U17 Canadians Move into First Place After Sweeping Royals

by K.P. Wee

The U17 AAA Greater Vancouver Canadians moved into first place in the BCEHL’s U17 division over the weekend (Dec. 2-3), sweeping the Vancouver Island Royals in Parksville, 4-1 and 9-4. 

The Canadians are now 11-3-2-2 (26 points) and are two points ahead of the Okanagan Rockets (24). The Thunderbirds and NE Chiefs, both tied for third place, have 23 points. 

Both of the weekend games against the Royals took place at the Oceanside Place Arena.

On Saturday, the Canadians got two goals from Aidan Mark, and Sorash Ramlal and Nathan Van Hoeke also scored, as GVC won 4-1.

On Sunday, the Canadians rallied from a 3-0 first-period deficit with eight straight goals as they prevailed 9-4. Luca Martyniuk, Joshua Mytton, and Nishaan Gill each had two goals, while Aidan Yao, Vlad Ursache, and Helius Guan also scored for GVC.

Ramlal’s goal on Saturday gives him team-leading 12 on the season, while Martyniuk’s eight goals are second on the club. 

The U17 Canadians will take on the fifth-place Valley West Giants (8-6-3-0) in a home-and-home series on Dec. 9-10. The game on Saturday is set for 4:45 p.m. at the Planet Ice Delta, while the Sunday contest is scheduled for 11:15 a.m. at the Richmond Oval. Both games can be seen on playfullscreen.com.