December 1, 2015
The Vancouver NW Giants are alone on top of the BCMML standings with a slim one point lead after two wins over the South Island Royals this past weekend.
On Saturday, the Giants destroyed the Royals with a 11-1 victory at North Shore Winter Club. First year Jackson Shepard, along with Mitchell Williams and Justin Wilson each had two goals in the victory.
On Sunday, the Giants downed the Royals 6-2 with another two goal performance from Wilson. Call up Tanner Versluis, a second year, potted his first MM goal. Two other first years, Liam Kindree and Ethan Cap also scored.
The Giants Josh Latta moved into the scoring lead with a seven point weekend, two points ahead of teammate Wilson.
The Giants head in to their bye week and will be keeping an eye on the Valley West Hawks as well as the Caribou Cougars and Okanagan Rockets who are both in hot pursuit in third place.
The Hawks were at home vs the lowly North Island Silvertips, who surprisingly put up good tests in both games thanks to great performances from their goalies.
In the Saturday game, Valley West secured a 4-1 victory over the ‘Tips thanks to a great individual performance from an unlikely source.
First year player, Justyn Gurney has been off to a good start to the season playing on the Hawks’ third line and on Saturday he put the rest of the league on notice with his first career BCMML hat-trick.
On Sunday, the two teams played a much tighter game, with Valley West squeezing out a 2-1 victory. The goals were scored by new ‘Hawk Oliver Alcock, who’s played six games with the Hawks after being released by the Langley Knights, and Moose Jaw Warriors prospect Luka Burzan, another first year player.
The Hawks will return to the ice next weekend against Kootenay and will have a huge acquisition in the lineup as the Vancouver Giants announced on Monday that they have reassigned James Malm to Valley West.
Okanagan and Cariboo are tied for third place after splitting a weekend series in Prince George. Cariboo won the first game 2-1 while Okanagan responded on Sunday with a 6-1 victory.
In the middle of the pack, Fraser Valley Thunderbirds are tied with the Vancouver NE Chiefs for fifth in the league after two wins over Thompson. The Blazers have won just two games this year.
The Chiefs played two games against Kootenay, winning both. Kootenay also have only won two so far this year.
South Island is in seventh place after the two losses to the Giants but are still over .500.
Greater Vancouver are in eighth place, also just over .500, after a bye week.
There is no change at the bottom of the standings as Thompson remains in ninth place, followed by North Island and Kootenay.
2015-16 Team Standings
|Vancouver NW Giants||20||14||4||2||30||98||40||299||14|
|Valley West Hawks||20||14||5||1||29||88||52||311||15|
|Fraser Valley Thunderbirds||20||10||6||4||24||65||58||267||13|
|Vancouver NE Chiefs||20||10||6||4||24||69||54||304||15|
|South Island Royals||20||10||8||2||22||61||68||335||16|
|Greater Vancouver Canadians||20||9||8||3||21||51||60||260||13|
|North Island Silvertips||20||2||15||3||7||38||91||550||27|
There’s a new leader in the BCMML scoring race as Josh Latta is now on top with 38 points. Latta has now equaled his point total from last season in only 18 games.
Latta is trailed by his teammate Justin Wilson and Okanagan Rockets Matt Kowalski who each have 36 points.
Valley West forward Ben Evanish had a lone point this weekend and is in 4th place. Giants defenceman Carter Stephenson rounds out the top five with 30 points.
|22||Latta, Josh||Vancouver NW Giants||F||18||10||28||38||24|
|24||Wilson, Justin||Vancouver NW Giants||F||20||16||20||36||12|
|7||Kowalski, Matt||Okanagan Rockets||F||20||16||20||36||4|
|16||Evanish, Ben||Valley West Hawks||F||18||21||11||32||25|
|8||Stephenson, Carter||Vancouver NW Giants||D||20||4||26||30||40|
|10||Burzan, Luka||Valley West Hawks||F||17||6||23||29||26|
|23||Colina, Ilijah||Valley West Hawks||F||18||5||23||28||10|
|19||Williams, Mitchell||Vancouver NW Giants||F||20||14||12||26||19|
|17||Zummack, Eli||Okanagan Rockets||F||17||5||19||24||4|
|16||Dubois, Chase||Cariboo Cougars||F||18||10||13||23||10|
|18||Bosa, Christian||Valley West Hawks||F||20||15||7||22||8|
|9||Zawatsky, Alec||Okanagan Rockets||F||20||14||8||22||34|
|21||Guiney, Jordan||South Island Royals||F||19||6||16||22||51|
|11||Heathcote, Dawson||North Island Silvertips||F||20||12||9||21||14|
|19||Lee, Chong Min||Vancouver NE Chiefs||F||20||8||13||21||8|
|24||Pearce, Harris||Vancouver NE Chiefs||F||18||5||16||21||20|
|11||Farren, Michael||Valley West Hawks||F||20||4||17||21||30|
|10||Stevenson, Chase||Okanagan Rockets||F||14||12||8||20||20|
|9||Thomas, Colton||Cariboo Cougars||F||20||10||10||20||20|
|8||Stonnell, Bradley||Valley West Hawks||D||20||1||19||20||2|
Vancouver NW Giants goalie Beck Warm has yet to lose a game this year and has posted an 8-0-0 record and a 1.00 goals against average to top the league in both categories.
However, he’s not alone atop the win column as Cougars Dorrin Luding, Hawks Nicholas Tallarico and Rockets Cole Demers each also have eight wins.
|35||Beck Warm||Vancouver NW Giants||9||8||0||0||1.00|
|1||Dorrin Luding||Cariboo Cougars||14||8||4||1||2.13|
|35||Nicholas Tallarico||Valley West Hawks||11||8||3||0||2.23|
|1||Cole Demers||Okanagan Rockets||12||8||4||0||2.29|
|1||Reece Klassen||Valley West Hawks||10||7||2||1||2.90|
|1||Austin Roden||South Island Royals||12||6||4||1||3.78|
|1||Jordan Naylor||Fraser Valley Thunderbirds||8||5||0||3||2.38|
|35||Matteo Paler Chow||Greater Vancouver Canadians||11||5||5||1||2.77|
|35||Zakery Myrowich||South Island Royals||9||5||3||1||2.90|
|35||Paul Tucek||Fraser Valley Thunderbirds||12||5||6||1||2.97|
|1||Andrew Henderson||Vancouver NE Chiefs||9||5||3||1||3.11|
|35||Liam Hughes||Okanagan Rockets||10||4||3||1||2.32|
|35||Kolby Matthews||Vancouver NE Chiefs||10||4||3||3||2.51|
|1||David Tendeck||Vancouver NW Giants||9||4||3||1||2.57|
|1||Lukas Shaw||Greater Vancouver Canadians||11||4||3||2||3.02|
|35||Aaron Jakubowski||Cariboo Cougars||8||3||2||0||2.89|
|35||John Hawthorne||North Island Silvertips||12||2||7||0||2.98|
|1||Ben Kelsch||Kootenay Ice||9||2||7||0||4.52|
|1||Aris Anagnostopoulos||Thompson Blazers||11||1||8||2||4.29|
|35||Max Palaga||Thompson Blazers||10||1||6||2||4.44|
|1||Derek Krall||North Island Silvertips||7||0||3||3||4.22|
|35||Curt Doyle||Kootenay Ice||12||0||6||1||4.62|