Shifts in the standings, a tie for the scoring race, and a trend in the Player of the Week; here’s your weekly BCHL Update.
Penticton still has a comfortable lead over the rest of the league. Salmon Arm and Wenatchee are tied for 2nd in league standings. The hottest team outside of Penticton is Chilliwack, on a six-game winning streak. Alberni Valley and Victoria have gained ground in the standings with three and four-game win streaks, respectively. Nanaimo has lost four straight; Surrey has lost eight straight.
The Penticton Vees continued their winning streak this week, winning their only game, a 3-2 OT victory over the Nanaimo Clippers (11-9-0-1), who have struggled recently. The Vees have four players with at least 24 points, and five players averaging over a point per contest.
The Salmon Arm Silverbacks have been overshadowed by the Vees, but with a 13-5-2-1 record, the Silverbacks are tied with the Wenatchee Wild for 2nd in the BCHL.
The only change in the Interior Division this week was the Trail Smoke-Eaters pulling ahead of Merritt thanks to a 3-2 victory over the Centennials on Saturday. Trail has now beaten Merritt by a single goal three times since October 21st.
Here’s a look at the standings for the Interior Division:
The gap between all teams in the Island Division has shrunk compared to last week. The Victoria Grizzlies (7-12-0-2) still sit in the basement of the division, but the team has won four straight games. Two of those wins were against the top-seeded Cowichan Valley Capitals (11-6-1-2).
The Clippers have been slipping from that second spot, now only one point up on the Powell River Knights, who have a game in hand on the Clippers. The Alberni Valley Bulldogs have won three straight to avoid getting surpassed by the Grizzlies, and close the gap on the Knights.
Here’s a look at where things stand in the Island Division:
Though the title of closest division has transferred to the Island Division, things are still pretty close at the top of the Mainland Division.
No changes in the standings to report, but the Chilliwack Chiefs (12-5-1-2) are the hottest team outside of Penticton, winners of six straight. The Chiefs have a game in hand on the Wild, who sit two points up as the leader of the division.
Langley (12-8-0-0) had a chance to take 2nd from the Chiefs, but back-to-back losses, including one to the Chiefs, has created some separation.
Coquitlam has been unable to gain ground on Langley, recording three straight losses. Prince George and Surrey remain well back at the bottom of the division.
Here’s a look at the Mainland Division standings:
Sheldon Rempal has continued his dominance despite the Clippers’ struggles. He posted five points in three games last week, tying him with Penticton’s Tyson Jost for the league lead in scoring with 41 points. Rempal has points in eleven straight contests.
Vimal Sukumaran had three goals and added an assist in the two wins for the Chiefs last week. He leads all rookies with 29 points and is also in a three-way tie for goals scored league-wide (17) with Jost and Rempal.
Devin Brosseau also had a three goal, one assist week in three games of action for the Clippers. He is tied for fourth in league scoring.
Scott Conway was held without a point in his only game with the Vees this week, he dropped one spot to third in league scoring, still eight points above fourth.
Dante Fabbro still leads all defensemen in points with 24. He has points in twelve consecutive games.
Top 10 BCHL Scoring Leaders:
|Tyson Jost (PEN)||20||17||24||41|
|Sheldon Rempal (NAN)||21||17||24||41|
|Scott Conway (PEN)||20||16||21||37|
|Vimal Sukumaran (CHI)||20||17||12||29|
|Devin Brosseau (NAN)||21||11||18||29|
|Matthew Hoover (NAN)||21||15||12||27|
|Liam Blackburn (WK)||20||10||17||27|
|E. Brodzinski (PEN)||20||15||11||26|
|Jackson Cressey (COQ)||17||11||14||25|
|Nick Hutchison (SA)||21||10||15||25|
The two Penticton goaltenders, Driscoll and Brodeur, both still remain among the elite in the goalie standings. Rivermen tender Bo Didur’s stellar numbers have fallen a little bit, but he’s still maintaining a GAA under 2.50 and a .927 SV%.
Chilliwack’s Aidan Pelino allowed just three goals in his last two starts, turning aside 53 shots, in the midst of a six-game winning streak for the Chiefs.
Four goaltenders have reached 10 wins so far this season: Penticton’s Anthony Brodeur (12), Wenatchee’s Chase Perry, Salmon Arm’s Angus Redmond, and Cowichan Valley’s Storm Phaneuf.
Top 10 BCHL Goalies (Based on G.A.A):
|Z. Driscoll (PEN)||6||6||1.67||.946|
|Anthony Brodeur (PEN)||13||12||1.77||.933|
|Garrett Nieto (WEN)||4||3||2.01||.921|
|Brandon Kegler (SA)||5||2||2.07||.938|
|Matteo Esposito (CHI)||9||5||2.23||.915|
|Jeff Smith (PR)||15||9||2.30||.930|
|Chase Perry (WEN)||17||10||2.33||.902|
|Bo Didur (LAN)||11||5||2.45||.927|
|A. Shortridge (VER)||13||8||2.48||.931|
|Aidan Pelino (CHI)||14||7||2.53||.916|
Player of the Week
For the third week in a row, the featured BCHL Player of the Week is a goaltender. This time around, it’s Trail’s starter Bailey MacBurnie.
MacBurnie stopped 81 of 84 shots in two starts last week to help Trail pass Merritt in the Interior Division standings. He made a whopping 47 saves in a 6-1 victory over Nanaimo before a crucial 3-2 win over Merritt, in which MacBurnie stopped 34 shots.
The Trail netminder had a .964 SV% over the two games, improving his overall season record to 5-9-0 with a 3.66 GAA and .897 SV%.