Friday, May 1, 2009
Game play resumed at the Male U17 BC Cup today with five (5) games on the schedule. The Male U17 BC Cup is being held at the Sunwave Centre in Salmon Arm. The top 120 player U17 players in BC have been invited to attend, with 46 being selected to attend the Male Provincial Development Camp. A
for the event can be viewed on the BC Hockey website under the Male U17 section.
The first game of the day pitted Team Canucks against Team Stars. The Canucks struck early with a Troy Petrick (Nelson, BC) marker one (1) minute into the game. Before the period was over the Stars scored two (2) unanswered goals to take a 2-1 lead into the first intermission. Goal scorers for the Stars were Gerry Fitzgerald (Port Alberni, BC) and Michell Deacon (Port Moody, BC). The Stars continued to apply pressure in the second period scoring an early goal by Tim Traber (Quesnel, BC) to take a 3-1 lead. This was answered by the Canuck’s Garrett Kemmler (Duncan, BC), but before the period was over Fitzgerald scored his second goal of the game to restore the two (2) goal advantage for the Stars. The Canucks were unable to get their game on track in the third period and Traber provided the insurance for the Stars with his second goal of the game giving his team the 5-2 win.
The second game of the day had Team Thrashers taking on Team Flyers. The Thrashers came out flying scoring two (2) goals in the first period. The goal scores for the Thrashers were Wade Murphy (Victoria, BC) and Drew Graham (Chilliwack, BC). Early in the second period the Flyers cut the lead to one (1) with a goal by Mason Malkowich (New Westminster, BC). Late in the period the Thrasher’s James Vlanich restored the two (2) goal lead for his team. The Flyers cut the lead to one (1) mid-way through the third period with Malkowich’s second of the game, but this was as close as they would get. The Thrashers held on for the 3-2 win.
The third game of the day had Team Leafs taking on Team Canucks. The Canucks were in need of a win to keep pace in the tournament standings. The Canuck’s Levon Johnson (Quesnel, BC) scored five (5) minutes into the game to give his team the early 1-0 lead. The Canucks continued the pressure into the second period with a marker by Colton Mackie (Surrey, BC). The Leafs applied pressure, but were unable to beat the Canucks goaltender, Laurent Brossoit (Surrey, BC). The Canucks added to their lead in the third period with two (2) goals four (4) minutes apart with Brock Balson (Kamloops, BC) scoring both goals. The Leafs were unable to beat Brossoit and the Canucks skated away with the 4-0 win.
The fourth game of the day had Team Bruins taking on Team Thrashers. The teams battled through the first 10 minutes of play, but neither could beat the goaltenders. The Bruins broke it wide open in the second half of the first period scoring three (3) unanswered goals. The goal scorers for the Bruins were Brandon Tidy (Campbell River, BC), Joseph Kornelsen (Abbotsford, BC) and Gus Correale (Prince George, BC). The Bruins continued to battle in the second period and in a five (5) minute span they scored three (3) goals. Goal scorers for the Bruins were Reid Frizzell (Coquitlam, BC) and a pair by Kornelsen to give him the hat trick. The Thrashers were unable to beat the Bruins goaltender Kolding Larson (Nanaimo, BC) and the game ended 6-0 for the Bruins.
The fifth game of the day pitted Team Stars against Team Leafs. The Stars came out flying scoring two (2) unanswered goals in the first period. Michell Deacon (Port Moody, BC) and Brendan Persley (Kelowna, BC) picked up the goals for the Stars. The Stars continued the momentum into the second period scoring two (2) goals 50 seconds apart at the 11 minute mark of the period. Goals were scored by Destry Straight (West Vancouver, BC) and Chris Critchley (North Vancouver, BC). The Leafs finally awoke and scored four (4) goals in an eight (8) minute span. Goal scorers for the Leafs were Jessy Astles (Coquitlam, BC), Kevin Quinn (Surrey, BC), Myles Fitzgerald (Port Alberni, BC) and Tanner Burns (Vernon, BC). The Star’s Cain Franson (Sicamous, BC) responded scoring with one (1) minute to play in the period, but the Leaf’s Astles’s answered with just 20 seconds to play with his second goal of the game. The Stars regained the one (1) goal lead mid-way through the second with Persley’s second goal of the game, but this was quickly answered by the Leaf’s Brendon Mangone (Fernie, BC). The game would end tied, 6-6.
The BC Hockey Male Under 17 High Performance Program is an introduction to International High Performance Hockey which involves a series of short term camps and competitions just as our national teams are exposed to it at a higher level. In addition, the Under 17 program is a pre-cursor to the well-established Hockey Canada Program of Excellence, consisting Canada’s Under 18, World Junior and Men’s National Teams.
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