NW Giants and Rockets in Deadheat for MM#1

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Jan. 23, 2013

Week 16 in the BC Major Midget League featured a Showcase weekend in Langley, Richmond and Coquitlam, with 10 teams in double header action.

At the end of weekend the two leading teams were tied with 47 points in a dead-heat for the top spot in the league, with identical records of 23W, 4L and 1T.

The Vancouver NW Giants won both of their games handily 4-1 and 7-2 vs the 6th place South Island Silver Tips (10-5-5).

The Okanagan Rockets lost their one point lead on the Giants when they split their double header with 8th place Fraser Valley Thunderbirds, winning game one 6-2 and dropping game two 4-3.

Behind the two leaders, three teams are battling for third place. The Valley West Hawks have a five point lead over the Greater Vancouver Canadians and the Vancouver NE Chiefs, who are tied in 4th place with 34 points each.

Not surprisingly, players from the top four teams are at the top of leader board, with Colton Kerfoot of the NW Giants leading with 23 G, 31A, 54 points. Tyson Jost of the Rockets is at 52, Justin Szeto of NW Giants has 50 and Matt Bradley of Valley West Hawks has 49. Other top performers include Rockets Tanner Campbell, (45), GV Canadians Dante Hannoun (45), and NW Giants Dante Fabbro (40).

Goaltenders with the best GA average are NW Giants Tavin Grant (2.13, 8-2-1), Rockets Reid Kiburn (2.23, 14-3-1), NE Chiefs Jakob Severson (2.38, 8-6-1)), Rockets Brendan Barry (2.67, 9-1-0) and NW Giants Trevor Withers (2.73, 11-2-0).

Here are game summaries for each of the five (5) doubleheaders.
Greater Vancouver Canadians vs. South Island Royals
Game One (1): Canadians 5 – Royals 3
Game Two (2): Canadians 3 – Royals 3       
The Canadians opened the scoring in the second period with three (3) unanswered goals thanks to Josh Murphy (Vancouver) and a pair by Scott Munro (Vancouver).
Just over a minute into the third, Nathan McCarnan (Vancouver) netted the Canadians fourth goal off passes from Ryan Wilkinson (Richmond) and Ryan Jones (Delta).  Just past the midway mark of the final period, Nick Guiney (Victoria) got the Royals on the board off a pass from Haydn Hopkins (Victoria).
Less than two (2) minutes later, Guiney found the back of the net again for the Royals with help from Josh Anderson (Duncan) and Drayson Pears (Victoria).  Connor Birmingham (Victoria) scored the Royals final goal with just over two (2) minutes remaining in the game and Murphy scored an empty-netter for the Canadians with just six (6) seconds left on the clock.
In game two (2), the Canadians got on the board first when Alex Whitwham (Richmond) scored off passes from Munro and Sean Gillespie (Vancouver).  Less than a minute into the second, Braeden Gurney (Delta) netted the Canadians second goal with help from Owen Seidel (Richmond) and Whitwham.
The Royals got on the board in the second thanks to a goal by Andrew Jack (Duncan) off a pass from Garnett Roberts (Victoria).  Early in the final period, Guiney tied the game for the Royals but shortly after, Whitwham scored the go ahead goal for the Canadians.  With just over two (2) minutes remaining in the game, Jacob Malloch (Victoria) tied the game for the Royals with help from Jordan Martin (Victoria) and Cam Coutre (Victoria).
Vancouver North West Giants vs. North Island Silvertips
Game One (1): Giants 4 – Silvertips 1
Game Two (2): Giants 7 – Silvertips 2
It was a tough weekend for the North Island Silvertips as they faced off against one of the top two (2) teams in the league, the Vancouver North West Giants.
The Giants took an early lead in game one (1) when Colton Kerfoot (West Vancouver) and Justin Szeto (Burnaby) each netted a goal within the first five (5) minutes of the game.
Joe Surgenor (Courtenay) answered back for the Silvertips midway through the second with an unassisted goal.  Before the end of the second, the Giants netted another pair of goals thanks to Szeto and Mitchell Stapley (North Vancouver).
In game two (2), the Silvertips struck first when Surgenor scored a power play goal off passes from Trent Bell (Nanoose Bay) and Dylan Coghlan (Nanaimo).
Ty Schultz (New Westminster) answered back for the Giants with a power play goal of his own with help from Kerfoot and Dante Fabbro (Whistler).  Before the end of the first, Devyn Grant scored the Silvertips second goal followed by the Giants tying goal from Owen Stout (West Vancouver).
The Giants scored a pair in the second thanks to a couple power play goals by Kerfoot and Stapley.  Stapley, Fabbro and Ryland Chernomaz (North Vancouver) secured the Giants victory when they each scored in the final period.
Fraser Valley Thunderbirds vs. Okanagan Rockets
Game One (1): Thunderbirds 2 – Rockets 6
Game Two (2): Thunderbirds 4 – Rockets 3
The Fraser Valley Thunderbirds had their work cut out for themselves over the weekend as they matched up with the league leading Okanagan Rockets where they split the doubleheader.
In game one (1), the Rockets got on the board first late in the opening period thanks to Tanner Campbell (Kelowna) who scored off a pass from Brett Young (Penticton).  With only seven (7) seconds on the clock in the first, Arsh Shergill (Abbotsford) tied the game for the Thunderbirds with help from Hayden Guilderson (Chilliwack) and Brice Sharp (Mission).
Justin Bowerman (Mission) gave the Thunderbirds their only lead of the game in the second when he scored with help from Austin Wellsby (Chilliwack) and Andrew Strelezki (Mission).
Campbell scored his second of the game late in the middle frame and followed that up with a hat trick in the third.  With just over five (5) minutes remaining in the game, Tyson Jost (Kelowna), Jake Kryski (Kelowna) and Campbell each netted a goal for the Rockets.
The Rockets struck first in game two (2) just under three (3) minutes into the game thanks to a goal by Cory Santoro (Kelowna) from Kryski and Campbell.  The Thunderbirds answered back when Nicholas Ponak (Abbotsford) found the back of the net off a pass from Ryan Hunt.
Hunt scored an unassisted goal for the Thunderbirds in the second to give his team the lead.  Mahlon Head (Kelowna) answered back for the Rockets a few minutes later with help from Campbell and Linden Hora (Kelowna).
The Thunderbirds took the lead back a few minutes later with a pair of goals in just over 30 seconds thanks to Bowerman and Ponak.  Before the end of the second, Jost netted his second of the game for the Rockets off a pass from Oliver Mitchell (Kelowna).
Valley West Hawks vs. Kootenay Ice
Game One (1): Hawks 8 – Ice 1
Game Two (2): Hawks 6 – Ice 0
It was another tough weekend on the road for the Kootenay Ice has they dropped both games to the Valley West Hawks.
In game one (1), the Hawks took an early lead with four (4) first period goals thanks to Ty Westgard (White Rock), Matt Bradley (Surrey), Justin Wilde (Surrey) and Spencer Gerth (Langley).
The Ice got on the board midway through the second when Coy Prevost (Kimberley) found the back of the net with help from Kadrian Klimchuk (Castlegar) and Kane Roberts (Castelgar).  The Hawks scored four (4) straight goals in the second half of the third for the win.
Jordan Funk (Cloverdale), Luke Gingras (Langley), Paul Savage (Surrey) and Mitch Newsome (Surrey) each netted one for the Hawks.
The Hawks opened the scoring in game two (2) with four (4) goals in the opening period thanks to Savage, Westgard, Eric Callegari (Langley) and Funk.  Jesse Lansdell (Langley) scored the lone goal in the second for the Hawks off passes from Brendon Campbell (Cloverdale) and Gingras.  Early in the third, Callegari scored his second of the game and Hawks final goal, assisted by Newsome and Ian Ross.
Vancouver North East Chiefs vs. Thompson Blazers
Game One (1): Chiefs 3 – Blazers 0
Game Two (2): Chiefs 3 – Blazers 4
The Vancouver North East Chiefs and Thompson Blazers met for their double header over the weekend where the two (2) teams split their games.
In game one (1), Lucas Johansen (Port Moody) opened the scoring for the Chiefs with an early power play goal with help from Ziyan Karim (Port Moody) and Jordan Henderson (Coquitlam).
Midway through the first, San Chung (Coquitlam) made it a two (2) goal game for the Chiefs when he found the back of the net off passes from Matthew Davis (Port Moody) and Austin Campeau (Anmore).
Henderson scored a power play goal for the Chiefs in the third, assisted by Karim and Jeffrey Wong (Port Coquitlam).
The Blazers opened the scoring less than three (3) minutes into game two (2) when Jacob Faraday netted one with help from Cole Clifford (Kamloops) and Riley Barnes (Merritt).  Wong tied the game for the Chiefs less than a minute into the second off a pass from Connor Burk (Coquitlam).
The Blazers took the lead back a few minutes later thanks to a goal by Barnes which was followed by the Chiefs tying goal by Burk.  Early in the third, the Blazers scored a pair of goals thanks to an unassisted one by Nii Noi Tetteh (Revelstoke) and another from Clifford.  Burk scored his second of the game to pull his team within one (1).
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