Victoria and Cowichan Showcases Wrap Up
The Junior Hockey Showcase League held a weekend of showcases with the Under-16 Division playing in Shawnigan Lake while the Under-18’s saw a weekend of games in Victoria at the Q Centre.
In Shawnigan Lake, the U16 Langley Rivermen had a strong weekend, posting three victories to sit in a tie atop of the U16 standings with wins by a 4-1 score over the U16 West Kelowna Warriors and a 7-2 win over the U16 Victoria Grizzles. Adam Grenier paced the Rivermen in scoring with three goals and three assists in the two victories while GW Henderson and Tanner Milne also had strong offensive performances before Langley dropped their only game of the weekend to the U16 Surrey Eagles by a 3-2 score to finish the showcase with a 3-1 record.
The defeat of the Rivermen would be the lone one of the weekend for the Eagles, who finished the showcase on Vancouver Island with a tie and a pair of losses. Markus Young scored a late 3rd period goal to force a 2-2 tie against West Kelowna before Surrey dropped their final two outings by 7-1 and 6-3 scores to the Grizzlies and Capitals, respectively. Despite the results, Matthew Peterson showcased his ability to find the back of the net, scoring in all four games of the weekend and leading the Eagles in points.
It was a tough weekend of games for the U16 Capitals, who lost their opening three games as hosts of the weekend’s festivities but were able to cap off their four-game schedule with a 6-3 victory over Surrey. An 8-2 loss to Victoria followed by a 4-2 setback to West Kelowna put the Caps in a battle for points before being defeated by a 5-3 score against Langley. A pair of hat tricks by Cage Newans and Teddy Feng helped the Capitals to their lone win against Surrey and finish the weekend on a high note.
An eight-goal outburst highlighted a terrific weekend of action for the Victoria Grizzlies as they opened play with an 8-2 win over the Capitals, including a five-goal 1st period and a three-goal, two-assist performance from Desmond Arthurs. The Grizz suffered their lone defeat of the weekend to Langley by a 7-2 score before earning a 3-1 win over West Kelowna and rounding out the showcase with a 7-1 victory over Surrey. Arthurs was a force to be reckoned with throughout the four games, scoring five goals and seven points to help Victoria to a 3-1 record.
Finally, the U16 West Kelowna Warriors scored their lone win of the weekend in their opening game thanks to a goal and an assist efforts from both Ryland Thomsen and Tyden McWillis. The Warriors were able to pick up a point in a 2-2 tie against the Eagles before dropping their last two games of the weekend, 3-1 to the Grizzlies and 4-1 to the Rivermen to finish the showcase in a tie for 3rd place in the standings.
In Under-18 action at the Q Centre in Victoria, the hosts tied at the top of the standings with three wins in four games including opening up the showcase with a 5-3 victory over the U18 Rivermen. The lone loss for the Grizzlies was a tight-checking, 2-1 defeat to the U18 Warriors before earning another victory over the Rivermen, this time by a 6-3 score before closing things out with a 5-3 triumph against the U18 Eagles. Sean Ramsay and Khalil Fontana each scored big weekends on the offensive side with five points apiece.
The West Kelowna Warriors were the team tied at the top with Victoria but opened the weekend with a tough 4-3 loss to the Eagles before rattling off three straight wins. It started with a 2-1 win over Victoria, thanks to a goal with just under 5 minutes remaining from Riley Dobranski. West Kelowna avenged their loss to Surrey with a 4-1 win over the Eagles before leaving the Island with a 6-1 victory over the Rivermen while being helped, in large parts, by the offensive duo of Dobranski and Alex Ochitwa.
A three-goal 2nd period helped the Surrey Eagles edge the Warriors 4-3 in the opening game of the weekend for the visitors from the Mainland that lead to a high-scoring 8-5 loss to the Rivermen. The scoring could not continue for the Eagles, however, as they fell in a rematch against the Warriors by a 4-1 score before dropping a 5-2 decision to the Grizzlies to round out the weekend.
Averaging four goals a game, the Langley Rivermen scored a victory and suffered three losses in their weekend at the Q Centre. Starting with a 5-3 setback to the Grizzlies, Langley put up a weekend-high 8 goals for an 8-5 win over the Eagles. Sloan Kelly and Kyle Sackmann each scored a pair of goals in the win while Sackmann’s three points paced the Riv’s scoring on the afternoon. Langley closed out their weekend with a second loss to the Grizzlies by a 6-3 score before falling to West Kelowna in a 6-1 loss.
Each of the divisions take part in a weekend showcase at the Langley Sportsplex from Friday, June 8th to Sunday, June 10th. The U-18 Division returns to action at Royal LePage Place in West Kelowna on the May Long Weekend for games from Saturday, May 19th to Monday, May 21st.