Playoff predictionsJanuary 18 2011 at 10:04 AM
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Might as well get the ball rolling, with the playoff match-up in the first round set in stone. As always, start in the West.
(1)Rupert vs (4) Hazelton
- If the Rampage had momentum on their side before, back-to-back wins against the Luckies and going undefeated at home only give them more reason to be confident heading into the playoffs. As for Hazelton...here's hoping the team can reorganize and come back with a team that can pick up more than four points. Rampage in two.
(2) Kitimat vs (3) Terrace
- Kitimat is playing really good hockey at the moment and seem to be clicking at the right time as opposed to the slow start they had to the season. On the other end of the spectrum, Terrace was clicking at the start of the season but seem to have fallen off the horse a bit as playoffs approach. Still think this will be a competitive series, and competitive enough that Terrace could pull out a win. But regardless, Kitimat in two.
(1) Smithers vs (4) Houston
- Two teams that are no strangers to each other. Houston has a good team, but I don't think they have enough to get by Smithers. Given that Smithers outscored Houston 11-3 in their two regular season meetings, will go with Smithers in two.
(2) Williams Lake vs (3) Burns Lake
- Will probably be the most competitive of the first round match-ups as two of the stronger teams in the league go head to head. I think travel and home ice will play a role in this one, given the distances involved. Will go with Williams Lake in three.
Best of luck and safe travels to all players and fans. Can't wait to see how things unfold...
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|January 18 2011, 2:26 PM |
1. Prince Rupert Rampage (11-5-0) vs 4. Hazelton Wolverines (2-14-0)
Season Series: 4-0 Rampage
This is undeniably the most one-sided matchup of the first round featuring a team on the rise against a team trying to rise from the very bottom. After winning their first ever division title the Rampage will try and advance to the second round for the first time in their three year history and the odds are stacked in their favour. Featuring the league scoring champion and also finding secondary scoring from Lawrence and Woodrow this team now can cause some matchup issues with some teams and going against a team who's goaltenders combine for 8.13 GAA and who's leading scorer has just 11 points this series should be done quickly.
prediction: Rampage in 2
2. Kitimat Ice Demons (9-5-2) vs 3. Terrace River Kings (7-9-0)
Season Series: 3-1 Ice Demons
With one team on a roll and another on a free fall the River Kings likely couldn't be happier to have a clean slate and start fresh. The Demons have gotten better and better every weekend after a tough start and have gotten the offence back on track. Craig Hewitson brings a speed factor to the Demons that is hard to handle and takes some pressure off of Wakita, Mayer and Coleman offensively, while they also have the experience of having won 5 of 6 league titles and a couple coys a long the way. Terrace on the other hand has had little playoff success and has a relatively young lineup, but one thing they do well is keep pucks out of their net. During the regular season they sported the second best GAA and they will have to put a blanket around the net to keep Kitimat off the board enough to steal games in this series. They will also need Steve Cullis to regain his scoring touch from a couple seasons ago when he had over 20 goals. They do that they have a chance.
Prediction: Demons in 3
1. Smithers Steelheads (13-3-0) vs 4. Houston Luckies (7-7-2)
Season Series: 2-0 Steelheads
Smithers controlled the season series against the Luckies, but for what it's worth never faced arguably the leagues best tender Don Kenzel. Smithers boasts arguably the leagues deepest lineup and can roll four lines with anyone, but they generally have to work extremely hard for their goals and if Kenzel can give his team the big saves at the right times, the Luckies do stand a chance. The Dinelle brothers will have to be at their best, especially for the first two games as rumours are circulating that Jon Marren will be unavailable until game 3, if necessary. The luckies will also need to find a way to get some balanced scoring as Kelly, McKay and others will have to chip in to give the team a chance. Smithers will rely on their depth to wear down the Luckies and if the Luckies get into penalty trouble the Fish have the offensive power from their defencemen to really punish them on the power play.
Prediction Steelheads in 3
2. Williams Lake Stampeders (11-4-1) vs 3. Burns Lake (11-5-0)
Season Series: Tied 2-2
After a torrid start the Braves have fizzled slightly down the stretch, while the Stampeders have picked up the pace a bit. These teams are virtual opposites with the the Stampeders featuring a dynamic offence and the Braves featuring a big, strong, hard to crack defence. The Stampeders will likely try to force the issue with three good scoring lines while the Braves will counter with arguably the leagues best player in Steve Wilejto and a hard hitting relentless forcheck from the Webers, Matus and others to provide their large defence, hard to break down defence some offensive support. the difference in this series could easily come down to home ice as the both teams swept the other at home.
Prediction: Stampeders in 3
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