Tuesday, February 24, 2009

BCHL Playoffs set, Recruits garner awards

Last weekend was the final weekend of the regular season in the British Columbia Hockey League. Here are the standings. The good news, all three Badger recruits will have their seasons continue into the playoffs. Derek Lee and the Victoria Grizzles finished as the top seed in the Coastal Conference, and have a bye in the 1st round. Also receiving a buy in the first round are the Salmon Arm Silverbacks where Mark "1st Star" Zengerle has dominated all season. They are the the #2 seed in the Interior Conference.

Also in the Interior Conference, Justin Schultz and the Westside Warriors finished as the #3 seed. No rest for Justin as the Warriors begin their 1st round series against the Trail Smoke Eaters this weekend. GL to Justin and the Warriors!

Scoring wise, 1st Star Zengerle made a great push, but finished second in the league in scoring w/ 31-62-93. He did finish first in pts/game (1.7 pts/game) and assists. Great season for 1st Star! Not to be out done, Derek Lee ended up tied for 22nd in league scoring w/ 12-45-57. He was tied for 5th overall in assists. As I mentioned in an earlier post, he really brought his best late in the season, he was around 55th in scoring about a month ago. Lastly, Justin Schultz finished 5th among defensemen in scoring w/ 15-35-50. Justin led all defensmen in pts/game (1 pt/game).

All three recruits had a great regular season, and two of them received top awards for their efforst. 1st Star Zengerle was named MVP of the Interior Conference and Justin Schutlz was named Top Defenseman of the Interior Conference! Nice work boys! I believe Justin was ROY in the Interior Conf last season.

I can't wait to see all three of these kids in the Cardinal and White, hopefully next season.