2017 Round 1 recaps, facts

BCHL-FPC-180Sunday night saw Round 1 come to a close with a dramatic Game 6 win for the Wenatchee Wild over Prince George.

The matchups and game dates for Round 2 are now available on the BCHL website via our LEAGUE SCHEDULE PAGE

Alternatively, users can find the matchups on the PLAYOFF BRACKET

The series formats are as follows:

⋅ Penticton-Merritt will be 2-2-1-1-1

⋅ Vernon-Trail will be 2-2-1-1-1

⋅ Wenatchee-Chilliwack will be 2-3-2

⋅ Victoria-Powell River will be 2-2-1-1-1

Some quick facts on the BC Ford Dealers Road to the Fred Page Cup BCHL Playoffs so far:

  • The playoff scoring leader so far is Trail Smoke Eaters defenceman Carter Cochrane (2-10-12 in five games)
  • The top-two Interior seeds, the No. 1 Penticton Vees and the No. 2 Vernon Vipers, will wade into battle for the first time this postseason after earning byes. Vernon has not played since Feb. 25 and Penticton not since Feb. 24.
  • The Mainland showdown features the two clubs with the regular-season’s best records: the Wenatchee Wild and the Chilliwack Chiefs. Wenatchee has home-ice advantage but Chilliwack earned eight of a possible 12 points in the regular-season series.
  • Goalies Matthew Galajda of the Victoria Grizzlies, Evan DeBrouwer of the Nanaimo Clippers and Brian Wilson of the Powell River Kings posted the only shutouts in Round 1
  • The only upset of Round 1 was also the only sweep. In the Interior, the No. 5-seed Merritt Centennials upended the No. 4 West Kelowna Warriors in four-straight games.
  • There were four overtime games in Round 1, including Merritt’s 5-4 triple-OT win on the road in West Kelowna on March 4.
  • Stephan Seeger was the OT hero twice for Merritt.
  • Powell River’s Jonny Evans and Tristan Mullin had two game-winners each in Round 1, as did Chilliwack’s Kohen Olischefski

The first games of Round 2 will be on Friday, March 17.