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Junior B – VIJHL
In the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League tonight the Peninsula Panthers are visiting the Westshore Wolves at The Q Centre for a 7:00 pm puck drop. For the two teams, who on the surface appear to be going in different directions, this will be a more competitive game than their respective records show.
Currently, the Wolves find themselves in first place in the South Division. They are sporting a 5-2-0-1 record for 11 points. They have the second most goals scored and the second least given up in the South. They currently sit second overall in the league behind only the Nanaimo Buccaneers with their North Division-leading record of 7-1-0-0 – the Clippers are a team that last year showed promise, it appears they may be fulfilling it this year.
The Panthers, however, have a deceiving record. They are 2-4-0-0, but perhaps should be 4-2-0-0, like the Clippers last year, the Panthers are thought to prove some of the promise this year; it’s early and they should have won a couple of games that they didn’t especially against the Victoria Cougars – who they outplayed, but made some defensive gaffes and the puck just didn’t bounce their way. Apparently, the 4-0 lost in Kerry Park was also not indicative of their ability. Watch for the Panthers to challenge the Wolves tonight.
Elsewhere in the VIJHL, the Saanich Braves visit the Victoria Cougars Thursday at the Archie Browning Arena and the Oceanside Generals take on the Nanaimo Buccaneers for a 7:15 pm puck drop. Friday the Kerry Park Islanders visit the Braves at Pearkes arena. Puck drop is slated for 6:30 pm. Saturday sees the Wolves and Panthers complete a home-and-home set, while the Braves hit the road for Oceanside and the Buccaneers visit the Comox Valley Glacier Kings. The Campbell River Storm will be in Kerry Park Saturday. Note: puck drop Saturday in Kerry Park and in Saanich is 7:30 pm.
Junior A – BCHL
In the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) the 5-3 Victoria Grizzlies play two games this weekend, Friday they host the 1-7 Cowichan Valley Capitals at The Q Centre and Saturday, they drive up to Nanaimo to play the 4-3-0-1 Clippers. The Grizzlies sit in second place in the Island Division, following only the Powell River Kings who are 5-1-1-0 – a single point separates the two teams. A single point also separates the Clippers and Grizzlies.
Major-junior – WHL
The Victoria Royals have two tough games ahead of them tonight and Friday, as they are on the road to face the Kelowna Rockets Wednesday, followed by a game in Kamloops. The Royal just defeated the Blazers twice in two nights – a tough task against any team. The 0-5 Blazers will be looking to make amends. Kelowna, however, is a powerful team.
Ryan Peckford made Central Scouting’s list that was released Tuesday of players to watch for in the 2018 NHL draft.
Peckford is red-hot with five goals and four assists for a total of nine points in four games.
He should have received longer looks during the 2017 draft, however, was injured for much of the late winter and spring and dropped off the radar – he’s on the radar now, for sure.
It is unlikely, but not impossible that hulking defenceman Chaz Reddekopp will not be back in a Royals uniform. He has signed an American Hockey League contract with the Ontario Reign – the farm team of the Los Angeles Kings.
Tyler Soy should be back in a few days, perhaps before the Kamloops game. He was drafted by the Anaheim Ducks and is currently with their AHL affiliate, the San Diego Gulls.