The semi-finals are now set at the Pacific Spring Showcase in Coquitlam and Delta, BC. The lone undefeated team was the BC Bears who were 4-0-0 and will face the 2-1-1 Southern Alberta Battle in one of the semi-finals while the 3-1-0 BC Lightning will face the 2-1-1 Langley Jr. Rivermen. Both semi-finals will go this morning and the bronze and gold medal games will go at 4:00 PM (Bronze) and 4:15 (Gold) BC time.
The BC Bears were led by Trevor Wong, who played with BWC Bruins this past year and who should be a top 10 overall pick in the 2018 draft had 4-4-8. His BWC team-mate from last year – Oliver Gabrielson had 4-3-7. Other notables who we have high in our rankings were D – Elias Carmichael, Caeden Bankier (BWC A2), Chase Sandhu (Langley) and another pair of dmen in Ethan Samson (BWC) and Sam Adrain (Delta Varsity).
The Bears opponents are the Southern Alberta Battle who mustered just 10 goals led by Nolan Price (Taber) and Copeland Fricker (Dallas) had 3 goals each. Connor Furakawa was one of the lone players who played AAA hockey had 2 goals for the team. The strength of the team through round robin was its goaltending led by Tyson Peters who stopped 37/39 shots in going 2-0-1. Peters played in the Central Alberta Hockey League in T3 last year.
The BC Lightning finished 3-1-0 and were loaded with most of the players who will make up the Yale Lions Bantam Prep team in the 17/18 season. Craig Armstrong (Airdrie) had 3-5-8 and was tied for the team lead with Jake Chiasson (Yale) and just behind was Logan Stankoven (Kamloops) 4-3-7 and Koby Verbicky (Oceanside) 2-5-7. Fin Williams (NSWC) also has had a strong tournament with 4 goals. Nathan Kirkpatrick has gone 3-0-0 and has allowed just 4 goals in stopping 51/55 shots. Kirkpatrick went 14-0-0 with a 1.52 GAA and a .923% with Delta Varsity Green who were the league champs.
The Langley Rivermen will be their opponent in the semi-finals. Langley are led by Youtube Japanese sensation Aito Iguchi! Check out his moves on youtube if you haven’t already, they are unreal! Iguchi has 3-3-6 in the 4 games. Adam Grenier (BWC A2) has 2-1-3 as does Aidan Roy (Langley). Mac Rowan has stopped 47/49 shots so far for Langley.
In the 2004 born age group, it will be the 2-2-0 BC Lightning facing the 4-0-0 Jr. Canucks and the 2-1-1 POE Edge of Excellence facing the 3-1-0 BC Bears. Both semi-finals will be played this morning with the finals taking place at 4:15 in Delta for the Bronze and Gold medals.
The Jr. Canucks have rolled through the competition by outscoring their opponents 46-6 in the 4 wins. The team has many of the top players from around western Canada/USA in the form of an All-Star team really. Leading the way is our #1 overall ranked 04 prospect Matthew Savoie who has 10-9-19 and following him closely is Tyson Zimmer (Russell, MB) with 11-7-18. Alaska’s Cameron VanSickle has 5-6-11 and Chicago star dman Lane Hutson has 2-8-10. Zackary Somers (Melfort, SK) continues to impress with 3-6-9. Those are just a few of the star performers on the team. In goal, our highest ranked goalie in the 04 age group Ethan Buenaventura has gone 4-0-0 with a 1.50 and 2 SO to his credit.
They will play the BC Lightning who scored just 11 goals in the 4 games. Brandon Lisowsky, who is ranked fairly high leads with 2-2-4 and he played last season with the BWC Bruins. The team is made up of many of the BWC Bruins players including Mirko Buttazzoni, D – Luca Cagnoni as well as star 2005 born Connor Bedard.
In the other semi-final, the BC Bears led by Carter MacAdams (Langley) who had 6-3-9 in the 4 games to lead the way along with Kyle Chyzowski (Semiahmoo) with 3-6-9 and Connor Levis (NSWC) 2-7-9. Levis is a high ranked prospect currently. The Bears have many highly ranked prospects in the 2004 age group.
They will face the POE Edge of Excellence who were led by Remy Spooner (Kelowna) with 1-6-7 and D – Holden Getzlaf (Kelowna) at 3-2-5. The Edge of Excellence were outscored 22-12 in the 4 games.
**Our scouts will be provided scouting reports from the event early next week! Stay tuned for much more.