Today’s installment of Top Performances will feature the two best performances by forwards, the top two performances by defensemen, and the best goalie showing in the first round of the British Columbia Hockey League playoffs.
Cooper Zech, Wenatchee Wild, defenseman. Zech led all defenseman with two goals, seven assists, and nine points, three ahead of the next defenseman, in only four games. The Ferris State commitment had five assists on the power play. His playoff point total is so high that only two forwards, teammate Jasper Weatherby and Powell River’s Carter Turnbull, recorded more points in the first round.
Dayne Finnson, Victoria Grizzlies, defenseman. Finnson is tied for second in points for defensemen with six (two goals, four assists in seven games), but he gets the recognition here because he is one of only two blueliners among the top 20 in points to score a game winner. The other is Mitchell Oliver of the Alberni Valley Bulldogs, who also scored six points (three goals, three assists) in seven games, and deserves recognition, as well
Jasper Weatherby, Wenatchee Wild, forward. Six goals and four assists, for 10 points in only four games is quite a feat, even for player headed to the University of North Dakota. That’s 2.5 points a game, production that no one else comes close to outside of Zech.
Carter Turnbull, Powell River Kings, forward. Turnbull, four goals, seven assists, a league-leading 11 points in six games, lands on the list on the strength of his three game-winning goals. He is expected to play next season at the University of Connecticut.
Clay Stevenson, Coquitlam Express, goalie. Stevenson’s inclusion might surprise some, since he went 0-1 in three games played. But hear his case: He posted an all-universe save percentage of .961, best in the league, and had the seventh best goals-against average, 1.99. In one game against the relentless Penticton Vees, he stopped 57 of 59 shots. He kept his overmatched team in that game long enough for him to be pulled late in the third for an extra attacker in what turned out to be a one-goal loss.
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