Looking Around Western Canada Bantam Hockey

Dean Spak of the Calgary Northstar Sabres continues to lead the AMBHL in scoring with 17-13-30 in 17 GP.  His 64 points are on pace for the lowest total to lead the AMBHL since the 94/95 season when Kyle Calder scored 57 points.

Marek Pocherewny leads the AMBHL with a .955% in 8 starts this season.  He also leads in shutouts with 3, GAA with a 1.00GAA and is 6-0-2.  William Lam of Edmonton CAC is hot on his heals though with a .948% and a 1.66GAA in 10 starts.  The difference is that Pocherewny has faced just 21 shots-per-game while Lam is facing nearly 30 shots-per-game.  Both having outstanding seasons.

Its a shame that 2004 born Billal Noori’s season has been cut short on many levels.  Not only is this a huge blow to Edmonton CAC and their success this year but Noori would’ve been a good candidate to perhaps lead the league in scoring this year as he had 23 points in 10 games at the time of his likely season ending injury.

The Bantam Draft has just lost one of the players who were #1 on some teams lists as Trevor Wong has committed to the University of Denver for the 2021-2022 season.  This is still four years away which could lead to a change of mind but this will affect where he will land on draft day.  Great talent though and best of luck to Trevor!

The Prince Albert Pirates of the SBAAHL bowed out in the semi-finals to Sherwood Park and that likely cost them a spot at the John Reid Memorial Tournament.  Instead the Sherwood Park Flyers got the nod.  The Pirates are 12-0-1 this season in the SBAAHL and have several good prospects for the draft and would’ve been a decent choice as well.  They are the best Saskatchewan has to offer this year with Swift Current 2nd.

There are still three winless teams in the SBAAHL.  The Battlefords Barons (0-10-1), Regina Pat Blues (0-11-2) and Moose Jaw (0-13-0).

A pair of Regina Monarchs players lead the SBAAHL in scoring with 36 points in 12 games.  Blake Swetlikoff (16-20-36), Davis Fry (18-18-36) lead but the race is close with many players just a mere few points back.  Nolan Flamand is the top first year bantam with 9-20-29 and is high in the 04 rankings overall.  Hot on his heals are a pair of 05’s from Martensville with Riley Heidt and Brayden Yager just 1 point back each.

Saskatoon Generals high ranked defenseman is putting up “BIG NUMBERS” in all categories.  He is among the dman leaders in goals and points with 8-8-16 in 17 games and also has 70 pims to lead the league.

Mason Hawkes of Prince Albert has 0.99 GAA to lead  the SBAAHL.  He is 6-0-1 and has 3 SO as well.

Conner Roulette remains the highest ranked player from the Winnipeg AAA league.  He leads by a good margin in scoring with 26-24-50 in 16 games.  His Winnipeg Hawks team-mates Rory Neill and Nate Goodbrandson are 2nd and 3rd but well behind in the scoring race.  Roulette’s 26 goals are 9 more than 2nd place Carter Halamandaris of the Winnipeg Monarchs and top 04 in the league Tyson Zimmer who also has 17 from Parkland.

Carter Ullett leads all goalies with a 1.67 and a .920% this season.  He is 6-0-0 and stopped 115/125 shots faced.

In the Winnipeg 2004 league B2, the Winnipeg Monarchs are running away with things.  They are 10-0-0 with 42GF and 11GA.  Daimon Gardner leads the leads the league with 9-7-16 and his team-mate Michael Cicek 6-9-15 is right there with him.

The CSSHL will be well represented at the prestigious John Reid Memorial Tournament.  Half of the tournament will be CSSHL teams with Yale, NAX, OHA Edmonton, OHA Penticton, Delta Green, RHA, BWC Academy and St. George’s from the varsity division.

St. Georges Varsity are having quite the season at 10-0-0 with 130 GF and 14 GA, led by Trevor Wong with 60 points in 10 games.  They are coming off a Medicine Hat Hockey Hounds Tournament where they won the whole.  They won’t be a pushover in St. Albert.

Another team attending the John Reid Memorial Tournament are the LA Jr. Kings.  The Jr. Kings won the Calgary Rocky Mountain Classic led by several top prospects from the Western USA.  They defeated the Western Canada top team – Northern Alberta Xtreme 5-4 in OT after a 3rd period comeback.  They will be a top team once again to content with in St. Albert.  Of course NAX will be too, they hadn’t lost a game this season until the shootout defeat.  They also won the Chilliwack Tournament in October.

In CSSHL league play, Cole Sillinger continues to lead the league in goals and points with 24-17-41 in 12 games.  However, his PPG average is 3rd behind league leader – 04 Matthew Savoie who has 28 points in just 7 games for NAX and his NAX teammate Dylan Guenther who has 26 points in 7 games.  Logan Stankoven is 2nd in goals with 21 in 11 games for Yale.  Stankoven has 6 of Yale’s 10 GWG this season as well.

Several goalies in the CSSHL have spectacular numbers.  However, WEHP top ranked goalie for the draft Lochlan Gordon is ahead of them all.  Gordon (NAX) has a 0.69 GAA and a .965% to lead in both categories.  He has stopped 83/86 shots faced.

The Seafair Islanders are the crop of the cream so far in the PCAHA Flight 1 division at 6-0-0 with 43GF and 6GA in league play.  With that, they will be moving up to the Bantam Elite Division at the Pat Quinn Tournament while the Arizona Bobcats will be moved down.

Lastly for today, there will be a pair of big tournaments in Swift Current and Winnipeg this weekend.  Stay tuned for updates throughout the weekend by visiting the @WEHPScout twitter handle or by following the website.

The next newsletter will be out on either Sunday or Monday.



2018 JRMT Teams Announced

After much review, discussion and consultation, the John Reid Memorial Tournament – Team Selection Committee are proud to announce the following teams have been successful in their bids to compete in the 40th Annual Edition of the event January 18th to 21st , 2018 at Servus Credit Union Place in St. Albert, Alberta:

United States –Los Angeles Jr. Kings, Phoenix Jr. Coyotes

British Columbia – Burnaby Winter Club Academy, Delta Hockey Academy Green , Yale Hockey Academy (Abbotsford, B.C.), Okanagan Hockey Academy (Penticton, B.C.), St. Georges Academy (Vancouver, B.C.)

Manitoba – Rink Hockey Academy (Winnipeg)

Southern Alberta – Calgary Bisons, Airdrie Xtreme, Lethbridge Golden Hawks, Calgary Royals

Northern Alberta – OHA Academy (Edmonton), Sherwood Park Flyers, Northern Alberta Xtreme (Edmonton), St. Albert Sabres (host)

    Our seven-person committee’s mandate is to bring together an elite group of Bantam AAA teams from across Western North America.  We are well aware that many other teams, over and above the sixteen named,  have had strong seasons and would have been very competitive in this event.  However, the unfortunate reality is we only have resources for sixteen teams and as much as we attempt to be analytical and fair in the process, there is always some subjectivity.

    To those who were unsuccessful, we sincerely appreciate your interest in our event and are hopeful that your organizations will consider us worthy of your application again next year.  As well, we would like to let you know that the Prince George Cougars are hosting the Crossroads Cup, a Bantam AAA tournament January 19th to 21st , 2018 and are still accepting applications.  For those teams who are interested,  I have attached tournament information.

    For those teams who were successful in your bids, we look forward to hosting your teams in less than two months – and in the interim there is much to do.  You will be contacted over the next couple of days with some requirements and documentation that are due in short order.  We appreciate your co-operation in this matter.

     On behalf of the JRMT Team Selection Committee we again sincerely appreciate your interest in our event.  To all 40 Bantam AAA teams who applied to participate in the John Reid Memorial Tournament, we wish you Good Luck on the remainder of your season.

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