BCHL: It’s now Chiefs, Vees, Kings

in regular season

 

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.

 

Island Division

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.

Leaders:

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.

 

 

 

Mainland Division

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.

Leaders:

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.

 

 

 

 

Interior Division

 

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.

Leaders

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)

Island GP W L OTL SOL PTS OTW GF GA DIFF PCT PIM
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
Mainland GP W L OTL SOL PTS OTW GF GA DIFF PCT PIM
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
5 Surrey Eagles 48 10 34 2 2 24 2 124 216 -92 0.250 656
Interior GP W L OTL SOL PTS OTW GF GA DIFF PCT PIM
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

Name BY Team GP G A PTS Pt/G Hometown
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)

 

R # Name By Team GP W L OTL T GA SV% GAA SO Min
1 1 Logan Neaton ’99 PG 39 25 7 0 0 76 0.913 2.01 3 2269
2 45 Jack LaFontaine ’98 PEN 35 25 9 0 0 78 0.921 2.21 2 2117
3 30 Bradley Cooper ’99 VER 18 6 12 0 0 40 0.916 2.39 3 1004
4 1 Kurtis Chapman ’98 VIC 32 21 9 0 0 74 0.937 2.41 4 1841
5 35 Aidan Porter ’99 VER 32 14 15 0 0 81 0.911 2.54 4 1915
6 30 Cal Sandquist ’01 WEN 24 11 8 0 0 49 0.883 2.56 0 1149
7 1 Mathieu Caron ’00 CHW 26 18 7 0 0 68 0.914 2.71 1 1504
8 30 Braedon Fleming ’99 LAN 36 17 17 0 0 94 0.905 2.82 3 2001
9 30 Kolby Matthews ’99 COQ 28 13 11 0 0 75 0.906 2.83 1 1588
10 35 Mitch Adamyk ’98 PR 35 22 12 0 0 94 0.907 2.87 4 1968
11 35 Austin Park ’98 WEN 35 16 11 0 0 88 0.879 2.91 2 1814
12 31 Matthew Armitage ’99 SA 17 7 9 0 0 48 0.912 2.96 2 973
13 1 Hayden Missler ’99 SUR 21 6 10 0 0 54 0.906 3.02 0 1075
14 30 John Hawthorne ’98 AV 40 12 23 0 0 115 0.916 3.06 3 2258
15 30 Jordan Naylor ’00 NAN 34 16 15 0 0 102 0.904 3.12 0 1961
16 1 Austin Roden ’98 MER 32 19 10 0 0 96 0.903 3.15 1 1828
17 34 Adam Marcoux ’98 TRA 40 15 21 0 0 122 0.891 3.16 0 2314
18 33 Connor Hopkins ’00 WK 31 15 14 0 0 88 0.914 3.17 1 1667
19 35 Vincent Duplessis ’99 MER 20 9 8 0 0 58 0.906 3.21 0 1085
20 1 Ethan Langenegger ’00 SA 28 13 14 0 0 94 0.904 3.34 0 1689