This week we’re still looking at the BCHL, where the opening series of the playoffs has heated up. Meanwhile, the NAHL has a couple of good scraps on the schedule.
British Columbia Hockey League
No. 4 seed Alberni Valley Bulldogs at No. 1 seed Victoria Grizzlies Friday at 7 p.m. Pacific time. Victoria won the Island Division with 72 points and the Bulldogs were fourth with 43. So how is Alberni Valley on the verge of eliminating the Grizzlies? By winning the first two games on the road in overtime, then winning game 3 at home -- in overtime. Victoria needs a win to stay alive, Alberni Valley is living the dream. This one will be good.
No. 2 seed Nanaimo Clippers at No. 3 seed Powell River Kings Saturday at 7 p.m. Pacific. A late goal in the third Thursday night lifted the Kings to a 3-2 win and gave them a chance to clinch at home. The Clippers won’t go easy, though. They want to take it back home for a seventh game.
No. 1 seed Prince George Spruce Kings at No. 4 seed Chilliwack Chiefs Saturday at 7 p.m. Pacific. After an overtime thriller, won Thursday night by the Spruce Kings, an elimination game awaits this weekend. The Chiefs are on the edge. Will their home-ice advantage for Game 6 save them?
North American Hockey League
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights (24-18-5-1) at Philadelphia Rebels (34-12-3-0) Friday at 7:10 p.m. and Saturday at 7:05 p.m. Eastern. The Knights won’t be catching the first-place Rebels in the East Division. But they need to hold off the New Jersey Titans, who are one point behind with two games in hand. It’s a bigger pair of games for the Knights, but the Rebels will be playing hard, too.
Lone Star Brahmas (27-12-5-4) at Odessa Jackalopes (27-16-3-2) Friday and Saturday at 7:11 p.m. Central time. Only four points separate the second-place Brahmas from the third-place Jackalopes in the South Division. This weekend matchup will seem like a playoff series.
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