Okanagan-Shuswap Conference second round preview

The Kootenay International Junior Hockey League’s Teck Cup playoffs begin its second round on Monday.


Here are snapshots of the matchups in the Okanagan/Shuswap Conference.


Doug Birks Division Finals: Revelstoke Grizzlies (1) vs. 100 Mile House Wranglers (3)


How they got here: The Grizzlies swept their series with the Kamloops Storm, outscoring them 16-4, while the Wranglers needed a fifth game to decide their series against the Chase Heat. Their final victory was 4-1. Two of their wins came by a shutout.


Players to watch: The defending KIJHL and B.C. champs are led by the superb goaltending of Noah Desouza. The Erie, Colo., native put up a sizzling 1.00 goals against average along with a .954 save percentage. The Grizzlies had a balanced offence, led by Kole Christensson and Carter Anderson with five points. The Wranglers, 2020 Cyclone Taylor Cup hosts, also received spectacular goaltending from Jordan Wilde. The Kelowna native earned two shutouts with a 1.21 goals against average and .957 save percentage. Darian Long leads with six points, while Cody Barnes has four goals.


Season Series: The Grizzlies won the series with four wins (one in overtime) in six games. They outscored the Wranglers 23-16.


Bill Ohlhausen Division Finals: Kelowna Chiefs (1) vs. Princeton Posse (2)


How They Got Here: The Chiefs defeated the North Okanagan Knights in five games after losing the opener in overtime. The deciding game also went to overtime. The Posse meanwhile, swept the Summerland Steam, the final game finishing 5-4.


Players to Watch: Braeden Mitchell was solid in goal with a 1.58 goals against average. Porter Dawson leads the Chiefs with six points, while Kayson Gallant and Nathan Driver lead with three goals each. For the Posse, Brendan Adams has seven points in four games, while Terrance Josephson has four goals.


Season Series: The Chiefs won the series with five wins (two in overtime) with an overtime loss. They outscored the Posse 28-18.