BCHL Update – Week 11 – Tight race atop two divisions

in regular season

 

 

November 26, 2018

BCHL standings, top scorers and goalies after Week 11. 

 

 

Island Division – Grizzlies stay on top – Kings win 3 straight

It was more of the same on the Island this weekend, with the leading Victoria Grizzlies still on top with a sizable lead over #2 Powell River, though the Kings narrowed it from nine points to seven, on three straight wins.

The Grizzlies were 2-0 over the same period, while third place Nanaimo Clippers went 1W-1L, to fall eight points back of the Kings, and 15 back of #1.

Victoria travelled to Alberni on Friday, and put up 7-2 win over #4 Bulldogs. Saturday the Grizzlies were back at home, downing Nanaimo 4-2, with two third period goals.

Powell River picked up their three wins at home, starting with a 3-0 shutout over Alberni on Tuesday, and finishing with two wins over Cowichan Valley, 6-5 OT on Saturday and 3-0 on Sunday.

The Kings outshot Cowichan 40-25 in the OT game.

Mitch Adamyk notched both the shutouts, stopping 33 and 32 in the two games.

Nanaimo started their week on Tuesday, with a 5-4 OT win in Cowichan, and then lost Sunday, in the 4-2 game in Victoria. They are now eight points out of second place, last week they were just four points bc

Alberni Valley and Cowichan Valley remain in the #4 and #5 spots. Alberni are five points back of #3 Nanaimo, and the Caps two points back of Alberni.

 

 

 

Mainland Division – Chiefs remain on top, but Spruce Kings close gap to 1

Chilliwack Chiefs won both their games on the weekend and remain at the top of their division and the league, but they are being pursued hard by the Prince George Spruce Kings, now just one point back. A week ago, the lead had shrunk from five points to just two.

The Chiefs edged Langley 2-1 on Wednesday, and then faced off against the Spruce Kings for two big games at home Friday and Saturday.

They won the first game 3-2 in OT, despite being outshot 41-27, including 8-1 in the OT frame, and then fell 6-3 in the rematch on Saturday, although shots were 30-30 this time.

The Spruce Kings had downed Trail 4-1 on Wednesday to start their streak, picking up 5 of 6 points over the period.

Two weeks ago the Spruce Kings were five points back of the Chiefs.

Meanwhile the Coquitlam Express slipped further back of the leaders, after a pair of losses;  losing 7-5 to Langley on Tuesday, and 4-3 to Penticton on Friday.

Langley remain in the #4 spot in the division, now four points back of the Express, a two point improvement from a week ago.

Surrey lost both their outings over the weekend and are now 12 points back of Langley, in the league cellar, with a 7-23-0-1 record.

 

 

 

Interior Division – Vees move into #1 spot

It as a big week for the Penticton Vees, who have finally returned to form with a number of injured players now returning to the fold.

The Vees won all three games they played over the stretch, and the six points pushed them in front of Merritt, by a single point, for a net gain of three over the Cents since last weekend.

Merritt have held the division lead for most of the season, but it’s been a very tight race through most of the division since the start of the season.

As it stands now though, the Vees, Cents and Wenatchee Wild have started to separate themselves from the rest of the pack.

The Vees started things off at home on Wednesday with a 6-1 decision over Surrey before heading to the Lower Mainland for a games vs Coquitlam on Friday and a wild

rematch vs Surrey on Saturday.

In Coquitlam, the Vees came away with a 4-3 win after opening a 2-1 lead in the first and then trading a goal a piece with the Express in the second and third periods. The winner came from James Miller, his second of the game, at 7:18 of the third. Pito Walton made things interesting with the 4-3 goal at 15:17, but that would be it for the scoring. Shots were 30-20 for the Express.

On Sunday in Surrey, the Vees fired 41 shots on the Eagles, vs 27 against, and came away with a 4-1 win, closing with two unanswered goals in the third. David Silye scored a pair for the Vees, while Brandon Santa Juana scored the lone Eagles marker.

Merritt meanwhile, played two OT games, losing the first on Friday night in Trail 2-1, and then winning the second one 4-3 at home vs Salmon Armon on Saturday.

Trail’s Bryce Anderson scored the OT winner in game one; shots finished 34-21 for Merritt, including a 16-6 third period.

In game two back in Merritt, the Cents opened a 3-0 lead after the first and then scored 3:14 into OT on goal by defenseman Jackson Munro.

Austin Roden got the win, stopping 36-39, while Ethan Langenegger took the loss, 33-37.

Wenatchee Wild moved three points ahead of West Kelowna into third spot, on two big head to head wins vs the Warriors in Wenatchee, Friday and Saturday.

In game one, the Wild scored five unanswered in the third to finish it at 7-1, outshooting the Silverbacks 40-19. Lucas Sowder and Josh Arnold were both 2G-1A to lead the Wild.

On Saturday, again it was a one sided shooting match, 44-23 for the Wild. West Kelowna though had opened a 2-0 lead 1:39 into the first, which lead to a goaltender change. They scored late in the period, to make it 2-1, on a 19-9 shot advantage.

The Wild tied it up with the lone goal in the second and then scored midway through the third to take the lead, before Matt Gosiewski finished things off on a power play goal at 18:46.

Connor Hopkins stopped 40 for the ‘Backs. Austin Park was 19-19 in relief.

Two losses by West Kelowna dropped them three points back of the Wild. A week ago, the Warriors were one up.

West Kelowna’s two losses combined with a win and an OTL by Salmon Arm, means the Silverbacks are just one behind the Warriors, in the #5 spot.

Vernon trails one back of Salmon Arm, with Trail in the basement just three points out of fourth place.

 

Scroll down for standings.

 

Scoring Leaders:

Victoria’s Alex Newhook (01, St. John’s, NF) is in now sole possession of first place in the league scoring race with 16G-29A, 45 points in 28 games, two points up on last week’s leader, Kevin Wall (00, Fairport, NY), of the Chilliwack Chiefs, who is now 22G-21A-43 points in 30 GP.

Newhook posted 4G-1A in two games on the Island, while Wall put up 1G-1A in three games over the week.

Merritt’s Brad Cocca (99, Mississauga, ON) holds down the #3 spot, adding two goals on the week, to post 14G-27A-41 points in 29 GP.

Ryan Brushett, (99, Verdun, QC) had a huge week, scoring 5G-3A in three games to jump out from the #10 spot to #4.

 

Harrison Blaisdell

 

Chilliwack’s Harrison Blaisdell, an Abbotsford native (01), made a huge jump up the standings two weeks ago, from 14th spot, to #5, on a 2G-5A streak in two games. This week he’s slipped back a couple of spots, but scored 2G-1A to remain the top ranked BC player in the T0p 20.

 

Carter Berger

 

North Vancouver native, Carter Berger (99) of the Victoria Grizzlies, is the lone D-man in the Top 20, and remains 10th overall this week, with 13G-20A, 33 points.

Surrey’s Ty Westgard (98) remains out of action, but still holds down the #13 spot in the Top 20. He has not played since the beginning of November.

Ben Brar (98), an Abbotsford native playing for Prince George, rounds out the four BC-based players are currently in the Top 20. He was 1G-2A over three games in the week to move to 19G-13A, 32 points, in 29 games.

Eight USA players remain in the Top 20 this week, lead by Wall. There are three Quebecers and two from Alberta, in addition to Newfoundland’s Newhook.

Scroll down for Top 20 scoring leaders.

 

Kurtis Chapman

 

Top ‘Tenders 

There was a bit of juggling in the rankings for the Top 20 BCHL goaltenders this week, but no big changes in the Top 5.

Although idle this week, Victoria’s Kurtis Chapman (98) remains on top with the best save percentage, at .943, and most shutouts – 3, over 23 games.

Penticton’s Jack LaFontaine at .920, has moved up a spot, into #2 overall, and is now posting a 13-5-0-0 record, and second best GGA at 2.04.

Logan Neaton (99) of PG continues to hold the best GAA record, at 1.98, and is still in 5th place overall in save percentage at .913. He’s now 16-3-0-0 after posting two more wins over the week.

Chilliwack’s Mathieu Caron, a 2000 birth year, moved up to #3 from #6 this week. He is the youngest goalie in the Top 10, at .914, and 2.71, with the best winning record: 18-7-0-0.

Alberni Valley’s John Hawthorne is tied with Caron at .914, impressive considering AV’s struggle in the win column. Hawthorne is now 7-14-0-0, after suffering a two losses this week.

Kolby Matthews of the Coquitlam Express is second overall in save percentage with .922, 2.33 GAA, with Penticton’s Jack LaFontaine moving up two spots to third overall, with .916 and 2.11.

 

Scroll down for Top 20 Goalie stats.

 

BCHL Standings, Week 11, November 26, 2018

Island GP W L OTL SOL PTS OTW GF GA DIFF PCT PIM
1 Victoria Grizzlies 28 19 8 0 1 39 2 116 82 34 0.696 289
2 Powell River Kings 28 16 12 0 0 32 1 99 83 16 0.571 298
3 Nanaimo Clippers 26 12 14 0 0 24 5 73 94 -21 0.462 376
4 Alberni Valley Bulldogs 28 9 18 1 0 19 2 63 97 -34 0.339 358
5 Cowichan Valley Capitals 28 6 17 4 1 17 0 68 109 -41 0.304 501
Mainland GP W L OTL SOL PTS OTW GF GA DIFF PCT PIM
1 Chilliwack Chiefs 30 21 9 0 0 42 1 105 86 19 0.7 370
2 Prince George Spruce Kings 29 19 7 1 2 41 2 91 63 28 0.707 263
3 Coquitlam Express 27 15 11 1 0 31 0 93 82 11 0.574 323
4 Langley Rivermen 26 13 12 1 0 27 0 76 77 -1 0.519 364
5 Surrey Eagles 31 7 23 0 1 15 2 82 143 -61 0.242 425
Interior GP W L OTL SOL PTS OTW GF GA DIFF PCT PIM
1 Penticton Vees 28 18 7 1 2 39 2 100 66 34 0.696 314
2 Merritt Centennials 29 18 9 1 1 38 2 113 99 14 0.655 436
3 Wenatchee Wild 28 16 10 2 0 34 1 109 80 29 0.607 313
4 West Kelowna Warriors 28 15 12 0 1 31 1 100 102 -2 0.554 315
5 Salmon Arm Silverbacks 26 14 10 2 0 30 2 75 83 -8 0.577 364
6 Vernon Vipers 28 10 9 6 3 29 0 79 79 0 0.518 402
7 Trail Smoke Eaters 30 11 13 4 2 28 1 86 103 -17 0.467 328

 

Top 20 Scoring Leaders: November 26, 2018

R Name Birthdate Team GP G A PTS Pt/G Hometown
1 Alex Newhook ’01 VIC 28 16 29 45 1.61 St.John’s, NL
2 Kevin Wall ’00 CHW 30 22 21 43 1.43 Fairport, NY
3 Bradley Cocca ’99 MER 29 14 27 41 1.41 Mississauga , ON
4 Ryan Brushett ’98 PR 27 19 20 39 1.44 Verdun, QC
5 Nick Granowicz ’98 MER 29 20 18 38 1.31 Macomb, MI
6 David Silye ’99 PEN 28 13 25 38 1.36 Arnprior, ON
7 Harrison Blaisdell ’01 CHW 30 19 18 37 1.23 Abbotsford, BC
8 James Miller ’98 PEN 28 15 21 36 1.29 Spruce Grove, AB
9 Alexander Campbell ’01 VIC 27 11 25 36 1.33 Chateauguay, QC
10 Carter Berger ’99 VIC 28 13 20 33 1.18 North Vancouver, BC
11 Mathieu Gosselin ’99 MER 29 13 20 33 1.14 Quebec City, QC
12 Matt Holmes ’99 CHW 28 11 22 33 1.18 Rye, NY
13 Ty Westgard ’98 SUR 23 9 24 33 1.43 Surrey, BC
14 Ben Brar ’98 PG 29 19 13 32 1.1 Abbotsford, BC
15 Willie Reim ’99 WK 27 13 19 32 1.19 North Oaks, MN, 
16 Lucas Sowder ’98 WEN 28 11 21 32 1.14 Trinity, FL
17 Mike Hardman ’99 WK 28 18 13 31 1.11 Hanover, MA
18 Eric Linell ’98 PEN 30 15 16 31 1.03 Great Neck, NY
19 Dustin Manz ’99 PG 29 13 18 31 1.07 Vanderbilt, MI
20 Levi Glasman  ’99 PR 29 8 23 31 1.07 Lacombe, AB

 

Top 20 Goalies: November 26, 2018

By save percentage.

R # Name By Team GP W L Otl T GA SV% GAA SO Min
1 1 Kurtis Chapman ’98 VIC 23 15 7 0 0 50 0.944 2.25 3 1335
2 45 Jack LaFontaine ’98 PEN 19 13 5 0 0 39 0.920 2.04 2 1145
3 1 Mathieu Caron ’00 CHW 26 18 7 0 0 68 0.914 2.71 1 1504
4 30 John Hawthorne ’98 AV 23 7 14 0 0 65 0.914 3.04 2 1283
5 1 Logan Neaton ’99 PG 22 16 3 0 0 43 0.913 1.98 1 1304
6 30 Kolby Matthews ’99 COQ 16 8 7 0 0 40 0.912 2.63 1 914
7 30 Braedon Fleming ’99 LAN 23 12 9 0 0 57 0.909 2.66 2 1284
8 35 Vincent Duplessis ’99 MER 14 6 5 0 0 40 0.908 3.13 0 767
9 1 Ethan Langenegger ’00 SA 18 9 9 0 0 57 0.908 3.15 0 1086
10 31 Derek Krall ’99 PEN 9 5 3 0 0 24 0.906 2.62 0 549
11 35 Aidan Porter ’99 VER 21 7 12 0 0 59 0.905 2.79 3 1270
12 1 Hayden Missler ’99 SUR 13 4 6 0 0 32 0.904 2.91 0 661
13 33 Connor Hopkins ’00 WK 18 8 8 0 0 57 0.904 3.42 1 1000
14 30 Jordan Naylor ’00 NAN 19 8 9 0 0 59 0.903 3.20 0 1106
15 35 Mitch Adamyk ’98 PR 20 11 9 0 0 56 0.901 2.99 2 1123
16 31 Clay Stevenson ’99 COQ 12 7 5 0 0 37 0.900 3.13 0 710
17 1 Austin Roden ’98 MER 18 12 5 0 0 57 0.896 3.47 1 986
18 34 Adam Marcoux ’98 TRA 25 9 13 0 0 74 0.894 3.14 0 1412
19 30 Cal Sandquist ’01 WEN 14 8 5 0 0 26 0.892 2.47 0 631
20 35 Austin Park ’98 WEN 20 8 7 0 0 53 0.877 3.02 1 1053