Mainland Spring Hockey Tournament
The start of spring hockey is underway with a tournament in British Columbia. This gives us our first look at some of the top B.C. spring hockey teams and players who will travel to major tournaments in Alberta, Winnipeg and the Challenge Cup this spring/summer. There will also be several other smaller tournaments with various teams attending that we will cover as well.
The Mainland Tournament features top teams such as the Vancouver Vipers and the Vancouver Selects Blue who feature many of the top 1998 born prospects leading up to the 2013 bantam draft. The Vipers are 4-0-0, while the Selects Blue are 3-1-0, having lost a head to head game vs. the Vipers by a score of 6-1.
The Vipers have played the past 2 games without current top 5 rated 98 born prospect Jaeger White who suffered an injury in game 2 of the tournament. Also, Jake Kryski and Keyvan Mohtari didn't take part at all in the tournament. Quinn Benjafield has been limited to just 2 games as well for the Vipers. So for though, scoring hasn't be a concern, even if all the forwards out. They have scored 29 goals in 4 games and are led by Luke Gingras and Dante Hannoun who each have 7 goals thus far. Hannoun has 11 points while Gingras sits 2nd with 8. Jaeger white is 2-5-7 in just 2 games. Dante Fabbro leads all defenseman with 1-3-4 in 4 games. Tyler Shugrue, one of the top rated 98 born goalies right now has played in 3 of 4 games.
The Selects Blue haven't been quite as dynamic with just 12 goals scored in 3 games at the time of this entry. Beck Malenstyn leads the team in goals and points at 4-0-4. Davis Koch and Kailer Yamamoto each have 2 goals for the Selects Blue.
Ben Brar - Vancouver Selects Black - 4-1-5
Tak Anholt - North Shore Selects 2-4-6
Justin Pogdorenko - Kootenay Avs 4-4-8
Everett Hicks - Kootenay Avs 4-3-7
Oliver Alcock - Pacific Knights 5-0-5
The Vipers and the Selects Blue will meet in tomorrow's final.
BC CUP - Day 4
Canucks 4 - Wild 3 SO
Scoring the goals tonight for the Canucks were; San Chung from Coquitlam, Maxwell James from Kamloops and Ty Ronning. Chung and Ronning have been spark plugs for the Canucks so far at the BC Cup. Scoring for the Wild were; Matt Barzal, Brady Reagan and Jesse Wallace from Kimberley.
Sabres 4 - Stars 1
Sabres got goals from Brad Morrison with 2, Benjamin Paul and Jordan Funk who played with Cloverdale this past season. The Stars lone goal came from Nanoose Bay product Trent Bell. Bell played this season with the Oceanside Generals.
Wild 4 - Bruins 2
Both teams are now 1-1-0 as the Wild double up the Bruins 4-2. Hayden Child opened the scoring for the Bruins. Child played this year with Vernon and was somewhat of a pugilist with 161 pims in just 38 games. He also scored 14 goals. Then it was all Wild as Colton Faucher from Prince George scored. Faucher is a 5'10 160lb defenseman who could garner a look come draft day. Parker Wotherspoon scored to give the Wild a 2-1 lead. Wotherspoon we fully expect to be early in the draft in the first round. Ricky Bateman from Fort St. John gave the Wild a 3-1 lead before Jonny Evans scored to cut the gap to 3-2. Evans is a 5'6.5 125 forward who is very talented but very small which could hurt his draft chances. Jonathan Irving from Coquitlam rounded out the scoring. Matt Barzal who we have rated #1 lead all point getters with 3 assists.
Leafs 4 - Canucks 3
The Leafs now move to 2-0-0 while the Canucks drop to 0-2-0. Top 10 rated prospect Jansen Harkins scored his 2nd goal in as many games giving the Leafs a 1-0 lead. Soon after, Jack Lafroth of Terrace scored to even the game 1-1. The 6'0 155lb Lafroth had 26-28-54 in 38 games this season with Terrace McCarthy Motors GM Bantam Reps. He was a team-mate of high scoring forwards Colin Bell and Carter Shannon. Mitchell Cameron would score for the Leafs before the end of the period to give the Leafs a 2-1 lead. That goal was Cameron's 2nd of the tournament. It would be 3-2 and the end of the 2nd as Jordan Topping of Nanaimo and Jansen Harkins with his 2nd of the game would trade markers. Topping, a 5'11 forward from Nanaimo is showing well so far. In the 3rd, the Leafs went up by 2 as Chaz Reddekopp scored his 2nd of the tournament. Look for Chaz to go late first or early 2nd round. Tyler Soy would add a late one for the Canucks to make the final 4-3.
Sabres 3 - Flyers 2 SO
Glenn Gawdin would score very early in the first period to give the Flyers a 1-0 lead. Gawdin, who played this year for Seafair went a bit un-noticed this season but everyone is taking notice now and we think he has a good chance to be a top 10 selection on May 3rd. The game stayed 1-0 until early in the 2nd when another highly touted player scored as speed Brad Morrison scored. Morrison scored over 80 goals this season with OHA and could also land in the first round or early second at the latest. Then a bit later on in the 2nd period, Glenn Gawdin scored his 2nd of the game to give the Flyers a 2-1 lead. Jakob Stukel would tie the game up for the Sabres before the end of the period. Stukel is a hard working player who lays it all on the line and could be a early 2nd round selection. The game went to a shoot-out where the Sabres would win it. Both teams are now 1-1-0.
Stars 7 - Avalanche 5
Highly ranked Chris Seto who played this season for Cloverdale scored 2 goals as did Seafair forward Ryan Wilkinson. Seto was part of one of western Canada's deadliest duo's along with Tyler Soy. Ryan Wilkinson was 2nd behind Glenn Gawdin in Seafair scoring with 12-25-37 but 51 points back of Gawdin's 58-32-90. Joe Surgenor led the Avalanche with 2 goals. Surgenor is a 5'7 145lb forward from Courtenay, B.C. He played this season with Comox Valley Bantam A's.
Bruins 3 - Leafs 1
Both teams are now 2-1-0 as the Bruins defeat the Leafs 3-1. Devon Sideroff got the scoring started in the first period to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead. Sideroff played this season with OHA and placed 4th in OHA scoring with 34-43-77 in 63 games. Then Mitchell Newsome who played in Semiahmoo this season scored to tie the game at 1-1. Alex Hartman of Fort St. John scored and the Bruins got another late one to take the game 3-1.
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