West Kelowna U18 Showcase Wrap Up
The Victoria Day long weekend brought plenty of visitors to the Central Okanagan and was also the host of the second Under-18 Junior Prep Showcase in West Kelowna at Royal LePage Place.
The host U18 West Kelowna Warriors had a strong weekend on home ice, busting out for 19 goals in four games and earning three victories and a tie. The Warriors opened the May Long Weekend with a 7-2 win over the U18 Langley Rivermen including three points from Alex Ochitwa and two-goal games from both Riley Dobranski and Colby Elmer. West Kelowna’s second game saw a 2-2 tie against the U18 Victoria Grizzlies before a Myles Whiteside 3rd period goal pushed the Warriors to a 4-3 victory over the Surrey Eagles. In the final game of the Showcase, three point games from Dobranski and Ty Banser helped the Warriors to a 6-2 win over the Rivermen to cap off an undefeated weekend of play.
The Grizzlies started the weekend out of the win column with an opening defeat at the hands of the Surrey Eagles by a 3-2 score despite outshooting the Eagles 44-27 through 60 minutes of play while Victoria picked up a point in a 2-2 tie in a game where all the scoring happened in the second period. The Grizzlies turned the results around and came out with a big Sunday evening effort and a 14-save shutout for Michael Harroch in a 2-0 Grizz victory over Langley before closing out their weekend in the Okanagan by getting a bit of redemption on the Eagles in the way of a 7-1 victory including two goals from David Porter
It was a good start to the four-game weekend for the Surrey Eagles as they erased a 2-0 second period deficit to pick up a come-from-behind 3-2 win over the Grizzlies to open things up on Saturday. Chris Fortems scored twice while Reegan House provided the winning goal early in the final period before dropping a 3-2 decision to the Langley Rivermen in their second game of the Showcase. Another tough one-goal loss for the Eagles came in the way of a 4-3 setback to the Warriors before wrapping things up in the Okanagan with a 7-1 loss to the Victoria Grizzlies in their second matchup against the Grizz in four games.
The Langley Rivermen didn’t have the start they were looking for as they opened up their four-game set of contests in West Kelowna with a 7-2 loss to the Warriors on Saturday afternoon but were able to rebound nicely in the way of a 3-2 win over the Eagles on Sunday. A two-goal afternoon for Sloan Kelly, including the game-winning goal late in the 3rd period, helped the Riv’ to their first win of the Showcase before being shutout for the first time this season in the way of a 2-0 defeat at the hands of the Grizzlies. A chance at redemption against the host Warriors fell short for the Rivermen as they dropped their final game of the weekend by a 6-2 score despite more scoring from Kelly, who picked up his 4th goal in as many games.
Thanks to taking seven of a possible eight points out of the long weekend, the Warriors sit atop of the Under-18 Division standings with a 6-1-1 record, good for 13 points. The Grizzlies are keeping the gap close as they sit just two points out of the top spot with a 5-2-1 record with each of Langley and Surrey sitting in a tie for 3rd place with matching 2-6-0 records.
The next stop on the Junior Showcase Hockey League circuit will be in the Lower Mainland as Langley hosts the final Showcase weekend of the season. Each of the Under-16 and Under-18 Divisions will take to the ice at the Langley Sportsplex beginning on Friday, June 8th and running through to Sunday, June 10th.