Van Province article (Bruins will be going on the prowl against mighty Tri-City Americans)March 15 2010 at 7:05 AM
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Bruins will be going on the prowl against mighty Tri-City Americans
By Steve Ewen, The Province
March 15, 2010
The Chilliwack Bruins are heading into the WHL playoffs with a little history on their side. The Spokane Chiefs' 3-2 win over the Everett Silvertips on Sunday clinched the top spot in the Western Conference for the Tri-City Americans.
Tri-City, who are also the U.S. Division champions, will face the No. 8 Bruins in the opening round of the playoffs, beginning next Friday in Kennewick, Wash.
And even though the Bruins (32-33-2-5) finished 26 points behind the Americans (47-22-1-2), they won the head-to-head season series, with a 3-1-0-0 count. Their most recent encounter was March 5, and Chilliwack came away with a 4-1 decision at home.
Adding to the series is that Tri-City coach Jim Hiller was Chilliwack's coach for their first three seasons of existence, prior to being fired last spring. If Everett (46-21-3-2) had got a single point out of Sunday's regular-season finale, they would have vaulted into first. Chilliwack was 0-3-0-1 against Everett this season.
Since the Vancouver Giants (41-25-3-3) automatically get the second seed as B.C. Division champions, the Silvertips fall to third and face the No. 6 Kelowna Rockets (35-31-2-4) in the first round.
Vancouver faces the No. 7 Kamloops Blazers (32-33-2-5), who were tied with Chilliwack but beat them in the head-to-head series 5-3-0-0. The No. 4 Chiefs (45-22-3-2) meet the No. 5 Portland Winterhawks (44-25-2-1) in the other set.
-The Giants will be looking for a new play-by-play man for a third straight summer.
Sources close to the WHL team say that Morley Scott has taken a job as part of the Edmonton Eskimos radio broadcast crew and will leave the Giants after their playoff run. A formal announcement is expected Tuesday in Edmonton.
Scott came to the Giants after 16 seasons of play-byplay and colour commentary with the Edmonton Oilers. His wife and two children remained in Edmonton this season.
He got the gig calling Giants' games on AM 650 last summer after the team let Dave Sheldon go following just one season on the mike. Sheldon, who now is the voice of the Abbotsford Heat on Country 107.1, had replaced Joey Kenward the summer after the 2007-08 campaign when Kenward went on to do Vancouver Canucks coverage with Team 1040.
The play-by-play job with the Eskimos, on 630 CHED, came open after this season with the retirement of Bryan Hall.
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