February 26, 2018
There was only one change in the BCMML standings after Week 20 wrapped up Sunday.
Cariboo Cougars climbed back into first place after two wins in Vancouver over the #6 North West Giants, although it took an OT win in game two to get the sweep.
#2 Valley West meanwhile, split their series vs the #8 NE Chiefs, to fall two points back of the Cougars. The Hawks however, have two games hand, and one less loss, one less tie. So potentially the Hawks could still finish first. They have four games and 8 potential points on the table; the Cougars have two games left, and four points available.
The Cougars have a bye next weekend and close out with two games in Kelowna vs the Okanagan Rockets.
Valley West play South Island at home this coming weekend, and close out with two vs North Island in Nanaimo, March 10-11.
In other games, the #3-#6 teams all split their series.
#3 Fraser Valley are still 13 points back of second place.
#4 Okanagan Rockets gained a point on #5 GVC to lead by three.
#6 NW Giants are two back of GVC, same as last week, and six up on Thompson.
#7 Thompson Blazers put up 3 points to gain one on #8 Chiefs.
#9 Kooteney are still just one back of the Chiefs, and remain two points up #10 NI Silvertips.
#11 South Island did not play this weekend.
Series Recaps – Week 20
#1 Cougars at #6 NW Giants, Cougars sweep 5-1, 6-5 OT
Cariboo Cougars pulled into sole possession of first place with two road wins over North West Giants, 5-1 and 6-5 in OT.
Game 1 – After a 1-1 first, the Cougars scored two in the second, and two more in the third to close this one out 5-1. Cougars’ Brandon Dent had a big game, with 4A. Cougars got goals from five players. Jacob Fournier got the lone NW Giants.
Game 2 – The Giants turned things around in game two. After falling behind 2-0 in the first half of the first, the Giants roared back with three before the period was out, 3-2.
But it was all Cougars in the second, with scoring 3, to take a 5-4 lead into the third.
Giants Jimmy Darby would score the only goal in the third, to force extra time.
OT didn’t last long however, as Cougars Grady Thomas scored less than a minute it to end it.
Dent led the Cougars again, with 1G-2A, Floris Hunter was 1G-1A; and leads the league in GF with 36 in 36 games.
#2 Valley West Hawks vs #8 North East Chiefs, split
Game 1: 6-5 Hawks
The Chiefs opened with a goal early before the Hawks answered with three straight goals late in the period, to take a 3-1 lead into the second.
Both teams scored twice in the second, 5-3 Hawks.
The Chiefs would battle back with two in the third to tie it up with 7:52 to go.
But a late Chiefs penalty opened the door for the Hawks, and Dawson Penner quickly closed it out with 1:35 left, completing his hat trick. Justin Sourdif was 1G-3A.
Kyler Kovich lead the Chiefs attack with two goals. Ryan Denny was 1G-1A.
Josh Dias got the win, Logan Terness took the loss.
Game 2: 6-3 Chiefs
The Chiefs opened a 2-1 lead after the first and stretched it to 3-1 after the second, and then outscored the Hawks 3-2 in the third, to book a solid 6-3 win over the #2 seeded Hawks.
Zach Dallazanna lead the Chiefs with 3G-1A. The first two were power play goals.
Max Mohagen and Justin Sourdif were both 1G-1A on the power play for the Hawks.
Michael Harroch booked the win, and Jayden Shull took the loss.
#3 Fraser Valley T-Birds at #4 Okanagan Rockets, split
Game 1: 4-1 T-Birds
The T-Birds closed this one out on a short-handed empty-netter, after leading 3-1 at the end of the second.
The Rockets got the first goal, from Rayman Bassi at 7:27 of the first, before the T-Birds Matthew Konrad tied it up on a power play with just 8 seconds left in the period.
Two more T-Birds power play goals sealed the game. Harkarit Gill lead the Birds with 1G-1A.
Dawson Pelletier got the win, Cole Schwebius took the loss.
Game 2: 6-5 Rockets
A six goal first period highlighted this barn-burner, with both teams scoring three each. The Birds outscored the Rockets 2-1 in the second to take a 5-4 lead into the final frame.
Rayman Bassi tied it up with 13:46 to play before Gove Mitchell put it away for the Rockets with 2:43 to go.
Ben King was 1G-2A (two power play), Mitchell was 1G-1A. Matthew Konrad was 2G for the T-birds, and Will Dow-Kenny was 1G-1A.
Darby Tipton got the win, Dawson Pelletier took the loss.
#7 Thompson Blazers at #5 GVC, 1W-1T Blazers
Game 1: 1-1
In this goalie duel, Thompson’s Jarrod Semchuk scored first, late in the first. The lead held until GVC’s Joshua Harrison tied it up with 31 seconds left in the second, to wrap up the scoring.
OT solved nothing, and the game ended 1-1.
Jesse Makes tended for GVC; Ethan Langenegger for the Blazers.
In the rematch, Thompson lead 2-1 after the first and then stretched to 3-1 late in the third, before GVC clawed one back with the extra man and 32 seconds left.
Ethan Langenegger got the win, Elliot Marshall took the loss.
#9 North Island at #9 Kootenay, split
Game 1: 4-1 Kootenay
In game 1, Kootenay opened up a 2-0 lead after the first. Both teams scored once in the second, 3-1 after two. Kootenay’s Ryan Bennet sealed it with the fourth goal, with 8:15 left.
Simon Nemethy lead with 2G for Kootenay.
Jake Kemp got the win, with Jackson Glassford taking the loss.
Game 2: 5-4 North Island
In game 2, both teams scored twice in the first and once in the second – 3-3 start of the third. North Island scored the next two, midway through the third. Kootenay answered nine seconds later but couldn’t get the equalizer. North Island takes it 5-4.
Josh Zary led the Tips with 2G-1A, Evan Pattison was 2G.
Erik Delaire led Kootenay with 2G, Keenan Crossman was 2A.
Jackson Glassford notched the win, Xavier Cannon took the loss.
Standings: Week 20 (scroll down for scoring leaders and goalie stats)
|1||Cariboo||38||29||6||3||0||61||188||109||614||5-1 W||6-5 OTW|
|2||VW Hawks||36||28||5||2||1||59||194||97||597||6-5 W||3-6 L|
|3||FV T-Birds||36||22||12||1||1||46||161||125||703||4-1 W||5-6 L|
|4||OK Rockets||36||19||12||3||2||43||133||114||509||1-4 L||6-5 W|
|5||GVC||38||18||16||3||1||40||139||124||466||1-1 T||2-3 L|
|6||NW Giants||36||17||15||2||2||38||134||128||678||1-5 L||5-6 OTL|
|7||Thomp Blazers||36||15||19||1||1||32||97||133||734||1-1 T||3-2 W|
|8||NE Chiefs||36||12||19||2||3||29||113||137||558||5-6 L||6-3 W|
|9||Kootenay Ice||36||12||20||0||4||28||99||135||569||4-1 W||4-5 L|
|10||NI Silvertips||36||12||22||2||0||26||105||164||735||1-4 L||5-4 W|
Standings four 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|
Scoring Leaders: Week 20, Feb. 25, 2018
|12||Krogfoss, Nolan||VW Hawks||F||30||30||33||63||16|
|14||Sourdif, Justin||VW Hawks||F||31||19||44||63||47|
|11||Mohagen, Max||VW Hawks||F||34||15||47||62||40|
|15||MacDonald, Cameron||VW Hawks||F||32||25||19||44||24|
|22||Buono, Christian||NW Giants||F||31||15||23||38||56|
Top Goalies: Week 20, Feb. 26, 2018