BCHL races: Spruce Kings and Vees make gains

in regular season

 

February 4, 2018

There are just eight or nine games left in the regular season for BCHL teams – and there have been some notable changes in the lay of the land from two weeks ago, particularly in the Mainland and Interior divisions.

Mainland – Spruce Kings jump up

Two weeks ago in the Interior, three teams were tied in first place with 50 points, Prince George, Langley and Surrey, and Chilliwack were just five points back in fourth place.

Since then PG have really stepped it up. The Spruce Kings are now 27-15-4-4, 62 points, and hold a seven point lead on #2 Surrey Eagles, and an eight point lead on the Rivermen. The #4 Chiefs have gained one point on the Rivermen, but are now 12 back of the Spruce Kings.

Interior – Vees make a move

In the Interior, it’s the Vees who have made significant gains, moving into first place with 33-10-2-3, 71 points. Two weeks ago the Vees were six back of #1 Vernon and one back of Wenatchee. Today, they’re two up on the Vipers, and one up on Wenatchee, and have a pair games in hand on both. Meanwhile Trail are now four back of third place – two weeks ago.

Island – no change, still tight

It’s a different story on the Island, where there has been no change in the standings from two weeks ago. Three teams are still almost neck in neck at the top. The Victoria Grizzlies, at 26-17-4-3, 59 points, are one up on Power Fiver and three up on Nanaimo.

 

Top 20 Offensive Players:

In the scoring race, Wenatchee’s Jasper Weatherby, a 1998 from Lummi Island, Washington, still leads, but just by two, over Victoria’s Alex Newhook, the young 2001 Newfoundlander.

Wentachee’s Cooper Zech, a very late 1998 from South Lyon, Michigan, has been hot, and is now in third place, up from 8th a couple of weeks ago.  Impressive for a D-man – the only one in the Top 20.

Two other 1998s round out the top 5 –  Trail’s Ross Armour and Surrey’s Ty Westgard.

 

Weatherby, 6’4″, 216 is committed to University of North Dakota next year.

Newhook, 5’11”, 183 is a top prospect for the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, and is committed to Boston College for 2019-2020.

Zech is 5’9, 155, is committed to Ferris State for the fall.

Armour, 6’2″, 180, is committed to Bemidji Sate for the fall.

Westgard played a few games in the WHL so is not eligible for NCAA.

Ten BC born players are in the Top 20.

 

Top Goalies:

It’s still tight race at the top of the goalie stat sheet, with Vernon’s Ty Taylor, Penticton’s Adam Scheel and Price George’s Evan DeBrouwer at the top, all posting +20 wins.

Taylor however is 21 wins in 28 starts, vs Scheel’s 23 in 37 starts, and de Brouwer’s 22 in 40 starts.

Taylor is also posting the top save percentage at .932.

Both Taylor and Scheel are 1999 birth years; DeBrouwer is a 1997.

Taylor, 6’3″, is from Richmond. Scheel, 6’4″ hails from Lakewood, Ohio and is committed to the University of North Dakota for next year. DeBrouwer, 6.1″, is from Blenheim, Ontario.

Chilliwack’s Mathieu Caron is the lone 2000 goalie in the Top 20. The Abbotsford born rookie is out of the Yale Hockey Academy, where he put up a .902 GGA last year.

 

BCHL Standings, February 4, 2018

Island GP W L OTL T PTS OTW GF GA DIFF PCT PIM
1 x – Victoria Grizzlies 50 26 17 4 3 59 3 183 166 17 0.590 625
2 x – Powell River Kings 50 24 16 6 4 58 2 181 154 27 0.580 563
3 x – Nanaimo Clippers 51 25 20 3 3 56 5 168 165 3 0.549 762
4 Alberni Valley Bulldogs 50 15 27 4 4 38 6 137 198 -61 0.380 685
5 Cowichan Valley Capitals 49 9 33 5 2 25 0 129 225 -96 0.255 814
Interior GP W L OTL T PTS OTW GF GA DIFF PCT PIM
1 x – Penticton Vees 48 33 10 2 3 71 5 170 107 63 0.740 520
2 x – Wenatchee Wild 50 33 13 3 1 70 5 212 131 81 0.700 513
3 x – Vernon Vipers 50 32 13 1 4 69 2 170 105 65 0.690 682
4 x – Trail Smoke Eaters 49 30 14 4 1 65 2 194 164 30 0.663 693
5 x – West Kelowna Warriors 50 24 24 1 1 50 4 163 187 -24 0.500 617
6 Salmon Arm Silverbacks 50 22 24 3 1 48 6 147 193 -46 0.480 673
7 Merritt Centennials 48 19 24 4 1 43 2 151 151 0 0.448 665
Mainland GP W L OTL T PTS OTW GF GA DIFF PCT PIM
1 x – Prince George Spruce Kings 50 27 15 4 4 62 6 149 127 22 0.620 497
2 x – Surrey Eagles 49 24 18 5 2 55 5 158 167 -9 0.561 562
3 x – Langley Rivermen 50 21 17 10 2 54 3 145 161 -16 0.540 801
4 x – Chilliwack Chiefs 48 22 20 3 3 50 4 146 151 -5 0.521 740
5 Coquitlam Express 50 14 32 1 3 32 3 127 178 -51 0.320 604

x- teams have clinched playoff spots

 

Standings two weeks ago – January 18, 2018

Island GP W L OTL T PTS Otw GF GA DIFF PCT PIM
1 x – Victoria Grizzlies 43 24 14 3 2 53 3 154 138 16 0.616 536
2 Powell River Kings 42 21 13 4 4 50 1 159 127 32 0.595 489
3 Nanaimo Clippers 44 22 17 3 2 49 4 143 134 9 0.557 661
4 Alberni Valley Bulldogs 43 12 24 3 4 31 4 111 167 -56 0.360 572
5 Cowichan Valley Capitals 44 9 30 3 2 23 0 110 195 -85 0.261 742
Interior GP W L OTL T PTS Otw GF GA DIFF PCT PIM
1 x – Vernon Vipers 44 29 10 1 4 63 2 152 90 62 0.716 602
2 x – Wenatchee Wild 43 27 12 3 1 58 3 173 112 61 0.674 441
3 x – Penticton Vees 40 26 9 2 3 57 3 142 91 51 0.713 447
4 x – Trail Smoke Eaters 43 26 13 3 1 56 2 167 149 18 0.651 605
5 West Kelowna Warriors 43 21 20 1 1 44 4 137 163 -26 0.512 527
6 Merritt Centennials 41 17 21 2 1 37 2 135 130 5 0.451 568
7 Salmon Arm Silverbacks 43 16 23 3 1 36 4 117 168 -51 0.419 573
Mainland GP W L OTL T PTS Otw GF GA DIFF PCT PIM
1 Prince George Spruce Kings 42 21 13 4 4 50 5 127 112 15 0.595 425
2 Langley Rivermen 43 19 12 10 2 50 3 127 130 -3 0.581 661
3 Surrey Eagles 44 22 16 4 2 50 5 146 149 -3 0.568 493
4 Chilliwack Chiefs 42 20 17 2 3 45 4 130 130 0 0.536 653
5 Coquitlam Express 42 11 27 1 3 26 3 105 150 -45 0.310 503

 

Scoring Leaders, February 4, 2018

R Name  # Pos YoB Team GP G A PTS PPG PPA GWG PIM Hometown
1 Jasper Weatherby 14 F ’98 WEN 50 33 34 67 9 14 7 45 Lummi Island, WA
2 Alex Newhook 18 F ’01 VIC 44 22 43 65 6 12 3 10 St.John’s, NL
3 Cooper Zech 7 D ’98 WEN 50 11 51 62 5 19 0 22 South Lyon, MI
4 Ross Armour 20 F ’98 TRA 43 20 38 58 4 12 3 44 Rossland, BC
5 Ty Westgard 28 F ’98 SUR 47 12 46 58 1 15 3 30 Surrey, BC
6 Kale Howarth 16 F ’97 TRA 39 24 33 57 6 10 0 44 Red Deer, AB
7 Ben Berard 17 F ’99 PR 50 22 35 57 7 17 4 22 Duncan, BC
8 John Wesley 27 F ’97 SUR 47 33 23 56 8 8 3 55 Surrey, BC
9 Ethan de Jong 10 F ’99 PG 44 16 40 56 1 13 2 14 North Vancouver, BC
10 AJ Vanderbeck 19 F ’97 WEN 41 32 22 54 10 7 4 30 Monument, CO
11 Jamie Rome 20 F ’98 VIC 48 17 36 53 3 11 3 56 Calgary, AB
12 Lucas Sowder 11 F ’98 WEN 40 17 35 52 3 8 3 24 Trinity, FL
13 Jared Marino 28 F ’97 WK 49 19 31 50 4 10 4 40 Niagara Falls, Ont
14 Jimmy Lambert 23 F ’97 VER 47 18 32 50 6 10 7 46 Saskatoon, SK
15 Jonny Evans 13 F ’97 PR 42 17 33 50 6 18 2 50 Delta, BC
16 Owen Sillinger 23 F ’97 PEN 46 26 23 49 6 8 6 30 Penticton, BC
17 Ben Poisson 12 F ’99 PG 50 20 29 49 9 7 5 2 Vancouver, BC
18 Tristan Crozier 16 F ’98 NAN 45 15 34 49 7 18 4 32 North Vancouver, BC
19 Brett Stapley 7 F ’99 VER 44 20 28 48 7 9 3 56 Campbell River, BC
20 Ethan Nother 9 F ’97 VIC 50 22 25 47 5 7 4 8 London, ON

 

Goalies, February 4, 2018

R # Name By Team GP W L OTL T GA SV% GAA SO Min
1 35 Ty Taylor ’99 VER 28 21 4 0 3 52 0.932 1.82 7 1714
2 31 Adam Scheel ’99 PEN 37 23 10 0 3 75 0.929 2.07 2 2177
3 30 Evan DeBrouwer ’97 PG 40 22 13 0 4 93 0.918 2.31 2 2413
4 30 Anthony Yamnitsky ’97 VER 22 11 10 0 1 51 0.912 2.31 2 1324
5 30 Seth Eisele ’98 WEN 26 16 7 0 0 58 0.896 2.4 3 1449
6 1 Austin Roden ’98 MER 22 8 9 0 2 56 0.925 2.7 1 1246
7 30 Taz Burman ’97 NAN 29 16 11 0 2 79 0.913 2.71 1 1751
8 30 Brock Hamm ’97 COQ 21 9 10 0 2 56 0.919 2.72 1 1233
9 1 Mathieu Caron ’00 CHW 32 16 9 0 1 75 0.889 2.74 0 1642
10 35 Austin Park ’98 WEN 25 16 9 0 0 67 0.887 2.78 0 1447
11 30 Braedon Fleming ’99 LAN 43 18 21 0 1 116 0.903 2.84 0 2448
12 35 Mitch Adamyk ’98 PR 33 14 14 0 2 91 0.91 2.88 0 1894
13 30 Daniel Chenard ’99 CHW 25 6 14 0 2 63 0.896 3 2 1261
14 33 Matteo Paler-Chow ’99 PR 18 8 7 0 2 50 0.904 3.02 2 995
15 35 Zachary Rose ’99 VIC 27 14 12 0 1 77 0.919 3.07 2 1503
16 34 Brandon Wells ’97 TRA 21 11 9 0 0 63 0.886 3.15 1 1199
17 31 Jacob Berger ’97 MER 34 12 22 0 0 106 0.909 3.3 2 1925
18 31 Daniel Davidson ’98 SUR 28 12 14 0 1 86 0.903 3.36 0 1537
19 33 Nik Amundrud ’97 WK 29 13 14 0 0 92 0.9 3.38 1 1634
20 30 John Hawthorne ’98 AV 40 14 20 0 2 131 0.905 3.54 0 2221