CJHL Playoff Update - Champions Are Crowned
Thursday, April 14, 2011
For the second straight year, the AJHL champion Spruce Grove Saints will face the Vernon Vipers in the Doyle Cup. The Spruce Grove Saints captured their second consecutive AJHL Enerflex Cup by defeating the Camrose Kodiaks in Game Five of the League Final. The Vipers claimed the Fred Page Cup for a third straight year with a series sweep of the Powell River Kings.
The Spruce Grove Saints were Canada's number-one ranked Junior A team heading into playoffs. The Saints captured the Dave Duchak Trophy in 2010-2011 as the AJHL Regular Season Champions for the third consecutive season. The Saints completed the Regular Season with a record of 50-6-4 and 104 points and were 12-1-0 in the AJHL Playoffs.
The Vernon Vipers completed the regular season on top of the BCHL's Interior Conference with 85 points (36-11-4-9). The Vipers went 12-4 in the 2011 post-season to eventually eliminate the Regular Season Champion Powell River Kings. The Vernon Vipers are BCHL champions for a third straight year and 12th all-time.
The Vipers defeated the Saints in Game Seven of the 2010 Doyle Cup Series and ultimately went on to claim the 2010 RBC Cup. The Vipers are on a quest to become the first team ever to win three consecutive National Junior A Championships.
The 2011 Doyle Cup Champion will qualify for the right to represent the Pacific Region at the 2011 RBC Royal Bank Cup National Junior 'A' Championship in Camrose, AB from April 30th-May 8th, 2011. The best-of-seven Doyle Cup series starts Friday, April 15th and Saturday, April 16th at Wesbild Centre in Vernon, BC. If one team sweeps the opening two games, the rest of the series will be played in Alberta. If the teams split the opening games, Game Three will be played in Vernon on April 17th before the series switches to Alberta.
Since the Doyle Cup was introduced in 1985, the BCHL has won 17 of 26 championships. Vernon (BCHL) has won the most titles with seven, followed by the Camrose Kodiaks (AJHL) with five.
For the second season in a row, the La Ronge Ice Wolves will face off in the ANAVET Cup, after being named the SJHL's Credit Union Cup Champions with a win over the Yorkton Terriers.
The next step on the road to the RBC Cup is the ANAVET Cup against the Manitoba Junior League champs -- the Portage Terriers. The Terriers advanced to the ANAVET after capturing the organization's seventh Turnbull Trophy with a series win over the Selkirk Steelers.
The best-of-seven series will start Friday night in Portage La Prairie. Both La Ronge and Portage are looking to add an ANAVET Cup Championship to their resumes.
The winner of the Anavet Cup claims the title of Western Champion and advances to the 2011 RBC Royal Bank Cup National Junior 'A' Championship in Camrose, AB from April 30th-May 8th, 2011.
The Wisconsin Wilderness have been crowned SIJHL champions. The Wisconsin Wilderness tallied three times in the game's final 15 minutes to stun the Dryden Ice Dogs 4-3 in game 4 of the Superior International Junior Hockey League's final thus sweeping the championship series 4-0 and capturing the Bill Salonen Cup in dramatic fashion.
With the series triumph Wisconsin becomes the first U.S.-based team to capture a Bill Salonen Cup title in the 10-year history of the SIJHL.
They will now move on to represent the SIJHL and compete in the Dudley-Hewitt Cup Central Canadian Junior A Championship from April 19-23 in Huntsville, Ontario. Joining the Wilderness will be the host Huntsville Otters along with the respective champions of the Northern Ontario and Ontario Junior Hockey Leagues.
The Wellington Dukes were crowned Ontario Junior Hockey League champions following a 4-2 victory over the Oakville Blades in game five of the 2011 OJHL Championship Series. The Dukes celebrated their first championship in eight years while christening a brand-new building in front of a sold-out crowd.
Wellington will open the Dudley-Hewitt Cup tournament on April 19 versus the NOJHL champion Soo Eagles.
Fred Page Cup
The Summerside Western Capitals are Kent Cup Champions after taking the Weeks Crushers in a four game sweep. Summerside eliminated the home team Crushers in a 4-3 overtime win in New Glasgow.
The Western Capitals will now represent the MHL at the Fred Page Cup - Eastern Canadian Championships in Terrebonne, Quebec from April 20-24, 2011. Summerside will join the host Terrebonne Cobras, Pembroke Lumber Kings (CCHL) and Le College Francais de Longueuil (QJAAAHL).
The Pembroke Lumber Kings extended their consecutive streak of Central Canada Hockey League titles to five with an electrifying win over the Cornwall Colts. The QJAAAHL 2011 playoff series ended when in Longueuil, the Collège Français won the Napa Cup as Quebec Junior AAA Hockey League champions with a 4-1 victory over the Valleyfield Braves. Collège Français wins the series in five games to take the Napa Cup for the 4th time in franchise history, the first time since 1996-1997. For Longueuil Head Coach Pierre Pétroni, it is his 4th championship in the QJAAAHL as Head Coach, tied with Stéphane Scotto in league history for the most championships