The BC Ford Dealers Road to the Fred Page Cup BCHL Playoffs start this weekend and the dates for Round 1 have been posted to the league website.
On Friday, March 3, five of the six Round 1 series will begin. The Mainland No. 4 versus No. 1 series (Prince George at Wenatchee) will begin on Saturday, March 4.
At www.bchl.ca, under the ‘PLAYOFF SCHEDULE & SCORES‘ menu, fans can find game information on the following pages:
PLAYOFF BRACKET – This page shows each of the Round 1 series matchups and will update to Round 2 when those series’ opponents become known. The page will update with the series scores and the dropdown menu under each series graphic will contain the results of each game.
LEAGUE SCHEDULE – This page will show all playoff matchups for the current month. As of tomorrow, March 1, all playoff games for that month will be shown. As of today, Feb. 28, users will have to advance the calendar to March to see the playoff games listed.
LEAGUE SCOREBOARD – This page will show each of the games for the current day. Users will have to advance the calendar to see the upcoming matchups.
Unlike last season, there will be no round robin in Round 3. This season, the winner of the Island Division will play the winner of the Mainland Division to determine which club goes to the BCHL Finals against the winner of the Interior Division.
All six Interior teams qualified for the playoffs this year, as per a decision made by the league board of governors at the October BCHL meeting. The top-two Interior seeds, Penticton and Vernon, have byes into the second round.
Each series all the way through the Finals will be a best-of-seven series. In Round 1, the Island and Mainland matchups feature the No. 1 versus No. 4 seeds and the No. 2 versus No. 3 seeds. In the Interior, with No. 1 Penticton and No. 2 Vernon receiving byes to Round 2, the opening round features the No. 3 seed versus No. 6 and No. 4 versus No. 5.