February 27, 2017
There were no changes in the standings after week 20 this past weekend, the second last of the regular season.
Cariboo Cougars remain on top, two points up on North East Chiefs, who in turn remain six points up on the #3 Okanagan Rockets.
The Cougars will wrap up with a big series vs the Rockets at the Kinsman in Prince George this coming weekend, with the first game at 3:45 PM Saturday, and game two at 10:00 AM Sunday.
The Chiefs meanwhile, will be looking to sweep their two games series vs #6 Valley West Hawks and then hope and pray for the Rockets to sweep or at least split their series with Cougars – a scenario which could mean a tie or even first place finish for the Chiefs. A dramatic finish considering the Cougars have lead from week 1!
So stay tuned this weekend!
#4 Greater Vancouver Canadians trail the Rockets by another six, and are the first team to complete the full 40 game regular season schedule.
The Canadians have not quite locked up a fourth place finish however, as Fraser Valley are five points back with three games in hand and could squeeze by if they run the table, on very tough schedule.
Fraser Valley will play a makeup game (road conditions) vs the Thompson Blazers Friday afternoon at 5:15 PM at the Sandman Center in Kamloops and then head back to the Lower Mainland to face the NW Giants for two games. The first goes at North Shore Winter Club, Saturday evening at 7:15 PM. Game two starts at the Abbotsford RC on Sunday morning at 9:45 AM.
Meanwhile, the Valley West Hawks are tied with the T-Birds, five back of GVC, but have just two games in hand. They’ll meet the North East Chiefs Saturday at 3:30 at Poirer and then play the rematch Sunday at the Langley Events Center at noon. Should be a great series as the Chiefs will be gunning for a possible first place finish with a sweep and some help from the OKR.
The North West Giants are in sixth place; three points back of the Hawks and T-Birds, and will no doubt be looking for a sweep of the Thunderbirds, and potential fifth place finish.
Here’s a recap of the weekend games – Valley West had the bye week.
Cariboo Cougars vs. North West Giants, Cougars Sweep, 16-3
Game 1: Cougars 8, NW Giants 2
The Cariboo Cougars opened the scoring in game one on the road in Squamish with three goals in the first. The teams traded a pair of markers in the second, to make it 5-2 after 40, before the Cougars closed with three more, unanswered in the third. Mason Richey got a pair and three assists. Jarin Sutton also notched three helpers. Jeremy Gervais scored one with three assists. NWG got goals from Lucas Patton and Trevor Longo.
Game 2: Cougars 8, Canadians 1
In game two, the Cougars dominated early opening a 5-1 lead after the first. They scored two more in the second and a single in the third, against a single goal by Longo in the first for the Giants. Daine Dubois and Tyler Maser each got two goals, Mason Richey got a goal and an assist. Reid Perepeluk and Gervais also put up two helpers.
Vancouver North East Chiefs vs. North Island Silvertips, Chiefs Sweep, 17-3
Game 1: Chiefs 6, Silvertips 2
The Vancouver North East Chiefs earned four points on the weekend with a pair of wins on the island vs the Silvertips. The Chiefs scored two goals in each period against a pair in the first by the Tips.
Christian Buono scored twice, Haydn Delorme scored once and assisted on one. Josh Zary and Will Norm scored for the Tips.
Game 2: Chiefs 11, Silvertips 1
The Chiefs dominated this game with a barrage of three goals in the first, three in the second, and five in the third period. The Tips got one in the first period.
Ian MacDonald got two goals and an assist, and Delorme got two goals, with the rest spread out among seven different players.
Okanagan Rockets vs. Thompson Blazers, OKR Sweep, 13-3
Game 1: Rockets 9, Blazers 2
The Okanagan Rockets opened the scoring with two goals late in the first, and outscored the Blazers 4-2 in the second before wrapping up with three goals in the third period. Palmer Jenkins got two and an assist. Wyatt Head got one and three assists.
Game 2: Rockets 4, Blazers 1
In game two, Trent Thompson opened the scoring about five minutes into the first for the Blazers. Rayman Bassi countered with a pair in the second for the Rockets. Two powerplay goals in the third wrapped up the scoring. Bassi got an assist on Cody Schiavon’s goal. Mitchell Gove got the second ppg.
The Blazers were assessed 55 minutes in penalties, the Rockets 79 minutes, with one fight.
Greater Vancouver Canadians vs. Fraser Valley, GVC Sweep, 11-7
Game 1: GVC 7, FV 4
This was a key weekend for both teams, in a battle between 4th place GVC and 5th place Fraser Valley Thunderbirds. GVC came into the series with a one point lead, and after a sweep, left with a five point lead.
In game one, the visiting Canadians opened a 2-1 lead after the first, which was answered by the Thunderbirds in the second, to finish the period tied at 3-3. But it would be all GVC in the third, as league leading sniper Scott Atkinson finished with a natural hat trick, to complete a five point game. Michael Araki-Young and a goal and two assists. The T-Birds got a pair from Baxter Anderson.
Boston Bilous took the loss, Lucas Shaw got the win.
Game 2: GVC 4, FV 3
In game two at the Richmond Oval, the home GVC jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the first. Both teams scored early in the second, and the period ended 4-1.
Sasha Mutala opened the scoring for GVC, and Henry Rybinski scored the next three, for the hat trick.
The T-Birds managed two in the third but couldn’t get the equalizer. Chad Cromar took the loss, Shaw got the win.
Kootenay Ice vs. South Island Royals, Ice Sweep, 9-7
Kootenay took home four points at home in a couple of tight single goal wins over the visiting South Island Royals.
In game one, South Island jumped out to a 3-1 lead after the first, before Kootenay replied with a couple in the second to close out the period 4-3 South Island. The Ice then tied it up twice in the force OT at 5-5 end of the third. DJ Horne then put it away with just 33 seconds left in OT to secure the first Ice win. Ethan Jang scored a pair for the Ice.
In game two, Kootenay scored once in each period, with Johnny Elias scoring the winner with 3:02 left in the third for the 3-2 win. The Royals scored one in each of the first two periods.
Scroll down for current and recent past standings, and for current Top 40 in scoring race, plus Top Goalies.
Standings after Week 20, Feb. 27, 2017
After Week 16
After Week 10
Top 40 Scoring, February 27, 2017
Liam Kindree of the Vancouver NW Giants slipped back into second on the scoring leaderboard, as Scott Atkinson of the Greater Vancouver Canadians put up six points on the weekend, including five in game one vs the T-Birds.
GVC team-mate Sasha Mutala put up a goal and three assists, and is tied with Kindree, at 63 points. Kindree was held to a single point as the Giants struggled to mount an offense against the Cougars.
Rounding out the Top 5 are Daine Dubois of the Cariboo Cougars and Ethan Leyh of the NE Chiefs.
The top offensive D-man is Jeremy Gervais of the Cougars, in 12th place overall. Seven d-men are in the top 40 (in italics).
|2||17||Kindree, Liam||NW Giants||F||38||27||36||63||236|
|5||14||Leyh, Ethan||NE Chiefs||F||32||30||28||58||26|
|6||19||Bilodeau, Coleton||OK Rockets||F||35||21||35||56||82|
|8||22||Kryski, Max||OK Rockets||F||35||22||29||51||42|
|9||19||Ho, Tyler||VW Hawks||F||38||18||30||48||26|
|10||12||Bassi, Rayman||OK Rockets||F||38||15||32||47||32|
|13||21||Delorme, Haydn||NE Chiefs||F||34||20||25||45||22|
|14||5||Bromhead, Logan||NE Chiefs||F||38||20||24||44||30|
|15||19||Schandor, Hudson||NW Giants||F||38||14||30||44||26|
|16||19||Buono, Christian||NE Chiefs||F||38||18||23||41||52|
|17||20||Ryan, Liam||NE Chiefs||F||36||13||26||39||58|
|18||12||Evenson, Liam||NE Chiefs||F||35||13||26||39||41|
|19||8||Mastrodonato, Keaton||NI Silvertips||F||36||22||16||38||36|
|20||15||Stuart, Brodi||FV T-Birds||F||32||16||22||38||31|
|24||15||Sheardown, Jonny||NE Chiefs||D||38||15||21||36||30|
|26||7||Head, Wyatt||OK Rockets||D||35||11||25||36||18|
|27||8||Barton, Seth||OK Rockets||D||33||10||26||36||33|
|30||17||Plett, Justin||FV T-Birds||F||37||22||12||34||12|
|31||23||Anderson, Baxter||FV T-Birds||F||34||18||16||34||22|
|32||4||Longo, Trevor||NW Giants||D||38||11||23||34||634|
|33||23||Graham, Jack||NW Giants||F||32||9||24||33||834|
|1||10||Takai, Sho||NE Chiefs||F||29||15||17||32||34|
|2||11||Macasso, Christian||Kootenay Ice||F||33||13||19||32||42|
|3||21||Rees, Jonathan||FV T-Birds||F||37||12||20||32||42|
|4||2||Gill, Kabir||VW Hawks||D||28||12||20||32||30|
|7||12||Krogfoss, Nolan||VW Hawks||F||37||16||13||29||10|
Goalie Stats, February 27, 2017
It remains a very tight race at the top of the goalie rankings, with two goalies under 2.00 GAA average, one at 2.01, and three with fewer than four losses.
Zack Wickson of the Cougars leads with lowest goals against average (1.62!) and North East Chiefs Kolby Matthews leads most wins (1.85!).
Marcus Allen of the Cariboo Cougars has just two losses (2.01!), team mate Zack Wickson has just three, as does Matthews.
Boston Bilous of Fraser Valley is real close as well, with a 2.17 GGA.
|1||35||Kolby Matthews||NE Chiefs||24||19||3||0||1.85|
|3||1||Owen Partrick||OK Rockets||23||16||4||0||2.57|
|5||35||Boston Bilous||FV T-Birds||22||13||5||2||2.17|
|7||1||Jonathan Holloway||NE Chiefs||15||9||5||0||2.37|
|8||1||Jesse Makaj||NW Giants||19||9||6||1||3.22|
|9||1||Jaysen MacLean||Kootenay Ice||21||9||10||0||4.04|
|10||1||Dorrin Luding||VW Hawks||17||8||7||0||2.81|
|11||35||Reece Klassen||VW Hawks||19||8||8||1||3.02|
|12||35||Donovan Buskey||NW Giants||19||8||7||3||3.32|
|14||1||Chad Cromar||FV T-Birds||15||6||8||1||2.41|
|15||0||James Johnston||OK Rockets||8||5||3||0||3.35|
|17||1||Spencer Deakin||NI Silvertips||19||4||14||0||4.77|
|19||35||James Brendeland||NI Silvertips||22||3||14||0||4.9|
|21||35||Luke Sheldrake||SI Royals||17||2||12||1||4.94|
|22||1||Connor Cheyne||SI Royals||23||1||19||0||5.73|