November 28, 2017
Week 10 of BC Major Midget League wrapped up on the weekend, with a new team on top of the leaderboard.
The Valley West Hawks have been chasing the Cariboo Cougars for top billing since Week 5, while holding a pair of games in hand over the span.
This weekend the Hawks took care of business with a pair of lopsided shutout wins (8-0, 6-0) over the last place South Island Silvertips, and now lead Cariboo, who had the bye weekend, by two points, on one more win. Both teams have now played 18 games.
Three of the remaining four series played on the weekend ended in split-decisions. As a consequence, there was very little change in the rest of the standings from a week ago.
The only change involved the Okanagan Rockets and the North Island Silvertips swapping spots in the 6th and 7th place slots, with the Rockets edging ahead on a one point advantage gained in an overtime loss to the Thompson Blazers in their first game Saturday in Kamloops.
Here’s a recap of all the series.
Valley West vs South Island, Hawks sweep 8-0, 6-0
This was a series that pitted the #1 Hawks vs the last place South Island Royals, and the results were pretty much as expected, with the Hawks overpowering the Royals with two shut out wins.
Trevor Isaksson scored four to lead the Hawks in game one in Victoria on Friday, with four separate Hawks scoring the other goals.
Arshdeep Bains and Cameron MacDonald posted three assists each. Kabir Gill had a pair of assists. The Hawks scored three times on the power play and once short-handed.
Josh Dias got the shutout.
The Royals took 28 minutes in penalties including a 10 minute misconduct, while the Hawks took 24 including a 10 minute roughing call.
In game two Saturday, six different Hawks tallied.
Bains was 1G-2A, while Cameron Macdonald was 1G-1A on two power plays to open the scoring. Hunor Torzok was also 1G-1A, and Jordan Hendry was 2A.
Jayden Shull got the second shutout.
This time the Royals were only assessed five minors. The Hawks sat for 22 minutes, including 16 in the final period.
North West Giants vs GVC, split, 3-2 GVC, 6-4 NWG
In a home and home at the Richmond Oval and 8 Rinks, both home teams got a win in this tight contest between #3 GVC and #5 NW Giants.
A sweep by the Giants would have put them in a third place tie with Canadians, instead they remain four points back, in fifth place, but with two games in hand.
In game one Saturday in Richmond, all but the first goal were scored in the third period; and three of the five were scored on the power play.
NWG’s Dominic Davis opened the scoring on the power play with 6:25 remaining in the first, with assists from Alek Sukunda and Logan Doust.
The lead held till early in the third, when Nathan Racey answered for GVC on another power play marker – with Tyler Horstmann and Vincent Thrum assisting.
GVC’s Danny Pearson put the Canadians up 2-1 on the third power play goal with 7:40 left to play. Horstmann and Tanner Gushel got the assists.
NWG stormed right back, just minute later, on a goal by Sukunda, assisted by Matteo Pecchia and Christian Buono.
In a thrilling (or gut wrenching) finish, GVC’s Garret Wicks scored at even strength with just seven seconds left to clinch game one. Pearson got the lone assist.
Niklas Hoem took the loss for the Giants. Jesse Makaj got the win.
In game two on the NW Giants home ice at Burnaby 8 Rinks, Jacob Fournier notched the only goal in the first period to give the Giants a 1-0 lead. Logan Doust assisted.
The Giants would eventually notch four goals in the second, to GVC’s two, to take a 5-2 lead into the third.
Jake Keller got the first one, with Doust assisting just over two minutes into the second to give the Giants a 2-0 lead.
GVC’s Gabriel Parent answered quickly however, on an assist from Wicks, and the game stayed at 2-1 until Dom Davis restored the Giants two goal lead, with 12:27 left. Tyler Cristall and Doust assisted.
Danny Pearson got the next one for GVC, with an assist from Tyler Horstmann, before the Giants answered late in the period with two quick goals, from Doust unassisted, and then on a marker from Cristall, assisted by Davis.
In the third, GVC roared out with two quick goals less than two minutes in to close it to 5-4. Joshua Harrison scored first, unassisted, at 18:54, and then Horstmann followed up at 18:15, to make a game of it. Wicks got his second assist on the goal.
But the excitement was shortlived, as Pecchia scored 29 seconds later to finish the scoring at 17:46. Kurt Hoogendoom and Cooper Connell got the assists.
Nik Hoem got the win, while Elliot Marshall took the loss.
Fraser Valley vs Kootenay, split 6-4 EN T-Birds, 2-1 Ice
Fraser Valley Thunderbirds remain in fourth place, three back of GVC after a thrilling weekend split with the Kootenay Ice in Trail.
In game one Saturday afternoon, the T-birds opened the scoring just nine seconds into the game on a goal by Dylan Stoltz, assisted by Justin Plett and Will Dow-Kenny.
There was no other scoring in the first period, with each team assessed one minor penalty.
In a wild eight goal second period, it was Kootenay’s turn to score off the opening puck drop, when Simon Nemethy notched one on the power play, just 12 seconds in. Mason McLeod assisted, the first of three straight first assists for him in the game.
The T-birds roared right back scoring three in a minute and half to go up 4-1, briefly, before the Ice answered with three of their own to close it out a 4-4 after two periods.
Dow-Kenny got the first T-Birds goal, on the power play, with helpers from Ethan Bowen and Matthew Konrad. Carter Anderson followed sixteen seconds later, with assists to Andrew Sorensen and Emmett Garret. A minute later Justin Plett finished the T-Birds blast, with helpers from Stoltz and Dow-Kenny.
Then the Ice stormed back with three before the period was out. Jackson Bohan made it 4-2, from McLeod, followed by Jared Macasso, from McLeod and Erik Delaire, before Adam Pipe made it 4-4 with 4:52 left, with Kody Stewart and Simon Nemethy assisting.
Things returned to normal in the third, with no scoring until T-Bird’s Jake Mulder scored what would be the game winner, unassisted, with 4:55 left. Mulder scored an empty netter with two seconds left to wrap the game, 6-4.
Jake Kemp took the loss, while Dawson Pelletier got the win.
It was a totally different game Sunday morning, with lots of penalties and just three goals.
Kootenay’s Brett Walchuk opened the scoring late in the first, with helpers from Nathan Ingram and Kody Stewart.
The Ice went up 2-0 with 12:36 left in the second, when Keenan Crossman tallied, on assists rom Erik Delaire and goaltender Xavier Cannon.
Ethan Bowen got the T-Birds to within one about two minutes later, with Matthew Konrad and Gage Goncalves assisting.
Both teams played most of the third short-handed but there was no further scoring.
Pelletier took the loss, while Cannon got the win.
Okanagan Rockets vs Thompson Blazers, 2-1 OT Blazers, 4-1 EN Rockets
In this home and home contest between the two close Interior rivals, it was another case of each team winning on home ice, although the Rockets picked up a point in the opening OTL, to move up one spot, into sixth place in the standings.
In the opener in Kamloops on Saturday, Cole Nisse prevented the shootout with just 11 seconds left on the overtime clock, to give the Blazers the win.
The Blazers’ Tyson Gayfer had forced the OT, scoring unassisted with 15:28 left in the third, after a scoreless second period.
The Rockets Jack Finley had opened the scoring with the lone Kelowna goal about halfway into the first period. Scott Gilowski assisted.
Ethan Langenegger got the win for Thompson. Cole Schwebius took the loss.
In game two Sunday, at home at the Capital News Centre, it was all Rockets, as Kelowna opened a 3-0 lead to start the third. The Blazers would notch one early in the third, but couldn’t get closer, as the Rockets’ Will Reimer closed with an empty netter to finish it at 4-1.
Benn Krivoshen scored twice for the Rockets, Tanner Brown got the other. Brandon Roche scored the lone Blazers goal.
Cole Schwebius got the win for Kelowna. Ethan Langenegger took the loss.
North East Chiefs vs North Island Silvertips, split, 6-3 NEC, 4-3 Tips
In game one Saturday in Duncan, the #8 NE Chiefs scored three in the first and three in the third, to clinch the win, over #7 North Island.
North Island scored twice in the first, and once in the second, to make 3-3 after two.
The Chiefs closed it out in the third, with Logan Kurki getting the eventual winner just over a minute in, and Quinton Hill getting the insurance with 5:10 left. Kyler Kovich closed the scoring, 602 with 1:19 left.
Austin Dendl took the loss. Logan Turness got the win.
In game two, Sunday, the Tips Isaac Alvarado would score the lone goal in the third to clinch the 4-3 win. The Tips had opened a 2-1 lead after one, before NE Chiefs came back to finish the second 3-3.
Gannon Riley was 2G for the Tips, Joshua Zary was 2A.
This time, Logan Turness took the loss and Austin Dendl got the win.
Standings: Week 10 (scroll down for scoring leaders and goalie stats)
|1||VW Hawks||18||15||2||1||0||31||105||43||227||8-0 W||6-0 W||+1|
|3||GVC||20||12||7||0||1||25||85||69||218||3-2 W||4-6 L||n/c|
|4||FV Thunderbirds||18||10||6||1||1||22||75||60||374||6-4 W||1-2 L||n/c|
|5||NW Giants||18||10||7||0||1||21||76||62||393||2-3 L||6-4 W||n/c|
|6||OK Rockets||18||8||8||1||1||18||62||62||235||1-2 OTL||4-1 W||+1|
|7||NI Silvertips||18||8||9||1||0||17||54||73||437||3-6 L||4-3 W||-1|
|8||NE Chiefs||18||6||9||1||2||15||59||73||273||6-3 W||3-4 L||n/c|
|9||Kootenay Ice||18||6||10||0||2||14||50||70||268||4-6 L||2-1 W||n/c|
|10||Thomp Blazers||18||6||12||0||0||12||42||71||373||2-1 W||1-4 L||n/c|
|11||SI Royals||18||2||16||0||0||4||37||92||269||0-8 L||0-6 L||n/c|
Top 20 Scoring: Week 10
|9||Bains, Arshdeep||VW Hawks||F||18||15||29||44||28|
|16||Goncalves, Gage||FV Tbirds||F||18||14||18||32||8|
|15||MacDonald, Cameron||VW Hawks||F||14||17||14||31||14|
|12||Krogfoss, Nolan||VW Hawks||F||16||12||19||31||6|
|17||Plett, Justin||FV Tbirds||F||17||20||7||27||14|
|14||Sourdif, Justin||VW Hawks||F||14||9||17||26||12|
|11||Mohagen, Max||VW Hawks||F||17||4||18||22||17|
|10||Isaksson, Trevor||VW Hawks||D||18||9||12||21||12|
|10||Mulder, Jake||FV Tbirds||F||18||8||13||21||26|
|19||Zary, Joshua||NI Silvertips||F||18||7||14||21||12|
|22||Buono, Christian||NW Giants||F||15||11||9||20||28|
|10||Jones, Ethan||NI Silvertips||F||18||11||8||19||8|
|21||Hill, Quinton||NE Chiefs||F||18||9||10||19||12|
Goalie Stats: Week 10
|1||Josh Dias||VW Hawks||12||10||1||1||2.21|
|35||Niklas Hoem||NW Giants||13||8||4||0||2.35|
|1||Dawson Pelletier||FV Tbirds||11||6||4||0||2.72|
|35||Jayden Shull||VW Hawks||8||5||1||0||2.73|
|35||Cole Schwebius||OK Rockets||14||5||7||1||3.36|
|35||Austin Dendl||NI Silvertips||12||5||3||1||3.52|
|35||Jake Kemp||Kootenay Ice||11||4||6||0||3.68|
|35||Alex Rolfe||FV Tbirds||8||4||3||1||3.75|
|35||Logan Terness||NE Chiefs||10||4||6||0||3.78|
|1||Roman Basran||OK Rockets||4||3||1||0||3.21|
|1||Xavier Cannon||Kootenay Ice||8||2||6||0||3.68|
|1||Michael Harroch||NE Chiefs||8||2||5||1||4.11|
|1||Jackson Glassford||NI Silvertips||8||1||6||0||4.84|
|1||Connor Cheyne||SI Royals||12||1||10||0||4.86|
|1||Jack Ford||NW Giants||5||1||4||0||5.08|
|355||Connor Svienson||SI Royals||7||1||5||0||5.14|