BCHL Update – Week 8 – Chiefs, Grizzlies, Warriors leading

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November 4, 2018

BCHL standings, top scorers and goalies after Week 8. 

 

 

Mainland Division – Chiefs still on top, Spruce Kings and Express in pursuit

The line of Kevin Wall, Skyler Brind’Amour, and Matt Holmes combined for 14 points to lead the Chilliwack Chiefs to a 7-4 victory over the visiting Alberni Valley Bulldogs Sunday afternoon at Prospera Centre.

The win increased the Chiefs lead at the top of the Mainland Division to five points, after finishing with another 2W-1L weekend.

The Chiefs edged Langley 3-2 on Friday at George Preston, then lost 4-3 on home ice Saturday to Salmon Arm before finishing with the 7-4 win vs the Bulldogs.

Although the Chiefs increased their lead to five points over the second place Prince George Spruce Kings and Coquitlam Express, who are tied with 29 points, both teams have three games in hand on the Chiefs.

The Express played just one game over the weekend, downing Vernon 4-1 at the Pourier Centre.

Prince George played twice, at home, downing Alberni 2-1 on Friday and edging Penticton 3-2 on Saturday.

The second place teams are now ten points up on the Langley Rivermen. The Surrey Eagles are six back of Langley, in last place.

 

 

 

Island Division – Grizzlies and Kings increase lead on pack

On the Island, the Victoria Grizzlies increased their lead on #2 Powell River Kings to five points, on a pair of wins. Friday they handed the visiting Trail Smoke Eaters a 5-2 loss (two empty-netters). On Sunday they shut out Nanaimo 6-0.

Grizzlies d-man Carter Berger was named BCHL Player of the Week, October 28. He’s the only D-man in the Top 20 of the scoring race.

Powell River played three games on the weekend, starting with a one-sided 6-2 win over Surrey on Friday, and then losing 6-3 in Wenatchee on Saturday and 5-4 to West Kelowna on Sunday.

Wenatchee scored three in the third to break a 3-3 tie in the Saturday game. On Sunday, West Kelowna opened a 4-1 lead after two periods, then stretched it to 5-3 late in the third before the Kings notched one more to close out the scoring. Wenatchee outshot the Kings 40-27.

 

 

 

 

Interior Division – West Kelowna move into first place

The Merritt Centennials three point lead on West Kelowna Warriors evaporated over the weekend, as the Warriors moved into first place in the league’s most closely contested division.

The Warriors won both of their games this weekend while Merritt went 1W-1L. Both teams have 27 points, but the Warriors have one less loss, and one less game played.

On Friday, the Warriors overcame a 2-0 first period deficit with a four goal performance in the second, and then shut out the Wild in the third.

After a day off, they handled Powell River 5-4 on Sunday, as noted above.

Salmon Arm Silverbacks meanwhile edged one point closer to the leaders, and are now just two points back, with two games in hand on Merritt.

The Silverbacks played just one game on the weekend, the 4-3 win vs Chilliwack on Saturday.

The rest of the division remains extremely tight. The Penticton Vees are in fourth place, two points back of the Silverbacks, and one point up on Vernon and Wenatchee.

Trail is in last place, but just two points back of Vernon and Wenatchee.

Scroll down for standings.

 

 

 

Scoring Leaders:

Chilliwack’s Kevin Wall (00-Fairport, NY) and Victoria’s Alex Newhook (01, St. John’s, NF) are tied for first place at the top of this week’s scoring leaderboard. Wall is 19G-15A, 34; Newhook is 11G-23A, 34.

Surrey’s Ty Westgard (98, Surrey, BC) as slipped to third overall, one point back of the two leaders, at 9G-24A, 33. Unlike the two leaders, who are playing for the top teams in their division, Westgard’s Surrey Eagles are in last place overall, with just six wins in 23 games.

Merritt’s Brad Cocca (99, Mississauga, ON) remains in fourth place, three points back of Westgard. Teammate Nick Granowicz (98, Macomb, MI) is a point back in fifth overall.

 

 

Chilliwack’s Harrison Blaisdell, an Abbotsford native (01), is the next highest scoring BC-based player, after Westgard, in eighth spot.

 

North Vancouver native, Carter Berger (99) is the lone D-man in the Top 20.

Berger moved up to ninth overall from thirteenth a week ago. He’s now 11G-15A in 22 games for the Victoria Grizzlies after putting up five points in his most recent two games, and was named BCHL Player of the Week, October 28.

A total of six BC-based players are in the Top 20. Seven US players are in the group, lead by Wall.

Scroll down for Top 20 scoring leaders.

 

 

Top ‘Tenders (10 starts minimum)

There was very little change in the rankings for the Top 20 BCHL goaltenders this week.

Victoria’s Kurtis Chapman remains on top with the best save percentage, at .947, and lowest GAA of goalies who have played more than 10 games, at 2.10.

He’s now 13W-6L in 19 games, posting 2W this past week.

Kolby Matthews of the Coquitlam Express is second overall in save percentage with .920, 2.45 GAA, with Langley’s Braedon Fleming right behind at .915, 2.45.

Chilliwack’s Mathieu Caron, a 2000 birth year, remains fourth overall also at .915, but with a slightly higher GAA at 2.72. He continues to post the best winning record, with 15W-7L in 22  games, and the most starts of all goalies so far.

Scroll down for top goalie stats.

 

BCHL Standings, November 4, 2018

 

R Island GP W L OTL SOL PTS OTW GF GA DIFF PCT PIM
1 Victoria Grizzlies 22 14 7 0 1 29 2 87 66 21 0.659 237
2 Powell River Kings 20 12 8 0 0 24 0 74 57 17 0.600 200
3 Alberni Valley Bulldogs 21 7 13 1 0 15 2 47 75 -28 0.357 279
4 Nanaimo Clippers 20 7 13 0 0 14 3 50 75 -25 0.350 309
5 Cowichan Valley Capitals 21 5 13 2 1 13 0 51 81 -30 0.310 400
R Mainland GP W L OTL SOL PTS OTW GF GA DIFF PCT PIM
1 Chilliwack Chiefs 24 17 7 0 0 34 1 79 66 13 0.708 316
2 Prince George Spruce Kings 21 14 6 0 1 29 2 63 49 14 0.690 188
3 Coquitlam Express 21 14 6 1 0 29 0 77 52 25 0.690 259
4 Langley Rivermen 20 9 10 1 0 19 0 55 57 -2 0.475 293
5 Surrey Eagles 23 6 16 0 1 13 2 64 100 -36 0.283 319
R Interior GP W L OTL SOL PTS OTW GF GA DIFF PCT PIM
1 West Kelowna Warriors 21 13 7 0 1 27 1 76 68 8 0.643 227
2 Merritt Centennials 22 13 8 0 1 27 1 87 81 6 0.614 325
3 Salmon Arm Silverbacks 20 12 7 1 0 25 1 61 62 -1 0.625 276
4 Penticton Vees 19 10 6 1 2 23 0 63 46 17 0.605 214
5 Vernon Vipers 20 8 6 4 2 22 0 57 54 3 0.550 302
6 Wenatchee Wild 21 10 9 2 0 22 1 76 66 10 0.524 238
7 Trail Smoke Eaters 22 8 10 3 1 20 0 71 83 -12 0.455 231

 

Top 20 Scoring Leaders: November 4, 2018

Name Birthdate Team GP G A PTS Pt/G Hometown
1 Kevin Wall ’00 CHW 24 19 15 34 1.42 Fairport, NY
2 Alex Newhook ’01 VIC 22 11 23 34 1.55 St.John’s, NL
3 Ty Westgard ’98 SUR 23 9 24 33 1.43 Surrey, BC
4 Bradley Cocca ’99 MER 22 11 19 30 1.36 Mississauga , ON
5 Nick Granowicz ’98 MER 22 15 14 29 1.32 Macomb, MI
6 Ryan Brushett ’98 PR 19 13 14 27 1.42 Verdun, QC
7 Alexander Campbell ’01 VIC 21 9 18 27 1.29 Chateauguay, QC
8 Harrison Blaisdell ’01 CHW 24 15 11 26 1.08 Abbotsford, BC
9 Carter Berger ’99 VIC 22 11 15 26 1.18 North Vancouver, BC
10 David Silye ’99 PEN 19 7 19 26 1.37 Arnprior, ON
11 Mathieu Gosselin ’99 MER 22 13 12 25 1.14 Quebec City, QC
12 Willie Reim ’99 WK 20 9 15 24 1.2 North Oaks, MN, 
13 Matt Holmes ’99 CHW 22 9 15 24 1.09 Rye, NY
14 Ben Brar ’98 PG 21 16 7 23 1.1 Abbotsford, BC
15 Eric Linell (total) + ’98 PEN 21 11 12 23 1.1 Great Neck, NY
16 Chase Stevenson ’99 SUR 22 9 14 23 1.05 West Kelowna, BC
17 Lucas Sowder ’98 WEN 21 8 15 23 1.1 Trinity, FL
18 Joshua Wildauer ’99 COQ 20 9 13 22 1.1 Dearborn Heights, MI
19 Chase Dubois ’98 WK 21 7 15 22 1.05 Williams Lake, BC
20 Max Bulawka ’01 WK 21 6 16 22 1.05 Kelowna, BC

 

Top Goalies: November 4, 2018

J # Name By Team GP W L OTL T GA SV% GGA SO Min
1 1 Kurtis Chapman ’98 VIC 19 13 6 0 0 39 0.947 2.10 2 1117
2 30 Kolby Matthews ’99 COQ 13 7 6 0 0 32 0.920 2.45 1 785
3 30 Braedon Fleming ’99 LAN 18 9 8 0 0 42 0.915 2.45 2 1027
4 1 Mathieu Caron ’00 CHW 22 15 7 0 0 59 0.915 2.72 1 1301
5 45 Jack LaFontaine ’98 PEN 14 8 5 0 0 30 0.914 2.13 2 845
6 1 Ethan Langenegger ’00 SA 15 8 7 0 0 45 0.912 2.97 0 910
7 30 John Hawthorne ’98 AV 16 5 9 0 0 44 0.912 3.05 1 866
8 33 Connor Hopkins ’00 WK 13 8 4 0 0 40 0.912 3.09 1 776
9 35 Aidan Porter ’99 VER 13 5 7 0 0 35 0.906 2.67 2 787
10 35 Vincent Duplessis ’99 MER 11 5 3 0 0 32 0.903 3.28 0 585
11 1 Logan Neaton ’99 PG 16 11 3 0 0 35 0.902 2.24 0 939
12 30 Jordan Naylor ’00 NAN 14 4 8 0 0 44 0.902 3.32 0 796
13 35 Mitch Adamyk ’98 PR 14 8 6 0 0 40 0.893 3.14 0 763
14 35 Austin Park ’98 WEN 17 6 7 0 0 48 0.875 3.15 1 915
UNDER 10 GP
15 31 Clay Stevenson ’99 COQ 8 7 1 0 0 16 0.928 2.01 0 477
16 1 Hayden Missler ’99 PR 9 4 3 0 0 18 0.923 2.18 0 496
17 34 Jack Grant ’99 CV 9 2 6 0 0 28 0.913 3.13 1 537
18 39 Brock Baier ’99 WK 8 5 2 0 0 23 0.913 3.22 0 429
19 35 Cayden Bailey ’99 SUR 8 2 4 0 0 26 0.908 3.34 0 467
20 1 Tanner Marshall ’00 TRA 9 2 4 0 0 22 0.895 2.94 0 449