BCEHL WEEKEND UPDATE - OCTOBER 8-9
For Immediate Release
October 7, 2022
Saanichton, B.C. - BCEHL action continues this weekend across the province! Across the league, 16 teams will take the ice, including some notable matchups between high-powered squads. Let’s take a look at what the upcoming weekend has in store.
Female U18 AAA
After an action-packed weekend at the U18 Female showcase in Surrey, the league returns to a normal schedule. The Vancouver Island Seals turned heads at the showcase as they continued their perfect start. The duo of Rachel Lee and Bronwynn Lee have provided a strong tandem in net, backstopping the Seals to a sparkling 6-0-0-0 record through two weeks. The Fraser Valley Rush welcome the Northern Capitals for a pair of games after beginning their campaign with four consecutive victories. The Barnard sisters, Leah (6g-8a) and Erica (2g-6a) have been leading the charge so far for last year’s league champions. Elsewhere, the Thompson-Okanagan Lakers welcome the Greater Vancouver Comets for two contests in Kelowna. The two teams will renew acquaintances after meeting on October 1 at the showcase, where the Lakers edged the Comets 4-3.
Saturday’s U18 Female Games
Northern Capitals @ Fraser Valley Rush – 1:45 p.m. – Langley Twin Rinks
Greater Vancouver Comets @ Thompson-Okanagan Lakers – 2:15 p.m. – Capital News Centre
Sunday’s U18 Female Games
Northern Capitals @ Fraser Valley Rush – 8:45 a.m. – Langley Twin Rinks
Greater Vancouver Comets – Thompson-Okanagan Lakers – 9:45 a.m. – Capital News Centre
There is a slim margin in the standings after the opening two weeks in the U18 league with the top seven teams separated by only two points. The Vancouver NE Chiefs (21 goals for), who started their season with a pair of shutout victories, welcome the Okanagan Rockets (36 goals for) in a matchup of the two highest-powered offenses in the league. Elsewhere, the Greater Vancouver Canadians will face off against the North Island Silvertips. Canadians' forward Massimo Fazio has had an impressive start to the season, racking up eight points (3g-5a) in the first four games. The Thompson Blazers aim to halt the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds' perfect start to the season as they square off in Kamloops for a weekend series. The Blazers will look for Sawyer Mayes (2g-3a) to lead the charge as he's scored at above a point-per-game pace to start the year. Strong goaltending will be on display as the Vancouver NW Hawks travel to the Langley Events Centre to take on the Valley West Giants on Sunday. Joshua Ravensbergen has stood tall in goal so far this season for the Hawks, while the tandem of Matthew Candusso and Garin Wickstrom have been impressive for the Giants to start their campaign. All players will be taping their sticks green this weekend to support mental health awareness and the Buddy Check for Jesse initiative.
Saturday’s U18 Games
Okanagan Rockets @ Vancouver NE Chiefs – 3:30 p.m. – Scotia Barn
Greater Vancouver Canadians @ North Island Silvertips – 4:45 p.m. – Frank Crane Arena
Fraser Valley Thunderbirds @ Thompson Blazers – 7:30 p.m. – Kamloops Memorial Arena
Sunday’s U18 Games
Greater Vancouver Canadians @ North Island Silvertips – 8:00 a.m. – Frank Crane Arena
Okanagan Rockets @ Vancouver NE Chiefs – 10:45 a.m. – Scotia Barn
Vancouver NW Hawks @ Valley West Giants – 12:45 p.m. – Langley Events Centre
Fraser Valley Thunderbirds @ Thompson Blazers – 1:00 p.m. – Sandman Centre
The U17 league is off and running as all 10 teams were in action this past weekend. The South Island Royals continued their hot start as they improved their record to a perfect 4-0-0-0. The Royals, led by Carter Zeeben's league leading 10 points (6g-4a), will travel up north to take on the Cariboo Cougars. The Cougars' have found the back of the net 12 time through their opening two games, led by Rylan Bissett and Carter Boomer, who have scored three goals apiece. The Fraser Valley Thunderbirds, Vancouver NW Hawks and Okanagan Rockets are also all currently undefeated, as they earned a pair of victories last weekend to open their campaigns. The Thunderbirds and their leading scorer Troy Horn (2g-3a) look to stay perfect on the season as they take on the Vancouver NE Chiefs in a home-and-home series.
Saturday’s U17 Games
South Island Royals @ Cariboo Cougars – 3:30 p.m. – Kin Centre
Fraser Valley Thunderbirds @ Vancouver NE Chiefs – 8:30 p.m. – Planet Ice Coquitlam
Sunday’s U17 Games
South Island Royals @ Cariboo Cougars – 7:30 a.m. – Kin Centre
Vancouver NE Chiefs @ Fraser Valley Thunderbirds – 1:00 p.m. – Abbotsford Centre
The U15 league is not in action this weekend as they have a league-wide bye. During the bye week, six of the league’s teams will be attending different tournaments across the province.
Vancouver NE Chiefs, Vancouver NW Hawks, Valley West Giants, Cariboo Cougars: Delta Winter Classic – Delta, B.C.
Fraser Valley Thunderbirds, Okanagan Rockets: Bauer U15 Elite – Abbotsford, B.C..
If you can’t make it out the games you can stream all BCEHL games live at: www.playfullscreen.com.
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