U17 Canadians Erupt for 17 Goals in Sweep vs. Blazers

by K.P. Wee

In the final games before the BCEHL Christmas break, the first-place U17 AAA Greater Vancouver Canadians pulled off one of the most remarkable sweeps of the season over the weekend (Dec. 16-17), beating the Thompson Blazers 9-3 and 8-7 at the Richmond Olympic Oval. 

On Saturday, Helius Guan notched a hat trick and GVC scored seven of the last eight goals as the Canadians prevailed 9-3. After Guan and Joshua Mytton scored short-handed goals in the first period and the game was tied 2-2, the Canadians reeled off four consecutive goals, with Luca Martyniuk scoring twice, and Vlad Ursache and Guan also scoring in that stretch. With the score 6-3, Guan then scored his third of the game in the final period, and Sorash Ramlal and Sean Wickenden also tallied in the third to finish off the six-goal victory. Alan Peregrym stopped 25 shots in the victory for GVC. With the multiple-goal efforts by both Guan and Martyniuk, both players reached the 10-goal mark on the season. 

On Sunday, the Canadians fell behind 7-1 in the second period but rallied in the third period to tie the score before Aidan Mark won it for GVC at the 0:37 mark of overtime. Nishaan Gill scored eight minutes into the game to cut the Canadians’ deficit to 2-1, and then the Blazers scored the next five goals to take what seemed to be a commanding 7-1 lead. The Canadians, though, didn’t quit, as Guan, Ursache, and Mytton notched goals in the second period to cut the deficit to 7-4 after 40 minutes. Goals by Mark, Ursache, and Kendric Liu in the third period tied the game at 7-7, before Mark’s second goal of the game off a Thompson giveaway in OT won it for the Canadians. Alan Peregrym stopped all 10 shots in the third period and another in overtime to earn the win for GVC.

The Canadians enter the Christmas break in first place with a 14-4-2-2 mark, two points ahead of Okanagan (12-6-3-1). To stay up to date on the Canadians’ upcoming schedule, visit BCEHL.net. Also, all upcoming GVC games can be streamed live at playfullscreen.com.