With just three (3) weekends of league play remaining, the playoff race is heating up. Valley West (27-6-1) and Cariboo (26-7-3) remain at the top of the pack, with Vancouver North West (22-8-4), Okanagan (21-10-3) and South Island (15-15-6) rounding out the top five (5). Catch up on all the action around the league with our Week 19 recap.
Valley West Hawks vs. Okanagan Rockets
Game 1: Valley West 4, Okanagan 1
Game 2: Valley West 5, Okanagan 2
The Hawks hosted the Rockets over the weekend and got two (2) wins, continuing their hot streak lately. In Game 1 in North Delta, Colten Gerlib, Justyn Gurney, Ian Ross, and Ben Evanish scored for the Hawks, while Coleton Bilodeau got the lone goal for the Rockets. The Hawks got even more offense in Game 2, with James Malm netting a hat trick and Michael Farren and Max Duchynz also scoring. Eli Zummack and Jordan Todd scored for Okanagan, who are now in fourth place with a 21-10-3 record.
Fraser Valley Thunderbirds vs. Cariboo Cougars
Game 1: Fraser Valley 2, Cariboo 5
Game 2: Fraser Valley 2, Cariboo 4
The Cougars travelled to Abbotsford to take on the Thunderbirds, and left with two (2) wins. In Game 1, Cariboo jumped to a 3-0 lead in the first period, and Trey Thomas, Tyler Maser, Ty Kolle, Josh Maser, and Mason Richey scored to get the 5-2 win. Baxter Anderson got both goals for Fraser Valley in the loss. Cariboo’s Trey Thomas opened the scoring in Game 2, but Kaelen Anderson and Logan Hunter responded to put the T-Birds ahead 2-1 midway through the second period. However, Cariboo went on to score three (3) unanswered goals (Jesse Pomeroy, Thomas, and Riley Coish) to get the 4-2 win.
Vancouver North West Giants vs. Thompson Blazers
Game 1: Vancouver NW 6, Thompson 1
Game 2: Vancouver NW 6, Thompson 0
The Giants got six (6) unanswered goals from six (6) different players – Jack Graham, Jackson Shepard, Lucas Barker, Mateo Coltellaro, Carter Stephenson, and Liam Kindree. Harley Bootsma scored for Thompson with 5:11 remaining in the game to prevent the shut out. In Game 2, Graham, Mitchell Williams (2), Liam Kindree, Kyle Kaufmannn, and Lucas Barker scored in the 6-0 win.
Greater Vancouver Canadians vs. North Island Silvertips
Game 1: Greater Vancouver 4, North Island 4
Game 2: Greater Vancouver 2, North Island 3
The ninth-place Silvertips were pleased to leave Vancouver with a win and a tie, lifting their record to 5-24-5. The teams skated to a tie in Game 1, with Brennan Gaytmenn (2), Alex Pescitelli, Tyson Lin scoring for the Canadians, and Dawson Frank (2), Wyatt Selva, and Dawson Heathcote scoring for the Silvertips. The Silvertips got the win in Game 2 thanks to a solid game by goaltender Derek Krall, along with goals from Heathcote, Cole Broadhurst, and Brett Kinley. Lin and Noah Kelly scored for Greater Vancouver in the loss.
Kootenay Ice vs. South Island Royals
Game 1: Kootenay 4, South Island 7
Game 2: Kootenay 1, South Island 3
The Royals made one of the longest road trips in the league, driving more than 11 hours from Victoria to Nelson. They left with two (2) wins for their efforts, elevating them to fifth place in the standings with a 15-15-6 record. In Game 1, Kootenay got four (4) goals from Shawn Campbell, Brendan Makay, Hunter Floris, and Bradley Ross, but it wasn’t enough as South Island netted seven (7) in the win from Jordan Guiney (3), Joe Stafford-Veale, Jake Wilhelm, Jack Kendall, and Matt Berryman. In Game 2, Berryman, Guiney, and Jake Wilhelm scored for the Royals in the 3-1 win, while Aiden Jenner got the lone goal for the Ice.
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