UNH wild about Chanter

Armstrong’s Dylan Chanter named captain of men’s hockey team

Dylan Chanter

Armstrong’s Dylan Chanter has been selected as captain for the NCAA Div. 1 University of New Hampshire Wildcats hockey team for 2017-18.

Chanter, a former member of the Vernon Vipers, will wear the C for the Wildcats while goalie Danny Tirone of Trumbull, Conn. has been named assistant captian.

“Dylan was selected by the coaches and the players and he was pretty much a unanimous choice,” said Wildcats head coach Dick Umile from a convention in Florida.

“He’s a big, strong defenceman with great leadership qualities. He’s a great teammate that cares about players and about people in the community. He’s always helping young kids and supporting causes.”

Along with being named captain, Chanter was the recipient of the A. Barr “Whoop” Snively Citizenship and Service Award at the team’s year-end award banquet.

Chanter finished with three points this season with his first collegiate goal and two assists. His goal came in a 4-4 tie at Boston University on Feb. 17.

BCHL drama

Duncan Campbell’s goal 9:05 into overtime gave the Penticton Vees a 1-0 win over the hometown Chilliwack Chiefs in the seventh and deciding game of the B.C. Hockey League’s Fred Page Cup final Tuesday.

Chilliwack had forced Game 7 with a come-from-behind 3-2 overtime win over the Vees in Game 6 at the South Okanagan Events Centre Saturday.

Both teams advance to the Western Canada Cup which starts Saturday in Penticton. The Chiefs meet Alberta champion Brooks Bandits in the opener at 2 p.m. while the Vees take on Saskatchewan champion Battlefords North Stars at 7 p.m.

The Portage Terriers, Manitoba Junior League champions, round out the five-team field. The top two teams will advance to the Royal Bank Cup next month in Cobourg, Ont.

The 2017 BC Ford Dealers Road to the Fred Page Cup BCHL Playoffs featured some of the best hockey and top moments of any recent postseason.

And the league’s attendance figures show fans got caught up in the excitement.

Playoff-bound BCHL teams combined to attract 138,852 fans over the course of 73 playoff games for an average of 1,902 per game.

That is an increase of 23.7 per cent from last season, when just 60 playoff games took place.

“Playoffs always bring out the best in our teams and players and this season, that carried over to our fans,” said BCHL commissioner John Grisdale. “With our champions from Penticton going to Game 7 in each round and the Fred Page Cup being decided on an overtime goal, there were plenty of highlights.”