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.
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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
|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|
|5||Cowichan Valley Capitals||21||5||13||2||1||13||0||51||81||-30||0.310||400|
|2||Prince George Spruce Kings||21||14||6||0||1||29||2||63||49||14||0.690||188|
|1||West Kelowna Warriors||21||13||7||0||1||27||1||76||68||8||0.643||227|
|3||Salmon Arm Silverbacks||20||12||7||1||0||25||1||61||62||-1||0.625||276|
|7||Trail Smoke Eaters||22||8||10||3||1||20||0||71||83||-12||0.455||231|
Top 20 Scoring Leaders: November 4, 2018
|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
|UNDER 10 GP|