January 13, 2019
Since our last league overview a week before Christmas, two of the three league divisions have new leaders.
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.
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.
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
|2||Powell River Kings||36||21||14||1||0||43||1||132||106||26||0.597||418|
|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|
|1||Prince George Spruce Kings||36||24||9||1||2||51||2||106||76||30||0.708||311|
|3||West Kelowna Warriors||37||22||14||0||1||45||1||141||128||13||0.608||450|
|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|
Top 20 Scoring Leaders
|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)