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Grandview Steelers to face White Rock in PJHL playoff 'survivor series'

Burnaby's junior "A" hockey franchise must win the best-of-three series to advance to the quarterfinal round.
The Grandview Steelers celebrate a victory on home ice at Burnaby Winter Club during the 2023-24 season.

The Grandview Steelers have earned their spot in the 2024 Pacific Junior Hockey League (PJHL) playoffs for a second consecutive season.

The Burnaby junior "A" hockey club is set to face-off against their divisional-rivals, the White Rock Whalers, in the opening round starting Wednesday, Feb. 14.

The winner of the best-of-three "survivor series" will play the PJHL league-champion Richmond Sockeyes in the quarterfinals.

Grandview capped off its 2023-24 regular season with a 4-3 overtime victory on Sunday, Feb. 11, on home ice over the Port Moody Panthers. Graduating athlete Steven Konechny scored a hat trick, including the game-winner.

"It's huge. We need this going into playoffs — we need the energy, we need the momentum, we just need that confidence," Konechny said in a team release.

The victory also marked the 100th PJHL game for defenceman Conner Nelles.

The Steelers' final 48-game record was 24-22-0-2, including 12-11-0-1 in their own barn, which was good enough for fifth in the Tom Shaw conference.

Forward Tanner Milne finished with most points for Grandview with 48 points in 41 games, including a team-high 26 goals — 13th among the league's top players.

Defenceman Cameron Northard led the Steelers with 28 assists.

Goaltender Ronin Geraghty finished with a 13-9-0-1 record in 25 games played, including one shutout.

Grandview will host the first of the three-games against White Rock on Wednesday, 7:15 p.m. at the Burnaby Winter Club (4990 Canada Way).

The Whalers will host game two at Centennial Arena on Saturday, Feb. 17, also at 7:15 p.m. If necessary, game three will be played in White Rock on Family Day Monday, Feb. 19, at 3 p.m.