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BC Major Midget League
2015-2016 Regular Season Standings
(As of Feb. 17, 2016)

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Valley West Hawks 36 29 6 1 59 186 89 601 16
Cariboo Cougars 38 27 8 3 57 173 91 811 21
Vancouver NW Giants 36 23 9 4 50 168 77 519 14
Okanagan Rockets 36 21 10 5 47 130 76 754 20
South Island Royals 36 15 15 6 36 99 113 565 15
Fraser Valley Thunderbirds 36 14 14 8 36 110 112 532 14
Greater Vancouver Canadians 38 14 18 6 34 99 128 557 14
Vancouver NE Chiefs 36 13 15 8 34 112 110 561 15
Thompson Blazers 36 6 24 6 18 67 166 793 22
North Island Silvertips 36 5 25 6 16 80 162 1031 28
Kootenay Ice 36 5 28 3 13 74 174 517 14

 

BCMML Scoring Leaders
(As of Feb. 17, 2016)
#NameTeamPosGPGAPtsPIM
16 EvanishBen Valley West Hawks F 34 34 26 60 41
22 LattaJosh Vancouver NW Giants F 32 15 43 58 36
24 WilsonJustin Vancouver NW Giants F 35 26 30 56 34
23 ColinaIlijah Valley West Hawks F 31 9 42 51 10
18 BosaChristian Valley West Hawks F 36 26 21 47 26
10 BurzanLuka Valley West Hawks F 27 15 29 44 28
11 FarrenMichael Valley West Hawks F 36 14 30 44 44
17 ZummackEli Okanagan Rockets F 33 9 35 44 14
8 StephensonCarter Vancouver NW Giants D 36 6 38 44 54
19 WilliamsMitchell Vancouver NW Giants F 34 24 17 41 25
16 ShepardJackson Vancouver NW Giants F 33 12 28 40 56
21 GuineyJordan South Island Royals F 35 13 26 39 67
22 GurneyJustyn Valley West Hawks F 36 21 16 37 44
10 WightMackenzie Fraser Valley Thunderbirds F 32 17 19 36 65
24 PearceHarris Vancouver NE Chiefs F 34 13 23 36 40
12 KaufmannKyle Vancouver NW Giants F 33 11 25 36 20
8 StonnellBradley Valley West Hawks D 36 4 32 36 4
12 MaserJosh Cariboo Cougars F 30 19 16 35 48
11 HeathcoteDawson North Island Silvertips F 36 17 18 35 48
14 MalmJames Valley West Hawks F 14 13 22 35 24

  

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Greater Vancouver Canadians

Weekend Preview

BCMML Week #19

(Feb. 6-7, 2016)

Friday February 5, 2016 

The GV Canadians (14-15-5) return home to the friendly confines of the Olympic Oval to host a pair of games against the North Island Silvertips (4-24-4). This weekend’s games are set for Sat. Feb. 6th at 5:00 pm plus a second tilt Sun. Feb. 7tht at 10:00 am with both games scheduled at the Olympic Oval in Richmond. 

The Canadians are focused on continuing their rise up the BCMML standings. GVC was able to secure a single point from their trip to Kelowna last weekend. This weekend the goals for the Canadians involve taking care of business against the lower ranked Silvertips so they can leap frog two teams just ahead of them in the playoff race. 

The Silvertips had not won in their previous 14 games up until their last game vs the FV T-Birds on Jan. 25th. They played a solid game winning 4-2. The ‘Tips will be ready to create their first winning streak of the year by taking it to the Canadians. 

The teams played earlier in the year in Nanaimo and the Canadians swept the weekend series with two decisive victories that were penalty-filled affairs. 

Phil Alalouf, GVC Head Coach, pointed out that “the ‘Tips have played much better hockey as of late. They knocked off Fraser Valley in their last game and were full value for their win. If our boys think that they don’t have to be at their best this weekend to get a pair of wins they are very much mistaken. Last time we played a lower ranked team we were not mentally or physically ready to play and we gave away two important points. Have the boys learned their lesson around proper pregame preparation?....... we are going to find out very soon.” 

Come out and support your Greater Vancouver Canadians or follow along on Twitter @GVCanadians or use the webcast Pay-Per-View option online at playfullscreen.com.

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Greater Vancouver Canadians

Weekend Preview

BCMML Week #18

(Jan. 30-31, 2016)

 

Friday January 28, 2016

 The GV Canadians (14-14-4) head back out on the road for a pair of games in the Okanagan against the Kelowna-based Rockets. GVC looks to continue on their winning ways and to carry on with their rise in the BCMML standings. Earlier in the season the teams split a weekend series at the Oval in Richmond. This weekend’s games are set for Sat. Jan. 30th at 3:00 pm plus a second tilt Sun. Jan. 31st at 10:00 am with both games scheduled at the Capital News Centre in Kelowna. 

The Canadians are riding high after last weekend’s dominating sweep of the SI Royals. The GV Canadians were able to execute the best weekend series of the year that was highlighted by relentless physical play, quality playmaking and a total team commitment to responsible puck management. A break out in goal scoring also aided the Canadians in their success. 

The Rockets will be a confident group after winning both games they played last weekend against the NE Chiefs and two weeks ago vs. Kootenay Ice. This weekend’s games should be highly intense affairs as the Canadians are chasing the Rockets in the BCMML standings. 

The Canadians enter this weekend with some affiliate players on the roster as an outbreak of flu and colds has debilitated the GVC roster. Team scoring leader Eric Bourhill will more than likely be on the shelf along with other undisclosed members of the team. Phil Alalouf, GVC Head Coach, pointed out that “other guys will have to step up for us this weekend. With some of our leaders potentially out, a real good opportunity exists for other guys to show they can be impact players in this league.” 

Come out and support your Greater Vancouver Canadians or follow along on Twitter @GVCanadians or use the webcast Pay-Per-View option online at playfullscreen.com.

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Greater Vancouver Canadians

BCMML Week #17 (Jan. 23-24, 2016)

Showcase Weekend Recap

 Tuesday January 26, 2016

 

STRONG PLAY CONTINUES AS CANADIANS SWEEP ROYALS

 

Game 1 - Jan. 23rd, 2016: GV Canadians 4, SI Royals 1 @ Richmond

Game 2 - Jan. 24th, 2016: GV Canadians 5, SI Royals 0 @ Richmond

 GVC’s strong, physical play and skillful play making continued resulting in a dominating 2 game sweep of the South Island Royals in BCMML Showcase Weekend action. The Canadians thoroughly outplayed the Royals in both games with punishing physical play. GVC now moves up past the Royals into seventh place in the BCMML standings and only two points short of fifth place.

 

Game 1 – Canadians Dominate from Opening Puck Drop

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A confident looking GVC crew took the game to the Royals from the opening puck drop with a blend of tenacious fore-checking, consistent back-checking and a robust finishing of checks. The Canadians outshot the Royals by a large margin in the first period and were rewarded for their hard work when Mike Matson when end to end to score a beauty putting GVC up 1-0. Vaughan Bamford and Tom Von Schoenberg supplied the assists on an excellent break out play. The Royals answered with a power play goal soon after to end the first period with the score knotted at one.

The Canadians overpowered the South Island crew again in the second period but were repeatedly frustrated by excellent goaltending by the Royals Zak Myrowich. Then, with everyone in the building thinking the tie would carry over into the third, GVC forward Andrew Bennett took charge and scored a “TSN Turning Point” highlight reel goal with four clicks left on the clock to put GVC up 2-1. This charged the Canadians and sent them into the locker room with a big wave of momentum. Assists on this key goal came from Tyson Lin and Kyle Ahlfield.

 The GVC on-slaught continue in the third period as Vancouver’s Tyson Lin and Richmond’s Nick Marsh scored for GVC to close out the Royals securing the big win that moved GVC into a tie with the Royals at 30 points in the BCMML standings. Assists for the clinching third period goals were attributed to Mike Matson, EJ Shaw, Tom Von Schoenberg and GVC netminder Matteo Paler-Chow.

 Along with chipping in on the scoresheet, goaltender Matteo Paler-Chow (8-8-2, 3.34) made several outstanding saves at key points in the game to allow the Canadians to never trail on the scoreboard.

 

Game 2 – GVC’s Pounding Physical Game Shuts Out Royals

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 Looking to move past the Royals into seventh place, the Canadians turned to a physical, ground and pound style of play to try to secure the weekend sweep. This approach turned out to be very strategic as the Canadians executed what was arguably their best outing of the year trouncing the hapless Royals for a 5-0 shut out win. The shots ended up 36-19 in favour of GVC reflecting the dominating play by the Canadians.

 GVC scored two goals in the first period, one goal in the second and then two more goals in the third to seal the convincing win. The GVC goals were scored by Pescitelli, Bourhill, Matson, Kroeker and Ahlfield. Vaughan Bamford and Julius Zhang each potted two assists with singles coming from Araki-Young, Lin, Gaytmenn, Marsh, Atkinson and Bourhill.

 GVC goaltender Lucas Shaw (6-5-2, 3.22) made a huge save on the first shift of the game and then from there proceeded to close the door on the Royals posting his first shutout of the season.

 An elated Head Coach Phil Alalouf was quick to share that “this might have been our best executed game of the season. We scored some goals and it seemed like every time they touched the puck we put the body on them. Our fore-check caused them fits. They had no time to move the puck. We had back pressure on almost every one of their rushes. I especially liked how responsible we were with our defensive zone coverage. Shaw only saw shots from the outside and the defense really limited second chance opportunities. We will fine tune some things at practice this week and will be prepared to take it to the Rockets in Kelowna next weekend.”

Come out and support your Greater Vancouver Canadians or follow along on Twitter @GVCanadians or use the webcast Pay-Per-View option online at playfullscreen.com.

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Greater Vancouver Canadians

Player of the Week

(January 18 - 24, 2016) 

 

#3 Vaughan Bamford 

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Vaughan led the Canadians in scoring with three assists as GVC swept two weekend games from the South Island Royals. Vaughan also played a big physical presence on the Canadians’ blueline handing out several punishing hits. Since returning from Christmas break the Tsawwassen native has contributed 5 points in the last six games.

Vaughan has made a positive contribution to the rejuvenated Canadians power play and has played a key role in anchoring GVC’s back line. The GVC coaching staff credits Vaughan for a solid week of effort and energy in practice leading to his fine play in the GVC wins.

GVC proudly acknowledges Vaughan on being named as an AP player for the PCJHL Grandview Steelers.

 We congratulate Vaughan Bamford on being named this week’s

Greater Vancouver Canadian’s Player of the Week!

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GVC Weekend Preview

BCMML Week #17

(Jan. 23 - 24, 2016)

“Showcase Weekend” 

 Thursday January 21, 2016  

The GV Canadians (12-14-4) look forward to their upward rise as they host the SI Royals as part of the BCMML “Showcase Weekend” staged at the beautiful Richmond Olympic Oval.

 The Canadians are coming off two positive and exciting games against arch-rivals NE Chiefs. Although only one point went up on the standings board, GVC carried most of the play in both games and were much more physical and intense in their style of play. Two late power play goals by the Chiefs as a result of some undisciplined GVC penalties ended up being the difference.

 The Royals are looking to regroup after losing both home games last weekend against the league leading Caribou Cougars. This weekend’s games should be intense battles as both teams are neck and neck in the BCMML standings. 

 These two teams played earlier in the season in Victoria and each team ended up winning a game.  The Canadians enter this weekend with some bumps and bruises but all hands will be available for this proverbial “four pointer”.

 A reminder to all fans that you will be able to see all of the teams of the BCMML in action throughout this weekend. Check out the schedule at http://www.bchockey.net/MML/MML_Scores.aspx 

 Come out and support your Greater Vancouver Canadians or follow along on Twitter @GVCanadians or use the webcast Pay-Per-View option online at playfullscreen.com.

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Greater Vancouver Canadians 

Player of the Week

Jan. 11 - Jan. 17, 2016 

 

#10 Tyson Lin

 

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Tyson led the Canadians with a spirited effort in both GVC games resulting in two goals and one assist. He now has 11 goals and 13 assists for the season and leads the Canadians in scoring. 

Tyson was a force in both weekend games with his tenacious forechecking and dedicated backchecking. Tyson’s speed and playmaking ability make him one of the elite forwards in the BCMML. As well, he had an excellent committed approach to practice all week. 

We wish Tyson Happy Birthday and acknowledge him on being named as an AP player for the BCHL Powell River Kings.

 We congratulate Tyson Lin on being named this week’s

Greater Vancouver Canadian’s Player of the Week!

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GVC Weekend Preview

  BCMML Week #16

  (Jan. 16 - 17, 2016)  

 Thursday, January 14, 2016  12:54:14

The GV Canadians (12-13-3) look to bounce back from a challenging trip to the Kootenays by getting prepared for a clash with cross-town rival Northeast Chiefs (12-9-7). This weekend’s games are set for Sat. Jan. 16th at 5:00 pm at the Oval in Richmond with the second tilt Sun. Jan. 17th at 9:45 am at Coquitlam’s Poirier Arena. 

 The Canadians went 1-1 against Kootenay preventing them from moving up in the BCMML standings. A lack of consistent play and an inability to score plagued the Canadians. Head Coach Phil Alalouf was quick to point out that “moving forward we will be stressing to the guys the importance of consistent effort, energy and execution. The teams in the BCMML are all well coached and the players are consistently ready to perform at a high level. It’s tough to compete if you are not ready to play each and every game.”

 The Chiefs are reeling after making the arduous trip to Prince George only to drop a pair of close games to the high flying Caribou Cougars. This weekend’s games should be hotly contested as both teams look to get back on the winning track. 

 These two teams played earlier in the season and each team ended up winning a game with victories on the road.  Captain Matt Kroeker has recovered from his lower arm injury so as a result the Canadians will be sporting a complete line-up.

 The BCMML will be having the final “Showcase Weekend” on Jan. 23rd and 24th at the Richmond Oval. Fans will be able to see all of the teams of the BCMML in action throughout the weekend. Check out the schedule at http://www.bchockey.net/MML/MML_Scores.aspx 

 Come out and support your Greater Vancouver Canadians or follow along on Twitter @GVCanadians or use the webcast Pay-Per-View option online at playfullscreen.com.

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Greater Vancouver Canadians 

Player of the Week

Jan. 4 - Jan. 10, 2016

 

#11 Alex Pescitelli 

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Alex scored a goal and added one assist to be the main contributor to the Canadians offense in a pair of weekend games vs. the Kootenay Ice. He now has 2 goals and 5 assists for the season and is developing into an impressive power forward. Alex was persistent on the forecheck using his speed and size to create numerous turnovers by the Kootenay defence. 

We congratulate Alex Pescitelli on being named this week’s 

Greater Vancouver Canadian’s Player of the Week!

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MML Recap – Week 15 

 Monday, January 11, 2016

 

Playing their first games since the holiday break, the Cariboo Cougars (19-6-3, 41 points) and Valley West Hawks (19-5-1, 39 points) are still neck-and-neck at the top of the league standings. Catch up on all of the action around the league with the Week 15 MML recap.

 

Cariboo Cougars vs. Vancouver North East Chiefs

Game 1: Cariboo 4, Vancouver NE 3

Game 2: Cariboo 4, Vancouver NE 2

The Chiefs travelled to Prince George for the first time since last year’s MML finals, but unfortunately didn’t leave with any points as the Cougars earned a sweep. In Game 1, Tyler Maser, Riley Coish, Tyler Ho, and Jeremy Gervais scored for the Cougars, who held onto their lead as Brett Didyk, TJ Prexler, and Harris Pearce scored for the Chiefs. In Game 2, Coish, Ho, Maser, and Daine Dubois scored for the Cougars. The Chiefs’ Pearce and Didyk scored in the third period to prevent the shutout.

 

Thompson Blazers vs. Valley West Hawks

Game 1: Thompson 0, Valley West 12

Game 2: Thompson 1, Valley West 5

Valley West showed off their offensive firepower, scoring twelve goals against the Blazers. Michael Farren scored four (4), Ben Evanish scored two (2), and Josh Bruce, Justyn Gurney, Ilijah Colina, Daniel Chifan, Carson Franklin, and Christian Bosa each scored one (1) goal to make it 12-0. The Blazers held the Hawks to five (5) goals in Game 2, with Evanish (2), Farren (2), and Justin De Vos finding the back of the net. Brendan Mongey scored the lone goal for Thompson.

 

North Island Silvertips vs. Fraser Valley Thunderbirds

Game 1: North Island 4, Fraser Valley 6

Game 2: North Island 1, Fraser Valley 3

The Thunderbirds travelled to Nanaimo to take on the Silvertips, and left with two (2) wins. Game 1 was a back-and-forth affair, with Fraser Valley holding on the lead thanks to two (2) third period goals. Ethan Schmunk, Trey Watson, Cole Broadhurst, and Dawson Frank scored for North Island, while Zac McKee (2), Mackenzie Wight (2), Brendan Black, and Ryan Crosby-Jones scored for Fraser Valley. In Game 2, the Silvertips jumped to an early lead thanks to a goal from Wyatt Selva, but Fraser Valley got three (3) unanswered goals in the second and third periods from Wight and Jake Mulder (2) to claim the win.

 

Kootenay Ice vs. Greater Vancouver Canadians

Game 1: Kootenay 5, Greater Vancouver 2

Game 2: Kootenay 2, Greater Vancouver 3

Kootenay displayed their offense on Saturday night, with Reese Tambellini (2), Tommy McConnachie (2), and Grayson Valente finding the back of the net. Matheson Kroeker and Eric Bourhill scored for Greater Vancouver in the loss. The Canadians won Game 2 in a close decision, with Vaughn Bamford, Alex Pescitelli, and Julius Zhang scoring. Shawn Campbell and Bradley Ross scored for the Ice.

 

South Island Royals vs. Vancouver North West Giants

Game 1: South Island 4, Vancouver NW 1

Game 2: South Island 2, Vancouver NW 8

The South Island Royals held the Giants to just one (1) goal in Game 1, and Holden Cochrane, Oliver Hahn, Lach Hadley, and Joe Stafford-Veale scored to help the Royals to a 4-1 victory. Justin Wilson scored the lone goal for Vancouver North West. The Giants bounced back in Game 2, with Jason Village netting a hat trick and Wilson (2), Jack Graham, Ethan Cap, and Mateo Coltellaro also finding the back of the net. Stafford-Veale and Hahn scored for the Royals in the 8-2 loss.

 

The BC Hockey Major Midget League was established in 2004 to provide elite level 15, 16 and 17 year olds an opportunity to play within their own age group at a high level and be developed for the next level of hockey. These teams have an opportunity each year to compete for the National Midget Championship.

For more information about the BC Hockey Major Midget League, please visit the League website at www.bcmml.net, follow along on social media at twitter.com/bchockey_mml, or email us at midgethockey@bchockey.net.

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Greater Vancouver Canadians 

Weekly Preview 

BCMML Week #15 

(Jan. 9 - 10, 2016)

The GV Canadians (11-12-3) will begin the 2016 year on the road as they will make the long trip to the Kootenays to play a pair against the Nelson-based Ice (3-19-2). This weekend’s games are set for Sat. Jan. 9that 6:00 pm with the second match up Sun. Jan. 10th at 8:00 am. Both games will be at the Nelson & District Community Center in Nelson on the shores of beautiful Kootenay Lake.

The Canadians are coming off a disappointing December where they went 2-4 and dropped two places in the BCMML standings. GVC Head Coach Phil Alalouf feels his team will benefit from the extended Christmas break. “I’m expecting our group to return from the break with a positive attitude, full of energy with a focus on preparing for the playoffs. Nothing has been won or lost yet. No trophies or titles have been awarded. Everything is still on the line and we intend on making a run starting this weekend against Kootenay!”

These two teams played earlier in the season at the Oval in Richmond where GVC won the first game 3-2 and the teams tied 3-3 in the second. The Canadians will have a complete and healthy line-up for the first time in a while. Captain Matt Kroeker is back to 100% and will look to lead the Canadians with his physical play and scoring touch.

The BCMML will be having the final “Showcase Weekend” on Jan. 23-24 at the Richmond Oval. Fans will be able to see all of the teams of the BCMML in action throughout the weekend. Check out the schedule at http://www.bchockey.net/MML/MML_Scores.aspx

 

Come out and support your Greater Vancouver Canadians or follow along on Twitter @GVCanadians or use the webcast Pay-Per-View option online at playfullscreen.com.

 

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Good Luck Canada at the World Juniors!!

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Bring Home the Gold!

 

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Greater Vancouver Canadians

BCMML Week #13 (Dec. 11-12, 2015)

Weekend Recap

 

GVC Drops Pair to Reloaded Hawks

Game 1 - Dec. 11th, 2015: VW Hawks 5, GV Canadians 2 @ Langley
Game 2 - Dec. 12th, 2015: GV Canadians 1, VW Hawks 6 @ Richmond

After a stretch of 10 wins in the last 13 games the GV Canadians stumbled against the league leading Valley West Hawks. GVC dropped both games of the weekend games to a strong Hawks team with a roster recently bolstered by new players relegated from the Junior ranks. The Canadians were unable to get untracked in both games and struggled to control the Hawks offence.

Game 1 - GVC Struggles After Strong Start

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      # 15 - Chris Douglas            # 21 - Eric Bourhill

The Canadians played one of their best first periods of the season only to fade in the second and third due to a rash of undisciplined penalties that resulted in three power play goals for the VW Hawks and a 5-2 final score. After controlling play in the first period the Canadians suffered some bad luck that ended up in a power play goal for the Hawks. The 1-0 score after one period was not indicative of the flow of the game.

Two goals in the second period by Tsawwassen's Eric Bourhill (assisted by Brennan Gaytmenn and Tyson Lin) and Vancouver's Chris Douglas (assisted by E.J. Shaw and Julius Zhang) just wasn't enough to recover from all the undisciplined penalties taken by GVC. The 47 minutes in penalties by the Canadians ended up being the main story line as the skilled Hawks took full advantage of the extra man situations to score and seal the victory.

Goaltender Matteo Paler-Chow (7-6-1, 3.14) took the loss but couldn't be faulted as he made numerous excellent saves facing 47 shots in the game.

A disappointed Head Coach Phil Alalouf said “you can't give a skilled team like the Hawks so many power play opportunities without having to pay a pretty heavy price. We came out strong in the first but the penalties we took killed our momentum and we had to play catch up the rest of the game.”

Game 2 - GVC Penalty Parade Results in Loss

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The GV Canadians took up where they left off on Friday by taking 38 minutes in minor penalties that resulted in a 6-1 loss to the VW Hawks. The Hawks scored 3 power plays and threw in a short-handed goal for good measure to seal the victory against a befuddled Canadians squad. The lone GVC goal was scored by Tsawwassen's Noah Kelly with Nick Marsh contributing the assist.


Assistant Coach Mike Twaites commented after the weekend series that “we ran into a buzz saw this weekend! The Hawks are a powerful team, especially with the new players they have added. We also didn't make it easy for ourselves with all the penalties we took. Our challenge now is to bounce back and get ready for a good Caribou Cougars team that will be coming to our barn for two games next weekend.” 

Netminder Lucas Shaw (4-4-2, 3.29) stood tall but was faced with a barrage of shots as the Canadians spent the majority of the game killing penalties against the potent Hawk's power play units. The Canadians played the Saturday game with a shortened bench as defenseman Tom Von Schoenberg and forward Kyle Ahlfield were suspended from the game after both receiving game misconducts during the last minutes of Friday's game.

Come out and support your Greater Vancouver Canadians or follow along on Twitter @GVCanadians or use the webcast Pay-Per-View option online at playfullscreen.com.

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Greater Vancouver Canadians

BCMML Week #12 (Dec. 5-6, 2015)

Weekend Summary

 

GVC Sweeps Thunderbirds in Abbotsford

 Game 1 – Dec. 5th, 2015: Greater Vancouver 5, FV Thunderbirds 4 @ Abbotsford

Game 2 – Dec. 6th, 2015: Greater Vancouver 5, FV Thunderbirds 4 @ Abbotsford

The brooms were out at the Abbotsford Rec. Center last Sunday as the GV Canadians won both weekend games 5 – 4 to sweep the weekend series from the T-Birds. The Sunday game was played in Abbotsford as a home game for GVC because of a scheduling problem at the Oval in Richmond.

The two victories propel GVC past both the South Island Royals and the T-Birds into sixth place in the BCMML. This leaves the Canadians just 5 points back of the second place NW Giants. The altered story line last weekend ended up being the success of the revamped Canadians power play.

 

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Game 1 – Eric Bourhill Leads GVC to Road Victory

Tsawwassen’s Eric Bourhill scored two goals and chipped in with two assists to pace the Canadians to a 5-4 victory in the first game of the two game series played at ARC in Abbotsford. Other GVC goals were supplied by Richmond’s Julius Zhang and Kyle Ahlfield along with a single from Ladner’s Brennan Gaytmenn. High flying forward Tyson Lin contributed with two important assists, in particular on the winning goal where he sent Bourhill in to score the fifth and deciding marker. Jamie Housch had a hat trick for the T-Birds in a losing cause.

The main story line of Game 1 was the success of the GVC power play. Changes in strategy and personnel resulted in the power play scoring twice making the T-Birds pay for some undisciplined play. 

Goaltender Matteo Paler-Chow (7-5-1, 2.98) got the “W” for GVC by executing some timely saves at key points in the game. Some late heroics by the Vancouver netminder, with an extra attacker on the ice, secured the important road victory.

Head Coach Phil Alalouf was pleased with the scoring output of the power play.  “It was great to see the power play come through for us today. To this point in the season we have not been able to make teams pay for their undisciplined play. Again Bourhill played a key role for us. He had 4 big points today that made the difference.  He is establishing himself as one of the elite players in the league.”

 

Game 2 – Bourhill Shines Again

Tsawwassen’s Eric Bourhill took over where he left off on Saturday by scoring two more times (12 on the season) to propel the Canadians to another important road win and securing the weekend sweep of the Thunderbirds. Also contributing goals for GVC were South Delta’s Mike Matson, Vancouver’s Tyson Lin and Richmond’s Nick Marsh. First year players Scott Atkinson and Chris Douglas continued their climb up the scoring chart with two assists each.

The Canadians were able to race out to a 4-1 lead in the second period only to see the T-Birds battle back in the third to tie the game late. It was Bourhill’s second of the day, from Vaughan Bamford and Alex Pescitelli, with less than two minutes to go in the game, that sealed the win for the Canadians. GVC forwards Noah Kelly and Andrew Bennett, both played strong games highlighted by tenacious forechecking and skilful playmaking. The GVC power play had 3 goals to make the difference in the game.

“Can’t say enough about how huge this is for our boys to come out here and take two from them in their own building,” exclaimed Assistant Coach Mike Twaites. “These were two real character wins for this group.”

Netminder Lucas Shaw (4-3-2, 3.02) was solid in securing his fourth win of the season with excellent support from his defensemen. The Canadians D crew limited scoring chances and were also able to contribute to the team scoring as Tom Von Schoenberg chipped in 2 assists while Vaughan Bamford and Julius Zhang each had a single. 

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 Week #12 GVC Preview

 

Canadians Prep for Rematch with FV Thunderbirds 

 

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015 

The GVC Canadians (9-8-3) are coming off a bye weekend rested and ready for some pay back against the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds (10-6-4). This weekend will see both games being played in Abbotsford at the ARC due to scheduling challenges at the Olympic Oval. The games will be played Sat. Dec. 5th at 4:00 pm and Sun. Dec. 6th at 9:45 am. The results of this weekends’ series will have big ramifications for both teams in the BCMML standings. 

The Canadians are hoping to build on the positive emotions created by a 3-3 tie with the league leading NW Giants on Nov. 22nd. Assistant Coach Mike Twaites was quick to comment that “this result shows that our squad can play with the best teams in the BCMML. We need to take this result and build on it by stringing some wins together and get back into the hunt for home playoff games.” The T-Birds are coming off a very successful weekend that saw them sweep the Thompson Blazers posting four points in the standings to create some distance between themselves and the Canadians. 

GVC’s scoring continues to be led by Matt Kroeker (4-10=14), Tyson Lin (6-8=14) and Eric Bourhill (8-5=13). First year players Alex Pescitelli, Chris Douglas, Scott Atkinson and Michael Araki-Young are maturing quickly and have become consistent contributors to the team game Head Coach Phil Alalouf has been preaching. “These 2000’s have shown quickly that they can play at this level. They are a skilled group that is learning to assert themselves on other teams. As their confidence grows I expect great things out of them,” shared the GVC bench boss. 

GVC goaltender Matteo Paler Chow (5-5-1, 2.77) and Lucas Shaw (4-3-2, 3.02) had a great week of practice and will look to backstop the Canadians to a couple of big wins.

 

The Thunderbird forward trio of Mackenzie Wight (9-10=19), Jon Stein (6-13=19) and Baxter Anderson (7-7=14) will be pressed to continue their scoring prowess and lead the T-Birds. The improved play of the GVC defence group should allow them to match up well against this group. Julius Zhang, Nick Marsh and Nathan Kelly have continued their solid play of late and hope to play a key role in keeping the puck out of the net this weekend.

 

The GV Canadians enter this weekend’s games in 8th place in the eleven team league but are only 3 points back of the FV Thunderbirds. GVC Head Coach Phil Alalouf said that “we have made some changes with our special teams hoping to increase our scoring. Our boys are excited to have another opportunity to do battle with Fraser Valley. They are right above us in the standings so there are critical points at stake this weekend. As well, I think it is important that we build some momentum going into the X-Mas break.”

 GVC fans can follow this weekend’s action on Twitter @GVCanadians or cheer the boys on through a webcast Pay-Per-View option online at playfullscreen.com Week #9 GVC Preview

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Canadians Look to Continue Rise in BCMML Standings

 

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

The GVC Canadians (8-7-1) appear very focused in preparation for the visit of the Thompson Blazers (2-9-3) for a two game series this weekend at the Olympic Oval in Richmond. The games are scheduled for Sat. Nov. 14th at 5:00 pm with the second tilt the next morning on Sun. Nov. 15th at 10:00 am. Other BCMML teams can’t help but notice GVC’s rise in the standings.

The Canadians are coming off last weekend’s dominant sweep of the NI Silvertips while the Thompson Blazers will look to bounce back after losing both games against the NW Giants where they failed to score a goal in both games. The struggling Blazers have only two wins in 14 outings this season but as usual will come ready to do battle with the Canadians.

The Blazers squad currently sits second in the BCMML in penalty minutes with 265, which averages an eye popping 18 mins per game. Assistant Coach Dylan Herold said he is positive about the development of GVC’s power play. “Our units moved the puck very well last weekend. It resulted in several excellent scoring chances. If the Blazers are going to take penalties then we will look to capitalize.”

The Canadians are hoping the “scoring by committee” approach will continue. Last weekend GVC scored 10 times in two games with 8 different players notching a goal. Assistant Coach Mike Twaites pointed out that “it will be important for us to have a team approach to scoring if we are to be successful. Teams in this league know how to shut down the top scoring lines.”

GVC goaltender Matteo Paler Chow (4-4-1, 2.72) returns to the line-up after a weekend away that saw him called up to the Vernon Vipers of the BCHL for two games. Lucas Shaw (4-3-0, 3.03) looks to continue his personal two game win streak after anchoring the Canadians to two road victories last weekend.

The Blazers forward trio of Matt Facchinelli (5-9=14), Brendan Mongey (4-4=8) and Ryan Chyzowski (4-2=6) will be closely watched by the Canadians rear-guards. The GVC defensemen are totally ready to shut down this group that has been mainly responsible for the Thompson scoring.

The GV Canadians enter this weekend’s games in 5th place in the eleven team league but are only 5 points back of top spot. GVC Head Coach Phil Alalouf shared that “we want to continue to achieve the progressive goals we set out at the beginning of the year. I like where we are with that. Obviously our major goal is success at the end of year where we want to be firing on all cylinders with everyone contributing. Right now we need to be patient with the process.” 

GVC fans can follow this weekend’s action on Twitter @GVCanadians or cheer the boys on through a webcast Pay-Per-View option online at playfullscreen.com 

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Greater Vancouver Canadians

BCMML Week #8 (Nov. 7-8, 2015)

Weekend Summary

 

Greater Vancouver Canadians vs. North Island Silvertips

Game 1 – Nov. 7th, 2015: Greater Vancouver 5, NI Silvertips 2 @ Nanaimo

Game 2 – Nov. 8th, 2015: Greater Vancouver 5, NI Silvertips 2 @ Nanaimo

The GVC Canadians returned from Vancouver Island with 4 points in their pocket after two decisive 5-2 victories over the outmanned North Island Silvertips. Both games saw an undisciplined Silvertips team take a multitude of penalties resulting in GVC dominance and two road victories. The much needed victories propel the Canadians into 5th place in the BCMML standings just 5 points shy of top spot.

Game 1 – Eric Bourhill Leads GVC to Dominant Win

Tsawwassen’s Eric Bourhill scored two goals to pace the Canadians to a dominant victory in the first game of the two game series played at Frank Crane Arena in Nanaimo. Other GVC goals were supplied by Richmond’s Michael Araki-Young, Richmond’s Nick Marsh and Tsawwassen’s Mike Matson. Rear guard EJ Shaw chipped in with two important assists. Hartl and Frank scored for the ‘Tips.

GVC took advantage of undisciplined play by the ‘Tips (12 minor penalties) to control the game from the opening puck drop. North Island ended the game with a total of 24 minutes in penalties which resulted in them playing shorthanded the majority of the game. The chippy, penalty filled affair allowed numerous opportunities for the GVC power play. Both units moved the puck very well resulting in an abundance of great scoring chances. Only the quality goaltending by North Island’s John Hawthorne kept the Canadians off the scoresheet.

Eric Bourhill was dangerous throughout the game. His speed and good hands caused fits for the ‘Tips defensemen. GVC team captain Matt Kroeker from Vancouver showed great leadership with a very physical style of play that responded to the overly physical approach of North Island. Lucas Shaw (4-3-0, 3.03) backstopped the Canadians to victory with a solid outing highlighted by some excellent rebound control.

After the game Head Coach Phil Alalouf was quick to point out that he was impressed with how the Canadians were able to show great character by not being drawn into and distracted by the Silvertips overly aggressive, undisciplined style of play. “Our guys stuck to the game plan and it paid off. It was great to see some secondary scoring and our power play did some real positive things. Eric Bourhill was great today. I’m happy to see him get rewarded for his excellent effort.”

 

Game 2 – Tyson Lin Scores Pair to Lead GVC to Sweep of ‘Tips

Vancouver’s Tyson Lin scored a first and second period goal and chipped in an assist for a three point morning to lead the Canadians to another dominating 5-2 victory over the ‘Tips. Also contributing goals for GVC were South Delta’s Brennan Gaytmenn, Noah Kelly and Andrew Bennett. Mike Matson had a strong game by contributing with two assists. Mastrodonato and Heathcote replied for the ‘Tips in a losing cause.

North Island picked up where they left off on Saturday by again having a parade to the penalty box. GVC quickly took advantage of the undisciplined play by scoring three first period goals and then one each in the second and third periods to secure the 5-2 victory. 2000 born GVC forwards Michael Araki-Young, Scott Atkinson, Chris Douglas and Alex Pescitelli all played strong games highlighted by tenacious forechecking, skilful playmaking and a physical style of play. “I’m really happy with the development of our younger players,” exclaimed HC Phil Alalouf. “They have learned a lot and are giving the team their best effort on a consistent basis.”

Netminder Lucas Shaw was solid in securing his second win of the weekend with excellent support of his defensemen. Nick Marsh, Julius Zhang, EJ Shaw and Vaughan Bamford all chipped with key points during both weekend victories.

 

GVC Preview - BCMML Week #9

(Nov 14th – Nov 15th, 2015)

The GVC Canadians will return home to the friendly confines of the Richmond Oval for this upcoming weekend (Nov. 14th – 5:00 pm, Nov. 15th – 10:00 am). They will host the Thompson Blazers (2-9-3) for a 2 game series. The Blazers will be coming off last weekend’s two shutout losses to the league leading NW Giants.

Come out and support your Greater Vancouver Canadians or follow along on Twitter @GVCanadians or use the webcast Pay-Per-View option online at playfullscreen.com.

 The BC Hockey Major Midget League was established in 2004 to provide elite level 15, 16 and 17 year olds an opportunity to play within their own age group at a high level and be developed for the next level of hockey. These teams have an opportunity each year to compete for the National Midget Championship.