With just a few weeks remaining things are really heating up out west. That was nowhere more apparent than Tuesday’s game between the Adanacs and Thunder. What was a fairly tame game for most of the night was marred by nine game misconducts, a match penalty and a gross misconduct. There will obviously be some serious suspensions being handed down after Tuesday night’s events, but it just goes to show that these kids are putting it all on the line in hopes of repping BC at the Minto Cup. Burnaby fired their coach, Nanaimo got their second win, a rookie continues to lead the BCJ and how many points would Jessie King have if he played a full season? This week’s Power Rankings will get us set up for the final weeks of the the regular season and the top 6 teams that will make the post-season have been set. Now it’s just finding a final spot for them all.
1: New West (1) 13-4
Last week: W12-8 Poco, W27-7 Burnaby
This Week: vs. Coquitlam, vs. Nanaimo
Winners of nine straight, the Bellies are looking like the real deal this year. Josh Byrne leads the red-fish with 85 points and will continue to be the leader for this team for years to come. Frankie Scigliano could very well be putting the final touches on a brilliant four-year junior career–what better way to go than with a Minto Cup. Saturday’s game against the Adanacs could very well decide who finishes first overall.
2: Coquitlam (2) 13-3
Last week: W13-8 Langley, W12-7 Langley
This Week: vs Poco, vs. New West
Much like the Bellies, the A’s are on a hot streak but something will have to give. Two big wins over the Thunder this past week helped create a four-point gap between the Thunder and the Bellies and A’s. However, they could be without two key players moving forward as captain Tyler Garrison and defender Cody Te Kanawa will like receive some suspensions following their actions on Tuesday night.
3: Langley (5) 11-7
Last week: W10-7 Poco, W10-8 Nanaimo, W19-14 Victoria, L12-7 Coquitlam
This Week: @ Victoria
Four games in six nights isn’t easy on anyone and by the time the third period of Tuesday’s game came around the Thunder seemed to have run out of gas. But going three for four in those games kept them in third place in the standings and looking like they’ll host an opening round series.
4: Victoria (3) 10-6
Last week: W17-16 Delta, L19-14 Langley
This Week: vs Langley, @ Burnaby
The Shamrocks need to find some consistency and a way to beat the Thunder if they hope to finish third. The Rocks lost the season series with the Thunder and if it comes down to a tie break that would hurt, but a hot streak is very easily attainable as their final four games are against Nanaimo, Poco and Burnaby. Jessie King is tearing up the scoresheets since returning from OSU. In ten games, he’s tied for the team lead in points and leads the team in assists. If he had played in all 16 games, he could very easily have surpassed the 100 mark.
5: Delta (4) 10-8
Last week: L17-16 Victoria
This Week: vs Nanaimo
Once the top team in the BCJ, the Islanders have hit some serious stumbling blocks as the other top teams get added fire-power as players return from school. But that’s not to take anything away from the incredible seasons that Cody Nass and Eli McGlaughlin are having. Nass will become the first rookie to lead the league in scoring since Robert Church did it back in 2009 with 107pts.
6: Port Coquitlam (6) 7-10
Last week: L10-7 Langley, L12-8 New West
This Week: vs. Coquitlam, vs. Nanaimo
The Saints still could upset the apple cart and sneak into the fifth seed but as it looks, they’ll finish sixth and glide into the post-season. Ending the season with three of four at home, the Saints could really send their hometown fans into the sunset with a positive vision for the future.
7: Nanaimo (8) 2-13
Last Week: L10-8 Langley, W18-12 Burnaby
This Week: @ Delta, @ Poco, @ New Westminster, @ Victoria
The TMen can take some solace in their win over the Lakers but it’s not going to get any easier to end the season. Other than their game vs Burnaby on July 6th, the Hub City boys have games against five of the top 6 teams.
8: Burnaby (7) 1-16
Last Week: L18-12 Nanaimo, L 27-7 New West
This Week: vs Victoria
Will a new coach help this team? Three of four against Coquitlam, Victoria and New West will basically be try-outs for next season. The Lakers have won a grand total of 9 games over the past three seasons so something needs to change within that organization quickly.
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