March 7, 2018
Just like last weekend, there was only one change in the BCMML standings after the competition wrapped up Sunday – and again it was a swap at the top, with the Valley West Hawks edging ahead of the idle Cariboo Cougars, to recapture the #1 seed.
The Hawks were the only team in the league to win both their games, downing the 11th place South Island Royals 7-2 and 6-0 at home.
The four point weekend pushed the Hawks past the Cougars by two points. Both teams have two games to play on the final weekend, coming up next.
The Hawks and the Cougars are well ahead of everyone else, and in no danger of being caught by #3 Fraser Valley, who are 13 points back of Cariboo.
Final weekend matchups
#2 Cariboo will travel to Kelowna for two games vs the #4 Okanagan Rockets, in what should be a great battle between the two – and a pick ’em for both teams.
Meanwhile the heavily favored #1 Hawks will visit #10 Nanaimo, to wrap up their regular season.
#3 Fraser Valley will be matching up with #11 South Island, who have won just five games all year. So the T-Birds will likely stay ahead of #4 Okanagan, who will be in tough with the Cougars.
The T-Birds would have to lose both games, and the Rockets win both of their games, for the teams to swap spots in the standings.
#5 GVC are three points back of the T-Birds but can’t gain any ground – as the only team that has completed all 40 regular season games.
#6 North West Giants are just two points back of GVC; so have an opportunity to overtake them, with a couple of wins, or a win and tie vs #9 Kootenay, in Trail. But that won’t be easy.
Kootenay have been tough over the stretch, and will be trying to get past the NE Chiefs, into the 8-spot.
#8 Chiefs will be battling the #7 Thompson Blazers in Kamloops in the final matchup, and could catch or pass the Blazers.
The Blazers can’t catch #6 Giants however, even if they win both games and the Giants lose both their games – the Giants are six up.
Series Recaps – Week 21
Scroll down for standings, scoring leaders and top goalies.
#11 South Island Royal at #1 Valley West Hawks, Hawks sweep
Game 1: 7-2 Hawks
In game one, the Hawks scored three in the first and three in the second, and then scored early in the third to take a 7-0 lead, before the Royals answered with two.
Justin Sourdif had another big game for the Hawks, with a hat-trick and an assist. Trevor Isaksson had three assists and Kyle Forbes was 1G-1A in support.
Game 2: 6-0 Hawks
Game two was similar to game one, with the Hawks opening up a 3-0 lead in the first, then adding one in the second and two in the third.
Max Mohagen was 1G-2A, Sourdiff was 3A .Dawson Penner, Josh Peterson and Thomas Jenkins were 1G-1A. Josh Dias got the shut-out.
#9 Kootenay Ice at #3 Fraser Valley T-Birds, Split
Game 1: 2-1 T-Birds
Justin Plett’s goal late in the second was the difference in this low scoring affair.
Will Dow-Kenny had opened the scoring late in the first for the T-Birds, but it didn’t last long, as Booker Daniet answered for the Ice about three minutes into the second frame.
Alex Rolfe got the win for the Ice, while Jake Kemp took the loss.
Game 2: 6-2 Ice
It was a different story in game two on Sunday. The Ice opened with an early goal that was soon answered by two quick goals from Fraser Valley, to close out the first with the T-Birds up 2-1.
But that would be it for Fraser Valley, with the Ice bouncing back with three in the second and two more in the third, on a four goal performance from Booker Daniel.
Mason McLeod was 1G-2A and Quaid Anderson was 2A as well for the Ice.
Dylan Stoltz and Jackson Mainse were 1G-1A for the T-Birds.
Xavier Cannon got the win.
#4 Okanagan Rockets vs #7 Thompson Blazers, Split
Game 1: 5-2 Rockets
In game one Saturday in Kelowna, the Rockets opened a 2-0 lead after the first.
Thompson tied it with a pair in the second, before the Rockets scored with 58 seconds left to take a 3-2 lead into the third.
In the closing frame the Rockets went up 4-2 with 6:33 left, and then added an empty-netter to finish it at 5-2.
Jack Finley led the Rockets with 1G-2A. Rayman Bassi was 1G-1A and Will Reimer was 1G-1A in support.
Tyson Gayfer was 1G-1A for Thompson.
Cole Schwebius got the win.
Game 2: 1-0 Blazers
In game two in Kamloops on Sunday, Peyton Kelly’s marker early in the second stood up as the only goal in the game, to split the weekend with a win each.
Ethan Langenegger got the shutout, while Darby Tipton took the loss.
#5 GVC vs NW Giants, Split
Game 1: 3-2 GVC
In game one Saturday afternoon at the Richmond Oval, both teams scored a pair in the first, including three late period goals.
GVC’s Radek Hewson got the eventual winner, on a goal early in the second.
Danny Pearson led the Canadians with 2A.
Jesse Makaj got the win, while Nik Hoem took the loss.
Game 2: 5-0 Giants
It was a different story Sunday at 8 Rinks in Burnaby – though it took awhile.
After a scoreless first, Dom Davis notched one early in the second to give the Giants a 1-0 lead at the end of two.
Cooper Connell got the next goal, with just 7:36 left in the third, which set the stage for three more quick ones.
Kyle Jennings scored the next two, and Marcus Van Der Made closed with 13 seconds left, to wrap it at 5-0.
Jimmy Darby was 2A.
Nik Hoem got the shutout.
Last week’s #1 Cariboo Cougars were idle, and slipped into second place, on the two wins by the Hawks.
Standings: Week 21 (scroll down for scoring leaders and goalie stats)
|1||VW Hawks||38||30||5||2||1||63||207||99||669||7-2 WH||6-0 WH|
|3||FV T-Birds||38||23||13||1||1||48||165||132||763||2-1 WH||2-6 LH|
|4||OK Rockets||38||20||13||3||2||45||138||117||559||5-2 WH||0-1 LA|
|5||GVC||40||19||17||3||1||42||142||131||500||3-2 WH||0-5 LA|
|6||NW Giants||38||18||16||2||2||40||141||125||715||2-3 LA||5-0 WH|
|7||Thomp Blazers||38||16||20||1||1||34||100||138||774||2-5 LA||1-0 WH|
|8||NE Chiefs||38||13||19||3||3||32||123||144||578||7-4 WH||3-3 TH|
|9||Kootenay Ice||38||13||21||0||4||30||106||139||622||1-2 LA||6-2 WA|
|10||NI Silvertips||38||12||23||3||0||27||112||174||787||4-7 LA||3-3 TA|
|11||SI Royals||38||5||30||3||0||13||79||187||662||7-2 LA||0-6 LA|
Standings five 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 21, March 4, 2018
|14||Sourdif, Justin||VW Hawks||F||33||22||49||71||53|
|12||Krogfoss, Nolan||VW Hawks||F||32||32||36||68||16|
|11||Mohagen, Max||VW Hawks||F||36||16||51||67||44|
|10||Jones, Ethan||NI Tips||F||38||27||26||53||22|
|19||Zary, Joshua||NI Tips||F||38||22||30||52||20|
|15||MacDonald, Cameron||VW Hawks||F||32||25||19||44||24|
|22||Buono, Christian||NW Giants||F||33||15||25||40||58|
|18||Kovich, Kyler||NE Chiefs||F||35||14||23||37||46|
Top Goalies: Week 21, March 4, 2018