Kawaguchi helps Chiefs to Finals, takes BCHLPOW

kawaguchi180Chilliwack Chiefs forward Jordan Kawaguchi has been named the BCHL Player of the Week for the week ending April 10, the league announced Tuesday.

The Abbotsford native picked up five goals and two helpers over the final four games of the Coastal finals, helping the Chiefs past the Victoria Grizzlies. Kawaguchi was named 1st Star in Game 3 after he scored a hat trick which included the game-winner. He followed that with a goal and an assist in a Game 4 road victory, scored in a home loss the next game and finished the series with a helper in the decisive Game 6 in Victoria.

Kawaguchi totaled 13 points in the Coastal finals and now has 28 points in 16 postseason games, which leads all scorers.

Honourable Mentions this week:

Victoria Grizzlies F Nathan Looysen: 3G, OT GWG, 3rd Star

Vernon Vipers G Darion Hanson: 2W, SO, two 1st Stars, 3rd Star, 151 saves/161 shots, .938 sv%, 1.97 GAA

Vernon Vipers F Jesse Lansdell: 3G, 3A, 2nd Star, FortisBC Energy Player of the Game

Penticton Vees F Taylor Sanheim: 3G, 1st Star, 3rd Star

Chilliwack Chiefs F Jake Smith: 2G, 4A, GWG, 2nd Star, 3rd Star