March 12, 2018
The final weekend of BCMML regular season play wrapped up Sunday, with very little change in the standings from a week ago.
Both top teams split their final series against lower ranked opponents and so failed to create any drama at the top of the standings.
The first place Hawks, won their first game 5-2 vs #10 North Island, then dropped game two by the same score. Both games were played in Nanaimo.
Second place Cariboo also split their series on the road in Kelowna vs the Okanagan Rockets, losing 4-1 in game 1, before rebounding with a come-from-behind 6-5 overtime win in game 2.
The two splits meant the Hawks finished two points up on the Cougars after 40 games. The two had battled for the top spot since Week 5, with the Cougars holding the honors for the first part of the sequence, and the Hawks prevailing for most of the remaining weeks.
In third place, Fraser Valley T-Birds put up two lop-sided wins over #11 South Island Royals, 10-1 and 8-1.
Okanagan remained in fourth place with their win and OTL vs Cariboo, finishing four points back of the T-Birds, and four up on the NW Giants.
The NW Giants outscored Kootenay, 5-0 and 10-3 in their series in Trail, and moved up one spot over the idle Greater Vancouver Canadians, who wrapped up their regular season last weekend.
GVC were in no danger of falling any further, and finished with a six point lead on #7 Thompson Blazers, who split their series at home in Kamloops vs the North East Chiefs.
With the split the Chiefs finished two points back of the Blazers, and four points up on Kootenay Ice for the final playoff spot.
Scoring Race (scroll down for Top 20)
The Hawks lead the league in scoring by 25 goals, but more impressively, by 37 in terms of GF-GA differential.
Not surprising perhaps then, Hawks placed 1-2-3 at the top of the scoring leaderboard. Justin Sourdif (above) led the way, with 23-50-73, in 35 games. Teammate Nolan Krogfoss was 32-38-70 in 34, while Max Mohagen was 18-51-69 in 38. Mohagen led the league in assists, with one more than Sourdif.
The T-Birds’ Gage Goncalves was tied for third with Mohagen in points, with 28-41-69 in 39, followed by Mason Richey of the Cougars at 26-38-64 in 40 games.
Three more Cougars finished in the Top 10 – Brandon Dent, Hunter Floris, and Craig MacDonald.
Two players from the #10 North Island Silvertips also finished in the Top 20. Ethan Jones and Joshua Zary were a point apart, at 28-28-56 and 22-33-55, respectively. The two of them produced 50 of the team’s 119 goals.
Honorable mention should also go to the Hawks captain, Trevor Isaksson, who lead the league in scoring for d-men, with 14-22-36 in 36 games; 23rd overall.
Goaltenders (scroll down for Top 20)
Five goalies battled for the Top 5 for most of the season. At the top, with the best winning record, at 24-1-2, and lowest GAA, at .226 is Josh Dias (pictured) of the #1 Valley West Hawks.
Marcus Allen of the #2 Cariboo Cougars, at 23-4-3, is next in both categories, at 23-4-3, and 2.32.
The next three are perhaps more remarkable, as they all lost 10 or more games, and likely faced a lot more shots (stats not available) than the top two guys.
#3 is NW Giants, Nik Hoem, with a 15-12-0 record, and 2.87 GGA. Okanagan Rockets Cole Schwebius is right there two, at 14-12-3, and 2.95. Fraser Valley’s Dawson Pelletier rounds out the Top 5, with a 17-10-0 record, and 3.08.
Goals against for their teams:
Valley West: 106
NW Giants: 128
Okanagan Rockets: 124
Fraser Valley Thunderbirds: 134
All first round playoff series are a best of three, with the top-seeded team having home ice advantage in all games.
#1 Valley West host #8 NE Chiefs, at South Surrey Arena (games 1 and 2) and Langley Events Centre (game 3).
#2 Carboo Cougars host #7 Thompson Blazers at Kin Arena in Prince George.
#3 Fraser Valley Thunderbirds host #6 Great Vancouver Canadians, at George Preston in Langley.
#4 Okanagan Rockets host #5 Vancouver North West Giants, at the Capital News Centre in Kelowna.
Click here for full schedule.
Series Recaps – Final Week – #22
Scroll down for final standings, Top 20 scoring leaders and top goalies.
#1 Valley West vs North Island, split
Game 1: 5-2 Hawks
In game one, after a scoreless first period, North Island opened a 2-0 lead late in the second, only to have Valley West roar back to tie it up, with two goals in the last four minutes, to tie it 2-2 going into the third.
Valley West then went up on a goal from Braydon Clark with 11:32 to go, and closed it out with two more goals to seal it 5-2.
Cameron MacDonald led the Hawks attack with two goals, Justin Sourdif was 1g-1A.
Josh Dias got the win, and Austin Dendl took the loss.
Game 2: 5-2 Silvertips
Game two was almost a mirror image of game 1. Again the Tips went out in front by a pair, though late in the first this time. After a scoreless second, the teams exchanged two goals a piece, to make it 4-2, before the Tips put it away with a late power play goal, to close it out at 5-2.
Eathan Jones – 1G-2A and Joshua Zary – 3A, led for the Tips, with Oscar Burgess scoring the final two Tips goals in the third period.
Josh Peterson and Max Mohagen scored the Hawks goals.
Dendl got the win, with Jayden Shull taking the loss.
#2 Cariboo Cougars at #4 Okanagan Rockets, OKR 3 pts, on win and OTL
Game 1: 4-1 OK Rockets
After scoring one each in the first, the Rockets added one in the second and two more in the third, including an empty netter to take game one at home vs the #2 Cariboo Cougars.
Four Rockets scored, with Jack Finley going 1G-1A to lead the Rockets. Mason Richey got the lone Cougars marker.
Cole Schwebius got the win, with Marcus Allen getting the loss.
Game 2: 6-5 OT, Cougars
It was a different story in game two on Sunday.
The Rockets roared out to a 3-0 lead after twenty,
The Cougars scored less than a minute into the second, and added another around the half way mark, before the Rockets answered to regain a two goal lead with 4:22 left in the frame. But Cougars dug in and notched another one before the period was out, 4-3 end of two.
The Cougars again came out of the gate with a quick goal to start the third, and then added another less than two minutes later to take their first lead of the game 5-4, with 15:18 to play.
But the Rockets battled back and evened it up 5-5, on a goal by Gove Mitchell with 4:24 to go, forcing OT.
Brennan Malgunas got the last one, scoring early in the OT for the Cougars, to deliver the win.
Riley Crane, Mason Richey and Brandon Riley were 1G-1A, and Brendan Pigeon was 2A for the Cougars.
Mitchell Gove was 2G-1A, Brendan Boyle was 1G-1A, and Ben King was 2A for the Rockets.
Marcus Allen bounced back for the win, while Darby Tipton took the loss.
#3 Fraser Valley Thunderbirds vs #10 South Island Royals, T-Birds sweep
Game 1: 10-1 T-Birds
After establishing a 3-1 lead after the first, the T-Birds added six in the second period and then finished with a single goal in the third, to finish it at 10-1.
Dylan Stolz and Justin Plett lead the attack with 2G-2A, Mathew Konrad was 2G-1A and Ethan Bowen was 1G-2A.
Gabriel Beingessner got the win.
Game 2: 8-1 T-Birds
Fraser Valley scored three in the first and three in the second to open this up, then added two more in the third.
Stoltz was 1G-2A; with Justin Plett, Jake Mulder and Gage Goncalves 2G each.
Dawson Pelletier and Gabriel Beingessner split duties for the win.
#5 Vancouver NW Giants vs # 9Kootenay Ice, NWG Sweep
Game 1: 5-0 NWG
The NW Giants travelled to Trail on the weekend and came away with two decisive wins. In game one, the Giants led 3-0 after the first and added two more in the second to finish the scoring 5-0.
Five Giants tallied, Nik Hoem got the shut-out.
Game 2: 10-3 Giants
In game two Sunday morning, the Giants opened a 3-1 lead after the first, and added two more in the second, while the Ice scored once, 5-2 after two period.
The Giants went on a tear in the third, scoring five to finish it up at 10-3.
Matteo Pecchia led with a hat trick and two assists. Defenceman Jason Chu was 4A.
Nik Hoem notched the win again.
#8 North East Chiefs vs # 7 Thompson Blazers, Split
Game 1: 7-4 NE Chiefs
The North East Chiefs travelled to Kamloops and ended up with a split vs the host Thompson Blazers.
In game 1, the Chiefs opened a 2-0 lead after the first.
The second period featured a non–stop parade of goals – with each team scoring four goals apiece, to make it 6-4 Chiefs after forty minutes.
The Chiefs would get the lone goal in the third to close out the scoring, 7-4.
The Chiefs capitalized on five power play goals, while the Blazers scored on two opportunities.
Logan Kurki led for the Chiefs, with 2G-1A; Kyler Kovich had 2A.
Trent Thompson was 1G-2A for the Blazers, while Tyson Gayfer was 3A.
Michael Harroch got the win, while Ethan Langenegger took the loss.
Game 2: 6-5 Blazers
Game two Sunday featured another 11 goal game, although this one started relatively quietly.
The Blazers took a 2-1 lead into the second, only to see the Chiefs battle back with two in the second, to gain the one goal lead, 3-2.
The Chiefs then added one with 10:47 left in the third to take a 4-2 lead.
But things quickly went south after that, as another flurry of goals erupted in the last half of the period.
First, both teams exchanged goals, 5-3 NE Chiefs, with 8:13 to go. Then the Blazers scored two in 30 seconds to tie it up, 6:57 left, 5-5.
Then a short-handed goal from the Blazers Evan Vinterlik, with 2:16 to go, to finish things off, 6-5 Blazers, on six third period goals.
Cole Nisse, Brendan Roche, and Vinterlik were 1g-1A for the Blazers. Kyler Kovich, Ryan Suzukovich, and Logan Kurki were 1G-1A for the Chiefs.
Ethan Langenegger got the win, with Logan Terness taking the loss.
Kamloops took 28 minutes in penalties, the Chiefs served six minutes.
Final Standings: Week 22, with final weekend scores
(scroll down for scoring leaders and goalie stats)
|1||VW Hawks||40||31||6||2||1||65||214||106||687||5-2 WA||2-5 LA|
|2||Cariboo||40||30||7||3||0||63||189||118||630||1-4 LA||6-5 WA|
|3||FV T-Birds||40||25||13||1||1||52||183||134||795||10-1 WA||8-1 WA|
|4||OK Rockets||40||21||13||3||3||48||147||124||579||4-1 WH||5-6 OTLH|
|5||NW Giants||40||20||16||2||2||44||156||128||747||5-0 WA||10-3 WA|
|7||Thomp Blazers||40||17||21||1||1||36||110||150||826||4-7 LH||6-5 WH|
|8||NE Chiefs||40||14||20||3||3||34||135||154||603||7-4 WA||5-6 LA|
|9||Kootenay Ice||40||13||23||0||4||30||109||154||662||0-5 LH||3-10 LH|
|10||NI Silvertips||40||13||24||3||0||29||119||181||809||2-5 LH||5-2 WH|
|11||SI Royals||40||5||32||3||0||13||81||205||682||1-10 LH||1-8 LH|
Standings six 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|
Regular Season Scoring Leaders: Week 22, March 11, 2018
|14||Sourdif, Justin||VW Hawks||F||35||23||50||73||57|
|12||Krogfoss, Nolan||VW Hawks||F||34||32||38||70||16|
|11||Mohagen, Max||VW Hawks||F||38||18||51||69||44|
|10||Jones, Ethan||NI Tips||F||40||28||28||56||24|
|19||Zary, Joshua||NI Tips||F||40||22||33||55||22|
|15||MacDonald, Cameron||VW Hawks||F||34||27||19||46||24|
|22||Buono, Christian||NW Giants||F||35||16||27||43||62|
|18||Kovich, Kyler||NE Chiefs||F||37||15||25||40||46|
Top Goalies: Regular Season, Week 22, March 11, 2018