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Road to the 2018 TELUS Cup: Pacific Regional
Will it be Fraser Valley or Lethbridge who earn a first-time Pacific title and a trip to Sudbury?
Jason La Rose
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April 6, 2018
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One thing we know – there will be a first-time participant from the Pacific Region at the 2018 TELUS Cup. Both the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds and Lethbridge Hurricanes claimed maiden league crowns, setting up the best-of-three regional series with a trip to Sudbury on the line.

The Thunderbirds made it six different BCMML champions in as many years, dropping just a single game and sweeping away the defending champs from Cariboo on the road to clinch the title. Lethbridge had to work a little bit harder, winning a pair of do-or-die games to edge Edmonton KoC in a five-game AMHL final and add a playoff championship to its regular-season title.

Mathew Konrad and Gage Goncalves did the heavy lifting in the playoffs for Fraser Valley, combining for 30 points in seven postseason games, while Ridly Greig posted 21 points in 12 playoff games to pace the Hurricanes offence.

RECENT CHAMPIONS (TELUS CUP FINISH)
2017 – Leduc Oil Kings (fifth place)
2016 – Lloydminster Bobcats (fourth place)
2015 – Strathmore Bisons (fourth place)
2014 – Okanagan Rockets (bronze medal)
2013 – Red Deer Chiefs (gold medal)

FRASER VALLEY THUNDERBIRDS
BCMML CHAMPIONS

Regular season record: 25-13-1-1 (3rd in BCMML)
Goals for: 183
Goals against: 134
Leading scorer: Gage Goncalves (30G 41A 71P)

Playoff record: 6-1
Goals for: 31
Goals against: 13
Leading scorer: Matthew Konrad (5G 11A 16P)

ROAD TO THE PACIFIC REGIONAL
Quarter-final: defeated Greater Vancouver 2-0 (2-1, 4-1)
Semifinal: defeated Vancouver NW 2-1 (3-4, 5-1, 8-2)
BCMML championship: defeated Cariboo 2-0 (5-2, 4-2)

Last national championship appearance: none
Total national championship appearances: none

LETHBRIDGE HURRICANES
AMHL CHAMPIONS

Regular season record: 24-5-6 (1st in AMHL)
Goals for: 136
Goals against: 75
Leading scorer: Ridly Greig (24G 30A 54P)

Playoff record: 9-3
Goals for: 42
Goals against: 24
Leading scorer: Ridly Greig (5G 16A 21P)

ROAD TO THE PACIFIC REGIONAL
Quarter-final: defeated Calgary Flames 3-1 (3-2 2OT, 5-3, 1-3, 2-1)
Semifinal: defeated Calgary Royals 3-0 (4-2, 4-2, 4-0)
AMHL championship: defeated Edmonton KoC 3-2 (4-0, 2-4, 2-4, 5-2, 6-1)

Last national championship appearance: none
Total national championship appearances: none

For more information:

Lisa Dornan
Director, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4557 / 403-510-7046 (mobile)
ldornan@hockeycanada.ca

 

Esther Madziya
Coordinator, Media Relations
Hockey Canada
403-284-6484
emadziya@hockeycanada.ca

 

Spencer Sharkey
Coordinator, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4567 / 905-906-5327 (mobile)
ssharkey@hockeycanada.ca

 

Katie Macleod
Coordinator, Media Relations
Hockey Canada
403-284-6427 / 403-612-2893 (mobile)
kmacleod@hockeycanada.ca

 

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