Provided by Arch Ecker and the Wenatchee Wild Hockey Club
(Wenatchee, WA)…The Wenatchee Wild have secured both the Mainland Division Regular Season title as well as the top seed through the BCHL’s Fred Page Cup Playoffs.
The Wild position atop the Mainland Division and BCHL was secured when Prince George rallied to defeat the Chilliwack Chiefs 3-2 in 2OT on Sunday at Prospera Center in Chilliwack. The Chiefs collected a point in the loss giving them 86 on the year, but with two games remaining, the most Chilliwack could potentially earn is 90 pts. After sweeping Langley over the weekend, the Wild are currently at 90 points, with two games left to play. The BCHL Standings Tiebreak procedure designates if teams end with the same number of points, then total wins shall be used to determine the higher seed. In this case, the Wild have 43 wins and the Chiefs have 40, thereby clinching the Mainland Division Regular Season title. The next closest teams, Penticton and Victoria are both 9 points behind, thus Wenatchee is guaranteed home ice advantage throughout the BCHL Playoffs. The Wild have been extremely good at home this season, going 26-0-2 and scoring 119 goals more than their opponents.
The Wild open the first round of the BCHL Mainland Division Playoffs on Saturday March 4 at 7:05 against the Prince George Spruce Kings at Town Toyota Center. Game 2 will be played on Sunday, March 5 at 5:05 pm. Games 3 and 4 will be played in Prince George at Rolling Mix Concrete Arena on Tuesday March 7 and Wednesday March 8. If a Game 5 is required, it will be played Friday March 10 in Prince George. If needed, Games 6 and 7 would return to Wenatchee on Sunday March 12 and Monday March 13. Playoff tickets are on sale now. All BCHL playoff series are a best-of-7 format.
Wenatchee (43-9-4-0) plays their final two regular season games at Langley (28-18-6-2) on Thursday and Friday. All Wild games are aired live locally on Sunny FM 93.9 and available online with pay-per-view at HockeyTV.com. Away game watch parties take place at Riverside Pub.