KIJHL playoff picture grows clearer
The Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL) regular season comes to a close this weekend with the Columbia Valley Rockies and Creston Valley Thunder Cats still battling it out in the standings, with the Rockies third and Cats fourth in the Eddie Mountain Division with two games remaining and two points separating them.
This evening (Friday, Feb. 21), the Rockies host the last place Golden Rockets at Invermere’s Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena (7:30 p.m.), while the runaway first place Kimberley Dynamiters are playing host to the Cats at 7 p.m. at the Civic Centre.
The second place Fernie Ghostriders host the Grand Forks Border Bruins at the Memorial Arena; game time is 7:30 p.m.
And on Saturday, Feb. 22, the Rockies head to Fernie, while the Nitros host the struggling Border Bruins and the Cats head to Castlegar for a tilt against the out-of-the-playoff picture Rebels.
The playoffs begin Friday, Sept. 28, with Kimberley awaiting the fourth place finisher in the Eddie Mountain Division, and Fernie awaits the third place finisher.
A Rockies win this evening would ensure they finish in third place.
With a record of 38 wins, six losses and three overtime losses, the Nitros’ 79 points have them runaway leaders in the Kootenay Conference and a single point behind the Revelstoke Grizzlies for the overall league lead. However, there is a chance Kimberley can finish atop league standings as the Grizzlies have a single game remaining, a home date this evening against the 100 Mile House Wranglers, while the Nitros close out the regular season against two non-playoff bound clubs.
The BC Junior B championships, the Cyclone Taylor Cup, start in 100 Mile House BC on April 16, with the championship to be awarded on Sunday April 19.