With under 10 games remaining for each BCHL squad, here's a look at the teams still in the hunt for a playoff spot!
The Kings look poised to make a run to their 4th consecutive Fred Page Cup final. 20 year old Cohen Adair has been a monster scoring 52 goals in under 100 BCHL regular season games, and 17 year old Evan Richardson continues to improve with 47 points in 41 games. Bringing on Teal Burns and J.P Villeneuve has solidifed the Kings with depth up front, while local boy Sean Maguire will continue to carry the load between the pipes. Check out the Kings blog, done by my buddy Alex Rawnsley!
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Wrapping up the 4 teams that will make the playoffs from the Coastal Conference with the Coquitlam Express. The Express have 7 games remaining and need just 4 wins to beat their franchise win total and to match their point total, that was set during the RBC Championship winning 2006 season. For a team that has a strong list of alumni, depth has continued to haunt the Express as just 7 players have broken the 25 point plateau. Alex Petan and Alex Kerfoot have been the teams go-to guys all season long and will play large roles in the post season, while Cole Huggins will continue to hold his team in games. Despite a 2.59 GAA, Huggins has a league leading .928 save percentage. Two ex-WHL veterans Connor Redmond and Zach Hodder provide experience that will assist them in the playoffs. Check out Coquitlam Expressions!
Do I need to even begin? Here, I'll give you a few reasons the Vees are number one in Canada: Connor Reilly, Wade Murphy, Joey Benik, Mario Lucia, Mike Reilly, Michael Garteig, Bryce Gervais, Travis St. Denis, Steven Fogarty AND Ryan Reilly. All those players are among the BCHL's best. That's a solid team. But, I am from Vernon; which means I grew up watching the Panthers/Vees, which in turn means I will be the last BCHL follower to jump the bandwagon. With 9 players sure to break the 30 goal mark, I look forward to watching their competition take the body every chance they get. That will be the only way to beat the Vees. Check out Fraser Rodger's Vees Blog!
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I had the privilege of calling a couple Spruce King games back in November, and I must say; this team is good. If Penticton has a direct threat, the PGSK are it. They can play tough, they can play fast, and they can embarrass you. With rising star Paul De Jersey and youngstar Jujhar Khaira leading the rush, and Ben Woodley and Chase Golightly manning the point, this team will move the puck so quickly you'll be comparing their style to the Vancouver Canucks. Mix in Michael Colantone and the Fitzgerald triplets, and all the sudden this offense is among the leagues best. In net, Kirk Thompson is capable of stealing games by himself, and newly added Ty Swabb can do the same. Much like Merritt, last summer the Kings future was in limbo, but a strong 2011/2012 season has helped the Kings solidify their place in the BCHL's elite. Check out the Spruce Kings Crusader!
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I would also like to congratulate Andrew Gladiuk of the Nanaimo Clippers for committing to the Bentley University Falcons for the 2012/2013 season!