January 31, 2019
Since our last league overview three weeks ago, there has been one change in the top of the divisional leaderboards.
The Powell River Kings have now edged ahead of the Victoria Grizzlies, while the Chilliwack Chiefs have increased their lead over the Prince George Spruce Kings, as have the Penticton Vees over the Merritt Centennials.
Powell River Kings have bumped the Victoria Grizzlies out of first place, a position the Grizzlies have held week after week since the opening of the season.
Since mid-January, the River Kings have put up 10 points in their last six games, and now hold a slim one point lead over the Grizzlies, who managed just four points in five games over the stretch. Three weeks ago, the Kings were five points pack.
Still, the Grizzlies hold a game in hand. so look for the battle to continue as the teams make their final run of to the finish – 10 games for Kings, 11 for the Grizzlies.
The two leaders have opened a wide gap over the rest of the Island division.
Third place Nanaimo Clippers are 15 points back of the Kings. Alberni Valley Bulldogs are 26 points back, two points better than the Cowichan Valley Capitals.
On the scoreboard, Ryan Brushett, a 20 year old from Verdun, QC is leading the Kings, and is in second place overall in league scoring stats with 30G-32A-62, seven points back of the Grizzlies 2001 born, Alex Newhook, of St. John’s, 25A-49A-71..
Mike Adamyk is backstopping the Kings, with a 22-12-0-0 record, a .907 save percentage, and 2.87 GAA.
Kurtis Chapman, is 21-9-0 for the Grizzlies, with a league leading .937 save percentage and a 2.41 GGA.
Chilliwack Chiefs increased their lead over #2 Prince George Spruce Kings through January, to seven points. Three weeks ago, the spread was just two points.
The Chiefs have been on fire, winning six of their last seven, for a 12 point gain.
The Spruce Kings, have put up seven points in five games, in the same period. They have a game in hand on the Chiefs, with 11 games left to play in the regular season.
The Coquitlam Express are still in the #3 spot, but are now 17 points back of the Spruce Kings, with 54 points. The Langley Rivermen are four points back of the Express. Surrey Eagles are 26 points back of the Rivermen.
The Chiefs are being lead offensively by Matt Holmes (99, Rye, NY), 4th overall in league points, with 32G-29A-58 points, along with Regina’s Harrison Blaisdell (01), #10 overall, with 31G-21A, 52 points.
Dustin Manz (99, Vanderbilt, MI) is PG’s top sniper, #9 overall, with 26G-27A, 53 points.
In nets, the Chiefs’ Matthew Caron (00) is the #7 goalie in the league in terms of goals against average, with 2,71, and a .914 save average.
PG’s Logan Neaton (99) is #1, with a 2.01 GGA, and .913 save average.
The Penticton Vees have also created some room at the top of their division, putting up 10 of a possible 12 points over their past six games.
The Vees now lead the Merritt Centennials by five points, with 12 games left to play for both clubs.
The Cents are being chased by the Wenatchee Wild, who remain three points back.
West Kelowna Warriors have fallen back another three points since mid-January. They’re still in fourth place, but now 14 points out of first place.
The Vees goal scoring is still being lead by Great Neck, NY native Eric Linell (98), 25G-27A, 52 points, in 50 games. However, defenceman James Miller (98) is leading the team in points, and is seventh in the league overall offensively. The Spruce Grove native is 18G-37A, 55 points in 48 games, in his third year with the team.
Burnaby’s Massimo Rizzo (2001) the team captain, who missed the first couple of months with an injury, is now fourth overall in team scoring with 8G-21A, 29 points after 27 games.
Merritt is being lead offensively by Bradley Cocca (99, Mississauga), with 18G-37A, 55 points; Nick Granowicz (98, Macomb, MI) with 26G-25A, 51 points; Nicholas Wicks (98, Delta, 15G-35A, 50 points) and Mathieu Gosselin (99, Quebec City), with 18G-31A, 49 points.
Vees’ goaltender Jack LaFontaine is #2 overall with a 2.21 GGA, and .921 save percentage.
Merritt’s Austin Roden is 19-10-0-0 (.903).
Scroll down for scoring leaders and top goaltenders.
STANDINGS – January 31, 2018
(x – clinched playoff spot)
|1||x – Powell River Kings||48||30||17||1||0||61||1||179||139||40||0.635||547|
|2||x – Victoria Grizzlies||47||29||16||0||2||60||3||181||150||31||0.638||489|
|3||x – Nanaimo Clippers||48||23||25||0||0||46||6||142||168||-26||0.479||613|
|4||Alberni Valley Bulldogs||48||16||29||3||0||35||3||123||169||-46||0.365||567|
|5||Cowichan Valley Capitals||49||14||30||4||1||33||0||132||182||-50||0.337||825|
|1||x – Chilliwack Chiefs||48||35||12||1||0||71||4||181||147||34||0.740||640|
|2||x – Prince George Spruce Kings||47||29||12||1||5||64||2||136||105||31||0.681||434|
|3||x – Coquitlam Express||48||25||19||2||2||54||2||183||168||15||0.563||559|
|4||x – Langley Rivermen||48||24||22||2||0||50||1||144||142||2||0.521||668|
|1||x – Penticton Vees||48||32||13||1||2||67||2||167||120||47||0.698||506|
|2||x – Merritt Centennials||48||28||14||4||2||62||4||181||157||24||0.646||701|
|3||x – Wenatchee Wild||49||27||17||2||3||59||3||176||144||32||0.602||478|
|4||x – West Kelowna Warriors||48||26||21||0||1||53||2||178||174||4||0.552||563|
|5||x – Vernon Vipers||48||20||18||7||3||50||1||130||125||5||0.521||569|
|6||x – Salmon Arm Silverbacks||47||22||20||4||1||49||4||138||161||-23||0.521||604|
|7||x – Trail Smoke Eaters||49||18||21||7||3||46||1||147||175||-28||0.469||552|
Top 20 Scoring Leaders
|1||Alex Newhook||’01||VIC||43||25||49||74||1.72||St.John’s, NL|
|2||Ryan Brushett||’98||PR||47||34||37||71||1.51||Verdun, QC|
|3||Mike Hardman||’99||WK||48||32||29||61||1.27||Hanover, MA|
|4||Matt Holmes||’99||CHW||46||23||35||58||1.26||Rye, NY|
|5||Chase Dubois||’98||WK||48||18||39||57||1.19||Williams Lake, BC|
|6||Bradley Cocca||’99||MER||48||18||37||55||1.15||Mississauga , ON|
|7||James Miller||’98||PEN||48||18||37||55||1.15||Spruce Grove, AB|
|8||Alexander Campbell||’01||VIC||42||17||38||55||1.31||Chateauguay, QC|
|9||Dustin Manz||’99||PG||47||26||27||53||1.13||Vanderbilt, MI|
|10||Harrison Blaisdell||’01||CHW||43||31||21||52||1.21||Abbotsford, BC|
|11||Eric Linell||’98||PEN||50||25||27||52||1.04||Great Neck, NY|
|12||Kevin Wall||’00||CHW||41||23||29||52||1.27||Fairport, NY|
|13||Nick Granowicz||’98||MER||48||26||25||51||1.06||Macomb, MI|
|14||Levi Glasman||’99||PR||49||20||31||51||1.04||Lacombe, AB|
|15||Carter Berger||’99||VIC||43||24||26||50||1.16||North Vancouver, BC|
|16||Nicholas Wicks||’98||MER||48||15||35||50||1.04||Delta, BC|
|17||Ben Brar||’98||PG||47||26||23||49||1.04||Abbotsford, BC|
|18||Willie Reim||’99||WK||47||21||28||49||1.04||North Oaks, MN,|
|19||Mathieu Gosselin||’99||MER||43||18||31||49||1.14||Quebec City, QC|
|20||Ryan Miotto||’99||AV||47||17||31||48||1.02||Thorold, ON|
Top 20 Goalies (ranked by goals against average)