February 13, 2018
The top two BCMML teams swapped places again this weekend after Week 18 wrapped up on Sunday. And it could happen again, as the regular season concludes over the coming four weekends.
Here’s a recap of the weekend and a look ahead at the remaining schedules for the top teams.
Scroll down for current standings, league scoring leaders and top goalies.
Hawks again #1 with 4 point weekend
The Valley West Hawks moved back into first place overall, with two wins over the #3 Fraser Valley Thunderbirds.
Although tied at 53 points with the Cariboo Cougars – both teams have 25 wins – the Hawks hold two games in hand, hence the #1 seed.
In terms of goals for and against differentials, the Hawks are +92 and the Cougars +64, well in front the next group, lead by #3 Fraser Valley, with a +38 record.
Both teams would have to tank over the stretch run to risk falling out of first or second place, as they are now nine points up on Fraser Valley.
The Hawks will wrap with a home series vs Okanagan next weekend, then play a home and home vs the NE Chiefs; a home series vs the South Island Royals, and then finish with two games vs the North Island Silvertips in Nanaimo.
Cougars fall to #2 after split vs #10 Ice
The Cougars managed just one win in their series on home ice on the weekend, a 5-1 decision vs #10 Kootenay Ice, on Saturday. The Ice bounced back in the rematch on Sunday, winning 5-3, which bumped the Cougars down into second place.
Cougars will wrap their regular season with a much tougher schedule than the Hawks, at least in theory.
They have only three series remaining, but all of them on the road. They’ll start vs the #3 T-Birds in Abbotsford next weekend, then travel back to Vancouver the following weekend for two games vs the #6 NW Giants. After a bye weekend, they’ll head to Kelowna, March 10-11 for a pair games vs the #4 Okanagan Rockets.
#3 T-Birds drop two, #4 Rockets close in
In spite of two losses vs the #1 Hawks, 7-2 and 5-3, the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds remain in third place overall, although now with a much narrower, three point margin, over the #4 Okanagan Rockets.
While the Rockets also stayed put, in 4th place overall, they improved their lead over #5 GVC to four points, and over the #6 Giants by six, with a win and OTL vs GVC. Two weekends ago, all three were tied at 34 points each.
Fraser Valley will face #2 Cariboo at home in Abbotsford this coming weekend, and then travel to Kelowna to meet the Rockets the following weekend. The Birds will then host Kootenay Ice March 3-4; and then wrap with a series vs the South Island Royals in Lake Cowichan, March 10-11.
The Rockets meanwhile, travel to the Lower Mainland to met the Hawks this coming weekend, then host Fraser Valley Feb. 24-25, before splitting a home and home with Thompson and then wrapping at home vs the Cougars, March 10-11.
#5 GVC and #6 Giants still tight
GVC also remained in the same place, 5th overall, after the weekend. Although the Canadians are now four points back of the Rockets, they did gain a point on the Giants.
NW Giants picked up a single point in their tie with the North East Chiefs, and are now two back of GVC, but nine back of third place T-Birds. Two weeks ago, they were six points back of #3.
GVC will play three more series, and finish with a bye weekend March 10-11. They’ll travel to Nanaimo this coming weekend to face the North Island, then return to play the Thompson Blazers the following weekend, before wrapping with what will likely be a key series vs the NW Giants in a home and home, March 3-4.
The Giants meanwhile, will play in four series; three of them in the Lower Mainland. First, they’ll host the Thompson Blazers this coming weekend at NSWC and 8 Rinks, and then host the Cariboo Cougars, at UBC and 8 Rinks the following weekend, Feb. 24-25. On March 3-4 they’ll play GVC in the home and home, and then finish with a long road trip to meet the Kootenay Ice, in Trail.
The Giants will also play one exhibition game, vs the #1 CSSHL Major Midget BWC Prep Academy team, on Wednesday, February 14 in a fund raiser for KidSport. Festivities get underway at 5:30 at Bill Copeland Arena in Burnaby, with puck drop at 6:00 PM.
Blazers continue to make gains
The Thompson Blazers were the only other team besides the Hawks to put up all four points on the weekend, with two close wins over South Island, 2-1 and 3-2.
The two wins put the Blazers one up on the NE Chiefs, in seventh place overall. After scoring 10 of 12 possible points in their last three weekends, the Blazers have moved up three places, and could be a wildcard over the stretch.
Chiefs slip despite 3 point weekend
Although the NE Chiefs downed the NW Giants 5-0 in game one Saturday, and picked up another point in the 1-1 tie on Sunday, they slipped a spot in the standings, to 8th overall.
They’re now tied at 27 points with the Blazers, but Thompson have two more wins, and two games in hand – thus the higher, #7 seed.
North Island had the bye weekend, and remain in ninth place overall, although now tied with Kootenay at 22 points.
Kootenay have posted four OTL losses, the most in the league.
The South Island Royals had another tough weekend, losing both games by a single goal, 2-1 and 3-2 to the Blazers.
Series Recaps – Week 18
Valley West – 2W, 6 points
There was a lot on the line in this series for both teams. A T-birds sweep would have put them one back of the Hawks, in a battle for second place. Two wins for the Hawks would mean regaining first place from the Cariboo Cougars, and essentially keeping it a two team race for first overall.
Game 1: 7-2 Hawks, in Langley
After a 1-1 first period, Valley West scored four in the second, and two more in the third, vs a single in the second for the T-Birds.
Justin Sourdiff scored the first VW goal on a powerplay and assisted on the next four, even strength, including Nolan Krogfoss’s hat trick. Max Mogahen also notched four helpers to lead the Hawks.
Matthew Conrad and Gage Goncalves got the lone T-Birds markers.
Josh Dias got the win, Dawson Pelletier took the loss.
Game 2: 5-3 Hawks, in Abbotsford
It was a similar pattern for game 2. Period 1 finished 1-1 and then the Hawks scored three in the second to open up a 4-1 lead going into the third. The T-Birds clawed back with two in the third, but never really threatened, as the final goal came with just 1:37 to go.
Five different Hawks scored, with Walker Erickson and Justin Sourdif going 1G-1A and Josh Peterson 2A.
Jake Mulder scored a pair for the T-Birds, with Justin Plett going 1G-1A.
Again, Josh Dias got the win, and Dawson Pelletier the loss.
Cariboo – Kootenay – Split 1 W each, 2 points each
Game 1: 5-1 Cariboo, in PG
The Cougars opened a 2-0 lead after the first, and stretched it to 4-0 after two, before the Ice got on the board early in the third. A late empty netter closed it off 5-1.
Tanner Bahm got things started just over three minutes into the first period, and finished up with another goal in the second and an assist on the empty netter.
Max Arnold scored the Cougars second, and also assisted on Bahm’s two markers.
Simon Nemethy got the only Ice goal, with 18:12 to play in the third.
Marcus Allen got the win, while Jake Kemp took the loss.
Game 2 – Ice win 5-3, in PG
Things were a different in game two at the Kin Arena on Sunday. This time the Ice opened up a 2-0 first period lead, on a couple of powerplay goals.
The Cougars scored early in the second, but it was quickly answered, and the Ice took a 3-1 lead into the third.
After a scoreless first half, the Ice scored two quick ones to open up a 5-1 lead, with 9:07 left.
The Cougars regrouped and got one back quickly on a powerplay, and then scored one late on another powerplay to complete the scoring, 5-3 Ice.
Hunter Flores scored the final two Cougar powerplay goals, while Simon Nemethy notched two and assisted on two for the Ice. Mason McLeod was 3A for the Ice. Brennan Malgunas was 2A for the Cougars.
Xavier Cannon recorded the win, while Ryan Buchan took the loss.
Okanagan – 1W, 1OTL, 3 points / GVC 1 OTW, 2 points
Game 1: 6-3 Rockets, in Richmond
The Rockets scored three unanswered goals in the third, including an empty netter, to win this one. Both teams had scored once in the first, and twice in the second to set up the third.
Ethan Schaeffer lead the attack for the Rockets with 2G-1A, Brandon Della Paolera was 1G-1A in support.
Marcus Pantzis scored two for the Canadians, while Danny Pearson was 1G-1A.
The Rockets were short benched, with just 15 skaters, vs 19 for GVC.
Cole Schwebius record the win, Jesse Makaj the loss.
Game 2: 4-3 OTW for GVC, in Richmond
Game two started with Rockets taking a 2-0 into the second, before GVC came back with two of their own in the second to tie it up a 2-2 headed to the third.
GVC went up early in the third on Marcus Pantazis’ second of the game, a powerplay goal. The lead held until Will Reimer evened it up with 2:18 left to force the OT.
Radek Hewson made it a quick one, scoring 40 seconds in, to give GVC the win.
Danny Pearson had three assists for GVC; Rayman Bassi had 2A for the Rockets.
Darby Tipton took the loss, Elliot Marshall got the win.
Chiefs 1W – 1T, 3 points / NW Giants 1T, 1 point
Game 1, 5-0 Chiefs, Planet Ice Coquitlam
The Chiefs opened the series on home ice, and scored one late in the first on a powerplay to open a 1-0 lead after the first. The Chiefs then added another power player marker plus one at even strength in the second, and then two more in the third to shut out the Giants, 5-0 in game one on Saturday.
The Giants were assessed nine penalties vs two for the Chiefs.
Five different players scored for the Chiefs, Cody Hough lead, with 2A.
Michael Harroch notched the win, while Nik Hoem took the loss.
Game 2, 1-1 Tie, at Burnaby 8 Rinks
It was a different story at 8 Rinks on Sunday. The teams opened with a scoreless first, with the first goal not scored until late in the second, by the Giant’s Dom Davis.
It looked like the Giants might hang on for a 1-0 win as time ticked down in the third. But a goal by the Chiefs’ Ryan Suzukovich tied things up at 2:56 to force the OT.
The Giants pressured hard through a good portion of the overtime, but couldn’t solve Harroch, and the game ended 1-1.
Jack Ford also made a couple of key saves for the Giants, including a breakaway stop to earn a point for the G-men.
Penalties were more even this game. The Giants took eight minors, to six by the Chiefs.
Standings: Week 18 (scroll down for scoring leaders and goalie stats)
|1||VW Hawks||32||25||4||2||1||53||176||84||540||7-2 W||5-3 W|
|2||Cariboo||34||25||6||3||0||53||159||95||550||5-1 W||3-5 L|
|3||FV T-Birds||32||21||9||1||1||44||144||106||624||2-7 L||3-5 L|
|4||OK Rockets||32||18||9||3||2||41||124||96||445||6-3 W||3-4 OTL|
|5||GVC||34||17||14||2||1||37||129||114||422||3-6 L||4-3 W|
|6||NW Giants||32||16||13||2||1||35||120||104||610||0-5 L||1-1 T|
|7||Thomp Blazers||32||13||18||0||1||27||86||122||681||2-1 W||3-2 W|
|8||NE Chiefs||34||11||18||2||3||27||102||128||530||5-0 W||1-1 T|
|10||Kootenay Ice||32||9||19||0||4||22||82||125||511||1-5 L||5-3 W|
|11||SI Royals||34||5||26||3||0||13||73||165||564||1-2 L||2-3 L|
Standings one week ago (Week 17):
|1||Cariboo||32||24||5||3||0||51||151||89||532||3-2 W||4-4 T|
|3||FV T-Birds||30||21||7||1||1||44||139||94||584||6-3 W||3-1 W|
|4||OK Rockets||30||17||9||3||1||38||115||89||399||5-2 W||3-2 W|
|5||GVC||32||16||13||2||1||35||122||105||408||2-3 L||4-4 T|
|6||NW Giants||30||16||12||1||1||34||119||98||574||2-5 L||2-3 L|
|7||NE Chiefs||32||10||18||1||3||24||96||127||514||3-6 L||1-3 L|
|8||Thomp Blazers||30||11||18||0||1||23||81||119||641||6-2 W||2-1 W|
|9||NI Silvertips||32||10||20||2||0||22||93||149||651||2-4 L||1-5 L|
|10||Kootenay Ice||30||8||18||0||4||20||76||117||493||2-6 L||1-2 L|
|11||SI Royals||32||5||24||3||0||13||70||160||530||4-2 W||5-1 W|
Standings two weeks ago (Week 16):
|1||VW Hawks||30||23||4||2||1||49||164||79||530||6-4 W||2-3 L|
|2||Cariboo Cougars||30||23||5||2||0||48||144||83||514||6-3 W||8-3 W|
|4||NW Giants||28||16||10||1||1||34||114||89||562||4-6 L||3-2 L|
|5||GVC||30||16||12||1||1||34||116||98||370||4-3 W||3-2 L|
|6||OK Rockets||28||15||9||3||1||34||106||84||385||3-4 L||2-3 L|
|7||NE Chiefs||30||10||16||1||3||24||92||118||480||3-4 L||1-6 L|
|8||NI Silvertips||30||10||18||2||0||22||90||140||641||1-5 L||5-4 W|
|8||Kootenay Ice||28||8||16||0||4||20||73||109||437||3-4 L||2-3 L|
|10||Thomp Blazers||28||9||18||0||1||19||73||116||615||5-1 W||4-5 L|
|11||SI Royals||30||3||24||3||0||9||61||157||516||3-6 L||3-8 L|
The Hawks have a taken a big lead in goals for overall, and not surprising have a number of players at the top of the scoring race, including three of the top four.
The Cariboo Cougars, with the #2 offense in the league, have three in the Top 10.
Again, as might be expected, the two teams have the top two goalies in the league as well.
Scoring Leaders: Week 17, Feb. 11, 2018
|12||Krogfoss, Nolan||VW Hawks||F||30||30||33||63||16|
|11||Mohagen, Max||VW Hawks||F||30||12||44||56||36|
|14||Sourdif, Justin||VW Hawks||F||27||17||37||54||45|
|15||MacDonald, Cameron||VW Hawks||F||28||25||16||41||22|
|22||Buono, Christian||NW Giants||F||27||12||21||33||50|
Top Goalies: Week 17, Feb. 11, 2018