Team BC U16 – heartbreak at Winter Games

in Other News, regular season, tournaments



February 19, 2019

After jumping out to a 3-0 lead vs Alberta in the crucial third game of the preliminary round at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer yesterday, the wheels fell off for BC as Alberta rallied late in the third, including three unanswered, to post a 5-4 win, and eliminate BC from the playoff round.

Both teams came into the game with a 1-1 record, and needed a win to guarantee an entry into the playoff round.

BC had lost their opener 4-2 vs Manitoba on Saturday, and then downed Saskatchewan 4-3 on Sunday.

Alberta meanwhile opened with a 4-3 OTL to Saskatchewan, and then edged Manitoba 6-5 on Sunday.

The game last night started well for BC. The team opened the scoring just 5:15 into the game, on a goal by Steel Quiring (OK Rockets), on an assist from Tyson Galloway (Thompson Blazers).

Ty Gibson (South Island) then scored late in the period on a power play, assisted by Jake Chiasson (Yale) and Nolan Bentham (Yale), to carry a 2-0 lead into the second. Shots finished 9-6 for BC.

Second period:

Alberta got into penalty trouble early in the second and BC soon capitalized again.

After killing off the first penalty – assessed 33 seconds in – Alberta was back in the box two minutes later, and then less than a minute later assessed another one.

BC soon scored on the 5 on 3, with Graham Sward (FV Thunderbirds) converting, on helpers from Cage Newans (North Island) and Logan Stankoven (Thompson). At 4:04 into the period, it was 3-0 BC.

Alberta got back on track shortly after killing off the remaining penalty, on a goal from Craig Armstrong (assists to Owen MacNeil and Zack Ostapchuk), and stayed out of the box the rest of the game.

Alberta then scored again with just under five minutes left in the second, when Colton Each scored on assists from Corson Ceulemans and Matt Smith, to make it a tight 3-2 game to start the third. Shots were 16-8 for Alberta, in the second.

Third period:

Play had barely started in the third, when BC’s Trevor Wong (GVC) scored the critical next goal, just 46 seconds in, assisted by Stankoven, to restore a two goal lead.

The lead held until just past the halfway point in the frame, when Alberta’s Marc Lajoie scored, assisted by Kyle Masters and Kai Uchacz, with 8:34 left.

BC then took a penalty with 6:07 left, and killed it.

Even strength with 4:07 to go, 4-3 BC.

Thirty-five seconds later, BC is assessed a second tripping penalty.

3:32 left.

It doesn’t take long for Alberta capitalize.

Dylan Guenther scores just 21 seconds later, with helpers from Matt Savoie and Guenther, to tie it a 4-4.

3:11 left.

Three minutes, two minutes, one minute … then with just 28 seconds left, Alberta captain Sean Tschigerl ices it on a goal assisted by Savoie, to give Alberta their first lead of the game, and the win.

BC pulled goaltender Tomas Milac with 20 seconds left, but were unable to claw it back.

Shots were 14-10 for Alberta in the third; and finished 36-27 Alberta.

The win gave Alberta 7 points, on two wins and an OTL, and first place in the Pool.

Saskatchewan pounded Manitoba 7-1 in their final round robin game, to finish second, with 2 wins and five points (3 for regular time win, 2 for overtime win).

BC will play in the ‘qualification’ round Tuesday, out of medal contention.


The Pool B Western Canada games have been much tighter than the Pool A Eastern Canada contests, which have seen blowouts by Ontario: 5-0 vs Nova Scotia, and 10-4 vs New Brunswick, and by Quebec: 5-2 vs NB and 10-2 vs NS.

Quebec then downed Ontario 7-3 in the round robin finale last night, to finish first in Pool A, with 3 wins, and 9 points. Ontario finished second with 6 points.

In Pool C, Newfoundland downed PEI 4-3 in OT last night, to finish first with 4 wins. PEI finished second with 3 wins, Northwest Territories finished 2-2, Nunavit are 1-3, and Yukon is 0-4.




Game One: Manitoba 4 – BC 2

In game 1 Saturday, BC opened the scoring late in the first period, on a goal from Graham Sward (FV T-birds), assisted by Seiya Tanaka-Campbell (Shawnigan Lake) and Jake Chiasson (Yale Academy).

Shots were 15-8 BC.

In the second, again there was no scoring until late in the period. Alberta’s Tyler Bruce (Conner Roulgette) evened it up with 3:40 left, but was quickly answered by BC’s Caeden Bankier (BWC Prep), with assists from Sward and Finlay Williams (BWC Prep).

Manitoba roared right back, with an unassisted marker from Conor Geekie with just 42 second left in the period. Shots were 9-7 BC.

Two more by Manitoba in the third (Hunter Wallace at 13:57 and Justin Lies 1:16) sealed the game.

Shots finished 37 – 24 BC. Keegan Maddocks (Delta E15) took the loss, Tyler Brennan got the W.



Game Two: BC 4 – Sask. 3

In game two Saturday, BC fell behind 2-1 after the first, tied it up in the second and then went up 4-2 early in the third, before Saskatchewan got one back with 49 seconds left and the goaltender pulled.

Cole Sillinger opened the scoring with an unassisted marker just over four minutes into the game. Kevin Anderson scored about three minutes later to give Saskatchewan the early 2-0 lead.

BC’s Matthew Seminoff got one back with 5:08 left to finish the first period scoring. Shots were 10-4 for BC.

Logan Stankoven (Thompson Blazers) scored the only goal in the second period, with 4:43 left to even things up at 2-2; Cage Newans got the assist. Again, BC outshot Saskatchewan, 12-6.

Early in the third, Trevor Wong (GVC Canadians) gave BC it’s first lead, on a helper from Elias Carmichael (BWC Prep) and Jack O’Brien (Delta E15). The goal was soon followed by one later in the same shift by O’Brien, assisted by Stankoven and Wong.

Sillinger scored with 49 seconds left and the goal pulled to finish the scoring, 4-3 BC.

Shots were 16-6 for Saskatchewan in the period and finished 28-26 Saskatchewan.

Thomas Milac (BWC Prep) got the win; Brent Mirwald took the loss.

Scroll down for BC roster.


BC Players

BC Hockey announced the 20-players selected for the BC Male U16 team in December.

Of the 20 players selected, 12 are currently playing in the Canadian Sport School Hockey League.

The other eight spent the 2017-18 season in the CSSHL, but are playing in the BC Major Midget League this season.

Players from 10 clubs were picked.

Burnaby Winter Club Academy leads the group with six players selected, including a goalie, a d-man and four forwards. Delta Academy is next with three, Yale Academy two and Shawnigan Lake with one. Thompson and North Island lead the BCMML group, each with two players selected.

The team selection process started at the U16 BC Cup games held in Salmon Arm last spring. Sixty players were selected out of the Cup event to attend Provincial summer camp (three teams), with the round three selects invited to the December camp.



The quarterfinals that start on tomorrow, February 20, 2019.

Semi-final action will be played on February 21, 2019 and the medal games take place on February 22, 2019.

Games are being played at both the Kinex Arena and the Centrium in Red Deer.


2018-2019 BC Male U16 Roster, by Current Team:

No. Pos. Last First Birthdate Ht Wt 2018-2019 Team Hometown
30 G Milic Thomas 2003-Apr-14 5’10” 141 BWC Prep Coquitlam
3 D Carmichael Elias 2003-Mar-18 6’1” 181 BWC Prep Langley
8 F Abgrall Michael 2003-Oct-25 5’8” 130 BWC E15 Richmond
9 F Bankier Caedan 2003-Jan-26 5’10” 138 BWC Prep Surrey
16 F Seminoff Matthew 2003-Dec-27 5’9” 147 BWC E15 Coquitlam
20 F Williams Finlay 2003-Apr-21 5’10’’ 166 BWC Prep North Van
1 G Maddocks Keegan 2003-Apr-14 5’11” 158 Delta E15 Langley
6 D O’Brien Jack 2003-Mar-07 5’11” 163 Delta E15 Surrey
12 F Latimer Carson 2003-Jan-10 5’11’’ 155 Delta Prep Surrey
7 D Sward Graham 2003-Sep-12 6’2” 159 FV T-birds Abbotsford
14 F Wong Trevor 2003-May-04 5’8” 134 GVC Vancouver
11 F Newans Cage 2003-May-15 5’11’’ 170 NI Silvertips Qualicum Beach
19 F Verbicky Kobe 2003-Apr-07 5’10” 160 NI Silvertips Bowser
15 F Quiring Steel 2003-Jan-15 6’1” 172 OK Rockets Vernon
18 F Tanaka-Campbell Seiya 2003-Feb-12 5’8” 146 Shawnigan Lake Prep Mill Bay
5 D Gibson Ty 2003-Jun-21 5’8” 163 SI Royals Victoria
4 D Galloway Tyson 2003-Jan-20 6’3” 205 Thompson Blazers Kamloops
17 F Stankoven Logan 2003-Feb-26 5’7” 168 Thompson Blazers Kamloops
2 D Bentham Nolan 2003-Jun-12 6’2” 179 Yale Academy Victoria
10 F Chiasson Jake 2003-May-25 6’1” 157 Yale Academy Abbotsford


Head Coach — Steve O’Rourke
Assistant Coach — Jason Becker
Assistant Coach — Brian Pellerin