The other main tournament this weekend taking place is the Western Canadian Classic Tournament in Kelowna, hosted by the Okanagan Lakers. Many top 2004’s are taking part, giving us our first good look at the top players in this age group so far.
The semi-finals are set for this morning with the CWH Quest (Saskatchewan) at 3-1-0 taking on the Okanagan Lakers at 3-0-1 and in the other semi-final it will be the top seed Prairie Lightning at 4-0-0 with 30 GF and 6 GA taking on the the 2-0-2 Winterhawks.
For the CWH Quest, it was Carter Cormier (Warman, SK) leading the way with 5-3-8 along with high ranked Kyren Gronick (Regina) at 5-2-7. This team features many of the players we are watching close from the province like Jaydon Jessiman (Swift Current), D – Cole Tanchuk (Prince Albert), Jakin Lawrence (West Central) and Carter Dereniwsky(Yorkton) just to name a few.
Their opponent will be the Okanagan Lakers who are led by Jarred Feist (Vernon) 3-4-7 and high scoring PWNHL players Koehn Zimmer (Whitecourt) and Hayden Smith (Dawson Creek). Zimmer and Smith though were somewhat held in check so far with just around a PPG each. They absolutely torched their PWNHL league with over 80 goals each each and 146 points for Smith and 126 for Zimmer.
In the other semi-final, the Winterhawks who are made of players from Northern Alberta primarily have top prospects such as Jordan Gustafson (Fort Saskatchewan) 2-4-6, Rhett Melnyk (Fort Saskatchewan) 3-2-5 and Ben Hemmerling (Sherwood Park). Leading the way so far offensively though has been Gavin Bartlett (Edmonton KC) with 4-2-6. Highly ranked G – Justen Maric (Edmonton) has been solid.
They will have an extremely tough opponent to get by in the 4-0-0 Prairie Lightning. The Lightning are led by Jhett Larson (Martensville, SK) with 6-3-9. High ranked Saskatoon F – Nolan Flamand has been good again with 5-3-8 and Vancouver Island prospect Brayden Boehm with 4-4-8. Riley Heidt, an 05 born from Saskatoon has been very strong as well and Kole Lind an 05 from Swift Current who many are taking about had 2-2-4. The team also has the Spizawka twins and Scott Niedermayer’s son Joshua among many other highly ranked 04s and 05s.
Of note in the tournament is that the 04 Yotes who have top 5 overall ranked 2004 born prospect Bowden Singleton did not make the playoffs. Singleton by far led the tournament in scoring through the round robin with 9-6-15!
**We will have much more in the coming days!