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DAILY DISH: Royal Bank Cup Update Junior Hockey News

Published: Tuesday, 15 May 2018  
By: Stephen Heisler, JuniorHockey.com


Mother Nature has been torturing the ice maintenance staff at Chilliwack’s Prospera Centre. Everything that could go wrong has during the first two days of the Royal Bank Cup. Things looked much better on Monday for the Wellington-Steinbach game and everybody has their fingers crossed that conditions are further improved for today.

The story of the event has to be the Wenatchee Wild. Only the second United States based team to participate in this event (Minnesota Wilderness advanced to semi-finals in 2013), Wenatchee has wins in their first two games, earning five points in the process. 

Chilliwack Chiefs 
League: British Columbia Hockey League
Regular Season: 26-26-3-3. Playoffs Record: 3-4
CJHL Final Ranking: Not Ranked
RBC Results: Lost to Wenatchee 2-1 in OT, Beat Ottawa 4-3 in OT (3 Points)
Thoughts: The Chiefs can flex a bit of muscle today. The Dukes are entertaining, but simply do not have the horses to run with this BCHL club. 

Wenatchee Wild 
League: British Columbia Hockey League
Regular Season: 37-16-4-1, Playoffs Record: 20-5
CJHL Final Ranking: Not Ranked
RBC Results: Beat Chilliwack 2-1 in OT, Beat Steinbach 4-3 (5 Points)
Thoughts: Wenatchee has yet to put in a complete game and still leads the event. Look for something special to happen today.

Steinbach Pistons
League: Manitoba Junior Hockey League
Regular Season: 48-8-2-2, Playoff Record: 20-10
CJHL Final Ranking: #3
RBC Results: Lost to Wenatchee 4-3, Lost to Wellington 3-2 in OT (1 Point)
Thoughts: The Pistons have today off and that’s going to be a good thing to re-group. They face Ottawa tomorrow in a game that could end up being a must-win for Steinbach.

Wellington Dukes
League: Ontario Junior Hockey League
Regular Season: 33-13-3-5, Playoff Record: 20-10
CJHL Final Ranking: Not Ranked
Thoughts: The Dukes really have nothing to lose and will have to really bring it all to the rink today against the host Chiefs.

Ottawa Jr. Senators
Regular Season: 49-9-5-2, Playoffs 15-7
CJHL Final Ranking: #7
Thoughts: Ottawa must get it together quickly. Trying to do that today against Wenatchee is a tall order.

REMAINING SCHEDULE
Tuesday May 15 - 2pm - Ottawa Jr. Senators vs Wenatchee Wild
Tuesday May 15 - 7pm – Wellington Dukes vs Chilliwack Chiefs
Wednesday May 16 - 7pm - Ottawa Jr. Senators vs Steinbach Pistons
Thursday May 17 - 2pm – Wenatchee Wild vs Wellington Dukes
Thursday May 17 - 7pm - Chilliwack Chiefs vs Steinbach Pistons

Semi Finals:
Saturday May 19 - 2pm - Semi Final Game #1
Saturday May 19 - 7pm - Semi Final Game #2

Championship Game
Sunday May 20 - 4pm - Championship Game

Today’s Games and Predictions
2pm - Ottawa Jr. Senators vs Wenatchee Wild: This is a very important game for both teams. Ottawa does not have the weapons that Wenatchee has at their disposal so will have to re-think their approach today. If they let Wenatchee run wild, it’s going to be a long day for the Sens. On the other side; Wenatchee has yet to play a complete game at this event. It would be easy to blame that on ice conditions and that would be understandable. Watching the Wild chase the bouncing puck around the rink is like watching a Formula One driver try to run his car through downtown Detroit after a blizzard. The reality is that these two teams could be playing on a frozen Slave Lake and I think the Wild win nine out of ten games. WENATCHEE wins.

7pm – Wellington Dukes vs Chilliwack Chiefs: I love the Dukes. They are scrappy and full of vinegar. My dad would have loved them too. Like Wenatchee, the Chiefs have the wheels but have been unable to really get it into gear with the deplorable ice conditions in the building. Conditions were dramatically improved for last night’s battle so I’m hoping that we will be OK for both games today. CHILLIWACK wins. 

RBC RECORD 5-0, OVERALL RECORD 166-118-2 .585 PCT


Author: Stephen Heisler from JuniorHockey.com
Stephen Heisler has spent a lifetime in the game of hockey. Stephen is also working with individual teams, coaches, and players as a director with the Heisler Group. Stephen, his wife Deysi, and four children reside in Orlando, Florida.


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