Day 2 is now complete at the KIBIHT Tournament and it appears the pre-tournament favorites – Calgary Northstar Sabres are the team to beat. The Sabres won their 2nd game in as many days to move to 2-0 and have outscored the opposition 13-3 in the process. Dean Spak leads the tournament in scoring through 2 games with 6-1-7 while Connor Burke has 1-4-5. Spak, who is our highest ranked player at this tournament fired home 4 goals in yesterdays 6-1 win with Burke and Brett Huxley each adding 3 assists. Calgary have already advanced to the quarter-finals tonight but go move to 3-0-0 and earn a higher seed with a win over 0-2-0 Abbotsford who are in a must win situation.
The host Thompson Zone (Kamloops) are also off to a 2-0-0 start after 7-1 and 4-2 victories. Reagan Milburn has fired home 5 goals and 2004 born Carter Streek continues to impress with 2-2-4. In yesterday’s 4-2 win over Balgonie, the Blazers had to battle back from down 2-1 after 2 periods of play and needed their top forwards to do so. Owen Barrow tied the game with his 2nd goal in as many days and then Reagan Milburn scored the GWG and then the insurance goal just 44 seconds apart to put the game away! Thompson Zone will wrap up preliminary play early this morning vs. Abbotsford. Balgonie, who are 1-1-0 will finish this morning vs. NSWC in a battle of 1-1-0 teams.
The South Zone Knights are the other 2-0-0 heading into the final games of preliminary play after 5-1 and 5-4 victories. Assistant captain Riley Sharun leads with 2-2-4 and Carter White has 2-1-3. Sharun has 5-3-8 in 13 OMAHA league games. In yesterday’s 5-4 victory over Victoria Racquet Club, Sharun had 1-2-3 including the OT winner and Zander Steward had 1-1-2. High end 2004 born Ryan Spizawka had 2 points for Victoria. Ethan Roworth and Simon Pollock each scored again for Victoria who are now 1-1-0. South Zone who have advanced already to the playoff round will finish preliminary play this morning against the 1-1-0 Prince George Cougars. Victoria (1-1-0) will play the 0-2-0 Chilliwack Bruins
In other action, NSWC (1-1-0) got by the Abbotsford Hawks (0-2-0) 4-3 in a shootout. Andrew Kim led the way for NSWC with 2-1-3 and also scored the shootout winner. The 5’7 157lbs Kim is the assistant captain of the team and has 3-2-5 through 2 games now. 2004 born high ranked D – Mats Lindgren also scored for NSWC. He will be a player to watch closely for the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft. Abbotsford got 2 goals from a pretty good 2004 born of their own – Brayden Edwards. Edwards is part of a very talented group of 04’s to come out of Abbotsford who were a dominant peewee team last year. However, high ranked players in Brayden Schuurman, Grayden Siepmann and Ben Thornton all left for Yale Prep of the CSSHL this year. NSWC will look to secure their ticket to the playoff rounds with a win this morning over over 1-1-0 Balgonie Prairie Storm. Abbotsford will finish out against a tough 2-0-0 Thompson Blazers squad.
In a all Vancouver battle, it was the North Vancouver Storm (1-1-0) all over West Vancouver (0-2-0) 7-1. West Vancouver players in the CSSHL Varsity division and are in 3rd place but have struggled to a 0-2-0 record at the KIBIHT Tournament and have been outscored 14-3 in those losses. Henry Cromack and star 2005 born Connor Bedard each had 2-1-3 for North Vancouver. 2004 born Owen Kim added 1-1-2. North Vancouver can advance to the quarter-finals with a win this morning over the North Zone Kings (1-1-0) while West Vancouver will finish things out against the Calgary Northstar Sabres in what will be a very tough game for them.
Lastly from yesterday, it was Prince George bouncing back after an opening day loss with a wild 6-5 win over the Chilliwack Bruins. Prince George stormed out to a 3-0 1st period lead and lead 5-1 late in the 2nd period before Chilliwack scored a goal with just 10 seconds remaining in the 2nd from Clay Kurtz – his 2nd of the game for the Bruins top offensive player to give them hope. The Bruins would then cut the gap eventually to 5-4 in the 3rd period with Kurtz scoring his hat-trick and then his linemate Treyson Frost making it 5-4. Prince George looked to have put it away late in the 3rd but Treyson Frost scored again with 46 seconds remaining to make it 6-5 but that is as close as they could come. The Bruins still have a chance to advance even though they are 0-2-0 but must defeat Victoria this morning and then see how the tie breakers play out. Prince George are 1-1-0 now and got 2-1-3 from 04 born Linden Makaw while Fischer O’Brien had 2 goals and D – Jacob Ross with 1-2-3. Ross, Makaw and Carter Yarish leads Prince George with 3 points through 2 games. Prince George can advance to the quarter-finals with a win over South Zone this morning in what should be a great game.
Chilliwack Jr. Bruins (1-1-0) vs. Victoria Racquet Club Kings (1-1-0)
Abbotsford Hawks (0-2-0) vs. Thompson Blazers (2-0-0)
Prince George Jr. Cougars (1-1-0) vs. South Zone Knights (2-0-0)
West Vancouver Warriors (0-2-0) vs. Calgary Northstar Sabres (2-0-0)
NSWC Winterhawks (1-1-0) vs. Balgonie Prairie Storm (1-1-0)
North Zone Kings (1-1-0) vs. North Vancouver Storm (1-1-0)