The Kamloops Jardine Blazers entered the Dallas Saunders Memorial Tournament as one of the favorites and they made good on that prognosis in winning the Dallas Saunders Memorial Tournament. It was the 3rd tournament championship for the Jr. Blazers this season and the 2nd time the Jr. Blazers have won the Dallas Saunders Tournament in the past 4 years. The Jr. Blazers also received a bit of unfortunate news as Talon Zakall broke his arm and will be likely out for the year. Kamloops went a perfect 5-0-0 with round robin wins of 5-3 over Abbotsford, 8-5 over Mission and 7-0 over North Vancouver and then a semi-final win over regular season league rival Prince George 4-2 and then the 6-2 win over the Arizona Bobcats in the final.
2003 born star forward Logan Stankoven who received our vote as the tournament MVP. Stankoven has had a tremendous rookie bantam season and will be one of the top players to watch for the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft. Both Adam Niles and Bailey Monteith were solid between the pipes for the Jr. Blazers as well.
Tournament All-Star Team/Award Winners
MVP – Logan Stankoven – Kamloops Jardine Blazers
Top Defenseman – Jacob Gendron – Prince George Cougars
Top Goalie – Adam Niles – Kamloops Jardine Blazers
F – Logan Stankoven – Kamloops Jardine Blazers
F – Logan Valkama – Arizona Bobcats
F – Alex Ochitwa – Prince George Cougars
D – Jacob Gendron – Prince George Cougars
D – Ian Kern – Vancouver Thunderbirds
G – Adam Niles – Kamloops Jardine Blazers
Prince George Cougars 10 – Cloverdale Colts 1
Prince George are now 2-0-0 and the Colts drop to 0-2-0. Alex Ochitwa racked up 4-3-7 and Brennan Bott also had a big game with 2-2-4. Fischer O’Brien and high ranked D – Jake Gendron each had 1-3-4.
Langley Eagles 7 – Vancouver Thunderbirds 1
The Langley Eagles are now 2-0-0 and the Thunderbirds drop to 0-2-0. Captain Jacob Wright had 2-2-4 and Keeton Oakley with 2-1-3 to pace the attack which included a 6 goal 2nd period. High ranked 03 prospect Chase Sandhu had 1-1-2.
Ridge Meadows Rustlers 3 – Delta Varsity White 1
Kyle Sackmann with 2 goals, he now has 4 in 2 games for the 2-0-0 Rustlers. Delta Varsity are 0-2-0.
Arizona Bobcats 7 – Northwest Travellers (Vanderhoof) 1
Logan Valkama follows his hat-trick with 2-2-4 and highly ranked Western USA prospect Hunter Hastings with 3 goals! Arizona are now 2-0-0 and remain a favorite to win the tournament. Northwest Travellers are 0-2-0.
Kamloops Jardine Blazers 5 – Abbotsford Hawks 3
Top 5 overall ranked Logan Stankoven with 3 goals! Ashton Taylor adds 2 assists, he’s also in our rankings. For Abbotsford, Jovan Maley with 2 more goals.
North Vancouver Storm 6 – Mission Stars 3
Henry Cromack with 2-1-3 for North Vancouver and Jaden Coetzee with 2 goals for North Vancouver. Ranked D – Evan Riesen with one of the Mission markers.
Langley Eagles 4 – Cloverdale Colts 3
Aidan Roy with 2 goals for Langley and Jacob Dorohoy with 1-1-2 for Cloverdale.
Prince George Cougars 4 – Vancouver Thunderbirds 1
Brennan Bott, Matthew MaGrath, Alex Ochitwa and Jackson Hassman all score for Prince George. Diamond in the rough d-man Ian Kern replies for the Thunderbirds.
Arizona Bobcats 9 – Delta Varsity White 3
Logan Valkama scored a hat-trick and high ranked western USA prospect Erik Atchison picked up 1-2-3 in the win. Tommy Giek, Cameron Langston and Andrew Ramsey each had 1-1-2 for Arizona. Ethan Urquhart had 2 goals for Delta.
Ridge Meadows Rustlers 2 – Northwest Travellers (Vanderhoof) 0
Kyle Sackmann scored both goals as Ridge Meadows got by Northwest Travellers 2-0 to open the Dallas Saunders Memorial Tournament.