Well the BCHL Regular Season has come to a close. It has featured 986 games, and exactly 3400 goals on 32,756 shots. There was drama up until the final day, as the Alberni Valley Bulldogs squeaked out an overtime victory over the Powell River Kings to pick up the fourth spot in the Island Division playoffs. The celebration started for the Bulldogs fans as the game headed to overtime, as just a single point was needed to get in.
On Saturday, the Vernon Vipers gave up an early goal but rebounded to qualify for the playoffs with a big 7-2 win over Trail. You have to feel for the Merritt Centennials as well, as they won their last three games, including wins over Penticton and Wenatchee, but fell one win short of making the post-season. They were tied with Vernon in points, but the tie-breaker of total wins had them just miss out.
The playoff match-ups are now set as follows:
#1 Penticton vs. #4 Vernon
#2 West Kelowna vs. #3 Salmon Arm
#1 Nanaimo vs. #4 Alberni Valley
#2 Powell River vs. #3 Cowichan Valley
#1 Chilliwack vs. #4 Coquitlam
#2 Wenatchee vs. #3 Langley
So with all the league details set out for you up top, let's take a look at the regular season for the West Kelowna Warriors.
West Kelowna finishes in second place in the Interior Division for the fourth time in their 10-year history, with Penticton being #1 in each of the previous three seasons. This years record of 38-17-1-2 equals a winning % of .681, which is the second-best winning percentage in Warriors history, just shy of the .692 winning % from 2007/2008, where the Warriors went 40-17-0-3 in a 60-game schedule. This is the highest % in a 56/58 game schedule.
The Warriors finish the BCHL Regular Season ranked third on the power-play at 24.6%, while the penalty kill finishes fourth, with an 83.2% efficiency. While the power play held steady throughout the year, kudos to the PK unit who was ranked as low as 12th at one point this season.
100 BCHL Games: Jonathan Desbiens, Kyle Marino, Rylan Yaremko, Nick Rutigliano
150 BCHL Games: Liam Blackburn, Kylar Hope, Brett Mennear
200 BCHL Games: Garrett Forster
100 BCHL Points: Kylar Hope, Jonathan Desbiens
150 BCHL Points: Liam Blackburn
50 BCHL Goals: Jonathan Desbiens, Liam Blackburn
100 BCHL Assists: Liam Blackburn
Warriors All-Time Points List:
2nd - Liam Blackburn - 190 Points
6th - Jonathan Desbiens - 137 Points
14th - Kylar Hope - 107 Points
23rd - Brett Mennear - 80 Points
32nd - Kristian Blumenschein - 63 Points
39th - Garrett Forster - 54 Points (174 Points in 246 Career BCHL Games)
43rd - Kyle Marino - 51 Points
44th - Rylan Yaremko - 51 Points