They may not be dominating the scoring charts, with just two players in the top 20, but the Vancouver NW Giants are leading the BC Major Midget League, with a perfect record of 8-0-0, after four weeks of regular season action.
Third year Northey Wilson (NVMHA) is leading the team with 6G-4A, is 11th in league scoring, with another third year, Nash Dabb (NSWC) 5-G-4A and second year Mateo (1G-8A) Coltellaro (BWC) posting 9 points, rounding out the top of the Giants offense but tied for 15th over all.
Kyle Uy (BWC) 7G-9A of the Greater Vancouver Canadians, is in first place with 16 pts, after 8 games played, however Marcus Mitchell (PoE) of the Okanagan Rockets at 6G-8A, after just 6 games, is hot on his heels. Two Valley West Hawks are in third and fourth place, also after just six games. Trevor Ayre (PoE) has scored 4G -10A and Luke Gingras (Langley) 7G -6A.
The NW Giants balanced scoring is complemented by a backend that is leading the league defensively, allowing just 12 GA in 8 games.
The Okanagan Rockets are in second place defensively, allowing just 14 GA in 6 games.
Not surprisingly the Giants goalies are at the top of the standings with David Tendeck (NSWC) 4-0 and with a meagre .75 GAA, and Beck Warm (BWC) at 4-0 and 2.25 GAA. Jordan Reynolds (Kelowna MHA) is close with a 3-1 record and 2.50 GAA.
Valley West Hawks vs. Greater Vancouver Canadians
Game 1: Valley West 6, Greater Vancouver 3
Game 2: Valley West 4, Greater Vancouver 3
The Hawks and Canadians played a “home and home”, with the first game in Langley and the second game in Richmond. At home, Valley West exploded for six (6) goals, with Luke Gingras (2), James Malm, Erik Bocale, Logan Webber, and Trevor Ayre scoring for the Hawks.
Ryan Wilkinson, Kyle Uy, and Samuel Atkins scored for the Canadians, but it wasn’t enough as they fell to the Hawks 6-3.
The second game was closer, with Greater Vancouver taking an early lead thanks to a goal from Gary Dhaliwal. Uy and Jordan Sandhu also scored for the Canadians. However, Ayre, Malm, Gingras, and Bradley Stonnell scored for the Hawks to sweep the series after a 4-3 win.
Fraser Valley Thunderbirds vs. Vancouver Northwest Giants
Game 1: Fraser Valley 4, Vancouver NW 5
Game 2: Fraser Valley 1, Vancouver NW 3
The Thunderbirds and Giants also played a “home and home” series over the weekend, with the first game taking place in Abbotsford and the second game in Burnaby.
Game 1 was a back-and-forth affair, with Nate Castonguay, Nic Ponak, and Davin Padgham (2) scoring for the T-Birds. However, the Giants managed to squeak by thanks to the scoring of Keegan Jones, Desi Burgart, Justin Wilson, Wilson Northey, and Carter Stephenson.
Game 2 saw Fraser Valley take the lead on a first-period goal by Brice Sharp, but Vancouver NW scored three (3) unanswered goals by Mateo Coltelaro, Northey, and BWC U18 affiliate Brady Chin to win the game 3-1.
North Island Silvertips vs. Cariboo Cougars
Game 1: North Island 2, Cariboo 4
Game 2: North Island 2, Cariboo 6
The Cougars made the long trip to the Island to play the Silvertips on Saturday and Sunday. However, after coming away with two wins, the trip was definitely worth their while.
Game 1 started with a goal from Cariboo’s Darren Hards, but North Island’s Kyle Topping got the equalizer late in the first period. The Cougars grabbed the lead again with a second period goal from Chase Dubois, but the Silvertips’ Brett Stapley scored a few minutes later to keep them in it. However, Hards scored his second of the day late in the second period, and Austin Gray added an insurance goal to see the Cougars win 4-2.
Game 2 wasn’t quite as close, with Owen Hardy scoring North Island’s only two (2) goals. Cariboo scored three (3) goals in the second and another three (3) goals in the third period (Gray (2), Colton Thomas, Keith Redden, Todd Bredo, and Alex Hanson) to take the 6-2 win.
Okanagan Rockets vs. South Island Royals
Game 1: Okanagan 6, South Island 2
Game 2: Okanagan 4, South Island 1
South Island visited Kelowna in hopes of getting a few points from the defending-champion Rockets, but unfortunately that wasn’t in the cards.
In Game 1, Tanner Sidaway and Kayden Peck scored for the Royals, but that wasn’t enough to stall the Rockets, especially after they mustered six (6) goals. Sam Binfet and Levi Johnson each had two (2) goals, while Jordan Todd and Marcus Mitchell also scored for Okanagan.
In Game 2 the Rockets scored 4, with Mitchell (2), Binfet, and Brett Witala tallying points. The lone Royals goal was scored by Peck.
Vancouver Northeast Chiefs vs. Kootenay Ice
Game 1: Vancouver NE 7, Kootenay 3
Game 2: Vancouver NE 6, Kootenay 2
The Kootenay Ice spent the weekend in Coquitlam, battling the Chiefs.
Vancouver NE continued their high-scoring ways, and, remarkably, six (6) of their seven (7) goals came on the power play. Ziyan Karim (2), Matthew Davis (2), Caleb Fantillo (2), and Kyle Johnson scored for the Chiefs, while Justin Podgorenko, Luke Madge, and Tanner Costa scored for the Ice.
Game 2 saw Ice goals from Madge and Christian Macasso, but the Chiefs netted six (6) goals to cruise to a 6-2 win. Davis (2), Karim, Johnson, Callum Volpe, and Chong Min Lee scored for Vancouver NE.