December 25, 2013
After fourteen weeks of regular season play, the Okanagan Rockets are in first place in the BC Major Midget League, with 45 points, six points ahead of the Vancouver NW Giants.
The Giants however, have two games in hand, and at the moment have just one more game in the loss column – 4 vs 3 on the Rockets side.
The Rockets have scored 26 more goals than the Giants, and 93 more PIM vs the Giants, while both teams have league low goals against of 64 and 60.
The Valley West Hawks are solidly in third place, 10 points back of the Rockets.
In fourth place, the Vancouver NE Chiefs with 30 points.
Several of the teams are now off to the Calgary Macs Midget Tournament.
Here’s a synopsis of this past weekend’s doubleheaders, followed by league standings and leading offensive player stats.
Greater Vancouver Canadians vs. Vancouver North West Giants – Split
Game One (1): Canadians 6 – Giants 4
The Greater Vancouver Canadians and Vancouver North West Giants met for a home and away match-up over the weekend where each team came out with a win.
Colton Kerfoot (West Vancouver) opened the scoring in game one (1) for the Giants off a pass from Dante Fabbro (Whistler) half way into the first. The Canadians tied the game with just over three (3) minutes remaining in the opening period thanks to Josh Murphy (Vancouver), from Braeden Gurney (Delta) and Ryan Vorster (Richmond).
Fabbro and Kerfoot each scored unanswered goals in the second for the Giants to give their team a 3-1 lead heading into the final period.
Early in the third, Fabbro scored his third goal of the game for the Giants. Just over a minute later, the Canadians answered back when Owen Seidel (Richmond) found the back of the net off passes from Kyle Uy (Vancouver) and Dante Hannoun (Delta).
The Canadians fought back to win the game with four (4) straight goals thanks to Justin Schwartz, Murphy, Sean Gillespie (Vancouver) and Seidel.
Game Two (2): Giants 6 – Canadians 4
In game two (2), the Canadians opened the scoring early in the first when Gunnar Wegleitner (Vancouver) found the back of the net with help from Uy and Hannoun.
Nash Dabb (North Vancouver) answered back for the Giants with a power play goal off passes from Kerfoot and Justin Szeto (Burnaby).
Tak Anholt (North Vancouver) scored the Giants go ahead goal with just over two (2) minutes remaining in the opening period. Just past the midway mark of the second, Szeto scored the Giants third goal, assisted by Kerfoot and Dabb.
With just over two (2) minutes remaining in the second, Gillespie scored the Canadians second goal followed by a pair of Giants goals thanks to Kerfoot and Anholt.
Alex Whitwham (Richmond) found the back of the net for the Canadians just past the half way mark of the third, which was followed by Szeto’s goal for the Giants less than a minute later.
The Canadians final goal came a couple minutes later thanks to another by Whitwham, assisted by Ryan Jones (Delta) and Gurney.
Okanagan Rockets vs. Thompson Blazers – Rockets Take Two
Game One (1): Rockets 9 – Blazers 2
It was a tough weekend for the Thompson Blazers as they met the league leading Okanagan Rockets for a home and away matchup, dropping both games.
The Blazers got on the board first in game one (1) when Dexter Robinson (Kamloops) found the back of the net off passes from Nii Noi Tetteh (Revelstoke) and Dante Callier (Kamloops).
The Rockets answered back with five (5) straight goals before the end of the period thanks to Linden Hora (Kelowna), Liam Finlay (Kelowna), Tanner Browne (Kelowna) and a pair from Tanner Campbell (Kelowna).
Tetteh scored a power play goal for the Blazers early in the second off passes from Robinson and Gordon Keaton (Kamloops). Late in the second, Finlay netted a power play goal for the Rockets with help from Carter Hikichi (Kelowna) and Cory Santoro (Kelowna).
The Rockets scored three (3) more goals in the third thanks to Jake Kryski (Kelowna) and two (2) from Branden Wagner (Kelowna).
Game Two (2): Blazers 1 – Rockets 4
The Rockets got on the board early in game two when Santoro found the back of the net off a pass from Tyson Jost (Kelowna) less than three (3) minutes into the opening period. Before the end of the first, Oliver Mitchell (Kelowna) scored the Rockets second goal with help from Jost.
Santoro netted the Rockets third goal just past the midway mark of the second, assisted by Kryski and Mark Krabben (Kelowna). The Rockets final goal came early in the third thanks to Finlay, from Santoro and Mitchell.
Vancouver North East Chiefs vs. North Island Silvertips, Chiefs Take Two
Game One (1): Chiefs 5 – Silvertips 2
The North Island Silvertips were on the road this past weekend to visit the Vancouver North East Chiefs where they dropped a pair to the home team. Hunter Findlater (Powell River) opened the scoring for the Silvertips in game one (1) with an unassisted, short-handed goal less than 30 seconds into the game.
The Chiefs answered back with three straight goals thanks to Lucian Serban (Port Coquitlam) and a pair from Matthew Davis (Port Moody). Brodie Crawford (Coquitlam) found the back of the net for the Chiefs in the second with a power play goal off passes from Davis and Matthew Hermary (Coquitlam).
With just over three (3) minutes remaining in the game, Parker Colley (Pitt Meadows) scored a power play goal for the Chiefs which was followed seconds later by the Silvertips power play goal from Carter Turnbull (Nanaimo).
Game Two (2): Chiefs 6 – Silvertips 1
The Chiefs opened the scoring in game two (2) when Jeffrey Wong (Port Coquitlam) found the back of the net less than three (3) minutes into the game off a pass from Connor Burk (Coquitlam).
The Silvertips answered back thanks to an unassisted goal by Dawson Heathcote. With just over a minute remaining in the first, Burk netted the Chiefs second goal off passes from San Chung (Coquitlam) and Kristofor Zlomislic.
The Chiefs netted a pair of goals in the second thanks to Caleb Fantillo (Coquitlam) and Burk. Ronnie Wilkie (Port Coquitlam) added another for the Chiefs less than 20 seconds into the final period off a pass from Davis. Burk scored his third of the game before the end of the third, assisted by Zlomislic and Colley.
Valley West Hawks vs. South Island Royals, Hawks Take Two
Game One (1): Hawks 8 – Royals 4
The Valley West Hawks added a pair of wins over the visiting South Island Royals in Langley over the weekend.
The Hawks got on the board less than a minute into the game when Davis Koch (White Rock) found the back of the net off a pass from Matt Bradley (Surrey). Haydn Hopkins (Victoria) answered back for the Royals with a power play goal, assisted by Kurtis Gamble (Victoria) and Andrew Jack (Duncan).
With just over three (3) minutes remaining in the first, Bradley scored the go ahead goal for the Hawks with help from Paul Savage (Surrey) and Koch. Jordan Funk (Cloverdale) made it a two (2) goal game for the Hawks early in the second but the Royals answered back with a pair just four (4) second apart thanks to Nick Guiney (Victoria) and Keenan Eddy.
Luke Gingras (Langley) scored the Hawks go ahead goal off passes from Savage and Justin Wilde (Surrey) but was followed by the Royals tying goal from Jacob Malloch (Victoria).
Before the end of the middle frame, Mitch Newsome (Surrey) scored the Hawks fifth goal, assisted by Ty Westgard (White Rock) and Trevor Ayre (Surrey).
The Hawks scored three (3) unanswered goals in the third to secure their victory thanks to Savage, Bradley and Jamieson Ree (Surrey).
Game Two (2): Hawks 5 – Royals 2
The Hawks took a quick lead in game two (2) with three (3) unanswered goals in just over a minute thanks to Koch, Westgard and Bradley.
The Royals got on the board early in the second when Brandon Tutte (Victoria) found the back of the net off passes from Kayden Peck (Victoria) and Ryan Warner.
Just past the mid-way mark of the second, Funk netted a power play goal for the Hawks with help from Westgard and Koch. Early in the third, Gingras scored a shorthanded goal for the Hawks which was followed by the Royals second goal thanks to Tutte.
Fraser Valley Thunderbirds vs. Cariboo Cougars, Split
Game One (1): Thunderbirds 0 – Cougars 7
The Cariboo Cougars were on the road again this past weekend to take on the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds where they came home with a split.
The Cougars took an early lead in game one (1) with a pair of power play goals in the first thanks to Isaiha Berra (Prince George) and Jesse Roach (Quesnel).
Late in the second, the Cougars increased their lead with two (2) back to back goals from Steven Jandric (Prince George) and Jared Stevens (Prince George). Just over two (2) minutes into the third, Jandric scored an unassisted power play goal for the Cougars followed by their sixth goal thanks to Roach.
Before the end of the game, Chase Dubois (Williams Lake) netted an unassisted goal for the Cougars.
Game Two (2): Thunderbirds 8 – Cougars 5
The Thunderbirds got on the board early in game two (2) when Dryden Downing (Chilliwack) netted one off a pass from Danny Choi (Abbotsford).
Less than a minute later, the Cougars answered back when Berra scored off a pass from Zachary Smith (Prince George). The Thunderbirds scored a pair of goals before the end of the first thanks to an unassisted one by Choi and a power play goal from Andrew Strelezki (Mission). Less than two (2) minutes in the middle frame, the Cougars scored a pair of back to back goals thanks to Roach and Braydon Dale.
The Thunderbirds answered back with a pair of their own from Justin Bowerman (Mission) and Downing. With less than 20 seconds remaining on the clock, Dubois scored an unassisted goal for the Cougars.
Midway through the final period of play, Strelezki netted a power play goal for the Thunderbirds, but the Cougars answered back with an unassisted goal by Jandric. Before the end of the game, the Thunderbirds scored two (2) goals thanks to Austin Wellsby (Chilliwack) and Nicholas Ponak (Abbotsford).
|Vancouver NW Giants||24||19||4||1||39||124||60||310||12|
|Valley West Hawks||26||17||8||1||35||118||85||437||16|
|Vancouver NE Chiefs||26||13||9||4||30||94||75||392||15|
|Greater Vancouver Canadians||26||13||12||1||27||102||83||506||19|
|North Island Silvertips||26||9||13||4||22||80||101||621||23|
|Fraser Valley Thunderbirds||26||9||14||3||21||94||118||403||15|
|South Island Royals||26||8||15||3||19||92||108||479||18|
|9||Jost, Tyson||Okanagan Rockets||F||22||21||27||48||41|
|20||Bradley, Matt||Valley West Hawks||F||23||23||21||44||64|
|14||Kerfoot, Colton||Vancouver NW Giants||F||24||20||24||44||20|
|24||Campbell, Tanner||Okanagan Rockets||F||26||17||22||39||44|
|19||Hannoun, Dante||Greater Vancouver Canadians||F||24||15||23||38||28|
|9||Szeto, Justin||Vancouver NW Giants||F||24||13||25||38||8|
|7||Finlay, Liam||Okanagan Rockets||F||16||13||24||37||4|
|18||Jandric, Steven||Cariboo Cougars||F||26||16||19||35||18|
|9||Roach, Jesse||Cariboo Cougars||F||26||14||21||35||42|
|18||Thompson, Quinn||Vancouver NW Giants||F||22||15||18||33||12|
|14||Strelezki, Andrew||Fraser Valley Thunderbirds||F||26||20||12||32||18|
|18||Guiney, Nick||South Island Royals||F||24||18||14||32||32|
|15||Hopkins, Haydn||South Island Royals||F||23||12||20||32||31|
|17||Koch, Davis||Valley West Hawks||F||22||9||23||32||0|
|19||Stout, Owen||Vancouver NW Giants||F||24||17||14||31||32|
|8||Ponak, Nicholas||Fraser Valley Thunderbirds||F||26||14||17||31||28|
|22||Fabbro, Dante||Vancouver NW Giants||D||22||12||19||31||28|
|8||Funk, Jordan||Valley West Hawks||F||26||12||18||30||30|
|19||Santoro, Cory||Okanagan Rockets||F||26||11||18||29||4|
|9||Callegari, Eric||Valley West Hawks||F||26||7||22||29||34|
|1||Kilburn , Reid||Okanagan Rockets||17||14||2||1||2.12|
|1||Shugrue , Tyler||Greater Vancouver Canadians||17||9||7||0||3.29|
|1||Forbes , Cole||Valley West Hawks||15||9||4||1||3.02|
|35||Withers , Trevor||Vancouver NW Giants||10||9||1||0||2.65|
|35||Cheema , Kyle||Valley West Hawks||14||8||3||0||3.47|
|35||Barry , Brendan||Okanagan Rockets||9||8||1||0||2.89|
|1||Matzek , Josh||Fraser Valley Thunderbirds||17||7||7||2||5.00|
|1||Severson , Jakob||Vancouver NE Chiefs||14||7||5||1||2.44|
|35||Derochie , Adam||Vancouver NE Chiefs||13||6||4||3||3.12|
|1||Grant , Tavin||Vancouver NW Giants||12||6||3||1||2.67|
|35||Hawthorne , John||North Island Silvertips||14||5||8||0||3.68|
|35||Matte , Jeremy||Cariboo Cougars||17||5||10||1||4.07|
|1||Delfs , Lane||Cariboo Cougars||10||4||4||1||4.13|
|35||Daly , Markus||South Island Royals||14||4||8||2||4.95|
|1||Smith , Chris||South Island Royals||11||4||5||1||3.01|
|35||Del-Linz , Sergio||Greater Vancouver Canadians||11||4||5||1||3.04|
|1||Young , Liam||North Island Silvertips||14||3||6||4||4.10|
|35||Mailhiot , Jason||Kootenay Ice||10||2||5||1||5.82|
|35||Toews , Daniel||Thompson Blazers||9||2||4||1||3.39|
|35||Neilsen , Gunnar||Fraser Valley Thunderbirds||11||2||7||1||3.66|
|1||Schamerhorn , Carson||Kootenay Ice||16||1||12||1||5.64|
|1||De Palma , Bailey||Thompson Blazers||15||0||9||3||5.23|
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