In the east Kootenays I think fernie will eventually come out of the Eddie Mountain. Good team good coach, just underachieving so far. Duner will get them going for playoffs. Creston has a15 point lead and will finish first. I was not impressed by their goalies but picking up Michalovsky from us in January should be a big help. Problem is Kyle has not dressed the last few games. Is he hurt? He is very good, not that Levebvre isn't good, but he is young and not a lot of experience, and that could be a real problem. Creston leads the league in goals scored but can be a run and gun team, that relies heavily on goaltending. Experience and timely saves are a must in playoffs. Kimberley are one point ahead of Fernie so home ice could be a factor. Whoever plays creston in round one Columbia Valley or Golden will have their hands full. Don't know cv's coach but do expect Ty Davidson to have his team ready if they get that final playoff spot. Ty has a game in hand and is tied with cv for the final spot. If creston plays cv I predict creston in 5. If Golden creston in 7. Coaching will be the difference in the first round and Golden could upset, no disrespect to crestons coach, I just think Ty could have the experience to pull it out. Ty in my mind can be one of the top playoff coaches. Back to fernie and Kimberley, Kimberley is lead by some good young players. Their top scoring 93 has only 26 points, and it seems they only have 3 20 year olds in the lineup on a regular basis. Morriseau is good in net but would need to be at the top of his game against Fernie, again a good coach for Kimberley, but they lack experience. Fernie should ride Logan Hill in net and he has lots of experience. Coach Duner brought him in knowing he could win some playoff rounds. There is a strong Princeton posse influence that followed Duner to Fernie and they will be motivated for playoffs. They were the most consistent team we saw in the Eddie mountain. I think Fernie in 6. I predict Fernie and Creston in the division final for the Eddie Mountain. A long series for Creston in the opening round could hurt in the division final, so they will want to finish off either cv or Golden quickly.
Will update on Okanagan later in week