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Future NCAA teammates faring well

(Hockey Now on the BCHL – Future NCAA teammates having nice seasons in the BCHL)

Though this is his first (and likely only) season in the BCHL, Austin McIlmurray is certainly making an impact with the Coquitlam Express.

The 19-year-old forward, who is from Coral Springs, Fla., was the BCHL’s top scoring rookie as of mid-February, having racked up 61 points, including 27 goals, through 53 contests.

Besides being the league’s top rookie scorer, McIlmurray was also third in team scoring for the Express, behind only veterans Colton Kerfoot and Jackson Cressey.

McIlmurray is expected to spend just the one season in Coquitlam after accepting a scholarship offer from Connecticut’s Sacred Heart University, an NCAA Division 1 team.

Trail’s Workhorse Netminder
It’s unlikely that Bailey MacBurnie will be complaining about a lack of ice time.

That’s because the Trail Smoke Eaters’ 20-year-old goaltender has seen more action this season than any other BCHL puckstopper.

MacBurnie, who is from Beverly, Mass., had appeared in 47 of Trail’s first 54 contests. He had logged a total of 2,450 minutes of action.

But because the Smoke Eaters were struggling and occupying the basement of the league’s six-team Interior Division, MacBurnie’s stats were not that impressive. He had a 15-30-0-0 record and a 3.87 GAA.

Like McIlmurray, MacBurnie has also committed to Sacred Heart University.