West Kelowna Warriors U16 Crowned League Champs at Surrey Showcase
The Junior Showcase Hockey League wrapped up its inaugural season of play on Monday as the Under-16 Division spent Canada Day weekend in Surrey at the South Surrey Arena for their final Showcase of the spring season.
The U16 West Kelowna Warriors had a perfect 4-0 final weekend of the season, beginning with a 4-3 victory over the U-16 Surrey Eagles thanks to a four-goal 1st period before another tight one-goal victory against the Eagles in the way of a 3-2 score, helped by a 3rd period goal from Brennan Nelson that proved to be the game winner. The Warriors finished with two games against the U-16 Victoria Grizzles with Riley Sharun scoring twice in a 6-4 West Kelowna win before finishing the season with a come-from-behind 5-3 victory and three goals in the 3rd period to win the League Championship.
The U-16 Surrey Eagles came away with a pair of wins and a pair of losses in the final weekend of the play in the JSHL, starting with back-to-back defeats at the hands of the Warriors with late goals from Trent Wilson and Manny Bhachu getting the Eagles close in a 4-3 loss before outshooting the Warriors by a 39-24 margin but falling in another tight one-goal affair by a 3-2 score. The Eagles closed the weekend with a pair of wins over the U-16 Cowichan Valley Capitals with a 5-2 victory followed by a pair of goals each from Matthew Peterson and Trent Wilson in a 6-1 weekend finale triumph on home ice.
The U-16 Victoria Grizzlies had their weekend in Surrey start with the rarely-seen 0-0 tie against the Capitals, firing 31 shots on goal but not being able to beat netminder Alex Kozinka before defeating the Caps by a 5-1 score later in the day. Victoria went on to play the Warriors for two games and put 46 shots on goal but fell by a 6-4 score before finishing their weekend with a 5-3 loss to the Warriors despite a goal and an assist performance from Ethan Bono.
The U-16 Cowichan Valley Capitals closed out their JSHL schedule not being able to get in the win column but did get a point in a 0-0 tie with the Grizzlies, not being able to get a puck past Victoria goaltender Fraser Wyatt before falling in the second of back-to-back games against the Grizz by a 5-1 score. The Capitals moved to a two games against the Surrey Eagles, suffering a 5-2 loss before Kal Nagy found the back of the net but that was all the Caps would get in a 6-1 loss to close out their spring