Now that the Western Canada Bantam AAA Championships have completed, the start of the 2012 spring/summer hockey season has begun. This gives us a good chance to start focusing on some of the top 98 born and 99 born talent as we begin to shift our focus towards the next age groups.
This weekend the Mainland Hockey Tournament is underway and primarily features teams from B.C. in both the 98 and 99 age groups. A couple teams in the 98 age group that should role over the opposition are the Vancouver Vipers, featuring Jaeger White and Dante Fabbro. The Vancouver Selects Blue will take part also and they feature many top prospects in that age group as well.
Vancouver Selects Blue 7 - Kelowna Rockets 0
Jesse Lansdell had a huge opening game of spring hockey with 1-2-3 but also suffered a leg injury and could be out a while. Beck Malenstyn, who is coming off a fantastic KIBIHT tournament continued that success with 2 goals. Bowen, Koch, Rizzolo and Yamamoto also scored for the Selects Blue. Sahvan Khaira led the way from defense with 2 assists.
NHTC Warriors 4 - Pro Panthers 1
Ravens Black 4 - Prince George Warriors 0
Ravens Black get 1-1-2 from Sasha Synaeghel and 2 assists from Mateo Toledo in moving to 1-0-0. Also scoring for the Ravens were; Lesage, Mavin and Wiltshire.
Kootenay Avalanche 8 - Pacific Knights 1
The Kootenay Avalanche got off to a strong start with a 8-1 win early Friday. Justin Podgorenko had a huge game with 3-2-5. Podgorenko played last season with Nelson and was fantastic and could be a player to watch moving forward. Everett Hicks, who was a team-mate of Podgorenko had 2-3-5. Dillon Milliron had a big game with 2-1-3 as well. Oliver Alcock replied for the Pacific Knights.
Vancouver Attack 7 - Ice Dogs 1
Jaeden Choy paces the attack with a 2 goal performance. Choy played this season with Mission. Defenseman Justin Peaker scored as well for the attack. Stewart Glass scored the lone goal for the Ice Dogs.
Vancouver Vipers 7 - BCIS98 0
The powerhouse Vipers started off what should be a very good spring hockey season with a bang in defeating BCIS 98 7-0. Leading the way for the Vipers was Jaeger White with 4 assists and Kenessary Kylyshbek fired home a 3 goal game. Also Dante Hannoun scored twice for the Vipers and we would expect him to be a high pick come 2013. Nate McCarnan and D- Devin Purhar had 1-1-2, Robbie Johnson had 2 helpers.
Vancouver Selects Black 4 - Jr Giants 3
The Vancouver Selects Black who are basically the "B" team for the Selects program got by the Jr. Giants 4-3. Jacob Dewaal scored twice in leading the attack while highly rated Nathan Jackson who played with Chilliwack this year had 1-1-2. Karamdev Grewel had 2 assists. Nic Tallarico was between the Selects Black pipes. The Jr. Giants got a huge game from Caleb Fantillo who scored 3 times! Fantillo was a very effective player this year with Coquitlam.
North Shore Selects 5 - Ice Hawks 2
North Shore got 1-1-2 from Alex Uryga and Kevin Wong in the victory. Tak Anholt had a pair of helpers. Tak will be a player to watch over the next year or so heading to 2013. Justin Lee, Camden Donohoe and Alex Akpata also scored for North Shore. Alex Crickmore-Thompson was in goal in this one. Sam Atkins and Charles Meng scored for the Ice Hawks.
Selects Hockey B.C. 5 - Okanagan Ice Dogs 2
Selects Hockey B.C got goals from Akash Baines, Kaden Moore, Michael Tibury, Cameron Waisman and Cameron Obcena. Jeff Schlegel and Thomas Pattison replied for the Ice Dogs.
South Island Orca 9 - NHTC Warriors Black 1
Cam Thompson picked up 3-1-4 and Jacob Finlay added 2 goals in leading the South Island Orca to a big opening win. D- Matt Forbes and Jack Kendall also replied for South Island. Tyler Rennie was in goal and played all 45 minutes. Dylan McRae scored the lone marker for the Warriors Black.
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