WEEK #1 - RECAP AROUND THE PNWJLL
Week #1 - Recap
The expansion Cowichan Thunder travelled up the Island Highway to face the Oceanside Sharks on Saturday April 15th in Oceanside Place's Victor Kraatz Arena.
The visiting Thunder opened the scoring for the PNWJLL season on a goal by former Oceanside Shark, Brett Beauchamp followed up by another from Brandon Carlson but then both teams settled down and the goalies took over making some remarkable stops and keep the score low and close. Oceanside's perennial All-Star Ben Tisdelle potted two of his own midway through the period to bring the home team even and then call-up Jacob DiBattista got his first Junior goal to put the home team up. Both teams would trade goals in the last minutes of the frame to send the home team to the intermission with a 4-3 lead.
Your hometown Sharks then controlled most of the rest of the game, winning the 2nd period (5-1) and the third period (3-1). Both starting goalies (Jordan Day - Oceanside) and (Reed Gallagher - Cowichan) performed well but eventually made their way from the pipes to give their counterparts some time in goal (Tobias Hassey - Sharks) and (Jayden Strom - Thunder).
The Sharks were led by Ben Tisdelle (5g, 1a, 6pts), Rhys Galloway (1g, 2a, 3pts), and Jayden Haftner (2g, 1a, 3pts). The Thunder were lead by Brett Beauchamp (3g, 1a, 4pts), Brandon Carlson (1g, 2a, 3pts) and Jake McCluskey (2a).
Week #2 sees the Oceanside Sharks with a weekend back to back homestand versus Westshore and Campbell River while Cowichan hosts the Saanich Express.
The Westshore Bears travelled up island Sunday April 16th to face their opponent from last seasons' semi-final playoff match-up, the Nanaimo Timbermen. With over 300+ fans in attendance to watch this early season match-up, the fans hoped for a fantastic game.
Westshore came out rather spirited and Will Perrier scored the first two goals of the game. Nanaimo's Dylan Bennett would score next on the powerplay but the Olivier Laplante would score for the Bears off the face-off to restore the two goal lead. Nanaimo would bury another halfway through the period but the Bear's Leland Vince and Hayden Cardinal would tally another two markers to end the first period with Westshore up 5-2.
The second period proved an even match-up with both teams accounting for another 3 goals each; keeping the game close but the trips to the penalty box started to increase and tempers would start to boil over. The visitors played most of the period either shorthanded or on the powerplay, scoring 6 goals in the frame and it wasn't until the dust settled after some late in the period festivities, that the Timbermen chopped the Bears lead by two more, with both home goals scored by Patrick Seward.
The Westshore Bears were led by Will Perrier (4g, 5a, 9pts), Olivier Laplante (4g, 2a, 6pts), and Cayle McKee (3a) while the Nanaimo Timbermen were lead by Ollie Keay (1g, 2a, 3pts), Dylan Bennett, Patrick Seward, Patrick Canning, Max Hurren and Ryder Keay each with (2pts).
Week #2 games see the Westshore Bears in Oceanside on Saturday to take on the Sharks while the Nanaimo Timbermen head to the Peninsula to face the Saanich Express.