October 10, 2018
The BC Major Midget League wrapped up Week 3 of the regular season Sunday, with another series of five matches, all played in an MML Showcase in Abbotsford.
At the end of the weekend, one leader had emerged, while one team remained undefeated, tied with two others in second place.
The North West Hawks won both their games to move into first place with a 5-1-0 record. The Fraser Valley Thunderbirds, who were idle last weekend, also put up two wins, for a 4-0-0 record, and are tied at eight points with GVC and the Okanagan Rockets, both 4-2-0.
The two Island teams and the Valley West Giants are at the other end of the standings, with one win each.
Two Hawks players lead the scoring race, Tyler Christall is 6G-6A-12, while team mate Jake McLean is 7G-5A-12.
The two are two points up on three players tied with ten points – Logan Stankoven of Thompson, is 6G-4A, Samuel May of GVC, is 4G-6A, and Colby Elmer of the Okanagan Rockets, is 6G-4A.
Here’s here how the weekend matches shaped up (scroll down for standings and Top Ten scoring leaders):
NW Hawks take two from Kootenay
The NW Hawks narrowly defeated the Kootenay Ice, 2-1 and 3-1. A late goal by Hayden Gelbard was the difference in Game 1. Tyler Cristall assisted on both Hawks goals.
In game 2, the Hawks went up 2-1 in the second on a goal from Jake McLean, and closed it 3-1 with a goal from Cristall in the third period.
Kootenay had started the season with a pair of home ice losses and then rallied back in week two with a couple of wins. The Hawks continued last week’s streak, when they downed the Valley West Giants in a couple of close games.
Okanagan Rockets split with North East Chiefs
Another series of one goal wins characterized this series, with North East taking the first game 4-3, and then Okanagan winning game two, 3-2.
In game one, the Chiefs went up 2-1 after the first and then 4-2 after the second. Ryan Tattle lead the Chiefs with a pair of goals. Quinton Hill was 1G-1A.
In game two, the teams were tied 1-1 after the first, and then battled through a scoreless second. The Rockets went up 2-1 about eight minutes into the third on a goal from Chase Dafoe, but it was quickly answered by the Chiefs’ Nicholas Roussel, just 32 seconds later. Paul Hauk then answered for the Rockets on another quick response, to end the scoring.
Okanagan had won both games vs the Blazers last weekend, while the Chiefs had tied and lost to the visiting Cariboo Cougars.
GVC split with Thompson Blazers
GVC posted a 5-3 win in game one, but the Blazers bounced back in the rematch wining 4-1.
In game 1, GVC jumped out to a 4-0 lead win the first, and stretched it to 5-2 after the second, with the Blazers scoring the lone goal in the third. Samuel May lead the Canadians with three assists, while Trevor Wong was 1G-2A, and Garrett Wicks was 2G.
Logan Stankoven and Jarrod Semchuk were both 1G-1A for the Blazes, while Peyton Kelly was 2A.
It was a different story in Game 2, as the Blazers opened a 2-1 lead after the first and then stretched it to 4-1 after the second, to end the scoring. Four players scored for the Blazers, no one put up multiple points.
VW Giants and North Island split
Another one goal decision in both games, with North Island coming out on top 4-3 in the first game, and Valley West taking game two, 5-4.
In game 1, the Tips opened a 1-0 lead after the first and stretched it to 3-1 after the second. Valley West scored with six second left to finish it at 4-3.
Kobe Verbicky was 2G-1A for the Tips, while Anton Cizmok scored a pair for Valley West.
In game 2, the Giants opened a 3-0 lead in the first, only to see the Tips rally back in the second with three straight, to tie it up with 8:16 to play in the period. A late goal by the Giants Dawson Penner restored the lead, 4-3 at the end of two.
In the third, the Tips scored early, to tie it up again, but the Giants bounced back two minutes later to finish the scoring at 5-4.
Penner finished with 2G-1A for the Giants, Cizmok was 2G, and Carsoon Preston was 2A.
Cage Newans scored a natural hat trick in the second for the Tips.
Fraser Valley Thunderbirds take two from Cariboo Cougars
The two T-Bird wins, 3-1 and 4-3, put the T-Birds in second place, with the only perfect record left in the league, at 4-0-0, while the Cougars slipped to 2-2-2 after six games.
In game 1, the T-Birds opened a 2-0 lead after the first on a couple of late goals. The Cougars scored just 25 seconds into the second, for the only goal in the period. A T-Bird goal from Dawson Good, finished it at 3-1.
In game 2, the T-Birds scored the only first period goal. Each team scored twice in the second to make it 3-2 Birds. They then scored early in the third to take a 4-2 lead, which held until the late in the game, when the Cougars scored with 30 seconds remaining.
Gerrit Lindehout was 1G-1A to lead the Thunderbirds offensively.
The T-Birds were idle last weekend, while the Cougars had posted three of a possible four points with a win and a tie vs the NE Chiefs.
Fraser Valley are posting the league’s biggest GF-GA differential, at +10, one up on the OK Rockets who have played two more games.
The South Island Royals had the bye weekend.
BCMML Standings: Week 3
|BCMML TOP 10 SCORING LEADERS – Week 3|
|1||14||TYLER CRISTALL||NW HAWKS||F||6||6||6||12||8|
|2||9||JAKE MCLEAN||NW HAWKS||F||6||7||5||12||4|
|5||18||COLBY ELMER||OK ROCKETS||F||6||6||4||10||4|
|6||25||CHASE DAFOE||OK ROCKETS||F||6||3||6||9||6|
|7||24||MICHAEL MILNE||FV T-BIRDS||F||4||7||2||9||0|