February 19, 2018
There was virtually no change in the standings after Week 19 in the BCMML this past weekend.
Both top teams won two games, adding four points to their totals. Valley West Hawks and Cariboo Cougars are tied in first place, with 57 points each.
#1 Valley West are still the top seed however, with two games in hand on the #2 Cougars.
Valley West downed the #3 Thunderbirds, 5-1 and 4-1; while the Cougars edged the #4 Rockets 6-5 and 6-3, to increase their lead over the T-birds by 13 points.
Despite their two losses, the T-Birds and Rockets remain in the same place in the standings as last week.
#5 GVC edged up two points on the Rockets however, with a split vs the Silvertips, and are now just two back, but they have played two more games than Okanagan.
#6 NW Giants and #7 Thompson Blazers split their series with a win each. The Giants remain two points back of GVC, but have two games in hand. The Giants are eight up on the Blazers.
The #8 NE Chiefs had the bye weekend, and now are two points behind the Blazers and just one point up on #9 Kootenay, who won both their games vs South Island to move up four points.
The #10 North Island Silvertips are two back of Kootenay – both have played 34 games.
#11 South Island remain in the basement, but again pushed their opponents to another one goal decision, losing game 2 to Kootenay Ice, 5-4.
Looking ahead to the coming weekend, #1 Valley West will be squaring off vs the #8 NE Chiefs.
The #2 Cougars travel to the Lower Mainland for a pair of key games vs the #6 NW Giants. Likewise, the #3 Thunderbirds and #4 Rockets will play a key series in Kelowna.
#5 GVC will meet the #7 Blazers at the Richmond Oval. GVC are 10 points up on the Blazers.
Series Recaps – Week 19
#1 Valley West at home, sweep #4 Rockets,
Game 1: 5-1 Hawks, in Langley
Three straight goals by Dawson Penner were the highlight of this game, as the Rockets were held scoreless over the final two frames.
Cameron MacDonald opened the scoring for the Hawks with 4:09 to go in the first. Jack Finley answered with 2:10 to go to even it at 1-1.
Jordan Hentry and Trevor Isaksson were 2A. Josh Dias got the win.
Game 2: 4-1 Hawks, in South Surrey
In game 2, the Hawks opened a 3-0 lead after two before Rayman Bassi scored for the Rockets, with 16:48 left in the third.
Tyler Chyzowski got it right back though, at 13:16 to finish the scoring.
Shots were 37-22 Hawks.
Chyzowski and Max Mohagen were 1G-1A for the Hawks. Dias got the win again.
The Hawks meet NE Chiefs next, Thursday at LEC, 7:30 pm.
#2 Cariboo at #3 T-Birds – Cougars sweep, 4 points
Game 1: 6-5 Cougars, in Abbotsford
Hunter Floris started the scoring in game 1, to give the visiting Cougars a 1-0 lead after the first.
T-Birds Gage Goncalves answered a minute into the second and then added a second goal three minutes later to give the T-Birds a brief 2-1 lead.
But two quick goals, just 10 seconds apart, from Mason Richey and Brandon Dent, followed by a late goal from Matthew Marotta opened a 4-2 Cariboo lead at the end of two.
Each team exchanged a pair through the third, before the T-Birds closed it to 6-5 with 1:59 to go, on Goncalves’ hat-trick.
Marcus Allen got the win, while Dawson Pelletier took the loss.
Game 2 – 6-3 Cougars, in Abbotsford
Game two was not quite as exciting, as the Cougars opened a 4-1 lead after two periods. Each team scored a pair in the third to close it out 6-3 Cougars.
Richey lead the Cougars attack with 1G-3A, with Brandon Dent scoring two for Cariboo.
Justin Plett was 1G-1A and Goncalves and Carter Anderson were 1G for the T-birds.
Allen got the win again, while Alex Rolfe took the loss.
#5 GVC at #10 North Island, series split 2 points each
Game 1: 3-2 W for North Island, in Nanaimo
Details sketchy for this one. Game 1 was 1-0 after first for GVC, 2-1 for the Tips after two, with both teams scoring one goal in the third, 3-2 Tips final.
Marcus Pantazis scored both GVC goals. Ethan Jones notched a pair for the Tips, with Riley Gannon adding on in the middle.
Jackson Glassford got the win, Elliott Marshall took the loss.
Game 2: 5-3 W for GVC, in Nanaimo
In game two the Tips jumped out to a 3-1 lead after the first period, before GVC roared back with four unanswered in the second period, to close off the scoring at 5-3.
Pantazis again notched a pair for GVC, while adding an assist; while Danny Pearson was 1G-2A, and Garrett Wicks was 2A. Jesse Makaj got the win.
Joshua Zary was 1G-1A for the Tips; Jackson Glassford took the loss.
#7 Thompson Blazers at #6 NW Giants, split, 2 points each
Game 1, 5-3 NW Giants at NSWC
The NW Giants roared back with four unanswered goals in the third period to open the series with a come from behind home win at NSWC.
The Giants had fallen behind 2-1 after the first, and 3-1 after two, on a pair by Trent Thompson, before rallying early in the third, and then finishing off with two more and then an empty netter from Dom Davis.
Christian Buono lead the Giants attack with 2G, while Jason Chu and Alek Sukunda were 2A.
Timber Lewis was 2A for the Blazers.
Jack Ford got the win, while Ethan Langenegger took the loss.
Game 2, 4-3 Blazers. Tie, at Burnaby 8 Rinks
The visiting Blazers again opened up a first period lead, 3-1; but this time held off a Giants rally and scored in the back half of the third for the win.
The Giants clawed back to 3-2 after two, on a goal from Jacob Fournier, and then tied it up with 11:39 to go in the third, on another marker from Buono.
Thompson secured the win with 7:17 left, with his second of the game.
Fournier lead the offense for the Giants with 1G-1A.
Langenegger got the win, Nik Hoem took the loss.
Standings: Week 19 (scroll down for scoring leaders and goalie stats)
|1||VW Hawks||34||27||4||2||1||57||185||86||556||5-1 W||4-1 W|
|2||Cariboo||36||27||6||3||0||57||171||103||584||6-5 W||6-3 W|
|3||FV T-Birds||34||21||11||1||1||44||152||118||667||5-6 L||3-6 L|
|4||OK Rockets||34||18||11||3||2||41||126||105||473||1-5 L||1-4 L|
|5||GVC||36||18||15||2||1||39||136||120||444||2-3 L||5-3 W|
|6||NW Giants||34||17||14||2||1||37||128||111||644||5-3 W||3-4 L|
|7||Thomp Blazers||34||14||19||0||1||29||93||130||712||3-5 L||4-3 W|
|9||Kootenay Ice||34||11||19||0||4||26||91||129||555||4-0 W||5-4 W|
|10||NI Silvertips||34||11||21||2||0||24||99||156||695||3-2 W||3-5 L|
|11||SI Royals||36||5||28||3||0||13||77||174||608||0-4 L||4-5 L|
Standings three 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 surprisingly 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.
Fraser Valley’s Gage Goncalves moved back into top spot after a five point weekend.
Again, as might be expected, the two top teams have the top two goalies in the league as well.
Scoring Leaders: Week 19, Feb. 18, 2018
|12||Krogfoss, Nolan||VW Hawks||F||30||30||33||63||16|
|11||Mohagen, Max||VW Hawks||F||32||14||46||60||40|
|14||Sourdif, Justin||VW Hawks||F||29||17||41||58||45|
|15||MacDonald, Cameron||VW Hawks||F||30||25||18||43||22|
|22||Buono, Christian||NW Giants||F||29||15||22||37||52|
Scoring Leaders: Week 18, 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 19, Feb. 18, 2018