Friday, April 07, 2006

Burnaby and Winnipeg Both Advance

Paul Crowder and Kevin Clark will continue playing Jr. hockey for at least one more series each. Clark and the Winnpeg South Blues finished off the OCN Blizzard Friday night to win the MJHL Championship (Turnbull Trophy). Kevin finished tied for the league playoff scoring title with Donald Melnyk of OCN; Clark had 26 points (10g - 16a) in 14 games; Melnyk had 26 points (9g-17a) in 16 games. Clark though did manage to wrap up the playoff penalty minutes race with 60.

Winnipeg will now play the winner of the SJHL (Saskatchewan's "Credential Cup") championship series betweeen the Battleford North Stars and the Yorkton Terriers. Yorkton leads that best of seven series 2-1 after a victory Friday night.

Paul Crowder and the Burnaby Express ended the Victoria Salsa's season with a 5 - 3 victory in the BCHL semi-final series. In 10 playoff games Paul has 7 goals and 9 assists for 16 points. Burnaby will face the Penticton Vees for the Fred Page Cup (BCHL Championship). Penticton advanced by winning their best of 7 semi-final 4 games to 1 against Salmon Arm. I was bummed when I assumed that Paul was out for the season as it gave me no information about what to expect next year. It seems that he's showing he should be able to contribute offensively at UAA next year.

For those of you not familiar with Canadian Jr. hockey each league champion is invited (through a set of rules too convoluted to explain here) to a national tournament for the Royal Bank Cup (a link to the brackets).

Hey ... At least there's something related to UAA hockey to write about.

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