SBAAHL – Thursday
The Regina Monarchs defeated the Regina Aces 6-3 in the lone SBAAHL game from Thursday night. The Aces finish their season at 15-12-4 and are in 3rd place, 1 point up on the 4th place Balgonie Prairie Storm but the Prairie Storm still have 3 games remaining. The top 5 teams in each division will receive a bye to the 2nd round, so all the mentioned teams are safe in that regard. Brytten McLeod paced the attack for the Monarchs with 2-2-4 and now has 15-18-33. Daitan Dmytriw had 2-1-3, to give him 17-26-43. For the Aces, it was 2004 born elite F – Kyren Gronick with 1-2-3 while F – Brenden Holba and Austin Mclean each had 1-1-2. Holba (24-14-38) and Gronick (20-18-38) finished the season tied for the team scoring lead with Mclean finishing 3rd. 2004 born G – Noah Sharp had a respectable 2.71 GAA and 3 SO.
- Estevan (9-16-3) at Balgonie (15-10-3) – Looks like Balgonie will finish 3rd and receive a bye. Estevan look like they will finish 6th or 7th place.
- Saskatoon Stallions (16-8-4) at Melville (11-16-2) – Both teams will make the playoffs. Both have a chance to earn a 1st round bye as well. However, the Stallions may have to win their final 3 games. Melville control their own destiny with 3 games remaining and a 3 point lead for 5th place.
- Saskatoon Outlaws (22-4-3) at Yorkton Terriers (9-17-3) – The Outlaws are gunning for 1st place in the north and possibly 1st place overall and home ice advantage through the playoffs. They have just a 1 point lead on PA and West Central but control their own destiny. They are 1 point back of SC and both teams have 2 games remaining.
- Saskatoon Generals (19-9-2) at Battlefords Barons (2-25-3) – The Generals with a win over the north last place team tonight should lock up a 1st round bye. Battlefords are eliminated.
AMBHL – Thursday Night
There were 4 games Thursday night in the AMBHL. It was the Lethbridge Golden Hawks giving another blow to the Okotoks Oilers playoff chances with a 3-2 win despite Okotoks almost coming back with 2 goals in the final 1:22 by Connor Foffenroth. Foffenroth now has 23 goals and is tied with Kai Uchacz for the team lead. High end Lethbridge D – Carson Haynes had the GWG also late in the 3rd period which made it 3-0 at the time. Lethbridge currently sit 3rd in the Ram South, just 1 point back of Red Deer and 4 back of 1st place Airdrie. However, Airdrie have 2 games in hand and Red Deer have a game in hand. The Oilers remain 1 point back of the final playoff spot behind SEAC Tigers but the Tigers have 2 games in hand.
Spruce Grove PAC defeat Edmonton KC 5-0 on Thursday night. Spruce Grove are now 2 points up on 3rd place Fort Saskatchewan in the Charger North and have 3 games in hand on the Rangers. Edmonton KC are last in the entire AMBHL with a 2-29-2 record.
Sherwood Park Flyers knock off the Camrose Red Wings 5-2. They carried a 5-0 lead into the 3rd period with Ben Gonie scoring a pair of goals and Zac Maxwell, Gavine Labine and Riley See all adding 2 assists. Gonie is the team scoring leader with 21-18-39. Sherwood Park now have a 6 point lead for 2nd place in the Nitro North ahead of Edmonton CAC but CAC have 3 games in hand. Camrose are last place in the Charger North at 6-24-1 and are eliminated from the playoffs.
Edmonton CAC defeat Edmonton SSAC 3-0 on Thursday. CAC are now 18-10-3 and 6 points back of Sherwood Park for 2nd place and home ice advantage in their head to head matchup. Edmonton SSAC who are 11-14-7 will finish in 4th place and play the north top ranked team St. Albert in the 1st round.
- There are no AMBHL games on the schedule this evening.
There was 1 game in the PCAHA playoffs last night with the Cloverdale Colts advancing to the 2nd round of the playoffs after a 2-1 victory over the Vancouver Thunderbirds. So the 2nd round of the playoffs are now set. Here are the matchups:
Seafair (1) vs. North Vancouver (11) – The Seafair Islanders finished 1st place with a 19-1-0 record and outscored the opposition 130-25! North Vancouver dominated the flight 2 league at 13-0-1 and then finished up in flight 1 and going 1-4-1.
Langley (2) vs. Semiahmoo (10) – Langley were very strong this year at 15-2-3 and 2nd place in flight 1. They scored 76 goals and allowed just 30. Semiahmoo were 10th place at 3-13-4 and were outscored 62-35.
Ridge Meadows (3) vs. Cloverdale (8) – Ridge Meadows were a distant 3rd place at 10-9-1 while Cloverdale were 8th, finishing 8 points back of Ridge Meadows at 6-10-4.
NSWC (4) vs. Coquitlam (5) – NSWC finished at 10-6-4 while Coquitlam were 9-9-2 this past season.
The VIAHA Tier 1 playoffs are underway with Juan de Fuca, Nanaimo, Victoria, Saanich and Comox Valley all battling in a round robin tournament to see who will meet in the league finals and represent the league in the BC provincials. That tournament will wrap up this weekend.
Nanaimo (2-0-0) – Finished 1st in the league standings at 11-0-1. Should advance to league final with games vs. Comox Valley and Saanich remaining.
Juan de Fuca (2-1-0) – Finished 2nd in the league standings at 7-3-2. Still play Victoria in a key game this weekend.
Victoria (1-1-0) – Finished 3rd in the league standings at 7-3-2. Still play Juan de Fuca in a key game this weekend.
Comox Valley (1-2-0) – Played in the Tier 2 league and went 4-4-2
Saanich (0-2-0) – Finished 5th in tier 1 at 3-8-1
The Winnipeg AAA playoffs are just a week away. In the Winnipeg Division, it will be the Winnipeg Sharks (53 pts), Winnipeg Monarchs (52 pts), Winnipeg Hawks (46 pts) and the Winnipeg Warriors(43 pts). The Sharks and Monarchs are going to finish 1st or 2nd place while the Hawks and Selects will finish either 3rd or 4th.
The Manitoba Bantam AAA rural champion will be determined on the weekend of February 23-25 in Killarney/Wawanesa, MB. Nine teams will be vying for the right to play the Winnipeg division winner. The winner will play who wins out of the 4 Winnipeg based teams.
Quebec International Peewee Tournament
The BWC Bruins and the NSWC Winterhawks are taken part in the prestigious Quebec International Peewee Tournament this week. The Bruins began the tournament in fine fashion yesterday with a 4-1 win over Sherbrook, QC. Dryden Kuramoto led the way with 2-1-3 while high ranked 05 Andrew Cristall scored as did Alex Sandhu. Ranked 05 G – Jaiden Sharma picked up the win between the pipes. BWC will return to action on Wednesday against the winner of the Detroit Red Wings and the Mid-Fairfield Jr. Rangers. NSWC will see their first action on Saturday night against the Pittsburgh Jr. Penguins.