Victoria Eliminated from Playoffs, Will Wait for RBC Cup

N.A. Juniors Playoff Game Night: 3/31

Courtnall has a full month of practices ahead of him.

BCHL Playoffs – Coastal Conference Finals

Powell River Kings 4 @ Victoria Grizzlies 1
Powell River wins Best of 7 series 4-3
W Justin Courtnall, VIC: 0-0-0, 4 PIM (slashing, roughing)
Playoff totals: 14 GP, 2-4-6, 24 PIM
Season totals: 60 GP, 22-41-63, 98 PIM

Top-seeded Victoria, owned by Lightning co-owner Len Barrie, will not be advancing to the BCHL championship series. Despite coming back from a 3-1 series deficit, the Grizzlies lost on their home ice 4-1 in Game 7, ending the BCHL playoffs - but not career - of Lightning prospect Justin Courtnall. The former 7th rounder was second on the team in scoring during the regular season, but had a hard time finding the scoresheet during the playoffs for the second straight year.

In Game 7, Powell River scored once in the first and twice in the second before Victoria got on the board at the 16:00 mark of the final period. They’d never get closer and Courtnall took a matching roughing penalty in the game’s final minute.

Courtnall is not completely finished with hockey for Victoria yet, as the Grizzlies will host the RBC Cup in early May.

The RBC Cup is the Canadian Junior Hockey (Junior A) equivalent to the CHL’s Memorial Cup (Major Junior) - except a little harder to get there. There are 10 CJHL leagues, and those champions will hold regional series/tournaments to create four regional champions to determine who goes to Victoria. The Grizzlies will be the host entry.

2009 RBC Cup entries:

Victoria, BCHL (Host)
Doyle Cup winner (Alberta [AJHL], B.C. [BCHL])
Dudley Hewitt Cup winner (Northern Ontario [NOJHL], Ontario [OPJHL], Superior International [SIJHL])
Fred Page Cup winner (Central [CJHL], Maritime [MJAHL], Quebec [LHJAAAQ])
Anavet Cup winner (Manitoba [MJHL], Saskatchewan [SJHL])

After the RBC Cup, Courtnall will continue his road to professional hockey next year at Boston University.