BCHL Playoffs Round 3 Notes & Numbers

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(ISN) – The BCHL semifinals double round-robin begins tonight in Penticton with three clubs – the Penticton Vees, Nanaimo Clippers and Chilliwack Chiefs – entering into battle for the two spots in the Fred Page Cup BCHL Finals.

Perhaps not surprisingly, the three remaining clubs were all regular-season division champions and all have made good on their top billing to this point. They have been seeded for Round 3 based on their regular-season points totals. Penticton, as the top seed, is rewarded with a guarantee of two home dates in the double round-robin. The other two teams will only get their second home dates if it is necessary to play them to eliminate a team.

There will be three NHL draft picks on display in this round: Miles Gendron (3rd round, 2014, Ottawa) and Mike Ramsey (7th round, 2014, Chicago) of the Penticton Vees and Jake Jackson (7th round, 2013, San Jose) of the Nanaimo Clippers.

The Chilliwack Chiefs do not have a drafted player but hulking defenceman Vincent Desharnais has been listed by NHL Central Scouting as a potential selection in the upcoming entry draft. He has eight points in nine playoffs games after posting just five in 54 regular-season games.

To fill in a bit more of the picture, we’ve compiled some more stats in advance of tonight’s opener:

#1 Penticton Vees
Regular season record: 44-9-3-2 = 93 pts – 1st in Interior Division and BCHL
Points by ’94-born players: 97 of the team’s 562 in the regular season (17.3%), 34 of the team’s 117 in playoffs (29.1%)
Points by rookies born ’96 or later: 194 of the team’s 562 in the regular season (34.5%), 32 of the team’s 117 in playoffs (27.4%)

Power play:
Regular season: 56/260, 21.5% – 10th out of 16
Playoffs: 5/53, 9.4% – 11th out of 12

Penalty kill:
Regular season: 149/179, 83.24% – 1st out of 16
Playoffs: 32/37, 86.49% – 4th out of 12

Record vs. Nanaimo: 1-0-0-1
3-2 OT loss Nov. 8 in Nanaimo, 4-2 win Feb. 13 in Penticton
Record vs. Chilliwack: 1-0-1-0
1-1 tie Dec. 14 in Penticton, 3-2 OT win Feb. 6 in Chilliwack

#2 Nanaimo Clippers
Regular season record: 37-16-0-5 = 79 pts – 1st in Island Division
Points by ’94-born players: 133 of the team’s 605 in the regular season (22%), 34 of the team’s 97 in playoffs (35.1%)
Points by rookies born ’96 or later: 8 of the team’s 605 in the regular season (1.3%), 0 in playoffs

Power play:
Regular season: 61/268, 22.8% – 7th out of 16
Playoffs: 12/60, 20% – 2nd out of 12

Penalty kill:
Regular season: 215/274, 78.47% – 8th out of 16
Playoffs: 56/62, 90.32%, 2nd out of 12

Record vs Penticton: 1-1-0-0
3-2 OT win Nov. 8 in Nanaimo, 4-2 loss Feb. 13 in Penticton
Record vs. Chilliwack: 2-0-0-0
10-2 win Nov. 16 in Nanaimo, 2-1 win Jan. 2 in Chilliwack

#3 Chilliwack Chiefs:
Regular season record: 37-17-1-3 = 78 pts – 1st in Mainland Division
Points by ’94-born players: 141 of the team’s 580 in the regular season (24.3%), 20 of the team’s 112 in playoffs (17.6%)
Points by rookies born ’96 or later: 80 of the team’s 580 in the regular season (13.8%), 20 of the team’s 112 in playoffs (17.6%)

Power play:
Regular season: 52/266, 19.6% – 15th out of 16
Playoffs: 13/37, 35.1% – 1st out of 12

Penalty kill:
Regular season: 186/237, 78.48% – 7th out of 16
Playoffs: 30/37, 81.08% – 9th out of 12

Record vs. Penticton: 0-0-1-1
1-1 tie Dec. 14 in Chilliwack, 3-2 OT loss Feb. 13 in Penticton
Record vs. Nanaimo: 0-2-0-0
10-2 loss Nov. 16 in Nanaimo, 2-1 loss Jan. 2 in Chilliwack

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