November 20, 2018
BCHL standings, top scorers and goalies after Week 10.
Island Division – Grizzlies increase lead at top
There was no change in the the Island division standings from a week ago. However, the Victoria Grizzlies added four points to their lead over #2 Powell River Kings, increasing it to a league leading nine points.
The Grizzlies were 2W-1L on the weekend, while the Kings lost both their games.
Victoria started with a 6-3 win in Coquitlam on Friday night, then lost 4-1 to the hot Penticton Vees on the road on Saturday, and finished with a 6-5 shoot out win at Kal Tire Place in Vernon on Sunday afternoon.
Powell River were shutout 3-0 at home on Friday by Prince George, and then were downed 7-5 by #1 Chilliwack on Saturday.
Nanaimo meanwhile moved to within four points of the Kings on a couple of 3-2 home ice squeakers – vs Cowichan Valley on Friday, and vs PG on Sunday. A week ago they were eight points back of Powell River.
Alberni Valley are three back of the Clippers. The Capitals are in last place, 4 points back of the Bulldogs. Both were 1W-2L on the weekend.
Mainland Division – Chiefs remain on top, Spruce Kings close gap
The league leading Chilliwack Chiefs went 1W-1L on the road this weekend, and saw their lead over the Prince George Spruce Kings shrink from five points to just two.
The Chiefs started with a 7-5 win over Powell River on Friday, before losing 4-1 to Alberni Valley on Saturday.
The Spruce Kings were also on the Island, but for three games. They shut out Powell River 3-0 on Friday, then edged Alberni 2-1 on Saturday, before finishing with a 3-2 OT loss to Nanaimo on Sunday, to pick up five of a possible six points, to move into sole possession of second place.
A week ago #3 Coquitlam Express were tied with the Spruce Kings. This week they are five points back, after dropping both their contests at home. Victoria downed them 6-2 on Friday, and then Surrey beat them 6-2 on Sunday.
The Express now lead #4 Langley by just six points – as the Rivermen notched a pair of home ice wins on the weekend; 6-3 vs Surrey on Friday and 6-5 vs Coquitlam on Saturday.
Surrey were 1W-2L for the weekend and now trail Langley by 10 points.
Interior Division – Cents regain #1 spot
Merritt regained the #1 spot in the Interior division a week ago, and they hold onto it again this week, though the hard charging Penticton Vees are just two points back, and hold two games in hand.
Merritt lost 3-2 to Wentachee at home last Wednesday then downed Salmon Arm 3-2 on the road Friday, before returning home for 4-2 win over Trail on Saturday.
Merritt is leading the league in goals scored with 105, three more than the Victoria Grizzlies.
The Vees also went 2W-1L over the week, starting with a 3-1 loss in West Kelowna last Tuesday, and then finishing with two home wins, 7-4 in the rematch vs WK on Wednesday and then downing Island #1 Victoria 4-1 on Saturday in front of 4,256.
The win over West Kelowna kept the Warriors two points back of the Vees, who hold a one point lead on #4 Wenatchee Wild.
The division continues to be very tight, with Salmon Arm and Vernon tied three back of the Wild, and Trail, in last point, a point back.
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There was no change in the Top 4 positions of the league scoring leaders.
Chilliwack’s Kevin Wall (00-Fairport, NY – above) and Victoria’s Alex Newhook (01, St. John’s, NF) are still first and second, though Newhook is now just a point back of Wall – 21G-20A-41, and 12G-28A-40.
Merritt’s Brad Cocca (99, Mississauga, ON) was tied with Newhook last week – this week he’s slipped a single point back, at 12G-27A-39.
Cocca’s teammate Nick Granowicz (98, Macomb, MI) is still two points back, though now 20G-17A, 37.
Chilliwack’s Harrison Blaisdell, an Abbotsford native (01), made a huge jump up the standings this week, from 14th spot, to #5, on a 2G-5A streak in two games.
Surrey’s Ty Westgard (98, Surrey, BC) is now seventh overall, having not played since early November, when he was one point out of first place.
North Vancouver native, Carter Berger (99) is the lone D-man in the Top 20, now tied in 10th overall, with 13G-18A, 31.
Ben Brar (98), an Abbotsford native playing for Prince George, rounds out the four BC-based players are currently in the Top 20, with 18G-11A, 29, in 26 games.
Eight USA players are in the group, lead by Wall. There are three Quebecers and one from Alberta.
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Again there some juggling in the rankings for the Top 20 BCHL goaltenders this week.
Victoria’s Kurtis Chapman remains on top with the best save percentage, at .943, and most shutouts – 3, but he no longer holds the best GAA, at 2.25.
Logan Neaton of PG now holds that honor, at 1.98, in 5th place overall in save percentage at .912, He’s now 14-3-0-0.
Alberni Valley’s John Hawthorne has moved up from 4th to 2nd, at .921, impressive considering AV’s struggle in the win column. Hawthorne is 7-12-0-0.
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.
Penticton’s Jack LaFontaine at .920, remains in 3rd place, with a 11-5-0-0 record, and second best GGA at 2.05.
Chilliwack’s Mathieu Caron, a 2000 birth year, at #6, is the youngest goalie in the Top 10, at .912, and 2.79.
He continues to post the best winning record, with 17W-7L , and also the most starts of all goalies so far, at 24.
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BCHL Standings, Week 10, November 20, 2018
|2||Powell River Kings||25||13||12||0||0||26||0||88||78||10||0.520||268|
|4||Alberni Valley Bulldogs||26||9||16||1||0||19||2||61||88||-27||0.365||342|
|5||Cowichan Valley Capitals||25||6||16||2||1||15||0||61||97||-36||0.300||460|
|2||Prince George Spruce Kings||26||17||7||1||1||36||2||79||56||23||0.692||224|
|3||West Kelowna Warriors||26||15||10||0||1||31||1||95||92||3||0.596||294|
|5||Salmon Arm Silverbacks||24||13||10||1||0||27||2||70||79||-9||0.563||322|
|7||Trail Smoke Eaters||27||10||11||4||2||26||0||83||97||-14||0.481||290|
Top 20 Scoring Leaders: November 20, 2018
|1||Kevin Wall||’00||CHW||27||21||20||41||1.52||Fairport, NY|
|2||Alex Newhook||’01||VIC||26||12||28||40||1.54||St.John’s, NL|
|3||Bradley Cocca||’99||MER||27||12||27||39||1.44||Mississauga , ON|
|4||Nick Granowicz||’98||MER||27||20||17||37||1.37||Macomb, MI|
|5||Harrison Blaisdell||’01||CHW||27||17||17||34||1.26||Abbotsford, BC|
|6||Alexander Campbell||’01||VIC||25||11||22||33||1.32||Chateauguay, QC|
|7||Ty Westgard||’98||SUR||23||9||24||33||1.43||Surrey, BC|
|8||Mathieu Gosselin||’99||MER||27||13||19||32||1.19||Quebec City, QC|
|9||David Silye||’99||PEN||25||10||22||32||1.28||Arnprior, ON|
|10||Ryan Brushett||’98||PR||24||14||17||31||1.29||Verdun, QC|
|11||Carter Berger||’99||VIC||26||13||18||31||1.19||North Vancouver, BC|
|12||Willie Reim||’99||WK||25||12||19||31||1.24||North Oaks, MN,|
|13||Mike Hardman||’99||WK||26||18||12||30||1.15||Hanover, MA|
|14||Eric Linell (total) +||’98||PEN||27||15||15||30||1.11||Great Neck, NY|
|15||James Miller||’98||PEN||25||12||18||30||1.2||Spruce Grove, AB|
|16||Matt Holmes||’99||CHW||25||11||19||30||1.2||Rye, NY|
|17||Ben Brar||’98||PG||26||18||11||29||1.12||Abbotsford, BC|
|18||Lucas Sowder||’98||WEN||26||10||18||28||1.08||Trinity, FL|
|19||Dustin Manz||’99||PG||26||10||17||27||1.04||Vanderbilt, MI|
|20||Jeremie Bucheler||’00||VIC||26||4||23||27||1.04||Saint-Laurent, QC|
Top 20 Goalies: November 20, 2018
By save percentage.