December 6, 2015
For the first time this season, this week’s update has no changes in either of the three divisions in terms of each team’s position in the standings.
However, there is still lots to report after yet another busy week in the BCHL.
The Penticton Vees had a five-game win streak going until a 4-4 tie against the Alberni Valley Bulldogs on Saturday. The Vees remain a comfortable fifteen points above Chilliwack for top team in the league.
The Trail Smoke-Eaters have been nipping at the heels of the Vernon Vipers for a while now, and after winning two of three last week Trail is just four points back of Vernon with three games in hand.
The West Kelowna Warriors had a good opportunity to make a move on the Salmon Arm Silverbacks, as the Silverbacks only had one game last week and lost it. Unfortunately for the Warriors it was a missed opportunity as the team managed to win the first game against Trail, but lose the next two.
With the Silverbacks having a number of games in hand on each other team in the Interior, they should have a chance to distance themselves from the teams below them in the coming weeks.
The Nanaimo Clippers have continued to skyrocket in the Island division, extending their win-streak to a league-best eight games. They won three games last week, two of which were 2-1 OT victories. Goaltender Evan Johnson picked up both wins in a couple of solid outings.
Right behind the Clippers for longest win-streak is the Powell River Kings with five straight. It was just one game last week for the Kings, but they made it count, beating the Victoria Grizzlies 5-1. The win was enough to maintain their lead over the Cowichan Valley Capitals for second in the Island.
The Capitals split their two games last week, winning 6-4 over the Warriors before losing to the Vipers 3-1.
In a battle for the final playoff spot, the Alberni Valley Bulldogs picked up a huge point this week, able to tie the league-best Vees. The Bulldogs are three points behind the Victoria Grizzlies for the last playoff spot, but the Bulldogs have three games in hand.
The Chilliwack Chiefs and Wenatchee Wild continue to lead the Mainland division, with the Langley Rivermen not far behind.
The Chiefs are in a good spot, with a two point lead and two games in hand on the Wild. The Wild can still close that gap, and there is little margin for error, as the Rivermen have a game in hand on them and are just four points back.
After the top three teams it drops off a bit, as the Coquitlam Express are a full eight points back of the Rivermen, but ten points up on the team chasing them, the Prince George Spruce Kings.
The Spruce Kings ended their four game losing streak with a 6-4 win over the Express on Thursday. That makes the longest losing streak in the league only three games, and it’s the Surrey Eagles. The Eagles had ended a lengthier 12-game losing streak not too long ago, but have now lost three straight.
The scoring race is tighter than it has ever been this season, as there’s now a three-way tie.
Nanaimo’s Sheldon Rempal and Penticton’s Scott Conway and Tyson Jost all have exactly 60 points. Conway moved back up with the top two after putting up six points in three games this week.
It drops off significantly after that, as fourth and fifth in scoring have 41 points, 19 fewer than the top three. Those two are Rempal’s linemates Matthew Hoover and Devin Brosseau.
Merritt’s struggles aren’t due to lack of scoring, as Gavin Gould and Collin Grannary each have 36 points.
Easton Brodzinski is just one point one point ahead of Vimal Sukumaran for rookie scoring. Sukumaran has played four less games.
Dante Fabbro is still blowing all other defensemen out of the water. His 39 points in 24 games is far ahead of any other defenseman. Yanni Kaldis (5-24-29) is still second in defenseman scoring.
Top 10 BCHL Scoring Leaders:
|Sheldon Rempal (NAN)||31||29||31||60|
|Scott Conway (PEN)||29||25||35||60|
|Tyson Jost (PEN)||30||24||36||60|
|Matthew Hoover (NAN)||31||24||17||41|
|Devin Brosseau (NAN)||31||12||29||41|
|Liam Blackburn (WK)||31||15||25||40|
|Colton Kerfoot (COQ)||30||15||24||39|
|Dante Fabbro (PEN)||24||7||32||39|
|E. Brodzinski (PEN)||28||21||15||36|
|Gavin Gould (MER)||28||17||19||36|
Penticton’s Zachary Driscoll and Anthony Brodeur continue their reign atop all goalies in both save percentage and goals against average.
The Chiefs’ Matteo Esposito saw a bit of a dip in his numbers from last week, going from a .925 to a .914 Sv%. He and Aiden Pelino (.918) still make up one the top tandems in the league.
Evan Johnson has been great in his time with the Clippers, posting an 8-3 record with a 2.55 G.A.A and .915 Sv% in 11 starts.
Jeff Smith (PR) and Andrew Shortridge (VER) both had solid weeks and continue to be among the premiere starters in the BCHL.
Top 10 BCHL Goalies (Based on GAA):
|Z. Driscoll (PEN)||12||11||1.75||.941|
|Anthony Brodeur (PEN)||18||16||1.81||.937|
|Garrett Nieto (WEN)||7||5||1.87||.924|
|Matteo Esposito (CHI)||12||8||2.07||.914|
|Aidan Pelino (CHI)||20||11||2.31||.918|
|Jeff Smith (PR)||23||15||2.33||.932|
|Brandon Kegler (SA)||8||4||2.34||.931|
|Chase Perry (WEN)||25||13||2.40||.899|
|Evan Johnson (NAN)||11||8||2.55||.915|
|A. Shortridge (VER)||23||12||2.69||.924|
Player of the Week
A defenseman claimed this week’s Player of the Week honour, and it was the Powell River Kings’ Jeremy Leclerc.
The Kings are enjoying a five game win-streak, thanks in large part to Leclerc’s play on both ends of the ice.
The team played good defensively in a couple of home games against the Capitals, allowing just two goals.
Leclerc tallied in both games, earning 3rd star honours in a 6-1 win before scoring the game-winner and being named 1st star in a 3-1 win. Leclerc leads all Kings defensemen with six goals this season.