BCEHL WEEKEND UPDATE - DECEMBER 7-11
For Immediate Release
December 7, 2022
Saanichton, B.C. - This week's action features league play in the Female U18, U18 and U17 leagues, while the U15 league is on a bye. Let's take a look at what's going on around the BCEHL!
Female U18 AAA
The Female U18 league returns to league play this week after a league-wide bye. The lone matchup in the Female U18 league sees the league-leading Fraser Valley Rush (15-0-0-0) visit the second-place Vancouver Island Seals (12-4-2-0) for a weekend series. Both teams attended events in Ontario last weekend, as the Rush claimed bronze at the USA Canada Cup Series in Kitchener, while the Seals finished with one win, one loss and two ties at the Two Nations Cup in Brampton. The Rush and Seals have met on three occasions (October 21, 22, 23) this season, with the Rush claiming victories in all three. This matchup will feature nine of the Female U18 league’s top 10 scorers as the Rush have six skaters (Leah Barnard, Aynsley D’Ottavio, Erica Barnard, Vienna Rubin, Anna McKee, Solana Cooper) while the Seals have three (Cate Doerksen, Grace Gonyer, Melissa Svienson).
Saturday’s Female U18 Game
Fraser Valley Rush @ Vancouver Island Seals – 3:05 p.m. – Fuller Lake Arena
Sunday’s Female U18 Game
Fraser Valley Rush @ Vancouver Island Seals – 11:15 a.m. – Fuller Lake Arena
The third-place Vancouver NW Hawks (10-5-2-0) and sixth-place Valley West Giants (7-7-0-1) embark on busy weeks as they meet in a Wednesday matchup at the Langley Events Centre in the first of three games for both squads. The two teams met on Saturday at Hollyburn Country Club where Caleb Gray (1g-1a) and Max Carlson (1g-1a) led the Hawks to a 7-3 victory. The Hawks have played solid hockey as of late, earning six wins, one loss and one tie in their previous eight league games. Joshua Ravensbergen’s performance in goal has played a large part in their success, as the Hawks’ goaltender has recorded eight wins and two ties in 11 appearances on the year. The balanced offense of the Giants will serve as a tough test, as six Valley West skaters (Nishaan Parmar, Miles Burgin, McCarthy Richardson, Samuel Elliott, Logan Johnston, Mykhaylo Sheludchenko) are all scoring at a point per game pace or better on the year. Parmar’s 26 points (7g-19a) is tied for eighth in U17 scoring, while his 1.73 points per game is good for second.
The seventh-place Cariboo Cougars (5-8-1-0) meet the Giants for a pair of games at the Langley Events Centre on Saturday and Sunday. The two teams have met on two previous occasions this season, with the Cougars securing a pair of 3-2 victories on October 1st and 2nd. Joshua Sale (1g-1a), Parker White (0g-2a), Carter Hesselgrave (1g-1a), Garrett Feeney (1g-1a) and Marik Mamic (1g-1a) all recorded multiple points over the two previous meetings against the Giants this season.
Elsewhere, the eighth-place Thompson Blazers (3-14-0-1) travel to the Lower Mainland to face off against the second-place Greater Vancouver Canadians (14-2-1-0) for a pair of games. The Blazers’ have received production from their blueline this season as Benjamin Ramsey leads all U18 defenders with 15 points (2g-13a) on the season. The Canadians’ 6.06 goals per game ranks first in the U18 league as they've received contributions from a multitude of players. Greater Vancouver have six skaters (Tyler Tse, Jamie Hikida, Jordan Luk, Sean Richards, William Huo and Massimo Fazio) who have recorded at least 20 points on the season and all rank inside the top 20 in league scoring.
Wednesday’s U18 Game
Vancouver NW Hawks @ Valley West Giants – 7:00 p.m. – Langley Events Centre
Saturday’s U18 Games
Cariboo Cougars @ Valley West Giants – 11:45 a.m. – Planet Ice Delta
Vancouver NW Hawks @ Okanagan Rockets – 2:30 p.m. – Prospera Place
Thompson Blazers @ Greater Vancouver Canadians – 2:30 p.m. – Richmond Olympic Oval
North Island Silvertips @ Vancouver NE Chiefs – 3:30 p.m. – Scotia Barn
Sunday’s U18 Games
Cariboo Cougars @ Valley West Giants – 10:00 a.m. – Langley Events Centre
Vancouver NW Hawks @ Okanagan Rockets – 10:00 a.m. – Rutland Arena
North Island Silvertips @ Vancouver NE Chiefs – 10:45 a.m. – Scotia Barn
Thompson Blazers @ Greater Vancouver Canadians – 11:15 a.m. – Richmond Olympic Oval
The seventh-place Thompson Blazers (7-10-0-0) and eighth-place South Island Royals (7-11-0-0) square off in a battle of two teams fighting for positioning in the standings. The Royals lead the season series 2-0 as they took the first two games early in the season on October 1st and 2nd. Carter Zeeben (4g-2a), Ben Wetterberg (2g-3a) and Tyler Delli Carri (3g-2a) all had impressive showings in their two victories against Thompson. The Blazers will be looking for a different result this time around, as they’ve won seven of their previous eight games. Forwards Owen DeWitt (10g-15a) and Noah Paulsen (9g-9a) have paced Thompson offensively this season. DeWitt’s 25 points are tied for third in U17 scoring, while his 15 assists also sits third.
The 10th-place North Island Silvertips (0-18-1-0) welcome the fourth-place Okanagan Rockets (12-6-1-0) for a pair of games in Nanaimo. The trio of Marcus Parmar (1g-1a), Owen Robertson (1g-1a) and Brodie Howell (0g-2a) have all recorded multiple points over their last two games for the Silvertips.
In a home-and-home matchup, the ninth-place Vancouver NE Chiefs (4-11-2-1) take on the sixth-place Vancouver NW Hawks (9-6-1-2). The Chiefs’ have earned two key victories against the Royals in their past four games, and now sit only three points behind them in the standings. Saturday’s 7-1 victory featured a four-goal performance from Chiefs forward Maximillian Aysslinger, who leads the team with 11 goals on the season.
In a meeting of two teams in search of the top spot in the U17 standings, the second-place Valley West Giants (12-4-1-2) and the third-place Cariboo Cougars (12-3-1-1) square off in Prince George. The two teams opened their seasons against each other on October 1st and October 2nd, where they split the series one game apiece. In game one, two-point performances from Dawson Sucke (2g-0a), Devon Mahil (1g-1a) and Ryder Marks (1g-1a) along with three assists from Gus Schill led the Giants to a 6-5 victory. Game two saw the Cougars reply with a 7-3 victory with two-goal efforts from Grady Gustafson and William McKay.
Saturday’s U17 Games
South Island Royals @ Thompson Blazers – 1:00 p.m. – Art Holding Memorial Arena
Okanagan Rockets @ North Island Silvertips – 4:45 p.m. – Frank Crane Arena
Fraser Valley Thunderbirds @ Greater Vancouver Canadians – Richmond Olympic Oval
Vancouver NE Chiefs @ Vancouver NW Hawks – 6:15 p.m. – Hollyburn Country Club
Valley West Giants @ Cariboo Cougars – 6:30 p.m. – Kin Centre
Sunday’s U17 Games
Okanagan Rockets @ North Island Silvertips – 8:00 a.m. – Frank Crane Arena
South Island Royals @ Thompson Blazers – 10:00 a.m. – Art Holding Memorial Arena
Valley West Giants @ Cariboo Cougars – 11:00 a.m. – Kin Centre
Greater Vancouver Canadians @ Fraser Valley Thunderbirds – 1:00 p.m. – Abbotsford Centre
Vancouver NW Hawks @ Vancouver NE Chiefs – 8:00 p.m. – Planet Ice Coquitlam
The U15 league is not in action this weekend as they have a league-wide bye. During the bye week, the Greater Vancouver Canadians, Okanagan Rockets, Vancouver NW Hawks and Thompson Blazers will be attending the U15 AAA Okanagan Classic in Kelowna.
Greater Vancouver Canadians, Okanagan Rockets, Vancouver NW Hawks, Thompson Blazers: U15 AAA Okanagan Classic – Kelowna, B.C.
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