Burnaby Winter Club (BC) vs Northeast Wolfpack (Saskatchewan)
Burnaby dominated the game. Burnaby played an aggressive game and had an effective penalty kill. Northeast seemed a half second behind most of the game, but seemed to adjust the pace as the game wore on. It was a fairly evenly matched game physically.
Matthew Barzal F (BWC) - won player of the game, very soft hands, moved the puck very quickly, very strong and efficient skater
Ty Ronning F (BWC) - very slick with the puck, was setting up plays left, right and centre, a bit small, but still quite effective in battles
Ty Schultz D (BWC) - efficient puck mover, strong skater, anticipates well
Dante Fabbro D (BWC) - well rounded game, good puck mover
Adam Musil F (BWC) - goes to the hard areas and is hard to move, uses size effectively to protect the puck and win battles
Nik Amundrud G (NEW) - made some huge saves early in the game, finds puck well through traffic, makes terrific second effort when needed, athletic
Bryce Fiske D (NEW) - very solid dman, but got frustrated and took a few bad penalties later, skating needs work, but sees the ice well
Matt Long D (NEW) - I saw tons of potential, has a nice touch when moving the puck, hard shot, good with his stick in the defensive zone breaking up plays
Zac Paziuk F (NEW) - fairly creative, created at least four good scoring chances
PAC (Host) vs Pembina Valley Hawks (Manitoba)
5-1 Pembina Valley win
Pembina controlled the game early, but PAC gained some momentum early in the second. Pembina regained control in the third and cruised to the end. PAC defencemen were strong, but the forward group is young and small and had difficulty maintaining pressure deep in the offensive zone.
Lawson MacDonald D (PVH) - PVH player of the game, big and physical, anticipated well and moved the puck very well
Tyler Jeanson F (PVH) - good puck skills, good passing, not really fast, but elusive and quick
Colt Conrad F (PVH) - nice, soft hands, breaks through checks and uses body well to protect the puck
Nicholas Sutter D (PAC) - PAC player of the game, very physical once again
Brayden Ritchie D (PAC) - good speed, skated well with puck, played a strong physical game
Kieran Arcand D (PAC) - big and strong, but made a few too many mistakes for my liking
SSAC (Alberta) vs Northeast Wolfpack (Saskatchewan)
9-4 SSAC win
SSAC controlled the first half of the game with fantastic team puck movement. Their powerplay is absolutely deadly. Saskatchewan's first goal was a weak on when the score was 5-0. However, after Saskatchewan's second goal they seemed to spring to life and their forecheck came much harder. SSAC's ability to manage the puck and break out quickly made it nearly impossible for Saskatchewan to sustain any pressure in the offensive zone.
Estephan, Benson and Quennville: they controlled the PP and continued to be effective
Scott Pungor F (SSAC): big forward used size well and drove the net effectively
Josh Hayward F (SSAC): great stickhandler, put up three points
Devin Gerwing D (NEW): big defenseman, made several nice passes including a beautiful stretch pass to create their second goal, closed gap effectively and finished hits
Tristan Elder F (NEW): big forward, used size down low on forecheck, good top end speed and a nice wrist shot, led the Saskatchewan effort in the third period
Burnaby Winter Club (BC) vs Pembina Valley Hawks (Manitoba)
6-3 BWC win
Evenly contested match for the first half, but BWC finishing was absolutely clinical and they got up 5-1. PVH came charging back with two goals and seemed to have momentum going. The pace of the game really elevated in the third and there was some phenomenal hockey. However, an injury to PVH player had the play stopped for 20-30 minutes and seemed to kill Manitoba's momentum. BWC scored another to put icing on the cake.
Mitchell Dyck D (PVH) - huge defenseman, effectively shut down Barzal and Szeto, big shot, unleashed a few howlers from the point on the powerplay, but wasn't rewarded
Scott Owen D (PVH) - paired with Dyck, very reliable
Colt Conrad F (PVH) - PVH player of the game, led the charge back into the game, drove the net very hard and was rewarded with a great goal and drew several penalties
Adam Musil F (BWC) - BWC player of the game, controlled the slot in the offensive zone (4 goals, 1 assist), created fits for PVH with his size and puck handling
Ty Ronning F (BWC) - controlled BWC powerplay from the half wall, excellent passer and was rewarded with some beautiful assists (1g 4 assists)
Dante Fabbro, Ty Schultz D (BWC) - neither dazzled, but both moved the puck very well and generated offence from the blueline
PAC Saints (Host) vs Northeast Wolfpack (Saskatchewan)
2-1 NEW win
PAC controlled the second and third periods of the game after an evenly played first with a gritty dump and chase style. Shots were 48-23 in PAC's favour, but NEW goalie Nik Amundrud put on the performance of the tournament with multiple highlight reel saves. PAC threw plenty of traffic in front of him as the game wore on in an attempt to crack the seal, but he found every puck. PAC hit a crossbar late in the game, but couldn't beat the NEW goalie who continued making key saves including an incredible one with about twenty seconds left with PAC's goalie pulled. PAC played a very solid defensive game and didn't give up too many quality scoring chances. They have a big and solid defence, but their forwards are small and don't manage the puck as well as they need to to be effective.
Nik Amundrud G (NEW): NEW player of the game, incredible performance, good size, tracks puck well and stays square well, fairly good rebound control and always seemed well positioned to make the second save
Tristian Elder F, Matt Long D, Bryce Fiske D, Zac Paziuk F, and Devin Gerwing D (NEW): all played well physically, but like their team didn't do anything spectacular
Conner Lukan F (PAC): great shot, hit two crossbars, one of a few PAC players capable of carrying the puck into the offensive zone
James Miller D (PAC): great skater, tall but thin, plays with an edge, had four or five very nice point shots that he threaded through traffic
Nathan Bizeau D (PAC): small but mobile defenceman, can turn on a dime, not great top speed, was moving the puck well and skating the puck up the ice quite a bit
Gold Medal was BC (BWC) vs Alberta (SSAC).
3-0 BWC win
Alberta's top player, Giorgio Estephan looked pretty gassed and couldn't get much done. Both goalies played well, but BWC controlled the game. Barzal's speed created many problems. Ronning was dominant with his puck skills and passing. Schultz played fantastic and dominated low in the defensive zone. Musil played well despite playing with a broken thumb (rumour). Benson looked to give SSAC some life in the third period with several good plays, but the SSAC lacked the energy to keep pace while the BWC players all seemed fresh and were flying. Barzal put in the empty netter to seal the victory. Both goalies played well. McBride was solid for BWC and challenged shooters well. Skinner kept SSAC in the game with solid play after the second goal. All around it was a very good game, especially on the defensive side both teams being limited to very few good scoring chances.
I didn't wake up in time to see the bronze medal game, but it was a 8-3 win for Manitoba.
Colt Conrad played well from what I heard and saw on the gamesheet (2g, 3a) as well as Jeanson (3g, 1a). Tristan Elder won player of the game for Saskatchewan again and from what I heard Paziuk and Gerwing both played solid games.
What about Jake Fletcher from Semiamhoo. He fast strong and skilled. Could work on his positioning a bit, but a good all around player. I think he is more noticeable than Matt Bradley. Also dont take your eyes off Glenn Gawdin.
from thepipelineshow.com (i do not own) just browsed by this today...
Each year we gather the thoughts of WHL scouts and compile lists about the upcoming future stars for one of the best development leagues in the country. To kick things off, we'll start with blue liners. Some will be franchise players, others solid but silent, while others not on this list will also rise up successfully.
Please remember this isn't personal, and it's the opinions of scouts.
10. Keven Davis (RD) - Kamloops Bantam Blazers 5'11" 155lbs
'Steady, plays in all situations', 'Good leader and the top Dman on Kamloops'
9. Brady Reagan (RD) - Okanagan Hockey Academy 6'2" 183lbs
'He has skill and grit, with loads of upside', 'Has shown ability to overcome adversity'
8. Evan Fiala (RD) Sask Valley Vipers 6'2" 171lbs
'Possibly the quickest riser in this year's draft...', 'Had a monster of a second half of the season...I think it should push Evan into the top two rounds'
7. Ryan Gardiner (LD) Winnipeg Sharks 5'11" 168lbs
'...His brother was taken in the first round and didn't pan out...let's hope the apple does fall far...', 'Ryan is the real deal'
6. Joe Gatenby (RD) Pursuit of Excellence 5'11" 165lbs
'Could be the best skating blue liner in the whole draft..', 'I like him alot, but he needs to decide if the WHL is his path to enhance draft status and for us to take an early chance on him'
5. Parker Wotherspoon (LD) Cloverdale Colts 5'11" 162lbs
'He's the quarterback to possibly the top defence corps in bantam hockey, so that's a good start.', '...He's a proven winner with pedigree..his brother is Tyler in Portland.'
4. Ethan Bear (RD) Pursuit of Excellence 5'11" 180lbs
'The best dman from Saskatchewan may not be living in the land of the living skies.', 'Ethan's from Sask but has had a excellent season in BC's Okanagan.'
3. Thomas Lenchyshyn (RD) Eastman Selects 6'1" 185lbs
'Tough, competes, the only bantam playing AAA midget in this draft', '...needs to find a balance between, physical and undisciplined play, when that happens he'll be a star...'
2. Ty Schultz (RD) Burnaby Winter Club 5'11" 160lbs
'Best dman in BC's lower mainland this year', 'Watch for him in the Western Canada Bantam Championship
1. Tate Olson (LD) Saskatoon Stallions 6'0" 170lbs
'A man amongst boys...', 'This kid is big, strong, and skilled, a franchise Dman'
Knocking on the Door
Brennan Riddle (Prairie Storm)
Chaz Redekopp (Pursuit of Excellence)
Brendan Guhle (Sherwood Park)
Justin Mills (Westside)
Troy Murray (Prairie Storm)
Shane Collins (West Central)
Brad Forrest (Calgary Bisons)
Mark Matsuba (St. Albert)
Ben Baker (LA Selects)
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10. Ty Ronning (RW) - Burnaby Winter Club 5'7" 140lbs
'Maybe the best habits of any forward in this draft', '...has work ethic like his father, and maybe more skill'
9. Keegan Kolesar (RW) Winnipeg Hawks 5'11" 210lbs
'Best power forward in this draft', 'I think this kid has soft hands and good scoring touch for such a thick kid'
8. Colt Conrad (C) Pembina Valley 5'8" 150lbs
Carried his rural MB team all the way to Westerns, ' Top forward from MB this year', 'wow, has exceptional puck skills and vision'
7. Tyler Soy (C) Cloverdale Colts 5'11" 162lbs
'Solid two way player', 'Makes other around him better'
6. Jayden Halbgewachs (LW) 5'7" 152lbs
'This guy is as dynamic as they come', 'he's the top forward out of Saskatchewan in this draft'
5. Nick Merkley (C) Calgary Bisons 5'9" 155lbs
'Best forward in Southern Alberta...a game changer', 'for me the best hands in this draft'
4. Giorgio Estephan (C) SSAC Lions 5'11" 165lbs
'Strong two way centreman', 'A leader that knows how to win'
3. Jansen Harkins (C) North Shore Winter Club 5'11" 154lbs
'Intelligent player, a good overall awareness on ice', ' he's a natural goal scorer who will compete in all 3 zones'
2. Adam Musil (C) Burnaby Winter Club 6'1" 165lbs
'Exceptional skater for a big power forward', 'not fun to play against...very tough'
1. Matthew Barzal (C) Burnaby Winter Club 5'10" 159lbs
'A player in his own league', 'does what he wants when he wants', and 'A superstar in waiting, wouldn't be surprised if someone tried to get him in the league next year'
Knocking on the Door
Glen Gawdin (Seafair Islanders)
Brad Morrison (OHA)
Chris Seto (Cloverdale Colts)
Matthew Campese (PA Raiders)
Tyrell Draude (Sask Valley Vipers)
Jordan Kawaguchi (Pursuit of Excellence)
Reagan Nagy (Weyburn Redwings)
Andrew Koep (Lloydminster Heat)
Jackson Keane (Winnipeg Monarchs)
Has big frame and lots of speed with a decent shot. The kicker is that this is only his second year playing out. He was a goalie before hand. His quickness and skating are improving immensely. PAC is hosting the Western Canadian Bantam Championships. His team is very weak, but hopefully a few take notice of him.