NW Giants come close to bumping Cougars, but no cigar

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For the second place NW Giants, this weekend provided the last chance to close the gap significantly with the league leading Caribou Cougars – two home games on home turf, with just two weeks to go before the end of the regular season, and two games in hand.

The Cougars came into the weekend with a record of 28-7-1, 57 points, while the NW Giants were 23-8-3, 49 points; so with four points this weekend, and eight more points potentially, and if someone could shut the Cougars down over their last two games, well it was, statistically possible at least, to finish first.

But now it’s statistically impossible.

The Giants gave it a valiant try, but in the end lost ground to the Cougars. They tied game 1 on Saturday 2-2, and then fell two points behind in a 4-2 loss on Sunday.

But even in the loss, there’s a bit of hope that the Cougars can be beaten as the Giants lead 2-0 at the end of the first before the Cougars roared back with four answered goals.

In game one, Justin Wilson and Desi Burgart scored for the Giants, while Chase Dubois and Mitchell Williams scored for the Cougars.

In Game 2, Wilson notched another along with Will Warm, before Steven Jandric, Justin Almeida, Colton Thomas, and Darren Hards tallied for the four unanswered Cougar goals.

Standings after the weekend – more game recaps from the weekend, below, courtesy of BC Hockey.

For top 20 scoring and goaltender stats scroll to bottom.

Standings after Week 20.

Name GP W L T Pts GF GA PIM PIM/G
Cariboo Cougars 38 29 7 2 60 184 80 888 23
Vancouver NW Giants 36 23 9 4 50 140 87 587 16
Forfeit Losses: 1
Vancouver NE Chiefs 36 20 11 5 45 166 119 490 13
Okanagan Rockets 36 20 12 4 44 127 104 603 16
Forfeit Wins: 1
Valley West Hawks 36 19 11 6 44 151 125 746 20
Greater Vancouver Canadians 38 20 15 3 43 154 113 607 15
Forfeit Wins: 1
Forfeit Losses: 2
South Island Royals 36 17 16 3 37 140 137 684 19
Fraser Valley Thunderbirds 36 15 17 4 34 132 128 890 24
North Island Silvertips 36 8 23 5 21 90 139 668 18
Forfeit Wins: 1
Kootenay Ice 36 5 26 5 15 87 180 639 17
Thompson Blazers 36 2 31 3 7 48 207 675 18

Monday, February 16, 2015

Week 20 recap:

Thompson Blazers vs. Greater Vancouver Canadians
Game 1: Thompson 4, Greater Vancouver 11
Game 2: Thompson 3, Greater Vancouver 2
Thompson scored four goals (Bennett Hunter, Ryan Chyzowski, and Brendan Mongey (2)), but it wasn’t enough as Greater Vancouver lit it up for 11 goals to take the win.
Ryan Wilkinson and Kyle Uy scored hat tricks, while Gary Dhaliwal, Justin Schwartz, Ante Mustapic, Michael Tilbury, and Owen Seidel also scored.
Thompson flipped the script in Game 2, with goaltender Aris Anagnostopoulos getting his first MML win. Uy and Dhaliwal scored for the Canadians, while Brendan Mongey, Tyler Ward, and Ryan Chyzowski scored in a winning effort for the Blazers.
Okanagan Rockets vs. Fraser Valley Thunderbirds
Game 1: Okanagan 3, Fraser Valley 4
Game 2: Okanagan 2, Fraser Valley 3
Fraser Valley made the trip to Kelowna and came away with two close (2) wins, keeping them in the playoff hunt.
Game 1 saw multiple ties and lead changes, with Brandon Whistle (2) and Benjamin Dietrich-Scammel scoring for the Rockets, with Kyle Bosko, Danny Choi, Nic Ponak, and Brett Clayton scoring for the Thunderbirds.
Game 2 was also a back-and-forth affair, with Sam Binfet and Levi Johnson scoring for the Rockets, and Brice Sharp, Brett Clayton, and Kyle Bosko (GWG) scoring for the T-Birds.
Vancouver Northeast Chiefs vs. Valley West Hawks
Game 1: Vancouver NE 11, Valley West 5
Game 2: Vancouver NE 7, Valley West 2
The Chiefs and Hawks played a home-and-home this weekend, with Game 1 in Coquitlam and Game 2 in Langley. At home in Coquitlam, the Chiefs lit up the scoreboard for 11 goals (Matthew Davis (3), Ziyan Karim (3), Kyle Johnson (2), Caleb Fantillo, Parker Colley, and Harris Pearce). Jeffrey Stewart, Ben Evanish, Trevor Ayre, Daniel Watson, and Logan Webber scored for the Hawks.
In Game 2, the Hawks mustered just two (2) goals (Christian Bosa, Trevor Ayre), while the Chiefs scored seven (7)  thanks to the efforts of Ziyan Karim, Chong Min Lee, Caleb Fantillo (2), Liam Evanson, Jeffrey Wong, and Parker Colley.
Kootenay Ice vs. North Island Silvertips
Game 1: Kootenay 1, North Island 4
Game 2: Kootenay 4, North Island 5
North Island made the long trip to the Kootenays to play the Ice in Nelson.They picked up two (2) wins to hang in the playoff race. In Game 1, Kadrian Klimchuk scored the lone goal for the Ice, while Matthew O’Dwyer, Dawson Frank, Will Norman, and Darian Harris scored for the ‘Tips.

Game 2 was much closer, with the Ice taking a 4-0 lead into the third period thanks to goals from Justin Podgorenko, Tanner Costa, Shawn Campbell, and Kadrian Klimchuk.However, the Silvertips mounted an incredible comeback, scoring five (5) goals in the third period (Owen Hardy, Jack Long, Sage Lim, Brett Stapley, and Kyle Topping) to take the win.

Top 20 Scoring leaders:

# Name Team Pos GP G A Pts PIM
14 Malm, James Valley West Hawks F 31 20 46 66 44
20 Seidel, Owen Greater Vancouver Canadians F 36 17 46 63 70
10 Gray, Austin Cariboo Cougars F 35 25 38 63 68
12 Uy, Kyle Greater Vancouver Canadians F 38 29 31 60 117
18 Jandric, Steven Cariboo Cougars F 37 18 36 54 88
10 Colley, Parker Vancouver NE Chiefs F 36 16 37 53 28
2 Barberis, Matt Valley West Hawks D 31 12 40 52 133
9 Wilkinson, Ryan Greater Vancouver Canadians F 36 23 27 50 8
25 Ayre, Trevor Valley West Hawks F 36 18 32 50 44
11 Fantillo, Caleb Vancouver NE Chiefs F 34 26 22 48 90
23 Dhaliwal, Gary Greater Vancouver Canadians F 34 20 28 48 78
9 Thomas, Colton Cariboo Cougars F 37 25 23 48 49
7 Tutte, Brandon South Island Royals F 36 13 34 47 16
20 Almeida, Justin Cariboo Cougars F 35 22 25 47 12
19 Karim, Ziyan Vancouver NE Chiefs F 36 14 29 43 22
15 Mitchell, Marcus Okanagan Rockets F 36 21 22 43 36
22 Whistle, Brandon Okanagan Rockets F 36 15 27 42 28
8 Ponak, Nic Fraser Valley Thunderbirds F 33 18 24 42 56
17 Stewart, Jeffrey Valley West Hawks F 33 17 24 41 50
18 Bosa, Christian Valley West Hawks F 36 21 20 41 28

 

Goalie Stats:

# Name Team GP W L T Avg
1 Griffen Outhouse Cariboo Cougars 21 15 4 1 1.84
35 Matteo Paler-Chow Greater Vancouver Canadians 23 13 7 3 2.91
35 Dorrin Luding Cariboo Cougars 18 13 3 1 2.25
35 Liam McCloskey Vancouver NE Chiefs 23 13 2 3 2.23
1 David Tendeck Vancouver NW Giants 21 13 6 2 2.34
1 Austin Roden South Island Royals 21 12 4 1 2.87
35 Nicholas Tallarico Valley West Hawks 21 11 4 3 3.21
35 Beck Warm Vancouver NW Giants 17 10 3 2 2.45
1 Cole Demers Okanagan Rockets 19 10 6 2 2.91
35 Jordan Reynolds Okanagan Rockets 18 10 6 2 2.92
1 Dawson Rodin Fraser Valley Thunderbirds 21 8 8 2 3.38
1 Adam Derochie Vancouver NE Chiefs 18 8 8 2 4.37
1 Tyler Shugrue Greater Vancouver Canadians 15 7 8 0 3.01
1 Jakob Walter Valley West Hawks 21 7 8 3 4.04
35 Paul Tucek Fraser Valley Thunderbirds 20 7 9 2 3.7
35 Lane Delfs South Island Royals 19 5 12 2 4.72
35 John Hawthorne North Island Silvertips 20 3 12 2 3.84
1 Derek Krall North Island Silvertips 18 3 11 2 3.83
1 Solomon Burk Kootenay Ice 18 3 12 1 5.3
35 Jason Mailhiot Kootenay Ice 20 2 12 3 4.71
35 Keyon Bittner Thompson Blazers 18 1 11 1 6.05
1 Aris Anagnostopoulos Thompson Blazers 24 1 18 2 5.55

 

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