This British Columbia Hockey League playoffs have begun and some kids have been lighting up the scoreboard. But there were several outstanding goalie performances, as well, two of which stood out to us.
Derek Brown, Vernon Vipers. Brown had seven points in two games to lead his Vipers to a 2-0 series lead over the Salmon Arm Silverbacks. He had one goal and three assists in game 1, another goal and two assists in game 2. He was involved in four of his team’s five goals on Friday and was the First Star in both games.
Jasper Weatherby,Wenatchee Wild. Weatherby is one of three players to score six points over the weekend, but he gets mentioned here because he scored the game-winning goal in both of the Wild’s wins over the Merritt Centennials. He added four assists in those two games, and, as Brown did, earned the First Star in both games.
Jay Keranen, Prince George Spruce Kings. Several defensemen had far more points than Keranen to start the playoffs -- he had just one -- but he’s the only defenseman in the league who has scored a game-winning goal. The score broke a 0-0 tie 37 seconds into the third period Saturday night.
Daniel Chenard, Chilliwack Chiefs. Chenard went 1-1 over the first two games of the Chiefs’ series with the Spruce Kings, but he allowed only one goal in those games, that one to Chenard. His goals-against average is a stellar 0.50 and his save percentage is an unbelievably high .958.
Evan DeBrouwer, Spruce Kings. The Chiefs scored three on 27 shots on DeBrouwer Friday night to jump out to 1-0 series lead, but he shut them down Saturday, stopping all 20 pucks that came his way. His stats are a 1.50 goals-against average and a .936 save percentage.
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