February 18, 2019
After two days, Team BC U16 is 1L-1W at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, with the final preliminary round game vs Alberta set for 6:30 PM PST tonight.
Team BC dropped their opener 4-2 vs Manitoba on Saturday, and then bounced back with a 4-3 win vs Saskatchewan on Sunday.
Alberta meanwhile opened with a 4-3 OTL to Saskatchewan, and then edged Manitoba 6-5 on Sunday.
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.
The two large provinces will also meet at 6:30 tonight in their final preliminary round contest.
In Pool C, Newfoundland and PEI have both put up 3 wins, Northwest Territories and Nunavit are 1-1, 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 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 Wednesday, 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:
|20||F||Williams||Finlay||2003-Apr-21||5’10’’||166||BWC Prep||North Van|
|11||F||Newans||Cage||2003-May-15||5’11’’||170||NI Silvertips||Qualicum Beach|
|18||F||Tanaka-Campbell||Seiya||2003-Feb-12||5’8”||146||Shawnigan Lake Prep||Mill Bay|
Head Coach — Steve O’Rourke
Assistant Coach — Jason Becker
Assistant Coach — Brian Pellerin