Who would have guessed? We did get two very sunny days in Seattle though. Been on the coast for the last few days mainly because of a 98th birthday. One of my favorite people!
Attention: This has been sitting as an unsent draft so I’m sending it now.
I’ll get right to the point. Playoffs are starting and here are my picks:
Let’s start out West.
(1) Kelowna vs (8) Tri-City – Lowest goal-scoring total of any playoff team will make this the longest four-game series for the Americans.
PICK: Rockets in four.
(2) Everett vs (6) Spokane – Defence and discipline equal success for the ‘Tips.
PICK: Everett in six.
(3) Portland vs (4) Seattle – I really like Seattle and what they bring to the table. They’re young, good defensively, and finished the season strong. This one I feel will go the distance but in the end the fire-power of the Winterhawks will prevail.
PICK: Portland in seven.
(5) Victoria vs (7) Prince George – What an emotional ride for the Cougars as they end a tough playoff drought and have some momentum heading into this series. If they can split the first two then it’s wide open. Still think the Royals are too much though.
PICK: Royals in six.
To the East.
(1) Brandon vs (7) Edmonton – When you can roll four lines like the Wheat Kings can eventually a mismatch will take place. Wth the series going 2-3-2 the Oil Kings will sneak one during the three at home.
PICK: Brandon in five.
(2) Calgary vs (6) Kootenay – The ice have some special talent up front and if Wyatt Hoflin can play big this will be a good series. Calgary is deep and has some dynamite talent of their own. It’s featured on Shaw and will go six.
PICK: Calgary in six.
(5) Regina vs (8) Swift Current – The Broncos struggle on the road. Regina has been surprisingly good since unloading at the deadline. John Paddock has worked wonders. The series will be won when a team wins on the road.
PICK: Broncos in seven.
(3) Medicine Hat vs (4) Red Deer – The Tigers really struggled in 2015 but they seemed to get things on track late in the season. The Rebels are gearing up for the Memorial Cup but I don’t think they’re looking past this season. Get ready for a good series.
PICK: I think it’ll go seven. I flipped a coin. Tigers.
This week I had an opportunity to go back to my roots as I was tapped to handle play-by-play duties for a pair of SJHL playoff games in Flin Flon, MB.
I worked in the league starting back in 2006 as the play-by-play voice of the Kindersley Klippers and that was when I first had the chance to meet the Whitney Forum in Flin Flon. This week it was games three and four of the SJHL playoff series between the Bombers and the Notre Dame Hounds. The team’s split the two games and it was fun to visit one of the most entertaining buildings in the game (although it was a little more tame than I remember!).