February 15, 2019
As the BCMML heads into final four weeks of regular season play this weekend, the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds continue to lead the league, pursued hard by the North East Chiefs and Cariboo Cougars.
The Thunderbirds, with 50 points in 32 games, lead the North East Chiefs by two points, and have two games in hand. The T-Birds will play a home and home vs the #6 NW Hawks this weekend.
The Chiefs meanwhile are continuing their battle with the Cariboo Cougars for the #2 spot – a battle that’s been on since Week 10. The Chiefs travel to Nanaimo for two games vs the #10 Silvertips for their next series.
The Cougars currently trail the Chiefs by three, with 45 points, but have two games in hand. The Cougars will host #9 South Island Royals this weekend.
The fourth place Okanagan Rockets are tied in points with the Chiefs but have played two more games. The Rockets go on the road to Trail this weekend, for two games vs the #11 Kootenay Ice.
The T-Birds lead the league in GF-GA differential, with a +73, but are third overall in GF, with 148 – behind the Okanagan Rockets with 160, and #5 Thompson Blazers with 159.
The Rockets’ scoring is being led by three players in the Top 10, #5 Colby Elmer, #6 Chase Dafoe, and #8 William Reimer, who have combined for 56 goals.
The Thompson Blazers’ Logan Stankoven is the league’s top producer by a wide margin. With 43G-41A in 32 games, his 84 points are 30 better than #2 Tyler Cristall of the NW Hawks, who is 25G-25A. Stankoven’s teammate Jarod Semchuk is #3, a point behind Cristall, with 13G-36A.
The T-Birds primary scoring punch is coming from #4 Zachary Funk, with 29G-19A, 48 points, and #9 Jacob Wright, 14G-28A.
The T-Birds’ offensive power also includes three more in the Top 20 (the Rockets and Chiefs have four in the Top 20).
Interestingly, the Cariboo Cougars, who are fourth overall in team scoring – with 143 goals, just five fewer than the T-Birds, have only one player in the Top 20 – Brendan Pigeon #18 overall, with 21G-15A.
The first place T-Birds have the best defensive record, with just 75 GA in 32 games, far fewer than the rest of the league, with the exception of Cariboo. They also have the best GF-GA differential, +73.
Not surprisingly T-Birds’ goalie, Dawson Pelletier, leads the league with a 2.07 GAA. Team mate Kevin Craig is fifth overall, with 2.71.
Third place Cariboo Cougars have the second best defense, with 80 GA; and the second best goal differential, at +63. Xavier Cannon is posting the league’s #2 GAA stat, with 2.13. Teammate Colton Phillips is right behind him, with 2.58, third best overall.
The second place Chiefs are next with a 93 GA. They’re being backstopped by Logan Terness, also with a 2.58 GAA record, and Michael Harroch with 2.76, seventh overall in the league.
Harroch has the league’s best winning record, with just two regular time losses in 20 starts (14-2-3-1-2; .850). The T-bird’s tandem of Craig at 10-2-0-1-2, (.821) and Pelletier at 14-4-1-0-2, (.816), are next in terms winning points percentage.
The Okanagan Rockets are the new Lady Byng leaders with just 466 PIMs. The T-Birds are next with just 470.
The Rockets’ William Reimer, #8 in scoring with 12G-30A, 42 points has just 2 PIM in 34 games! League scoring leader Logan Stankoven jumped from just six PIM before Christmas to 36, over the last five weeks with the Blazers. GVC’s Garrett Wicks has next fewest PIMs of the Top 20 offensive players, with 10 in 30 games.
On the flip side of the coin, #5 Thompson are posting 839 PIMs; #11 Kootenay are close behind with 825.
(Scroll down for Current Standings, Top 20 Scoring Leaders and Leading Goalies).
Game Results – Week 18 – 2.10.18
|VW Giants vs. NE Chiefs, split|
|Game 1: Vancouver North East 6, Valley West 4|
|Game 2: Valley West 3, Vancouver North East 0|
|SI Royals vs. NI Silvertips|
|Game 1: Postponed – weather|
|Game 2: South Island 4, North Island 2|
|OK Rockets vs. Cariboo Cougars, split|
|Game 1: Okanagan 2, Cariboo 1|
|Game 2: Cariboo 6, Okanagan 2|
|Blazers vs. Kootenay Ice, Blazers W+T|
|Game 1: Kootenay 3, Thompson 3|
|Game 2: Thompson 10, Kootenay 0|
|FV T-birds vs. GVC, T-Birds 2W|
|Game 1: Fraser Valley 4, Greater Vancouver 1|
|Game 2: Fraser Valley 3, Greater Vancouver 1|
|BYE WEEK: Vancouver NW Hawks|
BCMML Standings – Week 18, 2.10.19
Top 20 Scoring Leaders – Week 18, 2.10.19
|3||20||JARROD L SEMCHUK||Blazers||F||29||13||36||49||49|
Top 20 Goalies – Week 18, 2.10.19, (by GAA)
|4||1||COLTON PHILLIPS-WATTS (AP)||6||5||4||1||0||0||1||2.58||14||0.750|