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Team Canucks Male U17 BC Cup Champions
Sunday, May 3, 2009

Team Canucks captured the prestigious Male U17 BC Cup defeating Team Leafs 2-1.  The Male U17 BC Cup was held at the Sunwave Centre in Salmon Arm, BC from April 29 – May 3, 2009.  The top 120 Male Under 17 players were invited to attend with the top 46 being selected to the Male Provincial Development Camp in July.  BC Hockey will announce the players selected to Provincial Development camp in the coming weeks.  A statistical package for the event can be viewed on the BC Hockey website under the Male U17 section.

The Championship game opened with thunderous hits and aggressive play.  At the 10 minute mark of the first period Brandon Formosa (Mission, BC) scored to give the Leafs the early 1-0 lead.  After a scoreless second period the Canucks tied the game at one (1) with a marker by Brock Balson (Kamloops, BC) at the 16 minute mark.  With seven (7) minutes to play in the game the Canuck’s Tyler Wootherspoon (Surrey, BC) scored to give his team the 2-1 lead.  The Leafs pressured late, but were unable to beat the Canucks net minder.

2009 Male U17 BC Cup Final Standings















In the Bronze Medal Game Team Bruins took on Team Stars.  The teams came out hitting hard in the first 15 minutes of play in the first period.  In the final two (2) minutes of the period the Stars scored two (2) goals to take a 2-0 lead into the first intermission.  The first goal was scored by Dallon Stoddart (Nelson, BC) and Josh Dacosta (Penticton, BC).  The Bruins battled early in the second period with a Joseph Kornelsen (Abbotsford, BC) marker.  The score remained 2-1 heading into the third period.  Early in the frame the Bruin’s Gus Correale (Prince George, BC) scored to tie the game at two (2).  With eight minutes remaining the Bruin’s Sheldon Vannerus (Coquitlam, BC) scored to give his team the 3-2 lead.  The Stars battled hard, but were unable to score.  Team Bruins captured the Bronze medal game with a 3-2 win.

The Consolation Game pitted Team Flyers against Team Thrashers.  The Thrashers came out flying to start the game scoring two (2) quick goals.  James Vlanich (Trail, BC) scored the first and Connor Sanvido with the second (Maple Ridge, BC).  The Flyers cut the lead to one (1) before the period was over with a marker by Colton Sparrow (Vernon, BC).  Mid-way through the second period the teams exchanged goals to make it a 3-2 game.  Curtis Pereverzoff (Nelson, BC) scored for the Flyers and Max Mowat (Coldstream, BC) for the Thrashers.  In the final two (2) minutes of the period the Thrashers added to their lead with a goal by Stefan Nicholishen (Penticton, BC) and Josh Bryan (Sidney, BC).  The Thrashers took a 6-2 lead early in the third period with Bryan’s second goal of the game.  The Flyers battled back and cut the lead to three (3) with a goal by Marcus Basara (Coquitlam, BC) at the nine (9) minute mark.  The Thrasher’s added two (2) more late in the game to pick up the 8-3 win.  The goal scorers for the Thrashers were Sanvido with his second of the game and Bradley Parker (Chilliwack, BC).

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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