BCHL Today: Capitals and Vipers move to round two, Bucks may be close to naming coach, and more

Controversy at the beginning of Capitals-Kings game five

During warm-up before Friday’s game five between Cowichan Valley and Powell River, Capitals forward Cole Broadhurst shot a puck at Kings goaltender Derek Krall.

Krall was stretching at centre ice and looked to be shaken up afterwards. He did play the game though. Broadhurst was assessed a five minute match penalty by the officials and unless the penalty is reduced after review, it’s likely he will be suspended.

Vernon blows out Wenatchee in game five to advance

The Vernon Vipers thumped the Wenatchee Wild 8-3 in game five to advance to face the Penticton Vees in the second round of the BCHL playoffs. The Vipers, who have won six national junior A championships, made it out of the first round for the fourth straight season.

Penticton has two national championships itself as the second round series is a battle between two of the BCHL’s most successful franchises.

Capitals advance to second round after dispatching Kings

For the second straight year, the Cowichan Valley Capitals are into the second round of the BCHL playoffs. The Caps punched their ticket with a 2-1 overtime win in game five and now face the Nanaimo Clippers in the Island Division final.

Report: Bucks to name Derek Stuart GM/Head Coach

Veteran junior hockey reporter Gregg Drinnan noted on his website Friday night that he is hearing the Cranbrook Bucks will hire Derek Stuart as the franchise’s first GM and head coach.

Stuart is in his fourth season as GM and head coach of the junior B Kimberley Dynamiters. He has led the Nitros to an eye popping 154-30-2-6 record since joining the team in 2016.

Three Stars of the Night

First Star: Vernon forward Cameron MacDonald had two goals and two assists.

Second Star: Cowichan Valley forward Luc Wilson had a goal and an assist.

Third Star: Vipers defenceman Hunter Donohoe scored a pair of goals.

Honourable Mentions:Β Capitals forward Matthew Crasa notched a goal and an assist. Wenatchee forward Ethan Wolthers and Vernon blueliner Nicholas Kent each chipped in a pair of assists. Cowichan Valley netminder Zach Borgiel and Powell River goaltender Derek Krall each made 32 saves.

Fred Page Cup Playoff Picture

INTERIOR DIVISION

#1 Penticton Vees vs. #8 West Kelowna Warriors

(Penticton wins best-of-7 series 4-1)

Game 1: Thursday, Feb. 27, 7 p.m. – Vees win 7-1
Game 2: Friday, Feb. 28, 7 p.m. – Vees win 4-1
Game 3: Sunday, Mar. 1, 3 p.m. – Vees win 9-2
Game 4: Tuesday, Mar. 3, 7 p.m. – Warriors win 2-1 OT
Game 5: Wednesday, Mar. 4, 7 p.m. – Vees win 5-4 OT

#2 Trail Smoke Eaters vs. #7 Prince George Spruce Kings

(Trail wins best-of-7 series 4-0)

Game 1: Friday, Feb. 28, 7 p.m. – Smoke Eaters win 2-1
Game 2: Saturday, Feb. 29, 7 p.m. – Smoke Eaters win 2-1 OT
Game 3: Monday, Mar. 2, 7 p.m. – Smoke Eaters win 4-0
Game 4: Tuesday, Mar. 3, 7 p.m. – Smoke Eaters win 3-1

#3 Salmon Arm Silverbacks vs. #6 Victoria Grizzlies

(Salmon Arm wins best-of-7 series 4-0)

Game 1: Friday, Feb. 28, 7 p.m. – Silverbacks win 2-1
Game 2: Saturday, Feb. 29, 7 p.m. – Silverbacks win 4-0
Game 3: Monday, Mar. 2, 7 p.m. – Silverbacks win 3-2
Game 4: Tuesday, Mar. 3, 7 p.m. – Silverbacks win 3-2

#4 Wenatchee Wild vs. #5 Vernon Vipers

(Vernon wins best-of-7 series 4-1)

Game 1: Saturday, Feb. 29, 7:05 p.m. – Vipers win 3-0
Game 2: Sunday, Mar. 1, 7:05 p.m. – Wild win 2-1
Game 3: Tuesday, Mar. 3, 7 p.m. – Vipers win 4-2
Game 4: Wednesday, Mar. 4, 7 p.m. – Vipers win 6-4
Game 5: Friday, Mar. 6, 7:05 p.m. – Vipers win 8-3

ISLAND DIVISION

#1 Nanaimo Clippers vs. #4 Alberni Valley Bulldogs

(Nanaimo wins best-of-7 series 4-0)

Game 1: Friday, Feb. 28, 7 p.m. – Clippers win 6-3
Game 2: Saturday, Feb. 29, 7 p.m. – Clippers win 6-3
Game 3: Tuesday, Mar. 3, 7 p.m. – Clippers win 3-2
Game 4: Thursday, Mar. 5, 7 p.m. – Clippers win 2-1

#2 Cowichan Valley Capitals vs. #3 Powell River Kings

(Cowichan Valley wins best-of-7 series 4-1)

Game 1: Friday, Feb. 28, 7 p.m. – Capitals win 6-3
Game 2: Saturday, Feb. 29, 7 p.m. – Capitals win 7-6 OT
Game 3: Tuesday, Mar. 3, 7 p.m. – Kings win 3-0
Game 4: Wednesday, Mar. 4, 7 p.m. – Capitals win 2-1
Game 5: Friday, Mar. 6, 7 p.m. – Capitals win 2-1 OT

MAINLAND DIVISION

#1 Coquitlam Express vs. #4 Langley Rivermen

(Coquitlam wins best-of-7 series 4-0)

Game 1: Friday, Feb. 28, 7 p.m. – Express win 5-1
Game 2: Sunday, Mar. 1, 7 p.m. – Express win 3-0
Game 3: Tuesday, Mar. 3, 7:15 p.m. – Express win 5-4 OT
Game 4: Wednesday, Mar. 4, 7:15 p.m. – Express win 5-4

#2 Chilliwack Chiefs vs. #3 Surrey Eagles

(Chilliwack leads best-of-7 series 3-2)

Game 1: Friday, Feb. 28, 7 p.m. – Chiefs win 6-3
Game 2: Saturday, Feb. 29, 7 p.m. – Chiefs win 2-0
Game 3: Monday, Mar. 2, 7:30 p.m. – Eagles win 3-2
Game 4: Tuesday, Mar. 3, 7 p.m. – Eagles win 5-2
Game 5: Thursday, Mar. 5, 7 p.m. – Chiefs win 3-0
Game 6: Saturday, Mar. 7, 7 p.m. – Chiefs @ Eagles
Game 7: Sunday, Mar. 8, 6 p.m. – Eagles @ Chiefs*

*If necessary