Canada’s British Columbia Hockey League playoffs are off to a roaring start with a number of interesting developments. West Kelowna faces elimination tonight and Royal Bank Cup host Chilliwack finds themselves in a tight spot.
#1 Prince George Spruce Kings vs. #4 Chilliwack Chiefs (Prince George leads series 2-1) – The Spruce Kings picked up the road win last night in Chilliwack putting the Chiefs into a tight spot and almost must-win situation in game four tonight. MY PICK: Chilliwack
#2 Langley Rivermen vs. #3 Surrey Eagles (Surrey leads series 2-1) – The Riverman picked up their first win of the series last night; restoring hopes for a furious comeback. Game four is tonight in Surrey. MY PICK: Langley
#1 Victoria Grizzlies vs. #4 Alberni Valley Bulldogs (Alberni Valley leads series 2-0) – This one is all but completely shocking. Heads should roll if Victoria does not rebound. Series continues Tuesday and Wednesday in Alberni Valley. MY PICK: Victoria
#2 Nanaimo Clippers vs. #3 Powell River Kings (Powell River leads series 2-1) Game three went into overtime last night with the Kings picking up the win at home. Tonight’s game four is also being played in Powell River. –MY PICK: Nanaimo
#1 Penticton Vees vs. #8 Coquitlam Express (Penticton leads series 2-0) - The Express put up a fight in Game 1, not so much the next night. Series continues Tuesday and Wednesday in Coquitlam. MY PICK: Penticton
#4 Trail Smoke Eaters vs. #5 West Kelowna Warriors (Trail leads series 3-0) - The first two games at Trail were a mix of close and not. Trail will be trying to pull off a sweep tonight. MY PICK: Trail
#2 Vernon Vipers vs. #7 Salmon Arm Silverbacks (Vernon leads series 2-0)– We knew the goings would be difficult for the Silverbacks in this one. Salmon Arm will have the Vipers back in their own building for two games this week. MY PICK: Vernon
#3 Wenatchee Wild vs. #6 Merritt Centennials (Wenatchee leads series 2-0) – The Wild know that things will be difficult for them at Merritt’s tiny barn this week. I’m not expecting a sweep and that’s why. MY PICK: Wenatchee
Author: Stephen Heisler
Stephen Heisler has spent a lifetime in the game of hockey. Stephen is also working with individual teams, coaches, and players as a director with the Heisler Hockey Group. Stephen, his wife Deysi, and four children reside in Orlando, Florida.
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