Challenge Cup -99 born
The semi finals are set at the Vancouver Challenge Cup for 99 born players. To nobodies surprise the Vancouver Selects Blue will be one of the teams as they will face the BC Blackhawks and it will also be BC Pirates vs. the '99s.
Vancouver Selects Blue
Record: 3-0-0 31GF 1GA
Top 5 ranked forward on our latest list James Malm was fantatsic in the tournament - leading all scorers with 9-2-11 points. His 9 goals were 4 more than any other division 1 player. His teammates Nolan Jackson (11 points), Travis Walton (10 points), Brendan Semchuk (8 points) and Michael Rasmussen (7 points) also had big tournaments. All 5 of those players are fairly high on our '99 born draft rankings. Jonathan Smart and Scott Walford have led the way for points from defense with 5 each. It is interesting to note that every single selects player has picked up a point thus for except for Kyle Hoover. Selects goalies have stopped 42/43 shots shots with Jordan Hollett getting the brunt of the work.
Record: 2-1-0 14GF 5GA
The Blackhawks lone loss of the tournament game against the powerhouse Selects Blue by a score of 5-1. Andrew Kemp led the way in scoring for the Blackhawks with 3-4-7. Kemp played the 11-12 with Richmond and was one of the leaders on that team. Jordan Sandhu, the brother of WHL draft pick Tyler Sandhu, Eric Bourhill, Jonathan Stein and Jamie Wallace all put up multiple goal outputs in the tournament. Goalie Tyler McLennan stopped 53/58 shots in his 2 games while Connor Bosa stopped all 18 he faced in 1 start.
Record: 2-1-0 8GF 4GA
The Pirates only loss came against the Hawks who were upset by the BC 99's. The Pirates were led by a female player named Amy Potomak from NSWC who had 2-3-5. Josh Bourne and Brett Didyk had the other multiple goal efforts for the Pirates int he tournament. Goalie Jordan Naylor has played every minute of every game stopping 68/75 shots and also has a SO. Naylor is from the BWC program and could battle for the backup spot behind Tyler Shugrue this season.
Record: 1-2-0 8GF 11GA
Lucas Barker led the way for the 99's with 3-1-4 in the 4 games played. Barker played last season for Campbell River. Ben Manville was the only other multiple goal getter, he had 2. Manville is from New Westminster. Bradley Cooper stopped 9/11 shots and Beck Warm 36/45 shots.
Challenge Cup 98 born
The finals are set in the 98 born age group with the Vancouver Vipers taking on the Calgary Jr. Hitmen. The Vipers advanced by once again defeating the Selects Blue as has been the case most of the spring. The Jr. Hitmen advanced by virtue of a win against the Select Black by a score of just 3-1.
The Vipers have quite easily rolled through the opposition at the Challenge Cup going 5-0-0 while scoring 28 and allowing just 1 goal. Top 5 rated Jaeger White has come back strong after suffering an injury at the Mainland Tournament at the beginning of the month. White has had a 9 point game in the tournament and leads all '99 born scorers with 6-9-15 in 5 games. Dante Hannoun has been very good once again with 2-9-11. Hannoun is also ranked currently in our first round and should be a high scoring player with NSWC next season. Dylan Thiessen who joined the Vipers from Winnipeg had 6 goals in 5 games and isn't afraid to use his big frame. Jake Kryski, Luke Gingras and Kenny Kylyshbek were also very strong in the tournament. Defensively, Devon Purhar racked up 6 assists. Matt Barberis and Dante Fabbro were huge forces as well. In goal Tyler Shugrue, who we expect to be one of the first goalies taken in 2013, stopped all 37 shots he faced. It is interesting to note that every single Vipers forward scored a goal and every single roster player picked up at least 1 point.
Calgary Jr. Hitmen
The Jr. Hitmen also rolled to a perfect 5-0-0 record and outscored their opponents 36-7 in the process. Leading the way for the Hitmen was first round rated prospect Parker Aucoin who had 8-6-14 and highly ranked Matthew Phillips who had 8-3-11 in the 5 games played. Dillon Dube, Brayden Dunn and '99 born Kyle Olson all had over a point per game in the tournament. Defensively, one of our highest rated Albertan dmen Ryley Mckinstry picked up 6 points in 5 games. Kyle Dumba stopped 36/38 shots he faced and will look to follow in his brother Matthew's footsteps and be a high bantam pick. Josh Belisle stopped 28/33. As was the case with the Vipers, every player on the Jr. Hitmen picked up a point and also every forward scored a goal.
-Tak Anholt was very impressive for the North Shore Selects basically carrying his team on his back for most of the tournament. Anholt had 3-8-11. Tak was part of the powerhouse NSWC team last year.
- Ty Westgard played in division 2 but led his team to a first place finished and racked up 7-5-12 in 5 games. Westgard played last season with Semiahmoo B2 and could be a good scorer for the top team this season.
- Spencer Gerth and Christian Bosa were strong players for the Vancouver Attack in the division 2 grouping. Gerth will be one of the players that should help Langley be one of the top teams this season in the PCAHA. Bosa was with the B2 team last year but AP'd with the top team and should help out the likes of Gingras, Malm and Gerth as well.
- Ben Brar and Marshall Skapski were good for the Vancouver Selects Black. Both are to play with Abbotsford B1 next season. Brar is a pretty good goal scoring and Skapski is a defenseman to watch. Nicholas Wicks was strong too. Wicks is a small winger who played with South Delta. Nic Tallarico was strong in goal, he is in our rankings.
- Beck Malenstyn, who played last season with OHA had 5 goals in 5 games. Davis Koch, his teammate from OHA was strong and as was Semiahmoo's Michael Regush. The Selects didn't get a single goal from their defense in the tournament and the leading scorer from defense was Sahvan Khaira with just 2 assists. Dennis Cholowski, Cody Paivarinta and Tyler Wickman all went without point. Jeremy Kelleway was strong stopping 34/36 shots.
- South Delta forward Cavin Tilsley was a bright spot on the Jr. Giants with 2-5-7. By far the leading scorer on his team this spring.
City of Bridges Tournament - Saskatoon
In the small '98 born tournament, that featured just 4 teams, it will be the Saskatoon Jr. Blades taking on the Green Machine in the final. The Jr. Blades have gone 4-0-0 and outscored the opposition 38-3. The Green Machine are 3-1-0 with 19 goals scored and 7 against. The only loss for the Green Machine was against the Jr. Blades 6-1.
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