With just five (5) weeks to go until the playoffs, the standings race is tighter than ever, with Valley West (22-5-1, 45 points) and Cariboo (21-6-3, 45 points) tied for first place and Okanagan (17-8-2, 36 points) and Vancouver North West (16-8-4, 36 points) fighting for third place. Catch up on all the action around the league with our Week 16 recap.
Greater Vancouver Canadians vs. Vancouver North East Chiefs
Greater Vancouver 3, Vancouver NE 4
Greater Vancouver 3, Vancouver NE 3
The Canadians and Chiefs played a home-and-home series over the weekend, with Game 1 in Richmond and Game 2 in Coquitlam. In Game 1, the teams were headed to a 3-3 tie (Greater Vancouver goals by Alex Pescitelli, Tyson Lin, and Andrew Bennett; Vancouver NE goals by Sho Takai, Jaden Narduzzi, and Brett Didyk) before the Chiefs’ Narduzzi scored with just four (4) seconds left to get his team the 4-3 win. The teams skated to a 3-3 tie in Game 2, with Michael Matson, Brennan Gaytmenn, and Lin scoring for the Canadians, while Didyk, Mitchell Booth, and Jessie Young scoring for the Chiefs.
Kootenay Ice vs. Okanagan Rockets
Okanagan won Game 1 thanks to a flurry of second period goals from Myles Mattila, Alec Zawatsky, and Lucas Cullen. Terrell Clarricoates had the lone goal for Kootenay. In Game 2, Cullen (2), Shawn Guison, and Eli Zummack scored for the Rockets, while Hunter Floris notched a pair of goals for the Ice.
South Island Royals vs. Cariboo Cougars
The Cougars travelled to the Island early for a rare Friday game, which they won 2-1 thanks to goals from Reid Perepeluk and Jeremy Gervais. Oliver Hahn scored South Island’s only goal. In Game 2, the teams were tied at 1-1 thanks to goals from Brandon McClintick (South Island) and Chris Jandric (Cariboo). Darian Long scored the game-winning goal just five (5) minutes into the third period to help Cariboo to another 2-1 win.
North Island Silvertips vs. Thompson Blazers
In Game 1, North Island showed off some of their offense, netting seven (7) goals against the Blazers thanks to Tyler Sexton, Dawson Frank, Brett Kinley, Keaton Mastrodonato, Trey Watson, Dawson Heathcote, and Chase Heslop. Ryan Chyzowski (2), Matthew Facchinelli, and Austen McKean scored for Thompson. In Game 2, Heathcote and Kinley scored for North Island, while Facchinelli and Chyzowski scored for the Blazers. Dylan McNeil scored the game winning goal with 1:50 remaining in the third period to help Thompson to the 3-2 win.
Vancouver North West Giants vs. Valley West Hawks
Vancouver NW 3, Valley West 6
Vancouver NE 1, Valley West 6
The Giants and Hawks also played a home-and-home series over the weekend, with Game 1 in North Vancouver and Game 2 in Langley. The Hawks lit the lamp, scoring six (6) goals in both games. In Game 1, Liam Kindree, Mitchell Williams, and Carter Stephenson scored for the Giants, but it wasn’t enough as James Malm (2), Oliver Alcock, Kabir Gill, Ilijah Colina, and Christian Bosa scored for the Hawks. In Game 2, Jackson Leppard scored the lone goal for Vancouver NW, while Bosa, Justyn Gurney (2), Luka Burzan, Colten Gerlib, and Ben Evanish scored for Valley West.
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