April 8, 2014 (ISN) – It’s not the matchup many would have predicted at the outset of the BCHL playoffs but the Coquitlam Express and Vernon Vipers are set to face off starting on Friday for the Fred Page Cup.
Both teams finished third in their respective divisions; Coquitlam in the Mainland and Vernon in the Interior.
Based on the standings, that means both clubs pulled off upsets in the first two rounds to get to the round-robin semifinal. Here’s how they got here:
Round One (best of seven):
Vernon defeated West Kelowna, 4-2
Coquitlam defeated Prince George, 4-2
Round Two (best of seven):
Vernon defeated Penticton, 4-3
Coquitlam defeated Langley, 4-2
Vernon went 2-0 win wins over Victoria and Coquitlam.
Coquitlam went 2-1 with two wins over Victoria and a loss to Vernon.
March 30 – At Kal Tire Place: Vernon defeated Coquitlam 6-1
Coquitlam’s top-two playoff scorers are Ryan Rosenthal (15 GP, 12G, 5A, 17 pts) and Coquitlam native Adam Rockwood (15 GP, 1G, 13A, 14 pts)
Goalie Gordie Defiel is 10-5 with a 2.65 GAA and a .922 sv%
Vernon’s top-two playoff scorers are Vernon native Colton Sparrow (15 GP, 7G, 11A, 18 pts) and Brett Mulcahy (15 GP, 13G, 3A, 16 pts, competing in his second-straight Finals)
Goalie Austin Smith is 10-5 with a 2.67 GAA and a .917 sv%
- Friday, April 11: Coquitlam @ Vernon, 7:00 pm
- Saturday, April 12: Coquitlam @ Vernon, 7:00 pm
- Monday, April 14: Vernon @ Coquitlam, 7:00 pm
- Tuesday, April 15: Vernon @ Coquitlam, 7:00 pm
- Thursday, April 17: Coquitlam @ Vernon, 7:00 pm*
- Saturday, April 19: Vernon @ Coquitlam, 7:00 pm*
- Sunday, April 20: Coquitlam @ Vernon, 7:00 pm*