Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Vees Advance to Fred Page Cup Final, Makin Commits to WMU, Smoke Eaters Add Two New Recruits, Garbowsky and Laleggia Sign Pro Contracts:




 



Standings Wins Losses Points GF GA
3 0 6 13 6
1 1 2 8 7
0 3 0 8 16

March 25 — Nanaimo 1 at Penticton 4 (2,433)
March 27 — Chilliwack 3 at Nanaimo 7 (1,700)
March 29 — Penticton 4 at Chilliwack 3 OT (2,489)
March 31 — Chilliwack 2 at Penticton 5 (2,508)
April 2 — Penticton at Nanaimo - 7 pm  
x-April 4 — Nanaimo at Chilliwack - 7 pm
x-April 6 — TBA at TBA - TBA   

With Penticton's 5-2 win over Chilliwack on Tuesday night, it takes the Chiefs fate out of their hands. In order for Chilliwack to stay alive in the BCHL round robin semifinals, it needs a Vees win on Thursday in Nanaimo. If the Clippers win that game, it books their ticket to the BCHL Fred Page Cup Final. If the Vees win that game, the Chiefs will still be alive and can force the tie-breaker game with a win on Saturday, April 4th at home against Nanaimo.









Alberni Valley forward Mitch Makin committed to Western Michigan University and will play for the Broncos starting this September. The 21-year-old from Lethbridge, AB, led the Bulldogs in scoring in 2014-15, putting up 60 points (25 goals, 35 assists) in  58 games. He added eight points (two goals, six assists) in seven playoff games with AV. In 141 career BCHL games, Makin finishes his career with 100 points (42 goals, 58 assists).

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The Trail Smoke Eaters added two players to their new recruits on the BCHL website. Committing to the Smokies for the 2015-16 season are 17-year-old Ross Armour and 17-year-old Spencer McLean. Both players skated with the junior B Beaver Valley NiteHawks in 2014-15, finishing second and third respectively in scoring. Armour had 57 points (14 goals, 43 assists) in 49 games and McLean notched 38 points (18 goals, 20 assists) in 51 games this season, which are impressive totals for 16-year-olds making their first foray into junior hockey. Amour played seven games as an affiliate player with the Smoke Eaters and McLean played five games as an AP with Trail, each posting two assists.




Forward Matt Garbowsky (Powell River, 2009-11) signed a one-year American Hockey League contract with the Buffalo Sabres for 2015-16. The 24-year-old signed an amateur tryout contract with the Rochester Americans, who are the Sabres AHL affiliate, so he can join them for the final nine games of the season. Garbowsky was one of the top scorers in NCAA hockey this season with 54 points (26 goals, 28 assists) in 40 games. He is one of the Top 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Award.

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Defenseman Joey Laleggia (Penticton, 2008-11) signed a two-year entry level contract with the Edmonton Oilers. The Burnaby, BC product recorded 40 points (15 goals, 25 assists) in 37 games with the University of Denver this season. He's also a Top 10 finalist for the Hobey Baker Award. Laleggia was named 2014-15 NCHC Player of the Year, NCHC Defenseman of the Year, and Offensive Defenseman of the Year. He was selected by the Oilers in the fifth round, 123rd overall at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

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Forward Brendon Kearney (Langley, 2013-14) committed to Ohio State University, starting with the 2015-16 season. He's played the last two seasons with the Chicago Steel, posting 48 points (19 goals, 29 assists) in 95 games. Kearney started the 2013-14 season with the Rivermen and had two goals in 16 games. Langley struck a deal with Chicago that saw the Steel get Kearney while the Rivermen took Liam McDermott.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Vees Improve to 2-0 in BCHL Round Robin Semifinals with 4-3 OT Win vs. Chilliwack:




 



Standings Wins Losses Points GF GA
Penticton Vees 2 0 4 8 4
Nanaimo Clippers 1 1 2 8 7
Chilliwack Chiefs 0 2 0 6 11

March 25 — Nanaimo 1 at Penticton 4 (2,433)
March 27 — Chilliwack 3 at Nanaimo 7 (1,700)
March 29 — Penticton 4 at Chilliwack 3 OT (2,489)
March 31 — Chilliwack at Penticton - 7 pm
x-April 2 — Penticton at Nanaimo - 7 pm  
x-April 4 — Nanaimo at Chilliwack - 7 pm
x-April 6 — TBA at TBA - TBA   

Tie-breaker criteria to determine first place: Points; Points in head-to-head games; Goal differential in head-to-head games; Goal differential in overall round-robin games; Round-robin seed

After first place is declared - if the other two teams are tied in round-robin points - they will play a tie-breaker game hosted by the higher round-robin seed on Monday, April 6th. 

Friday, March 27, 2015

Chiefs Lose Their First Game of BCHL Round Robin Semifinals, Clippers Announce Recruits Hardy and Page, Rivermen Add Ayre and Ginnetti to New Recruits Page:




 



Standings Wins Losses Points GF GA
Penticton Vees 1 0 2 4 1
Nanaimo Clippers 1 1 2 8 7
Chilliwack Chiefs 0 1 0 3 7

March 25 — Nanaimo 1 at Penticton 4 (2,433)
March 27 — Chilliwack 3 at Nanaimo 7 (1,700)
March 29 — Penticton at Chilliwack - 7 pm
March 31 — Chilliwack at Penticton - 7 pm
x-April 2 — Penticton at Nanaimo - 7 pm  
x-April 4 — Nanaimo at Chilliwack - 7 pm
x-April 6 — TBA at TBA - TBA   

Tie-breaker criteria to determine first place: Points; Points in head-to-head games; Goal differential in head-to-head games; Goal differential in overall round-robin games; Round-robin seed

After first place is declared - if the other two teams are tied in round-robin points - they will play a tie-breaker game hosted by the higher round-robin seed on Monday, April 6th. 








The Nanaimo Clippers announced the commitment of two new players for the 2015-16 season. Heading to the Hub City are 16-year-old forward Owen Hardy and 19-year-old defenseman Louis-Philippe Page. 

Hardy is from Nanaimo and played this past season with the North Island Silvertips of the BC Major Midget League. He had 32 points (14 goals, 18 assists) in 31 games with the Silvertips and no points in three games with the Clippers as an affiliate player. Hardy played for Team BC at last month's Canada Winter Games and had one assist. He was selected in the 2nd round, 42nd overall by the Vancouver Giants in the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft.

Page comes from the Deerfield Academy Varsity Boys high school team in Deerfield, MA. He's played three seasons with Deerfield and had 10 points (six goals, four assists) in 26 games this season. Page was a 2nd round pick, 34th overall, by the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles in the 2012 QMJHL Entry Draft.

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The Langley Rivermen added two new players to the "New Recruits" section of their roster on the BCHL website. The players added are 17-year-old forward Trevor Ayre and 16-year-old Cameron Ginnetti. 

Ayre is from Surrey and played 2014-15 with the Valley West Hawks of the BC Major Midget League. He was seventh in league scoring with 55 points (20 goals, 35 assists) in 40 games. Ayre also got into five BCHL games with the Rivermen as an affiliate player, but didn't register any points.

Ginnetti played junior B hockey this past season with Grandview Steelers of the Pacific Junior Hockey League. In 32 games with the Steelers, the Vancouver native picked up 18 points (seven goals, 11 assists). He also had seven points (four goals, three assists) in 12 playoff games for Grandview, which advanced to the Tom Shaw Conference Finals in the PJHL. Ginnetti played four games with Langley as an AP, scoring no points.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

BCHL Round Robin Semifinals Resume Friday, Four Former BCHL Players Sign NHL Contracts:




 


It's an off-day in the BCHL Round Robin Semifinals following Penticton's 4-1 win Wednesday against Nanaimo. The Clippers return home tomorrow to face Chilliwack. The Vees are next in action on Sunday, when they visit the Chiefs.


Standings Wins Losses Points GF GA
Penticton Vees 1 0 2 4 1
Nanaimo Clippers 0 1 0 1 4
Chilliwack Chiefs 0 0 0 0 0

March 25 — Nanaimo 1 at Penticton 4 (2,433)
March 27 — Chilliwack at Nanaimo - 7 pm
March 29 — Penticton at Chilliwack - 7 pm
March 31 — Chilliwack at Penticton - 7 pm
x-April 2 — Penticton at Nanaimo - 7 pm  
x-April 4 — Nanaimo at Chilliwack - 7 pm
x-April 6 — TBA at TBA - TBA   

Tie-breaker criteria to determine first place: Points; Points in head-to-head games; Goal differential in head-to-head games; Goal differential in overall round-robin games; Round-robin seed

After first place is declared - if the other two teams are tied in round-robin points - they will play a tie-breaker game hosted by the higher round-robin seed on Monday, April 6th.








Forward Grayson Downing (Westside, 2008-11) has signed a two-year, entry level contract with the Minnesota Wild. The 22-year-old from Abbotsford, BC, had 36 points (21 goals, 15 assists) in 38 games during his senior season at the University of New Hampshire this year. The contract kicks in for the 2015-16 season. Downing has joined the Wild's AHL affiliate in Iowa on an amateur tryout agreement.
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Goaltender Joel Rumpel (Penticton, 2009-11) signed a one-year, entry level contract with the San Jose Sharks. He had a 4-23-4 record along with a 3.49 GAA and a .902 save percentage this season with the University of Wisconsin. The Swift Current, SK native posted a 53-50-11 record with a 2.51 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage over four seasons with the Badgers. He will report to the Sharks' AHL affiliate in Worcester.

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Forward Ryan Bayda (Vernon, 1998-99) has signed with the Strauberg Tigers of the German Elite League for the 2015-16 season. The 34-year-old only played six games in 2014-15, posting ten points (six goals, four assists) with the Augsburger Panthers. Next season is Bayda's sixth straight in the DEL after playing eight pro seasons in North America from 2002-10.

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Defenseman Ben Betker (Westside, 2011-12) signed a three-year entry level contract with the Edmonton Oilers. Betker, who just finished his overage season in the WHL with Everett, was selected by the Oilers in the sixth round, 158th overall in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. The Cranbrook, BC native played 64 games this season with the Silvertips, scoring 31 points (six goals, 25 assists).

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Forward Austin Carroll (Coquitlam, 2010-11) inked an entry level contract with the Calgary Flames. Carroll, a native of Scottsdale, AZ, played four seasons with Victoria of the WHL and was drafted by the Flames in the seventh round (184th overall) in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. This past season, he led the Royals in scoring with 77 points (38 goals, 39 assists) in 69 games.

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Defenseman Brandon Manning (Prince George, 2007-08) is back in the NHL after being recalled by the Philadelphia Flyers from the Lehigh Valley Phantoms of the AHL. Manning has 43 points (11 goals, 32 assists) in 58 games with Lehigh Valley, and one assist in four games with the Flyers this season.