U17 Canadians Take Three Out of Four Possible Points vs. Rockets

by K.P. Wee

The U17 AAA Greater Vancouver Canadians returned to BCEHL action over the weekend after not playing any league games in a month but didn’t miss a beat, taking three out of a possible four points in a weekend series against the second-place Okanagan Rockets at the Richmond Olympic Oval. 

The U17 club had last played in a league game back on Oct. 14-15 in a BCEHL showcase weekend in Langley, before participating in the Bauer U17 Prep Elite Invitational at the Summit Centre in Abbotsford from Oct. 19-22. Following a bye weekend, the U17 Canadians had travelled to Calgary for the Western Sport School Classic on Nov. 2 for that weekend. 

The Canadians finally returned to BCEHL play against the Rockets this past weekend at the Oval, tying Okanagan 3-3 on Saturday and then winning 4-1 on Sunday. 

In Saturday’s contest, the Canadians fell behind 2-0 in the second period before rallying for three straight goals in the eventual 3-3 tie. Aidan Mark scored with 3:57 left in the second to cut GVC’s deficit to 2-1 before Helius Guan tied things up at 2-2 just 43 seconds into the third. Luca Martyniuk put the Canadians ahead 3-2 with only 7:10 remaining, but the Rockets scored the tying goal just two minutes later and the game finished 3-3. Liam Leslie was outstanding in goal with 35 saves. 

On Sunday, the Canadians jumped out to a 3-0 lead in a 4-1 victory to improve to 6-2-1-1 on the season. Sorash Ramlal had two goals, giving him eight on the season, and Vlad Ursache and Luca Martyniuk also scored for GVC. Liam Leslie made 23 saves. 

Next up for the U17 Canadians, a road game against the Valley West Giants (5-5-2-0) on Wednesday the 15th at 7:15 at the Planet Ice Delta. The game can be seen on playfullscreen.com.