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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

WEHP Announce Top 10 Team Rankings

WEHP is proud to announce this morning the weekly western Canada top 10 team rankings.

1.   BWC Bruins (9-0-2) - Coming off a huge tournament championship in Medicine Hat which included wins over NSWC, POE, Bisons and Lloydminster.
2.   NSWC Winterhawks (7-1-1) - Lost in the final to BWC but defeated them in Chilliwack and have made two major finals already.
3.   POE (5-0-0) - Haven't made a major tournament final as of yet.  Until that happens, they can't be placed higher than 3rd.  Lost to BWC twice 5-2 (CHWK) and 9-6 (MH).
4.   SSAC Southgate Lions (13-1-2) - Have dominated the AMBHL but losses to NSWC and POE in Medicine Hat cement them here for now.
5.   Semiahmoo Ravens (8-2-1) - Only two league losses have come to BWC.  Lost to the Bisons and St. Albert in Med Hat which is concerning but did beat 6th ranked Royals.
6.   Calgary Royals (12-1-2) - Not the most excited team but win games with goaltending and defense.  Beat Lloydminster in Med Hat.  Have allowed just 28 goals in 15 league games.  Tops by far.
7.   Lloydminster Heat (13-2-1) - They had a hot and cold Med Hat tournament as did many of the teams their.  Lost barely to BWC 7-6 but then lost to the Bisons. 
8.   Cloverdale Colts (5-3-1) - Coming off a Abbotsford tournament win.  Were not invited to Medicine Hat.  Tyler Soy has returned which means a lot to this team.  League losses to BWC, NSWC and Seafair.
9.   Calgary Bisons (10-4-2) - Have had a couple concerning losses in league play, thus the drop in the rankings.  Made the semi finals in Med Hat.  Beat Semi and Lloyd in Med Hat.
10.  Sherwood Park (11-2-2) - Have been lights out in league play, going undefeated in the past 8.  Feature a tough defense. 

Honorable Mentions
St. Albert Sabres - AMBHL
Balgonie Prairie Storm - SBAAHL
North East Wolfpack - SBAAHL
Winnipeg Monarchs - WPG AAA

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Weekend Catch Up - Saskatchewan

The big event over the weekend was the Swift Current Kabos Raiders bantam AA tournament.  The tournament featured a hodge podge of teams from different areas of the prairies.  The thought heading in, was that it was the Calgary Northstar Sabres tournament to lose since they were the lone AAA team at the tournament.  The Northstar Sabres would have a perfect round robin record by beating Notre Dame AA 6-2, Edm SSAC AA 12-0 and a narrow 5-4 win over Swift Current.  As a result, they would advance to the final.  On the other side, Melville would also go perfect with wins over Calgary NWCAA AA 7-6, a 7-3 victory over the Saskatoon Frostbite and finally a 5-2 win over the Hurricanes.   This set up a showdown with the Calgary Northstar Sabres.

In the final it would be the Xavier and pair or 98 forwards Dunn and Parker who all had 11 points in 3 round robin games, Aucoin led with 7 goals.  They would take on the talented Melville Millionaires, led by Dakota Boutin and Rykr Cole who both had 5-7-12 in the 3 games.  The Millionaires who got better as the tournament went on, would storm out to a commanding 7-1 lead after 2 periods of play.  The line of Boutin, Neuls and Cole was once again a force, proving they could be a 1st line on some and 2nd line on all western Canada teams.  Rykr Cole scored 2 goals in the final, Boutin, Neuls 2, Kreklewich and Roberts scored in the tournament clincher.  Benji Tapotat was strong in goal.

Scoring Leaders
1.   Dakota Boutin        5-7-12  Melville
2.   Rykr Cole              5-7-12 Melville
3.   Parker Aucoin        7-4-11  Calgary Northstar Sabres (98)
4.   Jordan Xavier         5-6-11  Calgary Northstar Sabres
5.   Brayden Dunn        3-8-11  Calgary Northstar Sabres (98)
6.   Kole Lind              5-2-7  Swift Current Kabos Raiders (98)
7.   Donovan Neuls      3-4-7  Melville
8.   Tanner Nagel         3-4-7  Swift Current Kabos Raiders
9.   Hayden Ursalak     4-2-6  Calgary NWCAA AA
10. Dennan Blanchard  1-5-6  Regina Hurricanes

Top Goaltender - Clark Flagel - Notre Dame AA Hounds
Top Defenseman - Austin Strand - Calgary Northstar Sabres
Top Forward - Dakota Boutin - Melville Millionaires
MVP - Jordan Xavier - Calgary Northstar Sabres

Yorkton 2 - Weyburn 0 (Friday)
-Star of the game - Rylan Palchewich turned aside all 21 shots for the SO.  5'9 145lb Palchewich has been great for Yorkton this season, now sporting a 2.90 GAA and a 4-3-1 record. 

Yorkton 6 - Estevan 4
-Kylan Shae (Yorkton) led the way with 2-1-3.  The 5'11 163 Shae now has 4-3-7 in 10 games. 

West Central 5 - Moose Jaw 4
-Brandon Arnold (West Central) led the way with 2-1-3.  Arnold is having a terrific season with 9-10-19 in 9 games so far this season.

Sask Valley 8 - North Battleford 1
-Terrell Draude continued his huge pace this year with 2-2-4.  6'2 180 Draude has 24-19-43 in 11 games and by far leads the league.  Kennady Fox-Zacharias had 4 goals, giving him 6-6-12 in 11 games.

Balgonie Prairie Storm 6 - Regina Canucks 0
-98 born defenseman would lead Balgonie in this one with 1-2-3.  5'8 136 Reid has 3-5-8 in 7 games.

Regina Oilers 6 - Regina Senators 2
-Defenseman Mike Eskra and Conner Chaulk each scored twice in the win.  Eskra has a league leading 9-2-11 in 8 games for defenseman.  Chaulk has 5-4-9 in 8 games.

North East Wolfpack 6 - Prince Albert 5
-98 born forward Jordan Borstmayer had a breakout game with 4 goals.  He has 9-7-16 in 11 games.  Campese (Prince Albert) had 3 goals, giving him 15-8-23 in 11 games.

Battlefords 4 - Moose Jaw 3
-Layne Young led the way with 1-1-2.  Young has 4-6-10 in 8 games now.

SBAAHL Scoring Leaders
Draude leads league
 1.   Terrell Draude   24-19-43  Sask Valley  11GP
2.   Jayden Halbgewachs  19-10-29  Balgonie  8GP
3.   Rykr Cole  15-14-29  Melville  9GP
4.   Dakota Boutin  14-12-26  Melville  8GP
5.   Regan Nagy  17-6-23  Weyburn  10GP
6.   Matthew Campese  15-8-23  Prince Albert  11GP

GSHL Scoring Leaders

Tate Olson leads all defenseman
 1.  Nat Wingerak       5-16-21 Stallions
2.  Garrett Pilon         5-10-15 Outlaws
3.  Cam Hebig           6-7-13 Frostbite
4.  Lane Pederson     6-6-12 Generals
5.  D- Tate Olson      7-4-11 Stallions
6.  Wyatt Shew         4-6-10 Outlaws
7.  Trevor Mann        5-4-9 Generals
8.  Logan Loopkey    7-1-8 Stallions
9.  Wyatt Sloboshan   6-2-8 Maniacs
10. D- Connor Hobbs 1-7-8 Bandits

Sunday, November 27, 2011

L.A. Selects 3 - Arizona Bobcats 2 Final - Win Wild West Showdown Tourney

Robby Jackson scored the tournament GWG to give the Selects the tournament victory.  Jackson, who has had a fantastic season and has shot up the rankings to a legit western USA top 10 prospects led the Selects in tournament scoring with 4-7-11 in 5 games.  Evan Sarthou who is another top prospect for the WHL draft stopped 21/23 shots int he win.  Sarthou, as he has been all season long was once again the top goalie.  He posted a 3-0-0 record and a sparkling .950 save percentage, while allowing just 3 goals.

The L.A. Selects have been invited to the John Reid Memorial Tournament in January.  Another Comrie (TY) will be taking part as a key forward for the Selects.

Top Scorers
1.  Austin Matthews  7-7-14  Arizona
2.  Robby Jackson  4-7-11 LA Selects
3.  Keith Anderson  4-6-10  Arizona
4.  Jake Hamacher  5-3-8  California Titans
5.  Jared Turcotte  4-4-8  California  Titans

Melville defeats Calgary Northstar Sabres AMBHL 7-4 to win tourney

Dakota Boutin named top forward.

Melville wins Swift Current tournament...details to come....

Cloverdale 8 - OHA 4 FINAL...Cloverdale wins Abbotsford Tournament

More to come tomorrow morning.

OHA - Cloverdale Final - Abbotsford Tournament

Scoring Leaders (Through 5 games)
1.   Chris Seto  18-7-25  Cloverdale Colts
2.   Tyler Soy    7-14-21  Cloverdale Colts
3.   Brad Morrison  10-3-13  OHA
4.   Brice Sharp  9-3-12  Mission Stars
5.   Patrick Bajkov  4-7-11  Nanaimo (4 games)
6.   Jakob Stukel  2-9-11  Cloverdale Colts
7.   Taylor Ward  5-5-10  OHA
8.   Jordan Henderson  4-5-9  Cloverdale Colts
9.   Blake Bargar  3-6-9  Los Angelas Jr. Kings
10. Dylan McCann  6-2-8  Cloverale Colts

1.   Parker Wotherspoon  2-5-7  Cloverdale Colts
2.   Noah Jullsen  1-6-7  Abbotsford Hawks (4games)
3.   Brady Reagan  1-6-7  OHA
4.   Trevor Bottomly  0-6-6  OHA
5.   Carter Rhine  3-2-5  OHA

Saturday, November 26, 2011

John Reid Memorial Tournament Invitees

Here listed below are the 16 teams who have received an invite to the prestigious John Reid Memorial Tournament in January.  Very nice to see the Balgonie Prairie Storm from Saskatchewan get the invite to see how they can stack up if they make it to westerns in April.

Burnaby Winter Club Bruins

Calgary Bisons

Calgary Royals

Canadian Athletic Club Canadians (Edmonton)

Cloverdale Colts

Lloydminster Heat

Los Angeles Selects

North Shore Winter Club Hawks (Vancouver, B.C)

Notre Dame Hounds (Wilcox, Saskatchewan)

Prairie Storm (Balgonie, Saskatchewan)

Pursuit of Excellence Academy (Kelowna)

Semiahmoo Ravens

Sherwood Park Flyers

Southside Athletic Club Lions (Edmonton)

St. Albert Sabres

Wenatchee Jr. Wild (Washington State)

Abbotsford Tournament Update

Scoring Leaders
1.   Chris Seto             12-4-16 Cloverdale Colts
2.   Tyler Soy              3-10-13 Cloverdale Colts
3.   Brad Morrison      9-0-9     OHA
4.   Brice Sharp           8-1-9     Mission Stars
5.   Blake Bargar         3-4-7     L.A. Jr. Kings
6.   Jacob Kranabetter 3-4-7    Mission Stars
7.   Ben Lown              3-3-6    L.A. Jr. Kings
8.   Justin Borrowman  1-5-6    Mission Stars
9.   Ryan Jevne            4-1-5    MLAC
10. Dylan McCann      4-1-5    Cloverdale Colts

Quarter Finals
Victoria - Prince George
L.A. - Cloverdale
MLAC - Mission
Surrey - OHA

Looks very much it will be a Cloverdale vs. Mission or OHA final as many of you have predicted.

Swift Current Bantam Tournament

The Swift Current Bantam "AA" tournament got underway yesterday with eight teams taking part.  Of the eight teams, there is one "AAA" team - Calgary Northstar Sabres.  Although the Northstar Sabres are sitting 4th in Challenger South with a 4-10-3 record, they have only allowed 9 more goals than they've scored.  We'll see just how good a team such as Melville is from Saskatchewan, who would have to be considered the best team from Saskatchewan their.  Also taking part in the tournament are:  Regina Hurricanes, Saskatoon Frostbite, Calgary NWCAA, Edmonton SSAC Alberta Sportswear AA, Notre Dame AA and Swift Current.

Day 1
Calgary Northstar Sabres 6 - Notre Dame AA Hounds 2
A pair of 98 born stars led the way for Calgary as Brayden Dunn scored 1-5-6 while Parker Aucoin 3-2-5.  Jordan Xavier the captain also picked up 3 points.  Jack Flaman anad Rhett Kingston scored for Notre Dame.

Swift Current 7 - SSAC AA 2
Tanner Nagal scored 3 goals for Swift Current in the win.  Team scoring leader Kole Lind was strong with 1-2-3.  For SSAC, Jake Donald had 1-1-2.  Donald has just 5 points in 17 league games in the ERBHL.  Ryan Gorodetsky had 20 pims and he has 32 this year in the ERBHL.

Melville 7 - Calgary NWCAA AA 6
Dakota Boutin had a huge game with 2-4-6 and Rykr Cole had 1-2-3.  For Calgary, Hayden Ursalak had 3-1-4.  He leads his AA council team with 7-7-14 in the regular season.  Cale Makar was said to be strong on Defense for Calgary.

Regina Hurricanes 4 - Saskatoon Frostbite 3
Dennan Blanchard had 1-2-3 to lead the way for the Regina Hurricanes.  Blanchard leads his team in scoring this year with 5-2-7 in 8 games.  Erik Fleishhacker had 2 goals for the Frostbite and Cam Hebig, the teams scoring leader with 2 assists.

Action continues today at 10:45 am in Swift Current. 

Friday, November 25, 2011

Abbotsford Results

Here is what is available so far....


Thurs. Nov. 24

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Prince George




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LA Jr Kings


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Pool C


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JDF Grizzlies


Prince Geroge


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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Abbotsford International Bantam AAA Tournament

Cloverdale Colts 10 - Victoria 4
-Seto 2, McCann 2, Wotherspoon, Fyfe, Soy, Henderson, Swift and Stukel.

Mission 3 - Surrey 1

OHA 9 - Richmond 1

Abbotsford 6 - L.A. Jr. Kings 6

WEHP Announce Top 10 Team Rankings

WEHP are pleased to announce this morning, the top 10 team rankings.

1.   BWC Bruins
2.   POE
3.   NSWC Winterhawks
4.   SSAC Southgate Lions
5.   Calgary Bisons
6.   Semiahmoo Ravens
7.   Cloverdale Colts
8.   Calgary Royals
9.   St. Albert Sabres
10. Lloydminster Heat

North East Wolfpack
Winnipeg Warriors
Seafair Islanders
Sherwood Park Flyers

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Abbotsford International Bantam AAA Tournament

The Dallas Saunders Abbotsford International Bantam AAA Tournament will get underway bright and early tomorrow morning.  Just taking a quick look over the 4 pools and it seems to be a very competitive tournament with the exception of Cloverdale who should be able to win it or at the very least be a huge favorite.

Pool A
Prince George
L.A. Jr. Kings
Juan De Fuca

Pool B

Pool C

Pool D

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Medicine Hat Tournament All-Stars

Jansen Harkins named MVP, Top Forward
 Five of the six positions on the All Star team were filled by B.C. players.
First Team All-Stars

Goal – Taz Burman, North Shore Winter Club

Def – Joe Gatenby, Pursuit of Excellence Kelowna
Def – Ty Schultz, Burnaby Winter Club

For – Giorgio Estephan, Edmonton South Side Athletic Club
For – Jansen Harkins, North Shore Winter Club
For – Adam Musil, Burnaby Winter Club

Individual Awards were presented to the following,
The Fred Standing Memorial trophy for Most Sportsmanlike Team – Kamloops Jardine Blazers

Best Coach Award – Mike Scardina, Semiahmoo Ravens

Dennis Moss Memorial Trophy for Most Outstanding Goaltender – Taz Burman, North Shore Winter Club

Cliff Peterson Memorial Trophy for Most Outstanding Defenseman – Joe Gatenby, Pursuit of Excellence Kelowna

Brent Reid Memorial Trophy for Tournament MVP – Jansen Harkens, North Shore Winter Club.
-Jansen had 8 goals and 6 assists up to the Semi Final game.$2500.00 Scholarship awards presented by the Medicine Hat Tigers and team owners, the Maser family. Awarded to the Tournament MVP – Jansen Harkens, North Shore Winter Club, and the top player from the Medicine Hat Hockey Hounds – Xavier Burghardt.

Something a bit different today

A subscriber and reader of the blog wanted to know where a specific player actually went in the WHL draft in relation to where we had them ranked.  So with that said, see below the top 20 forwards, 15 defenseman and 10 goalies selected and beside where we had them rated.  Should give a bit of an idea on the accuracy (not an exact science by any means) and where a player may go.

Forwards1. Jake Virtanen (Calgary Hitmen) WEHP Ranking 1st
2. Reid Duke (Lethbridge Hurricanes) WHEP Ranking 3rd
3. Ryan Gropp (Seattle Thunderbirds) WEHP Ranking 2nd
4. Ty Mappin (Everett Silvertips) WEHP Ranking 5th
5. Reid Gardiner (Prince Albert Raiders) WEHP Ranking 4th
6. Brayden Point (Moose Jaw Warriors) WEHP Ranking 16th ** Ranked between 8-30 overall all year.
7. Rourke Chartier (Kelowna Rockets) WEHP Ranking 10th
8. Miles Warkentine (Moose Jaw Warriors) WEHP Ranking 7th
9. Collin Shirley (Kootenay Ice) WEHP Ranking 13th
10. Blake Penner (Medicine Hat) WEHP Ranking 15th
11. Tanner Macmaster (Spokane Chiefs) WEHP Ranking 8th
12. Thomas Foster (Vancouver Giants) WEHP Ranking 31st
13. Conner Bleakley (Red Deer Rebels) WEHP Ranking 6th
14. Dakota Odgers (Swift Current Broncos) WEHP Ranking NR- Injury most of season
15. Adam Brooks ( Regina Pats) WEHP Ranking 11th
16. Kolten Olynek (Lethbridge Hurricanes) WEHP Ranking 12th
17. Carter Amson (Lethbridge Hurricanes) WEHP Ranking 19th
18. Mitchell Walter (Edmonton Oilkings) WEHP Ranking 6th round
19. Jayce Hawryluk (Brandon Wheatkings) WEHP Ranking 35th
20. Josh Uhrich (Moose Jaw Warriors) WEHP Ranking 23rd

We predicted correct 16 of the top 20 forwards. Not surprised Hawryluk moved up though with his huge talent. Urhich was within the top 20 forwards at different times in the season, Odgers was hurt all year and we had him on the "limited viewing" list. Thomas Foster is the other who a team must've seen something. Every player in the top 13 went in round 1.

1. Brycen Martin (Swift Current) WEHP Ranking 2nd
2. Ryan Pilon (Lethbridge) WEHP Ranking 1st
3. Jordan Thomson (Kamloops) WEHP Ranking 3rd
4. Aaron Irving (Edmonton) WEHP 5th
5. Jordan Harris (Prince George) WEHP Ranking 8th
6. Zach Gonek (Swift Current) WEHP Ranking 4th
7. Joe Hicketts (Victoria) WEHP Ranking 6th
8. Josh Thrower (Calgary) WEHP Ranking 11th
9. Austin Douglas (Seattle) WEHP Ranking 28th
10. Jake Kohlhauser (Vancouver) NR
11. Zach Patterson ( Portland) WEHP Ranking 10th
12. Reid Zalitach (Vancouver) WEHP Ranking 35th
13. Haydn Fleury (Red Deer) WEHP Ranking 7th
14. Ben Thomas (Calgary) WEHP 30th
15. Griffin Mumby (Regina) WEHP Ranking 13th

We predicted correct 11 of the top 15 defenseman. Austin Douglas is 6'6 and Seattle is notorious of drafting huge dman as they took Hauf the year before 4th overall. Zalitach was impressive at westerns so he jumped up. Ben Thomas from Calgary raised his game all season long. If the player is a top 10 dman, it is very likely he will be selected in the top 2 rounds. Right now Lester is ranked 13th in western Canada for dmen. Last year our 13th ranked was Griffin Mumby who went 15th and in round 2.

1. Jordan Papirny (Brandon) WEHP Ranking 1st
2. Payton Lee (Vancouver) WEHP Ranking 2nd
3. Rylan Paranteau (Prince Albert) WEHP 6th
4. Derek Mazil (Edmonton) WEHP Ranking 7th
5. Thomas Spence (Kelowna) WEHP Ranking NR
6. Alec Dillon (Swift Current) WEHP Ranking 8th
7. Grant Naherniak (Red Deer) WEHP Ranking 4th
8. Ryan Rewarts( Saskatoon) WEHP Ranking NR
9. Dylan France (Everett) WEHP Ranking 11th
10. Nolan Kruizenga WEHP Ranking 12th

We projected correctly 8 of the top 12. Papirny and Lee were hands down the top goalies in the draft. This year it is similar with Sawchenko and McBride. I don't like putting goalies in round 1 but McBride is currently there.

BWC 4 - NSWC 0 MH Tourney/Newsletter ready

DARREN STEINKE - Medicine Hat News
The Burnaby Winter Club Bruins proved they could win with defence.
During the 39th annual Medicine Hat Hockey Hounds Major Bantam tournament, the Bruins qualified for the championship game by winning contests with shootout type scores from the 1980s.
In the tournament's title game on Sunday at the Kinplex, the Bruins played more like the New Jersey Devils in their heyday blanking the North Shore Winter Club Winterhawks 4-0. During their five tournament games leading up to the final, the Bruins outscored their opposition 38-18, but the goals allowed were a concern for Burnaby head coach John Batchelor.
The Bruins had to win their semifinal game 9-6 on Saturday night at the Kinplex over Kelowna's Pursuit of Excellence team. Batchelor was pleased with the better defensive effort in the final.
"We know we are capable of playing that way," said Batchelor, who also scouts for the Medicine Hat Tigers. "We score so many goals we get a little carried away at trying to score goals.
"Today, we knew that it was going to be like a game of chess. We couldn't afford to give them (the Winterhawks) any free ice. They have some guys that can snipe pretty good.
"As I said to the kids, a small percentage separates winners from losers and make sure you do the little things on the ice and big things will happen. That was out best game."
Burnaby hit the scoreboard with 2:30 to play in the first period on a goal from Ty Ronning, who is the son of former NHL player Cliff Ronning.
In the second, Burnaby's power play went to work allowing the Bruins to go up 3-0. At the 5:05 mark of the frame Justin Szeto scored from close in to put the Bruins up 2-0.
After the Bruins had a goal disallowed, they went ahead 3-0 thanks to an accurate snipe by forward Mathew Barzal, who fired the puck in low to the shot side of North Shore goaltender Taz Burman.
Nicholas Holowko rounded out the scoring for the Bruins in the third.
Nick McBride made 18 saves to earn the shutout win in goal for Burnaby. Burman turned away 27 shots suffering the loss in goal for North Shore.
"All the guys pulled together, and we came through," said Barzal, who had an assist to go along with his goal in the win. "Our defensive play the last few games hadn't been very good. We really had to step it up today to win the game."
Winterhawks head coach Jim Dinwoodie felt his club ran out of gas on Sunday.
During Saturday's playoff round, the Winterhawks beat two of Alberta's top teams in downing the Edmonton Southside Athletic Club Southgate Lions 5-1 in a quarter-final and the Calgary Bisons 5-2 in the semifinal.
"We played two great teams on (Saturday) and I think emptied our tank a little bit," said Dinwoodie. "We didn't have a lot left.
"We spent far too much time killing penalties. I thought that was a real difference maker

Monday, November 21, 2011

Good Morning;

Stats have been updated for all Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba players up to Friday, November 20. THE PCACA doesn't produce specific stats, so if any of you have these or would like them included, please forward. From B.C., we have updated POE, OHA and Kamloops stats.

There have now been several tournaments in each of the four provinces which have given us a good feel on where players should be slotted in the overall scheme of things. The Medicine Hat tournament was a useful tournament in that regard as some of the top players should why they should remain at the top, while others have fallen. We have expanded the 1997 born age group from a top 175 to a top 200. Many new players have joined the conversation as top players.

I had a chance to speak with an offensive minded defenseman from Alberta who looks up to Josh Morrissey in the WHL and Drew Doughty in the NHL. He wants to play like those players.

I speak to one of the top, if not the top 98 born prospect from Manitoba. He has taken a big leap forward this year and tells us why.

We speak with a big power forward who was born in Kansas City but has taken his talents to a very powerful hockey program. He thinks he can make noise in the WHL one day

Finally, I speak with a Washington State forward who looks to highly touted players who came from the same neck of the woods last year and were drafted in to the WHL.

News and Notes
The Top 20 power rankings make there fourth appearance on the newsletter. This time around, we break down why the top 10 are who they are. We also rank the American Top 10 teams.

Listed are the up coming tournaments this season across western Canada as well.

We re-cap some of the major tournaments that have taken place as of late.

best regards,

Tyler Neisz
western elite hockey prospects

Saturday, November 19, 2011

WEHP live at the Med Hat tournament game re-cap - Day 2

POE 3 - SSAC 1
Teams both came out ready to play with each trading chances in the first. It was SSAC getting on the board first on the power play. SSAC also did a great job killing off a big 4 minute penalty.

The second period was a different story with POE seeming to find another gear and controlled the majority of the pressure and chances in the second. Goaltender for SSAC Matthew Berlin played an excellent game keeping his team in the game during second period with a number of huge saves including two breakaway opportunities. It was not until the 3 minute mark that POE's Will Lawrence netted his first of the game with a very pretty play showing his great hands in tight to tie it up at one. Not long after POE was awarded a 5 on 3 power play in with Lawrence potted his second of the game to put POE up 2-1 after 2.

The third was similar to the second with the only pressure coming from SSAC was on a 4 minute power play. POE put the game away with an insurance goal from Austin Wellsby.  POE had the 37-24 shot advantage.

Players of the game were Will Lawrence of POE and Matthew Berlin of SSAC. Both players had very good games.

Semiahmoo 5 - Edmonton CAC 4
It was all Semiahmoo in the first period sustaining pressure, getting most of the quality scoring chances and taking a 4-1 lead into the first intermission including a short handed goal from Matt Bradley.

CAC held off the Semiahmoo attack in the second period and cut the lead in half on a 4 minute power play which was the lone goal in the second. Semiahmoo still maintained most of the attack.

Edmonton CAC came out strong and ready to play in the third and cutting the lead to 4-3 on a power play marker. Semiahmoo would receive a power play of their own however and it was John Wesley putting home his second of the game to restore some breathing room with a 5-3 lead. It was then CAC's Matt Dykstra putting away his second of the game to get his team back within one. CAC sustained pressure the last few minutes of the game looking for the equallizer with numerous chances but in the end it was Semiahmoo pulling out the 5-4 victory and claiming first play in their pool putting CAC at number 2 two. Semi out shot CAC 42-29.

Players of the game were Matt Bradley for Semi and goaltender Tyler Kwiatkowski for CAC.

John Wesley of Semi and Matt Dykstra of CAC both had great performances with two goals each.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Med Hat Tournament - Day 2 POE 3 - SSAC 1, BWC 5 - Bisons 3, Airdrie 8 - Wpg hawks 2, Lloyd 11 - Kam 5

POE 5 (2-0-0)  - Airdrie 2 (0-2-0)
-POE held a 48-14 edge in shots on goal in the game.  Kawaguchi with 2, Jost, Ayre and Finley scored for POE.

Calgary Bisons 7 (2-0-0) - Lloydminster 4 (0-2-0)

Edmonton SSAC 10 (0-2-0)  Winnipeg Hawks 4 (0-2-0)

BWC Bruins 6 (2-0-0) - Kamloops 2 (0-2-0)
- Musil (BWC) and Bazien (KAM) player of the game awards.  Szeto scored twice, Musil 1-2-3.  Barzal just played on the PP due to injury.  Maxwell James and Joel Falsetta for Kamloops.

Semiahmoo 5 (2-0-0) - Calgary Royals 4 (0-2-0)

CAC 5 (2-0-0) - Notre Dame 4 (0-2-0)
-Rylee Zimmer had 3 goals and 1 assist for Notre Dame.  Burke, Stewart and Marshall were amongst the goal scorers for CAC.

St. Albert 8 (1-1-0) - Medicine Hat 2 (0-2-0)

NSWC 5 (2-0-0) - Winnipeg Warriors 0 (1-1-0)

POE 3 (3-0-0) - SSAC 1 (2-1-0)
Will Lawrence was the player of the game for POE while 98 born goalie Matt Berlin took the honors for SSAC.

WEHP live at the Med Hat tournament game re-cap

BWC Bruins 7 - Lloydminster Heat 6
The Lloydminster Heat and Burnaby WC provided a very entertaining opening game of the Medicine Hat Hockey Hounds tournament. Both clubs traded quality chances early and often from start to finish.

The Heat got on the board first with the first shot on goal of the game on the power play just a few minutes in. Burnaby would tie the game up mid way through the frame and teams went to the dressing knotted up at one goal a piece. The flood gates opened in the second period with each team scoring three goals a piece. The third period also brought a lot of action but it was Burnaby WC putting three goals in the back of the net while Lloydminster could only find the net twice allowing Burnaby to skate away with the 7-6 victory.

Leading the way for the Winter Club was #7 Ty Ronning and #91 Justin Szeto with two goals a piece. Szeto also picked up an assist on the night. Ronning's second goal came short handed and was the eventual game winner. For Lloydminster it was #9 Andrew Koep leading the way with a two goal performance. In goal Nick McBride picked up the win for the Winter Club and Tucker Cochrane was given the loss.
Stand out: Ty Ronning is a great little player. Fairly small is size but seems very solid on his skates. He is a great skater with good speed, has great vision on the ice and makes smart plays. Plays great on the power play as well.

I was expecting some big things from Mathew Barzal but did not have the greatest of games. At times was dominant with his speed and has great hands but overall did not stand out in the game.

NSWC Winterhawks 2 - St. Albert Sabres 1
NSWC and Saint Albert both played a great game. Each team came out fired up and traded good chances at both ends of the rink. Both goaltenders played a great game making some key saves and the teams went into the first intermission at no score. Saint Alberta out shot NSWC 14-9 after one. NSWC seemed to control a little more of the play in the second period and getting better quality scoring chances then Saint Albert. #12 Jansen Harkins got NSWC on the board in the second with the great shot from the slot placing the puck perfectly of the glove of Saint Albert's goaltender. NSWC received a power play late in the second period which carried over into the third. Forty seconds into the third on the power play #19 Dante Hannoun scored to put NSWC up 2-0. Saint Albert would cut the lead to half at the 8:49 mark of the third period but could not tie the game up in the end. NSWC wins this tight game 2-1. Although Saint Albert out shot NSWC 27-21, the quality chances came from NSWC.

Stand out: Captain of NSWC Jansen Harkins is a great player with good speed and hands. Picked up a goal and an assist. Willing to go into the corners and battle.

Also liked #17 Cal Babych. He is a big forward that plays very aggressive and takes the body well on opponent. Also has pretty good hands.

-We will be at the Kinplex this morning to catch 4 games and should have a report up this afternoon.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Med Hat Tournament...Day 1 Resulta

Also it was the Calgary Bisons 2 - Kamloops Jardine Blazers 1

- Kawaguchi, Lawrence, Gatenby and Williams scored for POE.  Kolesar was a stand out player for the Hawks tonight.  Bobby Gathercole was in net for POE. The Player of the Game was Joe Gatenby!


NSWC 2 - St. Albert 1
-Hannoun scored one of the NSWC goals.  Good job for the 98 born prospect.

EDM CAC 3- Calgary Royals 1
-Just the second regulation loss of the year for the Royals.  Andrew Marshall scored twice and Brayden Burke scored once. 

Semiahmoo 6 - Notre Dame 1

Winnipeg Warriors 4 - Medicine Hat 3

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Western U.S.A Top 10 '97 born

Western Elite Hockey Prospects would like to offer a snip-it of the Western U.S.A top 10 '97 born players for the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft on May 3, 2012.

1.   D- Keoni Texeira (L.A. Selects)  5'11 192
2.   F- Ethan Price (Omaha U16)  5'11 175
3.   D- Danial Woolfenden (Seattle Sno-Kings)  5'9 155
4.   D- Tyler Brown (POE)  6'1 170
5.   F- Angus Scott (Notre Dame)
6.   F- Robby Jackson (L.A. Selects)  5'8  160
7.   F- Rem Pitlick (Shattuck St. Marys)  5'6 150
8.   F- Auston Matthews (Phoenix Jr.Coyotes/Arizona Bobcats)  5'10 145
9.   F- Alex Overhardt (Colorado Thunderbirds)
10. F- Christian Cakebread (Phoenix Jr. Coyotes/Arizona Bobcats) 5'8 135

Kamloops Tournament (Randy Lindros Memorial)

The Cloverdale Colts walked away with a tournament title victory 5-3 over the AMBHL's Calgary Bronks.  The Bronks are a mid-upper caliber team from the AMBHL and played quite likely the 4-5 best B.C. squad very strong.  The Colts had Tyler Soy back from his hand injury and he along with Chris Seto were on fire all tournament long.  Most of the Colts damage did come on the PP.

Pool A
Calgary Bronks 4-0
-They were led by the strong play of Hudson Elynuik, Zac Whitby and Mark Rassel.  They were able to beat a good Mission squad in the semi's and lost to Cloverdale in the final.
Winnipeg Monarchs 3-1
-Lost to the Bronks 5-1 but had huge convincing wins vs. Abbotsford, Kamloops and Prince George.  Included was a 7-1 win over Kamloops.  Winnipeg would lose 6-4 to Cloverdale in the semi's.
Kamloops Jardine Blazers 2-2
-They Blazers lost 7-1 to Winnipeg with Winters the lone scorer.  They also lost 5-4 to the Bronks - Dexter Robinson 2 goals.  The had wins against Abbotsford 5-3 with Dexter Robinson going 2-2-4.  There other win was a 5-4 win over Prince George with Chyzowski going 1-2-3.
Abbotsford Hawks 1-3
Lone win over Prince George.
Prince George Cougars 0-4
had lopsided losses with the exception of a narrow 5-4 vs. Kamloops.

Pool B
Cloverdale Colts 3-1
Lone loss came to Wenatchee in which the goaltending was sub-par.  Hammered Kelowna 10-0.
Mission Stars 3-1
Beat Wenatchee, Victoria and Kelowna in the round robin.  Veitch very strong in goal and Kranabetter the offensive catalyst for the Stars.
Wenatchee Wild 2-2
Blew hot and cold for the tournament.  Van Schaak very dangerous and Loucks in goal was good.  Lee strong on the PK.  They were shutout against Mission, lost 5-3 to Kelowna.  Of course the 6-3 upset over Cloverdale.
Kelowna Jr. Rockets  1-2-1
-Huge loss to Cloverdale, tied Kelowna and beat Wenatchee.
Victoria Raquet Club 0-3-1
Tied Kelowna.

Tim Jardine Tournament Re-cap

Courtesy - Mark Booth - Delta Optimist

Seafair 5 - South Delta 4
From start to finish nothing came easy for the Seafair Islanders yet they still found a way to repeat as champions at the 18th annual Tim Jardine Showcase Tournament.

The Islanders captured the eight team Bantam AAA event with a hardfought and entertaining 5-4 victory over the host South Delta Storm on Sunday at the Ladner Leisure Centre.

The same two teams had open the tournament four days earlier with the Richmond squad needing a late power play goal to prevail 3-2 in round-robin play. It proved to be an identical script in the final as another man advantage goal in the final four min-utes was enough to hold off a determined Storm team for good. Seafair had never trailed in the final, opening up an early 2-0 lead, only to see South Delta battle back to draw even on three different occasions.

As the only participating team slated to play in Pacific Coast Amateur Hockey Association's top tier for regular season play, the Islanders were considered the pre-tourney favourites. However, a challenging month of tiering games had taken its toll with four regulars unavailable for the weekend and another injury leaving the team with just eight forwards for the playoff round.

Seafair also had its hands full in its final two preliminary games against Surrey (4-4) and Campbell River (8-5), before holding off Vancouver 3-1 in the quarter-finals. Even an 8-3 semi-final victory over Campbell River saw the Vancouver Island squad enjoy a 3-0 lead before the Islanders got going.

The championship game featured two highprofile coaches going headto-head. Seafair's Russ Weber guided Team B.C. to gold at last February's Canada Winter Games, a feat that helped him earn B.C. Amateur Hockey's coach-of-the-year award.

The Storm are led behind the bench by former South Delta star Shane Kuss who has made coaching stops with the Delta Ice Hawks and the B.C. Hockey League's Surrey Eagles.

"Right from the get go it was a real challenge for us," said Weber. "I'm extremely proud to go into this with just nine forwards and the tenacity the boys showed, dealing with back-to-back games.

"To be honest we tried to rest on one goal leads rather than go full throttle with our forcecheck, like we usually do, just to conserve energy."

Seafair needed players to step up and its best did just that. Western Hockey League Bantam Draft prospect Glenn Gawdin earned tournament MVP honours with 12 goals in six games, including back-to-back hat tricks.

Others picking up the slack included Alex McLeod, one of six 1998 born players on the team, who had three goals in the comeback semi-final win over Campbell River. Second-year Brett Gelz also enjoyed a strong tournament.

The result was somewhat bittersweet for a Storm team that came within a couple of bounces of being the first South Delta squad to prevail since 2006 when current Vancouver Giants star Brendan Gallagher led the hosts to victory.

The performance also proved the locals are more than capable of competing and even beating higher tiered opponents despite being designated for tier three play in the regular season. Making the runner-up finish even more impressive was the Storm also dealing with a short bench due to injuries to key second-year forwards Nathan Adamson and Trevor MacDonald.

"A lot of people didn't give us much hope going into the tournament but the boys played well within our system," said Kuss. "They should be happy and proud of the way they performed and also the character they showed to keep battling back the way they did."

The Storm appealed their tier three assignment to the PCAHA but to no avail and now must dominant their opponents to prove they deserve to be promoted to tier two in the new year.

"We feel we are good enough to compete with four or five of the bottom teams in tier one," Kuss added. "The disappointing thing is now we are going to have to focus on killing teams (to get promoted) which means giving more ice time to your top guys and not enough opportunity to develop all your players."

Matthew Brunton enjoyed an outstanding playoff run in the Storm net, especially in a 4-2 semi-final win over Surrey. He also faced 42 shots in the final. His play earned him the tournament's top goaltender award.
© Copyright (c) Delta Optimist

Wednesday, November 15

British Columbia
The PCAHA Flight 1 regular season got underway last night.
It was Abbotsford all over Chlliwack 7-1 with Hayden Guilderson picking up 1-3-4.
It was the Mission Stars defeating Langley 6-4 with Jacob Kranabetter picking up 4 goals!

The lone game tonight will be Burnaby Minor vs. Seafair.

The OMAHA next game isn't until November 27th.

Winnipeg Warriors 5 - Winnipeg Hawks 3
Matthieu Gomeric scored his 4th and 5th of the season and added one assist in leading the Warriors to the victory.  Defenseman Tyler Anderson continues to pick up points scoring 1-1-2.  For the Hawks, it was Keegan Kolesar scoring his 3rd and 4th of the season.

Winnipeg Sharks 4 - Interlake Lightning 2
Julisen Uhryniak scores his 4th and 5th and Brayden Purtill scored his team leading 6th of the season in giving the Sharks just their 2nd win of the season.  Kornelson and Loewen each scored their first of the season for Interlake.

Winnipeg Hawks 3 - Interlake 2
Aaron Boyd scored his 3rd and 4th goals of the season and also adding an assist, while Keegan Kolesar scored his 5th and picked up 2 helpers in the win.  Kornelson scored for the 2nd straight game for Interlake.

The Notre Dame AAA bantam hounds who continue to play in the Saskatchewan AA Midget league improved their record to 3-8-2 with a 4-2 win over Regina.  Brayden Uhrich scored 2 times for Notre Dame, giving him a team leading 8 goals and 32 penalty minutes in 13 games.  Rylee Zimmer has 2-8-10 in 13 games and Angus Scott with 6-4-10 in 13 games are ahead in points.  Cole Williams continues to lead all dmen in points with 8.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

PCAHA Flight 1 teams set



Monday, November 14, 2011

WEHP Announce Top 10 Team Rankings

WEHP are proud to announce this afternoon, the western Canada top 10 team rankings for the week of November 14, 2011.

1.   Burnaby Winter Club  (7-0-1  43-6)  B.C.
2.   Pursuit of Excellence   (5-0-1  48-10)  B.C.
3.   North Shore Winter Club (6-1-1  40-10)  B.C.
4.   Edmonton SSAC (11-1-2  95-47)  Alberta
5.   Lloydminster Heat (11-2-1  77-31)  Alberta
6.   Semiahmoo Ravens (6-1-1  33-15)  B.C.
7.   Calgary Royals (10-1-2  50-26)  Alberta
8.   Calgary Bisons (11-3-2  87-61)  Alberta
9.   Cloverdale Colts (5-2-1  33-24)  B.C.
10. Sherwood Park Flyers (8-2-2  55-31)  Alberta

Honorable Mentions
Top Saskatchewan Teams
1.  North East Wolfpack  (8-0-0)  -Just won the Saskatchewan Bantam AA tournament in Regina over Sask Valley in the final.  Defeated Balgonie in the semi's.
2.  Balgonie Prairie Storm (5-0-0) - Featured Regina tournament MVP Jayden Halbgewachs

Top Manitoba Teams
1.  Winnipeg Monarchs (6-4-0) - Made the semi finals in Kamloops.  Beat the other top team in the WPG AAA league twice (Warriors).
2.  Pembina Valley
3.  Winnipeg Warriors

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Regina AA Bantam Tournament All-Stars Announced

F-  Jayden Halbgewachs - Balgonie
F-  Terrell Draude - Sask Valley
F-  Spencer Bast - West Central
D-  Brennan Riddle - Balgonie
D-  Michael Eskra - Regina Oilers
G-  Brock Hamm - Saskatoon Frostbite

MVP - Jayden Halbgewachs

Tim Jardine Tournament

The Seafair Islanders have moved on to the final after a convicing 8-3 victory this morning over Campbell River and will await the winner of South Delta and Surrey which is currently 2-1 South Delta in the 3rd period.  Seafair has been led by top 2 round ranked forward Glenn Gawdin who leads all players in goals with 10 and has 12 points, placing him tied for first. 

Scoring Leaders
Gavin Rauser 5  6-7-13  Campbell River
San Chung 4 9 3 12 Coquitlam
Glenn Gawdin 5 10 2 12 Seafair
Grady McInnes 5 6 4 10 Campbell River
Jonathan Irving 4 5 5 10 Coquitlam
Colin Grannary 4 4 4 8 South Delta
Halen Cordoni 4 4 4 8 Ridge Medows
Colton Kroeker 4 3 5 8 Surrey
Jeevan Dosange 4 2 6 8 Surrey
Tyler Andrews 4 1 6 7 South Delta
Alex Mcleod 5 5 2 7
Kiret Dosange 4 5 1 6 Surrey
Brett Gelz 5 3 3 6 Seafair
Hugh Taylor 4 2 4 6 South Delta

Regina AA Bantam Tournament Update

So it will be the Sask Valley Vipers taking on the North East Wolfpack in an all North final of the Graham Tuer Memorial Bantam tournament in Regina.  The Semi finals which were staged late Saturday evening saw the Sask Valley Vipers skate by the Brandon Wheatkings 3-2 in OT and the North East Wolfpack in a huge showdown with Balgonie in which North East came away with a 2-1 victory, holding tournament MVP Jayden Halbgewachs off the scoresheet in the process.

So far in the only meeting this season between Terrell Draude and the Sask Valley Vipers and the North East wolfpack took place in Melfort with North East walking away with a convincing 6-0 victory.  Caleb Seaman, the younger brother of budding Brandon Wheatkings WHL star Tyrel Seaman scored 2-1-3 in that game.

Scoring Leaders
Jayden Halbgewachs  5GP  11-3-14 Balgonie
Spencer Bast  5GP  10-3-13  West Central
Marcus Kouri  5GP  7-5-12  Swift Current
D- Michael Eskra  4GP  6-6-12  Regina Oilers
Wyatt Sloboshon 5GP  5-6-11 Saskatoon Maniacs
Terrell Draude  5GP  6-4-10  Sask Valley
Zac Paziuk  5GP  5-5-10  North East
D- Ethan Constant  5GP  3-7-10  Saskatoon Maniacs
Arthur Miller  5GP  6-3-9  Regina Senators
Ryan Rothenberger  5GP  8-0-8  Sask Valley
Caleb Griffin  4GP  6-2-8  Regina Oilers
Brayden Buziak  5GP  6-2-8  West Central
Jimmy Lambert  5GP  4-4-8  Saskatoon Bandits
Brandon Arnold  5GP  1-7-8  West Central
D-  Shane Collins  5GP  1-7-8  West Central
Jordy Stallard  5GP  5-2-7  Brandon Wheatkings
Robert Hechler  5GP  2-5-7  Brandon Wheatkings
Kalem Zary  5GP  2-5-7  North East
D- Brennan Riddle  5GP  3-3-6  Balgonie
D- Conner Hobbs  5GP  3-3-6  Saskatoon Bandits

Randy Lindros Tournament Kamloops

The Final is set for the Randy Lindros Memorial Tournament in Kamloops this afternoon.  The Calgary Bronks defeated a very game Mission Stars 3-1 in the semi's while the Cloverdale Colts beat the Winnipeg Monarchs 6-4.  So we will have the Bronks vs. Colts in the final.  Not a huge surprise really as these are likely the top 2 ranked teams entering tournament play.

Round Robin Standings
Calgary Bronks 4-0
Mission 3-1.
Winnipeg Monarchs 3-1
Cloverdale 3-1
Wenatchee 2-2
Kamloops 2-2
Kelowna 1-2-1

Abbotsford 1-3
VRC 0-3-1

Prince George 0-4

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Tim Jardine Memorial Tournament - After Friday

Tim Jardine Memorial Standings
Coquitlam  2-0-1  22-10
Ridge Meadows  2-0-1  16-10
Vancouver  1-2-0  6-14
North Delta  0-3-0  7-17

Seafair  2-0-1  15-11
Surrey  1-1-1  10-15
South Delta  2-1-0  10-9
Campbell River  1-2-0  13-13

Scoring Leaders
Player Name Goals Assists Points Team
San Chung 9 2 11 Coquitlam
Halen Cordoni 4 4 8 Ridge Medows
Jonathan Irving 4 4 8 Coquitlam
Colin Grannary 3 3 6 South Delta
Brett Gelz 3 3 6 Seafair
Colton Kroeker 2 4 6 Surrey
Daniel Szpakowski 2 3 5 Coquitlam
Gavin Rauser 1 4 5 Campbell River
Jeevan Dosange 1 4 5 Surrey

Regina AA Bantam Tournament - Day 2 complete

Pool A

North East Wolfpack 3-0-0 20-7
Saskatoon Bandits 2-1-0 12-13
Regina Canucks 0-3-0 6-14
Moose Jaw 1-2-0 11-15

Pool B
Balgonie 2-0-0 9-2
Sask Valley 1-1-0 6-5
Saskatoon Outlaws 1-1-0 4-8
Estevan 0-2-0 4-8

Pool C
Oakville Rangers 3-0-0 11-5
Yorkton Terriers 0-2-1 5-9
Saskatoon Maniacs 0-2-1 7-13
North Battleford Barons 2-1-0 11-9

Pool D
Regina Hurricanes 2-0-1 12-8
Swift Current 1-1-1 11-11
Prince Albert 0-2-1 11-13
Saskatoon Stallions 1-1-1 10-12

Pool E
Regina Senators 2-1-0 12-10
Brandon Wheatkings 3-0-0 16-5
Humboldt Broncos 0-3-0 6-17
Saskatoon Generals 1-2-0 12-14

Pool F
West Central Wheatkings 1-1-1 13-9
Saskatoon Frostbite 3-0-0 12-3
Regina Oilers 0-1-2 13-17
Vernon Renegades 0-2-1 10-19

"A" Side Quarter Finals
(3)- Brandon Wheatkings - (6)- Regina Hurricanes
(2)- Saskatoon Frostbite - (7) - Sask Valley Vipers

(1)- Balgonie - (8) - North Battleford Barons
(4)- North East Wolfpack - (5) - Oakville Rangers

Scoring Leaders
1. Michael Eskra 5-4-9 Regina Oilers
2. Jayden Halbgewachs 8-0-8 Balgonie Prairie Storm
3. Spencer Bast 6-1-7 West Central Wheatkings
4. Zach Paziuk 3-4-7 North East Wolfpack
5. Jordy Stallard 4-2-6 Brandon Wheatkings
6. Matthew Campese 4-2-6 Prince Albert Jr. Raiders
7. Oliver Chau 4-2-6 Oakville Rangers
8. Terrell Draude 3-3-6 Sask Valley Vipers
9. Kalem Zary 2-4-6 North East Wolfpack
10. Chad Grambo 1-5-6 North East Wolfpack

Friday, November 11, 2011

Lest We Forget......

Regina AA Bantam Tournament - Day 1

Pool A
North East Wolfpack  2-0-0  12-5
Saskatoon Bandits 2-0-0  10-5
Regina Canucks  0-2-0  4-9
Moose Jaw  0-2-0  6-13

Pool B
Balgonie  2-0-0  9-2
Sask Valley  1-1-0  6-5
Saskatoon Outlaws  1-1-0  4-8
Estevan  0-2-0  4-8

Pool C
Oakville Rangers  1-0-0  4-2
Yorkton Terriers  0-0-1  2-2
Saskatoon Maniacs  0-0-1  2-2
North Battleford Barons  0-1-0  2-4

Pool D
Regina Hurricanes  1-0-0  5-2
Swift Current  1-0-0  5-4
Prince Albert  0-1-0  4-5
Saskatoon Stallions  0-1-0  2-5

Pool E
Regina Senators  1-0-0  7-2
Brandon Wheatkings  1-0-0  5-2
Humboldt Broncos  0-1-0  2-5
Saskatoon Generals  0-1-1  2-7

Pool F
West Central Wheatkings  1-0-0  9-2
Saskatoon Frostbite  1-0-0  6-2
Regina Oilers  0-1-0  2-6
Vernon Renegades  0-1-0  2-9

Scoring Leaders (Forwards)
1.   Jayden Halbgewachs  1GP  5-0-5  Balgonie
2.   Kyle Arndt  2GP  2-2-4  Moose Jaw
3.   Keelan Saworski  1GP  1-3-4  Regina Senators
4.   Arthur Miller  1GP  3-1-4  Regina Senators
5.   Terrell Draude  1GP  2-2-4  Sask Valley Vipers
6.   Taylor Headrick  2GP  2-2-4  Saskatoon Bandits    
7.   Marcus Kouri  1GP  2-2-4  Swift Current
8.   Spencer Bast 1GP  3-1-4  West Central Wheatkings
9.   Shane Mckay 1GP  0-3-3  Brandon
10. Cameron Hebig 1GP  3-0-3  Saskatoon Frostbite

Scoring Leaders (Defense)
1.  Bryce Fiske 2GP  1-3-4  North East Wolfpack
2.  Jordan Bourassa  1GP  1-3-4  Regina Senators
3.  Dustin Perillat  2GP  1-1-2  Saskatoon Outlaws
4.  Brennan Riddle 1GP  1-1-2  Balgonie
5.  Curran Reeve 1GP  2-0-2  Saskatoon Bandits

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Calgary Royals - Zach Sawchenko

The Calgary Royals have flown somewhat under the radar when it comes to talking about the top teams in western Canada this year.  That is soon to change though.  The Royals with a win last night over the Calgary Bronks improved their record to 10-1-2 and have allowed just 26 goals in 13 games in the ultra competitive AMBHL.  So far this season they have beaten top teams such as Medicine Hat (5-1), Calgary Bisons (4-3) as well as the Bronks last night (3-2).  Their only loss thus far came to Red Deer Black by a score of 4-3 in which Jake Morrissey got the start.

Please see below our Q & A with star goaltender Zach Sawchenko who seems primed to be the second goalie in as many years to be selected in the first round.  Of course we remember another good Alberta goalie Jordan Papirny from Edmonton SSAC who was the final pick of the first round to Brandon.  Sawchenko is on track and it could set up an interesting battle if they are to advance to the playoff rounds in Med Hat and play the other highly ranked goalie in Nick McBride from BWC.

Zach Sawchenko
Calgary Royals (AMBHL)
5'9 144
2011-2012 Stats:  7-0-0  1.43  .948%

Starting back in minor hockey, where did you play and what were some of your favourite personal and team highlights growing up?
I’ve been told that I have the worst hockey birthday; I was born on Dec. 30th. If you ask me, my birth date has been a blessing. I have managed to play on Team 1 my whole hockey career as both a player and a goalie in spite of my birth date. I have a competitive drive that allowed me to make the transition from player to goalie when I was an atom in Bow River (even when I was repeatedly told not to). It was also that same competitive drive that helped me when we moved in Peewee and I had to prove myself all over again in Glenlake hockey association. Making the top team is always my goal! Bringing that team as far as it can go is always the goal that follows. I have won city championships three of the past four years. This past spring our 1997 Nationals AAA Spring team travelled to play in the World Selects Invitational hockey tournament in Prague. The level of competition was extremely high and it was good for all the boys to see where they matched up outside of North America. The highlight had to be beating the Russian Red Army team by a score of 3-1.

You had an outstanding rookie season with the Calgary Royals bantam AA squad leading the league in Save percentage and GAA. What do you feel was the biggest reason for that type of success?
First off, I fell short of achieving AAA Bantam as a first year player, but I was motivated to prove that I belonged there regardless. I played AA Bantam focused and determined. The biggest reason for my success however was the team in-front of me, day in day out they battled for me and that's huge!! There was also hard work and my desire to win, but the team was probably the biggest part. You could look at the guy in front of you knowing that they would block a shot for you or take that hit for the team. That was our biggest advantage: Trust!  What did it mean for you to be named to the all-star team as a first year player in bantam AA? It was huge, being a rookie and all, I felt I established my name throughout the league, and that's a huge compliment! The all-star game was an incredible experience, the league’s top players just out there playing the game we all love and that's what it's all about!

What hockey related activities in terms of camp, training and tournaments did you participate in and what weaknesses did you work on?
I am a big believer in the teachings of David Marcoux, having been enrolled as a student in his DMSG summer camps the previous five summers. This past summer I helped Mr. Marcoux on-ice as a demonstration goalie and mentor to the younger age groups. Being an instructor definitely gives you a different perspective. I have also been taking private lessons from World Pro Goaltending since designating as goalie back in Atom and I have been enrolled in Wayne Dougherty’s Summit Hockey Academy since first year Peewee.

Explain what type of goalie you are and some of the strengths you feel that make you so successful?
Last summer I worked on my puck-playing abilities in the back yard. I have had to work at it, but I feel really comfortable outside of the crease and I think it's huge when your team can get a stretch pass from the goalie. I think this is one of the skills that separate mefrom some of the other goalies out there. I also think I can give my team a chance to win, every game no matter what the competition is. I try to never give up on a puck, first  relying on my training and positioning, but then pure athletics whenever necessary. I think the team gains confidence and can feed off that, it can really contribute to the team’s success.

What are some of your personal and team goals for the 2011-2012 season and
how do you think you can achieve those goals?
I think that having good stats is a big one. I know that if I play to my abilities, battle every
game for 60 minutes the stats should take care of themselves. I’d like to
be at the top, 1st throughout the entire league at the end of the season.

Finally, who is your favourite NHL goalie and which goalie if you had to
choose would you pattern your game after?
I think Carey Price is a great example, he just stays calm in between the pipes and like me, gives his team
a chance to win game in, game out. He’s had to work to get where he has
gotten and had to battle through some adversity early on in his career, but
I think now he's one of the top goalies in the league.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

WEHP Announce Top 10 Provincial Team Rankings

British Columbia
1.   Burnaby Winter Club
Kingpin - Matt Barzal/Adam Musil
Defense - Ty Schultz
2.   Pursuit of Excellence HA
Kingpin - Jordan Kawaguchi
Defense - Ethan Bear
3.   North Shore Winter Club
Kingpin - Jansen Harkins
Defense - Mark O'Shaughnessy
4.   Semiahmoo Ravens
Kingpin - Quinten Paille
Forward - Matt Bradley
5.   Cloverdale Colts
Kingpin - Chris Seto/Tyler Soy
Defense - Tyler Fraser
6.   Okanagan HA
Kingpin - Brad Morrison
Defense - Brady Reagan
7.   Kelowan Jr. Rockets
Kingpin - Braden Eliuk
Defense - Kristian Blumenschein
8.   Abbotsford Hawks
Kingpin - Noah Jullsen
Forward - Nick Ponak
9.   Kamloops Jardine Blazers
Kingpin - Nick Chyzowski
Defense - Alex Winters/Kevin Davis
10.  Mission Stars
Kingpin - Jacob Kranabetter
Defense - Nolan Zweep

1.   Edmonton SSAC
Kingpin - Giorgio Estephan
Defense - David Quennville (98)
2.   Lloydminster Heat
Kingpin - Andrew Koep
Defense - Kale Clague (98)
3.   Edmonton CAC
Kingpin - Dylan Stewart
Defense - Justin Greer
4.   Calgary Royals
Kingpin - G - Zach Sawchenko
Forward - Cameron Anklewich
5.   Calgary Bisons
Kingpin - Nick Merkley
Defense -  Oliver Lester
6.   Sherwood Park
Kingpin - Cameron Reagan
Forward - Sam Steel (98)
7.   St. Albert Sabres
Kingpin - Matteo Gennaro
Defense  - Mark Matsuba
8.   Medicine Hat Hounds
Kingpin - Jaeger White (98)
Defense - Chayden Lauber
9.   Calgary Bronks
Kingpin - Hudson Elynuik
Defense - Mitchell Brennan
10.  Leduc Allen's Transport
Kingpin - Matt Fonteyne
Defense - Gordon Ballhorn

1.   Notre Dame Hounds
Kingpin - Rylee Zimmer
Defense - ColeWilliams
2.   North East Wolfpack
Kingpin - Bryce Fiske
Forward - Caleb Seaman
3.   Balgonie Prairie Storm
Kingpin - Jayden Halbgewachs
Defense - Brennan Riddle
4.   Weyburn Red Wings
Kingpin - Regan Nagy
Defense- Drew Fellner
5.   Saskatoon Stallions
Kingpin - Tate Olson
Forward - Hunter Rowlett
6.  Sask Valley Vipers
Kingpin - Terrell Draude
Defense - Evan Fiala
7.   Regina Canucks
Kingpin - Chris Van O's Shaw
Defense - Jeff Senko
8.   Saskatoon Bandits
Kingpin - Jimmy Lambert
Defense -  Connor Hobbs
9.   West Central Wheatkings
Kingpin - Spencer Bast
Defense - Shane Collins
10.  Melville Millionaires
Kingpin - Rykr Cole
Defense - Dawson Davidson (98)

1.   Winnipeg Monarchs
Kingpin - Zach Court
Defense - Noah Layte
2.   Winnipeg Warriors
Kingpin - Brendan Reichardt
Defense - Tyler Anderson
3.   Pembina Valley Hawks
Kingpin - Colt Conrad
Defense -  Liam Mcleod
4.  Brandon Wheat Kings
Kingpin - Braden Compton
Defense-  Bradley Schoonbaert
5.   Winnipeg Hawks
Kingpin - Keegan Kolesar
Defense - Darian Penner
6.   Winnipeg Sharks
Kingpin - Ryan Gardiner
Forward - Dallas Miller
7.   Eastman Selects
Kingpin - Kirklan Lycar
Defense - Desmond Nevin
8.   Parkland Rangers
Kingpin - Tyler Derkatch
Defense - Dom Laquette
9.   Southwest Cougars
Kingpin - Kyle Braybrook
Defense - Marc Fleury
10.  Interlake Lightning
Kingpin - Travis Kilbrei
Defense - Devon Groot

Monday, November 7, 2011

Requested: Oakville Rangers to attend Regina AA Tournament this weekend

We had a chance to speak with someone close to the Oakville Rangers this morning who wishes to keep his/her anonymity, here is what they had to say.

"We are not sure what to expect coming out west to play. We have an Oakville AAA team that plays in some of the Elite Level tournaments.  It seems like some of those teams are the top teams in their area".

Here is a brief summary of some of the top Oakville players to watch..
Cole Buchan (Captain) –Forward - big strong kid with great hands. Can dominate at times. Good effort

Sean Courage (Assistant) – Forward - good effort, nice hands, great intensity
Jordan Boulding (Assistant) – Forward - very fast, good hands, good vision
Kyle McLaren (Assistant) – Defense – great intensity, offensive
Oliver Chau – Forward – very small kid but quick and nimble, great passer
Trevor Szaniawski - Defense – great skater and recovery.
Michael Bradshaw – Goalie – excellent positioning and aggressive

Overall team is fast with good talent.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

November 7, 2011 newsletter is ready

Good Afternoon;

Stats have been updated for all Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba players up to Friday, November 5. THE PCACA doesn't produce specific stats, so if any of you have these or would like them included, please forward. From B.C., we have updated POE, OHA and Kamloops stats.

The season is now nearly at the 1/3 mark in most leagues across western Canada. Many tournaments will be taking place in the coming weeks, please refer to the newsletter on page 28 for the complete list of tournaments taking place across western Canada this hockey season. Next weekend, there will be a tournament in Comox, the Tim Jardine tournament in Seafair and the big Regina Bantam AA tournament. Of course over the next two weeks, we will have one of the biggest tournament all season long, taking place in Medicine Hat.

The Medicine Hat tournament will feature 16 of the top teams from around western Canada. We have included an in depth 4 page preview of the tournament on pages 23-27 of the newsletter. Included will be a breakdown of how we think the four pools will shape up. Also, we will look at the top players in each grouping, rookies to watch and who we think will advance to the playoff rounds.

The Rankings have had a huge shake-up over the past few weeks as loads of notes and scouting reports have come in, in all age groups. Shake ups near the top of the rankings and new players added as well.

I had a chance to speak with perhaps the most talented Saskatchewan born forward who is scoring goals at a huge rate. He comes from a program who has supplied the WHL with a few first rounders in recent years. We think this player will continue that trend.

We speak with an American born defenseman from a non-hockey market who took his talents to one of the top up and coming hockey programs in the USA. His goal has always been to play in the W.H.L. and teams should take notice.

We speak with another western Canadian born player who has a brother who has previous WHL experience. However, this forward could be one of the elite scorers the WHL will see in a few years time.

Finally, I speak with an Alberta 98 born defenseman who is tearing up the AMBHL defenseman scoring race with a very good hockey program.

News and Notes
The Top 20 power rankings make its third appearance on the newsletter. This time around, we break down why the top 10 are who they are. We also introduce the American Top 10 teams.

Listed are the up coming tournaments this season across western Canada as well.

Also, stay tuned to the blog in the coming weeks for other updates.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Tournaments, Tournaments, Tournaments

Bauer International Invite
We are really starting to get in to full swing in western Canada and the western U.S.A. as most leagues are at about the 1/3 mark through their respective leagues.  That said, the true gauge of just how good some of these players and teams really are will be tested at a pair or big tournaments both north and south of the 49th. 

The Bauer International Invite will take place in Chicago this weekend.  The 1997 AAA "Elite" dviision will have 8 divisions of 5 teams per division.   There will be a team from Ukraine but that is the only team outside of North America in this age group.  The teams we will focus on are:  LA Jr. Kings, Arizona Bobcats HA, Colorado Thunderbirds, San Jose Jr. Sharks, Dallas Ice Jets and the LA Selects.

Action will begin tomorrow morning at 7:30 AM Eastern time.

To a lesser extent, we will watch some of the 98's from south of the border.  It is interesting to note that the 98 Winnipeg Sharks led by captain Garrett Kuklica will be down in Chicago taking part.

Regina Bantam AA Tournament
Then next weekend the Regina AA Bantam Tournament will take place.  This will give scouts and evaluators there first real look at most of the talent from Saskatchewan all in one place.   Saskatchewan will be the final province to hold a tournament as Kelowna and Chilliwack have held fairly big tournament in B.C., Red Deer had a tournament from Alberta and the first of four Manitoba showcases have already taken place.

Action will begin next Thursday at 9:15 am with the Saskatoon Bandits and the Regina Canucks.  Here is a quick look at the pools once again and the current records of each team.  In the next newsletter, which comes out on November 7, 2011, we will give an in depth preview or atleast we hope to.

Red Pool

Regina Canucks  4-2-0
Saskatoon Bandits 1-0-2
North East Wolfpack  7-0-0
Moose Jaw Warriors 1-4-0

Blue Pool
Prairie Storm  4-0-0
Saskatoon Outlaws 1-0-2
Sask Valley Vipers  4-3-1
Estevan Bruins 2-3-0

Green Pool
Yorkton Terriers  3-2-0
Saskatoon Maniacs  0-1-1
North Battleford Barons 1-2-1
Oakville Rangers  NA

Orange Pool
Regina Hurricanes  0-6-1
Saskatoon Stallions  1-1-0
Prince Albert Raiders 1-1-2
Swift Current Raiders  3-6-0

Purple Pool
Regina Senators  2-3-1
Saskatoon Generals 1-2-0
Humboldt Broncos  0-5-1
Brandon Wheat Kings  6-4-0

Black Pool
Regina Oilers  2-2-0
Saskatoon Frostbite  1-1-1
WC Wheat Kings  4-2-1
Vernon Renegades  0-5-0

SBAAHL teams not attending:
Weyburn and Melville.

Of course the Medicine Hat tournament will be taking place the weekend after and this will be a huge indicator of who should fall where in terms of team and individual players.  We hope to have a preview in the next newsletter as well. 

Thursday Bantam Update Scores
Winnipeg Bantam AAA League
Monday, Oct 31st - Winnipeg Monarchs 4 - Winnipeg Sharks 5
The Winnipeg Sharks would storm out to a 5-2 lead after 2 periods and hang on to win their first game of the season.  Dallas Miller finally had a bit of a break out game with 1-2-3, D- Ryan Gardiner 1-1-2 and Braden Purtill had 1-1-2.  The Monarchs got goals from Veloso, Court, Bouchard and Esteves.   Nick Holben got the win for the Sharks.

SBAAHL  Saskatchewan
Weyburn Cres Point Energy Wings 6 - Moose Jaw Warriors3
The Wings improve to 4-2-0 led by Regan Nagy once again.  Nagy scored 3 goals, giving him 13 goals in 6 games now to start the season.  D- Drew Fellner had 1-1-2 in the victory.  Weyburn held a 29-27 shot advantage over the now 1-4-0 Moose Jaw Warriors.  Rylan Blacklaws had 1-1-2, his first two points of the season.

PCAHA British Columbia
Cloverdale 6- Surrey 0
Tyler Fyfe scored 3 goals, Jordan Funk scored a pair and Chris Seto scored the other in the shut-out win.  Goaltender Gregory Maggio turned aside 19 shots for Cloverdale.  The Colts continue to play without Tyler Soy who they hope to have back sometime in December.   Cloverdale is now 5-2-1 in tiering, just ahead of 4-1-1 Semiahmoo and 4-1-0 NSWC.  Of course the other teams have games in hand though.  Cloverdale's losses have come against BWC and NSWC, both by lopsided scores and they tied Semiahmoo.  We wonder what kind of difference a healthy Tyler Soy would've made in some of those games? 

It really seems as though the B.C. landscape has tiered off in to two groups at the top. 
BWC, NSWC, POE, Semiahmoo, Cloverdale  at the top

OHA, Kelowna, Kamloops, Prince George and Seafair in the 2nd group.

Also from B.C., it is very interesting to see that Mission and the Sno Kings are completely dominating Flight 3 right now.  Sno Kings are 8-0-0 with 50 goals scored and 9 against while Mission is 6-1-0 with 53 goals scored and 7 against.  The only Mission loss was a 3-2 loss vs. the Sno Kings.  Mission does have big wins over Vancouver and North Delta but have yet to play one of the big 4 teams.

AMBHL Alberta
Calgary Bisons 10 - Calgary Northstar Sabres 5
The Bisons offence was in full swing once again on Wednesday night, reaching double digits against their eastern cross town rivals Northstar Sabres.  Brayon Shmyr 2-3-5 and Nick Merkley 2-2-4 led the way once again for the Bisons.  Merkley (37) and Shmyr (35) are now 1-2 in league scoring ahead of Estephan (34), however Estephan has 2 games in hand.  For the Sabres, 98 born Brayden Dunn scored two more goals and fellow 98 born Parker Aucoin had 2 assists.  Dunn and Aucoin each have 15 points in 13 games so far and are just 1 point back of team leader Jordan Xavier.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

WEHP Announce Top 10 Team Rankings

WEHP are proud to announce this morning the Western Canada Top 10 Team Rankings.  The Rankings are based on team play, number of top prospects and strength of schedule.  League record is beside team name.

1.   Burnaby Winter Club Bruins (6-0-0  36GF - 3GA) - It is pretty hard to argue not having BWC at the top due to the fact they have posted wins over POE, Semiahmoo and Cloverdale.  Sure they lost in the Chilliwack final to NSWC 2-0 but they were without a couple key players including top 3 ranked Matt Barzal.  They are 6-0-0 in the PCAHA having outscored the opposition 36-3.

2.   Pursuit of Excellence (4-1-0  39GF - 6GA) - They have the top defense in all of western Canada in our opinion with 4 players who are assured of being selected in the 1st or 2nd round.  The offence can score, led by Kawaguchi and his 73 points in 19 games.  The league loss was a forfeit and the only other loss they had this year was to BWC.

3.   CAC Lehigh Cement (7-1-2  60GF - 36GA) - CAC feature two very good scoring lines with all 6 players averaging 1.5-2.0 ppg this season.  There only loss was against defensive minded Sherwood Park in which Klassen played well in goal for Sherwood Park.  CAC has been without there top 3 dmen for a large part of the year in Greer, Eisler and Hetherington.  When they hit full gear, they are as good as anyone.

4.   North Shore Winter Club Winterhawks (4-1-0  24GF - 7GA) - A very balanced team led by Babych, Harkins, Chernomaz, Dabb etc...Very similar team to CAC in that they have two very good lines.  The defense is solid and Burman is dependable in goal...Won the Chilliwack tournament over BWC 2-0.  Lost only league game to Semiahmoo 3-1.

5.   SSAC Soutgate Lions (8-1-1  67GF - 37GA) - After losing their first game of the season (4-3 to St. Albert), SSAC is on fire.  Led by one of, if not the best forward in western Canada in Giorgio Estephan and his 17-17-34 in 10 games and 98 born stars F- Tyler Benson, D- David Quennville, they will be tough to stop this year.  Quinn Greenly and Josh Hayward have added good secondary scoring.  Can the sub-par goaltending improve?

6.   Semiahmoo Ravens (4-1-1  22GF - 14GA) - Led by a capable offence with Bradley, Plotnikoff, Craighead and Regush - scoring isn't a problem.  The goaltending is as good as it gets with Quinton Paille.  The team lacks a bit in the puck moving defenseman and doesn't currently have a draft ranked dman.  Only league loss was 3-1 to BWC.  They also lost to NSWC in a big way in Chilliwack.

7.  Lloydminster Heat (7-2-1  48GF - 28GA) - A team with good balance and strong defensive play and good systems.  Strong defense led by 98 born top ranked player Kale Clague along with Coghill and Hilsendager.  The offence is led by Andrew Koep and  his 13-7-20 in 10 games thus far.  The Heat only losses have come to CAC and SSAC.

8.  Calgary Bisons (8-2-1  61GF - 38GA) - It really doesn't get much better in western Canada than the 1-2 punch of Nick Merkley and Braylon Shmyr who seemingly win games by themselves.  Although Merkley/Shmyr have scored half the teams goals...the defense has some strength with Lester, Eagletail and strong play of Brad Forrest.  Logan Thompson has been steady in goal.

9.   North East Wolfpack (7-0-0  46GF - 13GA) - A team with easily the best depth in Saskatchewan is just rolling through everyone so far in Saskatchewan and are the odds on favorite to go to westerns.  Elder, Seaman, Paziuk, Grambo and Zary lead the offence.  The defence has one of the better 97's in Bryce Fiske and Nik Amundrud in goal is garnering serious attention in Saskatchewan rinks.

10.  Calgary Royals (7-1-2  39GF - 18GA) - If  you want a team who is one of the darkhorses in all of western Canada, here it is.  This is the definition of a "team", no stars, no ego's and hard work.  They are built from the goal out with the best 1-2 punch or close to it in western Canada with Morrissey and Sawchenko.  Sawchenko has a .949 Save percentage and a 1.40 GAA.  Captain Cameron Anklewich leads the forward group.