elmira and allowed four goals on 17 shots in a game on February 4 vs. Florida. As a result, his numbers for the season aren't flattering - an 8.88 goals-against-average along with a .765 save percentage. Rawlings was signed by Evansville in August, but was released in October and didn't see any action this season until the game against the Everblades.
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Defenseman Zach Josepher (Penticton, 2007-09) has been loaned by the Pensacola Ice Pilots of the Southern Professional Hockey League to the ECHL's Elmira Jackals. Josepher, who won a Fred Page Cup with the 2008 Vees, played eight games with Missouri in the ECHL this season and recorded two assists after being acquired from the Wichita Thunder. Josepher didn't play any games with Wichita, but did skate in two games with Pensacola, registering no points.
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Forward Ken Magowan (Vernon, 1998-2000) left Lowen Frankfurt of the DEL2 to sign with Vienna of the Austrian Hockey League. Magowan had 17 points (nine goals, eight assists) in 17 games this season with Lowen, which plays in the second level of pro hockey in Germany. He spent last season with Adler Mannheim of the German Ice Hockey League.

Monday, February 9, 2015

BCHL Playoff Picture, Vernon's Latina and McCarthy and Cowichan's Hogg Suspended, Taker Recalled to AHL, Golden Seeks Head Coach/GM:







Monday Results
Nanaimo def. Powell River 5-2
Coquitlam def. Surrey 4-2

Tuesday Games
Alberni Valley at Cowichan 
With its win 5-2 win over Powell River on Monday, Nanaimo clinched top spot in the Island Division and is guaranteed home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs. 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 16 teams don't get in. Penticton, Chilliwack, Langley, Prince George, Coquitlam, Powell River and Nanaimo have locked up playoff spots. If the regular season ended Monday, these would be the Division Semifinal match-ups:

INTERIOR DIVISION
(1) Penticton vs. (4) Salmon Arm
(2) Vernon vs. (3) Merritt

STANDINGS
Penticton - 81 points, seven games remaining
Vernon - 66 points, seven games remaining
Merritt - 56 points, eight games remaining
Salmon Arm - 56 points, seven games remaining
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West Kelowna - 55 points, six games remaining
Trail - 38 points, eight games remaining
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ISLAND DIVISION
(1) Nanaimo vs. (4) Alberni Valley
(2) Powell River vs. (3) Victoria

STANDINGS
Nanaimo - 75 points, six games remaining
Powell River - 62 points, five games remaining
Victoria - 55 points, seven games remaining
Alberni Valley - 53 points, nine games remaining
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Cowichan - 42 points, seven games remaining
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MAINLAND DIVISION
(1) Chilliwack vs. (4) Coquitlam
(2) Langley vs. (3) Prince George

STANDINGS
Chilliwack - 64 points, eight games remaining
Langley - 59 points, eight games remaining
Prince George - 55 points, eight games remaining
Coquitlam - 47 points, six games remaining
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Vernon will be without two of its top forwards after the BCHL handed down suspensions stemming from Saturday's 5-3 loss to Cowichan. Vipers forward Colton McCarthy is suspended two games for participating in a fight at the end of a period, as is Capitals forward Ryan Hogg. Vernon forward Anthony Latina was also suspended three games for provoking an incident at the end of a game. At the 20 minute mark of the third period, Latina was assessed two minute minor penalties each for slashing and instigating, a five minute major for fighting, and two game misconducts. Both McCarthy and Latina sat out Vernon's 4-3 overtime loss to Chilliwack on Sunday. McCarthy is eligible to return on Friday, February 13 at home vs. Salmon Arm while Latina can rejoin the Vipers lineup on Saturday, February 14 at home against Nanaimo. Hogg can return to the Capitals on Sunday, February 15 at home vs. Merritt.







Defenseman Shayne Taker (Cowichan, 2008-10) has been recalled by the AHL's San Antonio Rampage from the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL. The Vancouver product has 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in 37 games with Cincinnati this season. Taker played five games with San Antonio last season after wrapping up a four-year college career at Notre Dame, where he recorded 47 points (eight goals, 39 assists) in 152 games.






The junior B Golden Rockets of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League are looking for a GM/Head Coach for the 2015-16 season. Ty Davidson tendered his resignation from the Rockets, effective at the end of this season. He's a former Head Coach of the Salmon Arm SilverBacks who also played in the BCHL for Nanaimo and Penticton and cited being closer to home and family as the reason for his resignation. The Rockets job posting is here.

BCHL Playoff Picture, Penticton Clinches Interior Title, Zolnierczyk Called Up by New York Islanders, Beanpot Final Postponed:






Sunday Results
Langley def. Victoria 7-1
Chilliwack def. Vernon 4-3 OT
Alberni Valley def. Penticton 3-0
Salmon Arm def. Surrey 3-2

Monday Games
Nanaimo at Powell River
Coquitlam at Surrey

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 don't get in. Penticton, Chilliwack, Langley, Prince George, Coquitlam, Powell River and Nanaimo have locked up playoff spots. The Vees clinched the Interior Division title with Vernon's 4-3 overtime loss in Chilliwack, despite Penticton's 3-0 loss to Alberni Valley. If the regular season ended Sunday, these would be the Division Semifinal match-ups:

INTERIOR DIVISION
(1) Penticton vs. (4) Salmon Arm
(2) Vernon vs. (3) Merritt

STANDINGS
Penticton - 81 points, seven games remaining
Vernon - 66 points, seven games remaining
Merritt - 56 points, eight games remaining
Salmon Arm - 56 points, seven games remaining
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West Kelowna - 55 points, six games remaining
Trail - 38 points, eight games remaining
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ISLAND DIVISION
(1) Nanaimo vs. (4) Alberni Valley
(2) Powell River vs. (3) Victoria

STANDINGS
Nanaimo - 73 points, seven games remaining
Powell River - 62 points, six games remaining
Victoria - 55 points, seven games remaining
Alberni Valley - 53 points, nine games remaining
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Cowichan - 42 points, seven games remaining
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MAINLAND DIVISION
(1) Chilliwack vs. (4) Coquitlam
(2) Langley vs. (3) Prince George

STANDINGS
Chilliwack - 64 points, eight games remaining
Langley - 59 points, eight games remaining
Prince George - 55 points, eight games remaining
Coquitlam - 45 points, seven games remaining







Forward Harry Zolnierczyk (Alberni Valley, 2005-07) has been called up by the New York Islanders from the AHL's Bridgeport Sound Tigers. The Toronto native has 35 points (13 goals, 22 assists) in 47 games as an alternate captain with Bridgeport this season. Zolnierczyk has played 57 career NHL games, but none this season after signing with the Islanders as a free agent last summer.
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The 2015 Beanpot tournament is postponed for the second time in two weeks due to heavy snow in the New England region of the US. The championship final features forward Ryan Rosenthal (Coquitlam, 2013-14) and Northeastern University against goaltender Connor Lacouvee (Cowichan, Merritt, Alberni Valley, 2012-14) and Boston University. John Connolly of the Boston Herald has the story here.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

BCHL Playoff Picture, Nanaimo Signs Arsenault as Back-Up Netminder, Oakley Commits to TWU, St. John Commits to EWU:






Saturday Games
Nanaimo def. Langley 8-3
Cowichan def. Vernon 5-3
Prince George def. Coquitlam 7-5
Chilliwack def. West Kelowna 3-2 OT
Penticton tied Powell River 3-3
Trail def. Surrey 2-1
Salmon Arm def. Merritt 7-3

Sunday Games
Langley at Victoria
Vernon at Chilliwack
Penticton at Alberni Valley
Surrey at Salmon Arm

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 - 81 points, eight games remaining
Vernon - 65 points, eight games remaining
Merritt - 56 points, eight games remaining
West Kelowna - 55 points, six games remaining
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Salmon Arm - 54 points, eight games remaining
Trail - 38 points, eight games remaining
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ISLAND DIVISION
(1) Nanaimo vs. (4) Alberni Valley
(2) Powell River vs. (3) Victoria

STANDINGS
Nanaimo - 73 points, seven games remaining
Powell River - 62 points, six games remaining
Victoria - 55 points, eight games remaining
Alberni Valley - 51 points, ten games remaining
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Cowichan - 42 points, seven games remaining
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MAINLAND DIVISION
(1) Chilliwack vs. (4) Coquitlam
(2) Langley vs. (3) Prince George

STANDINGS
Chilliwack - 62 points, nine games remaining
Langley - 57 points, nine games remaining
Prince George - 55 points, eight games remaining
Coquitlam - 45 points, seven games remaining







Nanaimo shuffled its back-up goaltending situation once again. First, the Clippers released 17-year-old Jakob Severson and grabbed 20-year-old Talor Joseph, who was released by the Manitoba Junior Hockey League's Portage Terriers. However, Joseph was coming back from an undisclosed injury and wound up not skating with Nanaimo at all. Now the Clippers have signed 18-year-old Jonathan Arsenault, who had been released by Longueuil Collège-Français of the Quebec Junior Hockey League. Arsenault was selected by Baie-Comeau in the 11th round, 189th overall in 2013 QMJHL Entry Draft. He had a 3.83 goals-against-average and an .818 save percentage in one game with Longueuil this season.

If you're wondering how Nanaimo is able to sign a player after January 10th, the Hockey Canada rule is that February 10th is actually the last day available to sign a player if a team has a card available and is under the limit of 23. The Clippers had a card available and were under the 23-man roster limit, so they could sign Arsenault.







The first place Trinity Western University Spartans announced their first commitment for the 2015-16 season. Heading to TWU this September is 20-year-old forward Daniel Oakley. Oakley is tenth in Pacific Junior Hockey League scoring with the Richmond Sockeyes, posting 53 points (22 goals, 31 assists) in 40 games.

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Eastern Washington University announced the commitment of 20-year-old forward Colton St. John for this September. St. John is with Comox Valley of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League, where he has 10 points (five goals, five assists) in 14 games. He had 23 points (11 goals, 12 assists) in 26 games with the KIJHL's Princeton Posse before being traded to Comox Valley.