BCHL: At the turn, it’s Chiefs, Grizzlies, Vees

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January 13, 2019

Since our last league overview a week before Christmas, two of the three league divisions have new leaders.

 

Island Division

Victoria Grizzlies are the the only team to have maintained their #1 status at the top of the Island division, since our last overview on December 17. They are 5-2-0-0 in their last seven since then and are now posting a 27-13-0-2 record, for 56 points.

The Grizzlies are being led by Alex Newhook, who is leading the league in scoring stats. The 2002 native of St. St. John’s, NL, has 24G-45A, for 69 points. Quebecer Alexander Campbell, another 2001 born player, is second in team scoring with 17G-33A. Defenseman Carter Berger, a 1999 from North Vancouver is third in team offense with 23G-24A. The three have combined for a total of 64G-102A in 38 games.

The team is being backstopped by Kurtis Chapman, 20-5-0-0, with a .942 save percentage and a 2.28 GGA; and Kyle Dumba 9-10-0-0, .901.

Powell River Kings are still in the #2 slot but have slipped back a bit, on a 5-2-0-0 record over the stretch, to trail the leaders by five points, still only a difference of one win from a month ago. The Kings are now 25-16-1-0, 51 points.

The remaining three teams are still in the same order.

#3 Nanaimo Clippers have gained four points on Powell River however, and are now two games over .500; a four game improvement from December 17, with 44 points. The Clippers had their league leading 10 game winning streak come to end on Saturday, in a 4-1 loss to the Penticton Vees.

Alberni Valley Bulldogs and Cowichan Valley Capitals were tied for fourth a month ago, both with 25 points, seven back of the Clippers. Alberni now lead Cowichan by four points, but are now 17 points back of the third place Clippers.

 

Mainland Division

Chilliwack Chiefs have regained the #1 honors they held for most of the first half of the season at the top of the Mainland division, and league overall.

The Chiefs are being led offensively by Regina native, Harrison Blaisdell, a 2001 born in his second year with the team. Blaisdell has scored 26G-19A in 36 games. Two New Yorkers, Kevin Wall, 23A-21A and Matt Holmes 17G-32A are next in goals scored. 2002 born Chilliwack native Ethan Bowen follows with 17G-13A.

Goaltender Mathieu Caron is .914 with a 2.71 GAA, fourth overall in league save percentage.

The Chiefs are posting a 29-11-1-0 record, for 59 points, and are currently two points up on the Prince George Spruce Kings. The Spruce Kings lad by a single point in our last report December 17. The Chiefs have a game in hand as well.

The Coquitlam Express are still in the #3 spot, but are now 11 points back of the Spruce Kings, with 46 points. They trailed by nine points before the break, a one game difference.

Meanwhile #4 Langley Rivermen have closed the gap, from eight points before the break, to five.

The Surrey Eagles continue to struggle. They’ve won just one of six starts since December 17, and are now 20 points back of the Rivermen.

 

 

Interior Division

The Penticton Vees continue to improve as key players out of the lineup over the first couple of months are now finding their stride.

The Vees are 6-1-0-0 since December 17, and are now 27-12-1-2, for 57 points. In their most recent game at home January 12, the Vees snapped the Nanaimo Clippers 10 game winning streak, 4-1.

The Vees goal scoring is being lead by Great Neck, New York native Eric Linell (1998), 24G-25A, 49 points, in 44 games. However, defenseman James Miller (1998) is leading the team in points, and is third in the league overall offensively. The Spruce Grove native is 18G-34A, 52 points in 42 games, in his third year with the team. Burnaby’s Massimo Rizzo (2001) the team captain, is back after missing the first couple of months with an injury, and is now 8G-17A after 21 games.

The Merritt Centennials, who lead the division for much of the first half, continue to play well, and are just two points back of the Vees, with a 26-12-2-1 record. The Cents have posted a 5-0-1-0 record since December 17. They have won their last three in OT, most recently a 4-3 decision Saturday over West Kelowna.

Wenatchee Wild have slid out of first place since December 17, to the #3 spot, after going 3-5-0-0 over the period. They’re now 25-15-2-0, for 52 points, in the league’s most competitive division.

The top three have all played 42 games now.

The West Kelowna Warriors have also cooled a bit since mid-December, posting a 2-5-0-0 record, and are now 24-19-0-1 for 49 points, in the #4 spot.

The next two teams are still all in the hunt for a top four finish. The Salmon Arm Silverbacks are just four points back of the Warriors and have two games in hand on them.

The Vernon Vipers trail the ‘Backs by a point, just a game over .500, but with a league leading seven overtime losses.

The Trail Smoke Eaters have also been hurt by a high number of OTLs, six, and three SOLs, and are at the bottom of the tight seven team division with a 16-20-6-3 record, 41 points.

Scroll down for scoring leaders and top goaltenders.

 

STANDINGS – January 13, 2018

 

Island GP W L OTL SOL PTS OTW GF GA DIFF PCT PIM
1 Victoria Grizzlies 35 22 11 0 2 46 2 142 110 32 0.657 344
2 Powell River Kings 36 21 14 1 0 43 1 132 106 26 0.597 418
3 Nanaimo Clippers 34 16 18 0 0 32 5 99 123 -24 0.471 455
4 Alberni Valley Bulldogs 35 12 22 1 0 25 3 81 118 -37 0.357 439
5 Cowichan Valley Capitals 36 10 21 4 1 25 0 94 138 -44 0.347 641
Mainland GP W L OTL SOL PTS OTW GF GA DIFF PCT PIM
1 Prince George Spruce Kings 36 24 9 1 2 51 2 106 76 30 0.708 311
2 Chilliwack Chiefs 36 25 11 0 0 50 1 129 111 18 0.694 502
3 Coquitlam Express 35 20 14 1 0 41 0 134 115 19 0.586 433
4 Langley Rivermen 35 16 18 1 0 33 1 103 108 -5 0.471 489
5 Surrey Eagles 36 8 25 1 2 19 2 94 161 -67 0.264 508
Interior GP W L OTL SOL PTS OTW GF GA DIFF PCT PIM
1 Wenatchee Wild 34 22 10 2 0 46 2 139 97 42 0.676 359
2 Penticton Vees 35 21 11 1 2 45 2 121 89 32 0.643 383
3 West Kelowna Warriors 37 22 14 0 1 45 1 141 128 13 0.608 450
4 Merritt Centennials 36 21 13 1 1 44 2 139 124 15 0.611 525
5 Salmon Arm Silverbacks 35 17 14 4 0 38 3 99 119 -20 0.543 463
6 Trail Smoke Eaters 38 13 17 5 3 34 1 105 131 -26 0.447 417
7 Vernon Vipers 35 12 14 6 3 33 1 94 98 -4 0.471 452

 

 

Top 20 Scoring Leaders

Name BY Team GP G A PTS Pt/G Hometown
1 Alex Newhook ’01 VIC 38 24 45 69 1.82 St.John’s, NL
2 Ryan Brushett ’98 PR 41 30 32 62 1.51 Verdun, QC
3 Mike Hardman ’99 WK 44 29 27 56 1.27 Hanover, MA
4 James Miller ’98 PEN 42 18 34 52 1.24 Spruce Grove, AB
5 Bradley Cocca ’99 MER 42 16 36 52 1.24 Mississauga , ON
6 Alexander Campbell ’01 VIC 37 17 33 50 1.35 Chateauguay, QC
7 Eric Linell ’98 PEN 44 24 25 49 1.11 Great Neck, NY
8 Matt Holmes ’99 CHW 39 17 32 49 1.26 Rye, NY
9 Chase Dubois ’98 WK 44 17 32 49 1.11 Williams Lake, BC
10 Nick Granowicz ’98 MER 42 25 23 48 1.14 Macomb, MI
11 Carter Berger ’99 VIC 38 23 24 47 1.24 North Vancouver, BC
12 Willie Reim ’99 WK 43 20 26 46 1.07 North Oaks, MN,
13 Harrison Blaisdell ’01 CHW 36 26 19 45 1.25 Abbotsford, BC
14 Dustin Manz ’99 PG 42 21 24 45 1.07 Vanderbilt, MI
15 Levi Glasman ’99 PR 43 15 30 45 1.05 Lacombe, AB
16 Matt Gosiewski ’98 WEN 40 24 20 44 1.1 Wilton, CT
17 Kevin Wall ’00 CHW 34 23 21 44 1.29 Fairport, NY
18 David Silye ’99 PEN 38 13 31 44 1.16 Arnprior, ON
19 Ben Brar ’98 PG 42 25 18 43 1.02 Abbotsford, BC
20 Ethan Scardina ’00 NAN 42 23 20 43 1.02 White Rock, BC

 

 

 

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 34 22 8 0 0 66 0.913 1.99 3 1987
2 45 Jack LaFontaine ’98 PEN 30 20 9 0 0 67 0.915 2.23 2 1803
3 30 Bradley Cooper  ’99 VER 16 5 11 0 0 35 0.917 2.26 3 927
4 1 Kurtis Chapman ’98 VIC 28 20 7 0 0 62 0.942 2.28 4 1635
5 30 Cal Sandquist ’01 WEN 21 11 8 0 0 42 0.884 2.55 0 988
6 35 Aidan Porter ’99 VER 28 12 14 0 0 76 0.906 2.70 3 1692
7 1 Mathieu Caron ’00 CHW 26 18 7 0 0 68 0.914 2.71 1 1504
8 30 Braedon Fleming ’99 LAN 33 15 16 0 0 87 0.904 2.87 3 1821
9 35 Mitch Adamyk ’98 PR 31 19 11 0 0 83 0.906 2.88 4 1728
10 35 Austin Park ’98 WEN 30 14 9 0 0 74 0.880 2.88 2 1541
11 30 Kolby Matthews ’99 COQ 24 12 10 0 0 65 0.904 2.91 1 1339
12 30 Jordan Naylor ’00 NAN 30 15 12 0 0 89 0.906 3.10 0 1722
13 1 Hayden Missler  ’99 SUR 20 5 10 0 0 53 0.904 3.11 0 1023
14 34 Adam Marcoux ’98 TRA 38 14 20 0 0 116 0.891 3.18 0 2187
15 30 John Hawthorne ’98 AV 34 10 20 0 0 103 0.910 3.22 2 1917
16 1 Austin Roden ’98 MER 28 18 8 0 0 86 0.900 3.25 1 1586
17 35 Vincent Duplessis ’99 MER 18 8 7 0 0 53 0.904 3.31 0 962
18 33 Connor Hopkins ’00 WK 28 13 13 0 0 83 0.910 3.34 1 1490
19 1 Ethan Langenegger ’00 SA 26 12 14 0 0 89 0.903 3.40 0 1570
20 34 Jack Grant ’99 CV 27 7 19 0 0 91 0.896 3.51 1 1553