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01.30.2018
After a busy January, the NCL standings are starting to take shape

The NCL had an eventful January with 145 games being played across the country. The Eastern Conference had big events in Gatineau, Etobicoke and Montreal while the Western Conference hosted similar events in Regina and Calgary. After all of these games, the standings are now starting to show the front-runners for each age group.

16U East

At the top of the 16U boys’ standings, Mavericks, Montreal Machine and Dollard Black are still unbeaten. Currently, the Mavericks sit in first place as they continue their undefeated streak from last year. They are led by Eastern Conference top scorers Patrick Almasi and Sergije Vrbaski who have combined for an unbelievable 110 goals so far this season. The Machine and Dollard Black, however, have shown that they can go toe to toe with the Mavericks as both teams have played the Mavericks once with those games ending in a tie.

The 16U girls from Dollard black remain undefeated and sit first place in the standings. While their offence averages an impressive 20 goals a game, their defence has been stifling so far this season. Their goals against average (GAA) after 10 games is an incredible 2.7. What is even more astounding is that they have had 10 different goaltenders and all of them sit in the top 10 for GAA.

16U West

Out West, Pacific Storm’s 16U boys have continued their undefeated season going 15-0-0 and having a +/- of 146. They are led offensively by Connor MacMillan who has scored 60 goals, which puts him second in scoring. Fraser Valley has kept pace with the Storm as they have gone 7-0-1 and still have plenty of games to play.

Pacific Storm continues its undefeated streak on the girls’ side as well with the team sitting on top of the standings at 12-0-0. Their offence is led by Conference top scorer Diba Peiravani who has scored 40 goals. As of right now, they are looking like the front-runners to represent the West at nationals.

MLWP East

For the men, the competition for top spot in the Conference has been fierce with three teams separated by only a few points. Dollard Black holds the top spot for now with an 8-0-0 record. Not far behind are CAMO and Ottawa United Titans Black. Also defending national champion Toronto Golden Jets are 2-0-1 with more games to play.

After Golden Wave started the season on top of the Senior Women’s standings at 4-0-0, CAMO has now overtaken them for first. CAMO, who finished third at Nationals last year, are looking strong with a 9-0-0 record and a Conference-leading 5.59 GAA.

MLWP West

The MLWP Men’s season is well underway in the West with the Calgary Torpedoes on top at 3-0-0 after defeating Saskatchewan in all three games played in Calgary. Saskatchewan sits 3-3-0 for the season, courtesy of their three wins over Edmonton at the beginning of January. With only two available berths at the Senior National Finals for Western teams, the two entrants will now be determined by the three remaining games between Edmonton and Calgary. If Edmonton is able to win all three games, the three clubs will be tied in the standings, and goal differential will determine who will go to Montreal for Senior Nationals. If Calgary can earn at least one point from the three matches, then Calgary and Saskatchewan will qualify.

On the Women’s side, the two entrants for Senior Nationals have been decided. Alberta Black have placed first in the Western Conference at 5-1-0 while defending national champion Saskatchewan finished 2nd at 4-0-2. The clubs will be seeded first and third respectively at the Championship Finals in March.

WPC would like to especially thank all the host clubs from this past month: Saskatchewan, Calgary Torpedoes, Calgary Wild, Calgary Renegades, Capital Wave, Mavericks, CAMO, Dollard, Fraser Valley, and the Toronto Golden Jets.

This Week in the NCL

The 2018 19U Interconference Crossover begins this week in Surrey with teams from both the East and West competing for a spot in the National Championship.

Interconference Championship Preview: NCL Crossover set to begin from Surrey, British Columbia


 
 
 
 

 


 
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