Column: Depth the difference in playoff wins

Rolling four lines against shallow opposition has made the Chilliwack Chiefs a beast in the BCHL playoffs, writes Jacob Bestebroer.

  • Thu Mar 19th, 2015 1:00pm
  • Sports

So who is next for the Chilliwack Chiefs?

After capturing the BCHL’s Mainland division championship, they have advanced to the three team round robin semi-final that begins March 25.

We don’t know the other two teams will be participating.

The schedule is set for the round robin and can be found on both the BCHL (bchl.ca) and Chiefs websites.

The teams will be seeded No. 1,  No. 2 and No. 3 based on their regular-season points totals.

The Chiefs could slot in to any of those three spots. Two teams could be seeded ahead of them (Penticton and Nanaimo) but two teams could be seeded below them (Vernon and Powell River).

I was able to get up to Prince George for games three and four.

Thank you to all of you who listened to Barry Douglas and I on the broadcast. We had a blast doing it.

I hadn’t been there in 10 years and while the rink has seen a few improvements, it’s still very much an old Chilliwack Coliseum-style barn.

The press box is a little cramped, but we were extremely close to the ice, right over top the Chiefs bench. So close that players on the Chiefs bench could hear some of the goings on in the press box late in game four.

Chiefs forwards Jake Hand and Craig Puffer shared the team’s most valuable player award during the regular season.

Through two rounds of playoffs you could make a case for them sharing the playoff MVP award as well.

But then you leave off forward Tipper Higgins (11 goals in nine games), Jordan Kawaguchi (five goals, 10 assists and absolutely dominant in game four’s third period comeback) and goaltender David Jacobson who has been extremely good.

How about defenceman Vincent Desharnais, who continues to dominate defensively and has exploded offensively.

One or two guys may stand out in any given game, but this team continues to get good results because of their team depth.

Tickets for the next round will go on sale Monday morning. Season ticket holders will have their seats held until 10 a.m. the day prior to the Chiefs first home game.

Keep an eye on the Chiefs website (chilliwackchiefs.net), twitter feed and Facebook page this weekend as results come in from the other two series and we learn exactly who and when the Chiefs play next.

 

jb@chilliwackchiefs.net