Road to the 2017 RBC Cup
British Columbia Hockey League
Jason La Rose
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March 3, 2017
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PLAYOFF MATCH-UPS
Interior Division
3) Trail Smoke Eaters vs. 6) Salmon Arm Silverbacks
4) West Kelowna Warriors vs. 5) Merritt Centennials

BYES:
1) Penticton Vees
2) Vernon Vipers

Island Division
1) Victoria Grizzlies vs. 4) Nanaimo Clippers
2) Powell River Kings vs. 3) Cowichan Valley Capitals

Mainland Division
1) Wenatchee Wild vs. 4) Prince George Spruce Kings
2) Chilliwack Chiefs vs. 3) Langley Rivermen

FINAL STANDINGS (W-L-T-OTL)
Interior Division
Penticton – 86 points (41-13-1-3)
Vernon – 69 points (30-19-4-5)
Trail – 58 points (26-26-1-5)
West Kelowna – 56 points (27-29-0-2)
Merritt – 56 points (23-25-2-8)
Salmon Arm – 54 points (24-28-3-3)

Island Division
Victoria – 83 points (37-12-4-5)
Powell River – 76 points (37-19-1-1)
Cowichan Valley – 55 points (25-28-2-3)
Nanaimo – 53 points (23-28-1-6)
Alberni Valley – 42 points (16-32-3-7)

Mainland Division
Wenatchee – 94 points (45-9-0-4)
Chilliwack – 88 points (41-11-0-6)
Langley – 68 points (30-20-2-6)
Prince George – 56 points (25-27-2-4)
Surrey – 40 points (18-36-0-4)
Coquitlam – 25 points (11-44-2-1)

LEADING SCORERS
Brendan Harris (Wenatchee) – 23G 75A 98P
Jordan Kawaguchi (Chilliwack) – 38G 47A 85P
Charlie Combs (Wenatchee) – 52G 32A 84P
Brett Mennear (Prince George) – 25G 54A 79P
Jonny Evans (Powell River) – 36G 42A 78P

LEADING GOALTENDERS
Darion Hanson (Vernon) – 14-4-2, 1.84 GAA, .945 SV%, 2 SO
Mathew Robson (Penticton) – 35-13-1, 1.94 GAA, .930 SV%, 6 SO
Anthony Yamnitsky (Wenatchee) – 31-7-0, 2.23 GAA, .895 SV%, 5 SO
Matthew Galajda (Victoria) – 25-10-2, 2.33 GAA, .926 SV%, 3 SO
Mark Sinclair (Chilliwack) – 33-12-0, 2.59 GAA, .910 SV%, 2 SO

LAST NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCE
2016 (West Kelowna Warriors – national champions)

TOTAL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCES
29 (2016, 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2009 (host), 2007 (host), 2006, 2004, 2002, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1998 (host), 1997, 1996, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1991, 1990, 1990 (host), 1989, 1987, 1986, 1985, 1983)

LAST NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
2016 (West Kelowna Warriors)

TOTAL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
13 (2016, West Kelowna Warriors; 2012, Penticton Vees; 2010, Vernon Vipers; 2009, Vernon Vipers; 2006, Burnaby Express; 1999, Vernon Vipers; 1998, South Surrey Eagles; 1996, Vernon Vipers; 1993, Kelowna Spartans; 1991, Vernon Lakers; 1990, Vernon Lakers; 1987, Richmond Sockeyes; 1986, Penticton Knights)

TOP REGULAR SEASON TEAM – WENATCHEE WILD
For the first time in 37 years, the BCHL regular-season title is headed south of the border. The Wenatchee Wild scored their way to first place, becoming the first American team since the Bellingham Blazers in 1979-80 to finish atop the B.C. standings. Wenatchee burst off the start line in its second BCHL season, posting 10 wins and an overtime loss in its first 11 games, and finished with 10 wins in its last 11. The Wild were simply dominant as the home team, going through its 29-game home schedule without a regulation loss; Wenatchee finished 27-0-0-2 at the Town Toyota Center. With 294 goals scored, Wenatchee found the back of the net more times than any BCHL team since Penticton netted 334 in its RBC Cup-winning 2011-12 season, and it was no surprise to see a member of the Wild atop the scoring race; Brendan Harris posted 98 points, 13 more than runner-up Jordan Kawaguchi. Wenatchee was the No. 2 team defensively, allowing just 135 goals, and Anthony Yamnitsky was the workhorse in goal, finishing third in the BCHL in wins (31) and goals-against average (2.23) and second in shutouts (five).

For more information:

Lisa Dornan
Director, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4557 / 403-510-7046 (mobile)
ldornan@hockeycanada.ca

 

Morgan Bell
Coordinator, Media Relations
Hockey Canada
403-284-6427
mbell@hockeycanada.ca

 

Esther Madziya
Coordinator, Media Relations
Hockey Canada
403-284-6484
emadziya@hockeycanada.ca

 

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