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Parity has definitely crept into the Island Division of the BC Hockey League as four of five teams are in position to challenge for the lead.
The Victoria Grizzlies continue to lead; however, the space between them and the next two teams has all but evaporated.
The Cowichan Valley Capitals and the Grizz are tied with 23 points each, but the Capitals have played one extra game. One point back sits the Powell River Kings, who have played one extra game than the Capitals. With 18 points – not too far out of it – is the Nanaimo Clippers and they have two games in-hand on the Kings.
Only the Alberni valley Bulldogs are starting to fade into the distance, but after only passing the quarter pole there is still time.
The Grizzlies record is 9-2-2-3; five of 16 games have gone into overtime.
Currently the Penticton Vees and the Wenatchee Wild appear to be the dominant teams in the Interior and Mainland Divisions, respectively. The Vees have a record of 13-2-0-0 after just 15 games, while the Wild are 11-2-1-0 after 14. Perhaps in a playoff, an Island Division team will prove stronger due to the stiffer competition within the division.
Friday, October 28th is a veritable four-point matchup with the Kings visiting the Capitals in one of two home games for the hub city team over the weekend. The Grizzlies have two road games, playing the 10-5-2-0 Chilliwack Chiefs on Friday, followed by the Salmon Arm Silverbacks on Saturday.
Meanwhile Nanaimo has three games by the time the weekend is out, starting with a visit from Powell River tonight. By Sunday the Island Division could see four teams in four new positions.