BCEHL WEEKEND UPDATE - NOVEMBER 16-20
For Immediate Release
November 16, 2022
Saanichton, B.C. - In a busy week across the BCEHL, 26 teams will take the ice across all four leagues. Lets take a look at what else is in store around the BCEHL!
Female U18 AAA
The third-place Northern Capitals (5-9-2-0) travel to Kelowna to face the fourth-place Thompson-Okanagan Lakers (4-7-0-1) in a three-game series. The two squads opened their seasons against each other as they split a two-game series in Kelowna from September 24-25. In their opening meeting, the Northern Capitals earned a 5-3 victory, led by two-point efforts from Rachel Loewen (1g-1a), Knyla Evans (1g-1a), Camryn Ward (1g-1a) and Lindsey Goncalves (1g-1a). In game two, three points performances from Cassidy Bank (2g-1a) and Hannah Robertson (0g-3a) guided the Lakers to a 6-3 victory.
On the Island, the second-place Vancouver Island Seals (11-4-1-0) welcome the fifth-place Greater Vancouver Comets (0-14-1-0). In three meetings against the Comets this season, Seals’ forward Grace Gonyer has had a hot stick, collecting six points (5g-1a), while Greater Vancouver forward Grace Cooper has totaled three points (2g-1a) for the Comets in their three meetings against Vancouver Island. On the season, Seals' defender, Cate Doerksen’s 17 points (5g-12a) is tied for the team lead with Gonyer, and ranks second in scoring among all Female U18 blueliners. The Comets' leading scorers are Cooper and Kirsten Lai, who have collected six points each.
Friday’s Female U18 Game
Northern Capitals @ Thompson – Okanagan Lakers – 5:15 p.m. – Capital News Centre
Saturday’s Female U18 Games
Northern Capitals @ Thompson – Okanagan Lakers – 1:15 p.m. – Kelowna Memorial Arena
Greater Vancouver Comets @ Vancouver Island Seals – 3:05 p.m. – Fuller Lake Arena
Sunday’s Female U18 Games
Northern Capitals @ Thompson – Okanagan Lakers – 8:30 a.m. – Capital News Centre
Greater Vancouver Comets @ Vancouver Island Seals – 11:15 a.m. – Fuller Lake Arena
The league-leading Okanagan Rockets (9-3-0-0) travel to Prince George for a weekend series against the seventh-place Cariboo Cougars (5-4-1-0). Both teams return to league play after taking part in the U18 AAA Okanagan Classic last weekend. Winning four straight starts, Rockets’ goaltender Colton Jugnauth’s 2.18 goals against average ranks fourth among all netminders, while his five wins on the campaign ranks second among all U18 netminders. On the offensive side of the puck, Cougars’ forward Parker White’s playmaking skills have been on display as of late, collecting 11 points (2g-9a) over the past five games. White’s 13 assists on the season ranks tied for fourth among all U18 skaters.
The Greater Vancouver Canadians return to league play after they were crowned the winners of the U18 AAA Okanagan Classic. The event took place in Kelowna and was comprised of U18 AAA teams from British Columbia and Alberta. The second place Canadians (8-2-1-0) meet with the third-place Fraser Valley Thunderbirds (8-5-0-0) in a matchup between two of the league’s top squads. The Canadians have excelled on both sides of the puck, as they have the third highest goals-per-game (5.18) and have allowed the fewest goals per game (2.18) in the U18 league. Their offensive success can be attributed to their balanced scoring attack, as six skaters (Tyler Tse, Jordan Luk, William Huo, Jamie Hikida, Matthew Hikida, Massimo Fazio) have scored at a point per game pace or better. Their defensive success is in large part due to the goaltending tandem of Remy Quintoro and Markus Lam, whose individual goals against average rank among the lowest of all U18 goaltenders.
The sixth-place Vancouver NE Chiefs (5-5-1-1) travel to Kamloops to take on the eighth-place Thompson Blazers (3-8-0-1). Winners of two straight, the Chiefs have scored at an impressive rate this season, averaging 5.33 goals per game. Chiefs’ forward Lucas Baxter has led the charge offensively, as his 22 points (7g-15a) ranks third among all U18 skaters. Recently, the Chiefs have been led on the scoresheet by Lucas Baxter, who has collected seven points (2g-5a) over the Chiefs’ last three games. Baxter’s 22 points (7g-15a) is third among all U18 skaters, while his 15 assists ranks second. Recently, Josh Kelly has found a groove offensively, picking up four points (2g-2a) over the Chiefs’ last two games.
Saturday’s U18 Games
Okanagan Rockets @ Cariboo Cougars – 5:45 p.m. – Kin Centre
North Island Silvertips @ Vancouver NW Hawks – 6:15 p.m. – Hollyburn Country Club
Vancouver NE Chiefs @ Thompson Blazers – 6:30 p.m. – Sandman Centre
Greater Vancouver Canadians @ Fraser Valley Thunderbirds – 6:45 p.m. – Abbotsford Centre
Sunday’s U18 Games
North Island Silvertips @ Vancouver NW Hawks – 12:00 p.m. – Harry Jerome Rec Centre
Okanagan Rockets @ Cariboo Cougars – 12:15 p.m. – CN Centre
Vancouver NE Chiefs @ Thompson Blazers – 12:45 p.m. – Sandman Centre
The North Island Silvertips travel to Abbotsford to meet the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds for a weekend series. In their most recent outing, the Silvertips earned a tie against the Vancouver NW Hawks, with goals from Shayne McGuigan, Cameron Papineau, Brodie Howell and Gavin Munro. On the season, Munro and Kane Dickerson lead the team in scoring with five points a piece.
Winners of three straight games, the Thompson Blazers head north to take on the Cariboo Cougars. The pair of Noah Paulsen and Owen Dewitt have had their names all over the scoresheet during the winning streak, as Dewitt has picked up nine points (3g-6a) while Paulsen has eight points (3g-5a). Among all U17 skaters, Dewitt’s 18 points (8g-10a) ranks second, trailing only Thunderbirds’ forward Nico Venier (10g-9a).
The fifth-place Okanagan Rockets (7-4-1-0) welcome the fourth-place Vancouver NW Hawks (7-2-1-1). Rockets’ forward Dion Schraeder has scored a goal in three of his last five games, and has picked up a total of six points (3g-3a) during that span. Kaden Woodcox continues his successful offensive campaign with the Rockets' blueliner leading all U17 defenders in points with 14 (3g-11a).
Elsewhere, the fifth-place Valley West Giants (7-4-1-0) meet the eighth-place Vancouver NE Chiefs (2-7-1-1) in a home-and-home series. The Giants have enjoyed success as of late, picking up three victories and one tie over their past four games. Giants' forward Devon Mahil recorded goals in all four games, totaling six goals and an assist, as did his teammate Ryder Marks, who collected four goals and five assists.
Saturday’s U17 Games
North Island Silvertips @ Fraser Valley Thunderbirds – 4:00 p.m. – Abbotsford Centre
Vancouver NW Hawks @ Okanagan Rockets – 5:15 p.m. – Capital News Centre
Vancouver NE Chiefs @ Valley West Giants – 5:15 p.m. – Planet Ice Delta
Greater Vancouver Canadians @ South Island Royals – 7:00 p.m. – Ian H. Stewart Complex
Thompson Blazers @ Cariboo Cougars – Postponed
Sunday’s U17 Games
Greater Vancouver Canadians @ South Island Royals – 8:30 p.m. – Juan De Fuca Arena
Valley West Giants @ Vancouver NE Chiefs – 10:45 a.m. – Scotia Barn
Vancouver NW Hawks @ Okanagan Rockets – 11:15 a.m. – Capital News Centre
North Island Silvertips @ Fraser Valley Thunderbirds – 12:30 p.m. – Abbotsford Centre
Thompson Blazers @ Cariboo Cougars – Postponed
A rare mid-week series kicks off the festivities in the U15 league as the third-place Valley West Giants (7-2-2-0) square off against the sixth-place Greater Vancouver Canadians (6-4-0-0). The Giants took the Tuesday night contest 4-3. The second game will take place tonight at Planet Ice Delta. The tandem of Roman Singh and Tyson Hooker have provided outstanding goaltending for the Giants. Singh’s 1.87 goals against average ranks third among all U15 goaltenders, while Hooker has posted a 2.07 goals against average, which ranks among the league’s best. The Canadians have posted victories in three of their last four games. Forward Nishaan Gill has posted nine points (3g-6a) over the Canadians’ last four games. Gill also leads the team in scoring, with 13 points (3g-10a) in 10 games.
The North Island Silvertips travel to the Lower Mainland to meet the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds in Abbotsford on Saturday, and the Greater Vancouver Canadians in Richmond on Sunday. The Silvertips come off a series split against the Thompson Blazers, including a 7-6 victory, where goals came from Ethan Hill (3), Westin Churchill (2), Kyle Rushton and Colton Hay. Churchill has recorded goals in three of four games, where the forward totaled five points (4g-1a) during that time.
Wednesday's U15 Game
Greater Vancouver Canadians @ Valley West Giants – 7:15 p.m. – Planet Ice Delta
Saturday’s U15 Game
North Island Silvertips @ Fraser Valley Thunderbirds – 1:00 p.m. – Abbotsford Centre
Sunday's U15 Game
North Island Silvertips @ Greater Vancouver Canadians – 11:15 a.m. – Richmond Olympic Oval
If you can’t make it out the games you can stream all BCEHL games live at: www.playfullscreen.com.
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