November 13, 2018
BCHL standings, top scorers and goalies after Week 9.
Island Division – Grizzlies and Kings increase lead on pack
There was little change in the standings of the Island division from a week ago. The Victoria Grizzlies still hold a five point lead over #2 Powell River Kings.
The Grizzlies won their lone game for the week, a 5-0 shutout over Cowichan Valley on Saturday, while the Kings went 1W-2L on a three game road trip. Both teams have now played 23 games.
Powell River started with a 5-2 win over Cowichan Valley, then lost 4-0 to Alberni Valley, and 5-3 to Nanaimo, in a Friday, Saturday, Sunday set.
The Nanaimo Clippers and Alberni Bulldogs swapped places in third and fourth spot, but still remain separated by a single point. Nanaimo are now eight points back of Powell River in third place.
Cowichan Valley slipped further into the basement losing both their outings over the weekend.
Mainland Division – Chiefs remain on top, Spruce Kings and Express still tied for 2nd
The league leading Chilliwack Chiefs played just one game over the week, clobbering Surrey Eagles 10-2. The Chiefs were lead by Brett Willits and Ethan Bowen with a pair of hat tricks. Kevin Wall posted four assists. Shots were 36-26 for the Chiefs.
The Chiefs still lead Prince George by five points, after PG split a pair of games vs the visiting Langley Rivermen. After posting an 8-1 win on Friday, the Spruce Kings dropped game two on Sunday, 2-1. Shots were 38-23 for the Spruce Kings on Sunday – Rivermen tender Braedon Fleming got the win.
In the 8-1 game, Dustin Manz was 3G-2A, Patrick Cozzi was 2G-2A, and both Ben Bear and rookie defenseman Nick Bochen were 3A.
The Coquitlam Express remain tied with Spruce Kings, after splitting their weekend games. The Express were in Trail on Friday, coming away with 2-1 SO win. They travelled to Wenatchee for game two Saturday, losing 6-1, managing only 14 shots, vs 31 by the Wild.
The Rivermen are 10 points back of the Express, while the Surrey Eagles continue to struggle. The Eagles lost all three of their outings, 5-2 to Wenatchee on Friday, 6-2 to West Kelowna on Saturday, and then finished with the 10-2 drubbing at home on Monday.
Interior Division – West Kelowna move into first place
The Merritt Centennials moved back into first place this weekend, on a pair of home wins, and are now two points clear of second place Penticton Vees and West Kelowna Warriors.
The Cents hosted Vernon on Friday, winning 4-3 and then spanked West Kelowna 8-3 on Sunday. Vernon outshot Merritt 46-27 in the Friday game – Vincent Duplessis stopped 43 for the Cents.
In the Sunday game, Merritt scored three in the first, and five in the second. Seven Cents scored, Nick Granowicz was 2G-1A to lead the scoring. Mathieu Gosselin was 3A.
The Penticton Vees made the biggest move in the league over the week, moving up two spots into second place in the Interior, on three straight, challenging wins.
The Vees started with a 3-2 OT road win over Vernon on Wednesday and then finished with two wins at home, a 4-2 EN decision over Salmon Arm on Friday followed by another OT win, 4-3 over Trail on Saturday.
Eric Linell and James Miller lead the Vees on Wednesday, each with 1G-2A. Linell got the OT winner. On Friday, Ryan Sandelin was 2G-1A vs the Backs, and got the OT winner vs Trail on Saturday.
West Kelowna meanwhile, slipped out of first over the week on a 6-2 win over Surrey and win the 8-3 loss to Merritt.
Although tied in points with the Vees, the Warriors are in third place by virtue of an extra game and two more losses.
Meanwhile the four and five spots remain tight with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks two points behind the Warriors with a game in hand, and Wentachee a point back of Salmon Arm.
The Vernon Vipers, two points back of Wenatchee, have suffered six OT losses. Trail Smoke Eaters remain in the cellar, but are only five points out of fourth place.
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Chilliwack’s Kevin Wall (00-Fairport, NY – above) and Victoria’s Alex Newhook (01, St. John’s, NF) are first and second at the top of this week’s scoring leaderboard.
Wall has edged ahead, on four assists in the lone game the Chiefs played last week, to 19G-19A, 38 in 25 GP; while Newhook, who also only played one game, scored once to move to 12G-23A, 35 in 23 GP.
Merritt’s Brad Cocca (99, Mississauga, ON) moved into a second place tie with Newhook, on a 1G-4A streak. He now shares Newhook’s scoring stats, but has played one more game.
Cocca’s teammate Nick Granowicz (98, Macomb, MI) is two points back on 18G-15A, 33 in 24 GP.
Surrey’s Ty Westgard (98, Surrey, BC) is now fifth overall, tied with Granowicz in points with 9G-24A, 33 in 24 GP, after going pointless in Surrey’s last three games, all losses.
Unlike the rest of the 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 26 games.
North Vancouver native, Carter Berger (99) is the lone D-man in the Top 20, and now second behind Westgard in BC players.
Berger maintained in ninth overall place through the week, in the lone Grizzlies game, with a goal and two assists. He’s now 12G-17A in 23 games for the Victoria Grizzlies.
Chilliwack’s Harrison Blaisdell, an Abbotsford native (01), is the next highest scoring BC-based player, after Berger, in 14th spot overall.
Another Abbotsford player, Ben Brar (98), playing for Prince George, rounds out the four BC-based players are currently in the Top 20.
Eight USA players are in the group, lead by Wall. There are three Quebecers and two each from Alberta and Ontario.
Scroll down for Top 20 scoring leaders.
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 .950, and lowest GAA of all goalies at 1.99.
He’s now 14W-6L in 20 games.
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.
Alberni Valley’s John Hawthorne tied at .916, and 2.97.
Powell River’s Hayden Missler is now in fifth place, at .915 and 2.38 and Chilliwack’s Mathieu Caron, a 2000 birth year, is .915, but with a slightly higher GAA at 2.69.
He continues to post the best winning record, with 16W-7L in 23 games, and the most starts of all goalies so far.
Scroll down for Top 20 Goalie stats.
BCHL Standings, Week 9, November 13, 2018
|2||Powell River Kings||23||13||10||0||0||26||0||82||68||14||0.565||254|
|4||Alberni Valley Bulldogs||23||8||14||1||0||17||2||56||81||-25||0.370||309|
|5||Cowichan Valley Capitals||23||5||15||2||1||13||0||54||92||-38||0.283||433|
|2||Prince George Spruce Kings||23||15||7||0||1||31||2||72||52||20||0.674||203|
|3||West Kelowna Warriors||23||14||8||0||1||29||1||85||78||7||0.630||266|
|4||Salmon Arm Silverbacks||22||13||8||1||0||27||2||67||69||-2||0.614||300|
|7||Trail Smoke Eaters||24||8||10||4||2||22||0||75||89||-14||0.458||256|
Top 20 Scoring Leaders: November 13, 2018
|1||Kevin Wall||’00||CHW||25||19||19||38||1.52||Fairport, NY|
|2||Alex Newhook||’01||VIC||23||12||23||35||1.52||St. John’s, NL|
|3||Bradley Cocca||’99||MER||24||12||23||35||1.46||Mississauga, ON|
|4||Nick Granowicz||’98||MER||24||18||15||33||1.38||Macomb, MI|
|5||Ty Westgard||’98||SUR||23||9||24||33||1.43||Surrey, BC|
|6||Ryan Brushett||’98||PR||22||14||16||30||1.36||Verdun, QC|
|7||Mathieu Gosselin||’99||MER||24||13||17||30||1.25||Quebec City, QC|
|8||Eric Linell (total) +||’98||PEN||24||14||15||29||1.21||Great Neck, NY|
|9||Carter Berger||’99||VIC||23||12||17||29||1.26||North Vancouver, BC|
|10||Willie Reim||’99||WK||22||10||18||28||1.27||North Oaks, MN,|
|11||Alexander Campbell||’01||VIC||22||9||19||28||1.27||Chateauguay, QC|
|12||David Silye||’99||PEN||22||8||20||28||1.27||Arnprior, ON|
|13||Mike Hardman||’99||WK||23||16||11||27||1.17||Hanover, MA|
|14||Harrison Blaisdell||’01||CHW||25||15||12||27||1.08||Abbotsford, BC|
|15||James Miller||’98||PEN||22||12||14||26||1.18||Spruce Grove, AB|
|16||Dustin Manz||’99||PG||23||10||16||26||1.13||Vanderbilt, MI|
|17||Ben Brar||’98||PG||23||15||10||25||1.09||Abbotsford, BC|
|18||Matt Holmes||’99||CHW||23||9||16||25||1.09||Rye, NY|
|19||Lucas Sowder||’98||WEN||23||8||17||25||1.09||Trinity, FL|
|20||Levi Glasman||’99||PR||24||7||18||25||1.04||Lacombe, AB|
Top 20 Goalies: November 13, 2018
By save percentage.
|7||39||Brock Baier (total) +||’99||WK||11||6||2||0||0||28||0.915||3.10||0||543|