Home
   News Feed
   Team Info
   Rules
   Advanced Stats
   Player Search
   Forum Board
   Champions
   Game Video
   Preview Archive
   The BHC Blog
   Photo Vault
   Register a Team
   More...


 Regular Season
   Schedule
   Standings
   Team by Team
   Top 30
   3 Stars
   Top Goalies
   Goalies
   Suspensions


 Playoffs
   Schedule
   Team by Team
   Top 20
   3 Stars
   Top Goalies





Early Season Review - Part II

NWBHL Early Season Review - Part II

New West Panthers


     One of only two teams to have already played seven games, the Panthers also find themselves in the glut of teams with six points, though their pair of ties puts them at the bottom of that group with tiebreakers. The team lost their real go-to guy on the back end and one of their real offensive catalysts in Colton Kalhe to the Outsiders, so the Panthers are doing offence by committee. An impressive ten different players have at least four points. Avi Bassi leads the club with 6-4-4-8 with Paul Bassi second on the team scoring chart with six points in as many games. Reliable scorers Scott Wilshire (6-3-2-5) and Luvdeep Gill (6-2-2-4) will be counted on by the team to score some big goals. The Panthers power-play has been an area of concern, going a troublesome 1 for 15 so far this season. The PK has also struggled as the team is at a mere 60% success rate, the second lowest total in the league. Veteran keeper Dave Sherwin has played every game for the Panthers this year, though that streak will come to an end this week as he heads out of town for some vacation time. Replacement goaltender to be determined!

P
A
U
L

B
A
S
S
I

South Van Core


     It's been an interesting start to the season for the Core. They have been involved in three overtime games, winning one, losing one, and drawing the other. They've beaten a powerhouse Wolfpac team 5-2, then lost to the previously winless Titans 5-2. In other words, they've been all over the map, which has left them with a 2-3-1 record. The reigning Spring champs are looking for some consistency going forward. However, one man that has been doing the job for them all season long has been Steven Craig. A game star in four of his six games played, he leads the club with 7-4-11, nearly twice the output of anyone else on the club. A couple of defenders, Larry Mey and Jay Dove have each chipped in 2 goals and 4 assists. Shane Khan has also been a spark plug in the few games he's played, notching 3-4-1-5 for the team. There are a bunch of talented Core forwards who have yet to really get it going yet, but look for them to start warming up in the next stretch of the schedule. Shane Ram has played the majority of the games in goal, and been in a bit of an early season funk. Look for him to also better his numbers as the season continues. The real surprise has been the goaltending of one of the team's defenseman, Jasdip Uppal, who has donned the pads a couple of times this year, and come out with a win and a tie, including some mighty impressive goaltending numbers; 2.41 GAA, .911 Save %. Perhaps the "Goalie Of The Future"!

S
T
E
V
E
N

C
R
A
I
G

Surdel Storm


    
The Storm find themselves in a glut of three teams all with identical 2-3-1 records. With that said, you can all but throw out the team's opening season game that saw them destroyed 11-2 by the Mercenaries when they showed up with an under-manned and ill prepared lineup. Since then the team has been playing some pretty good hockey, downing a great Pirates team and playing tough against some other good teams such as the Core and Panthers, albeit a pair of close losses. If the team does have a regret (other than game 1), it's letting a Clappers team with no subs and a scrounged up lineup off the hook with a 1-1 tie. Waseem Khalil, fresh off earning two "B" Div MVP's for the past two seasons, has carried right on where he left off with 6 goals and 5 assists through the first third of the campaign. It's all the more notable with the absence of his partner-in-crime of the last two seasons, Jason Makowski. Veteran Ian Banks has remained productive with 1-5-6 through just 3 games played. Taz Dhillon, one of the NDub's premier playmakers, has also been a point-per-game player this year. The Storm are another club that features too many part-timers and not enough consistent player turnout. The majority of the team's players have played three games or less thus far. Ami Gill and Cliff Stayner have split the games equally. Ami is putting up some sparkling numbers (1-1-1, 2.56 GAA, .927 SV%), while Cliff has had to dig out of an early hole after the massacre at the hands of the Merc's. 

W
A
S
E
E
M

K
H
A
L
I
L

East Van Saints


     The Saints have been another Jekyll and Hyde team this season (One of many!). They looked like world beaters when they downed the Giants but looked like anything but in their last two contests versus the Mercenaries and Wolfpac, respectively. The team has been playing without some of its main defenders in recent weeks due to injury and scheduling conflicts, and their absence has been noticeable. Floyd Jewell has been a good pick-up for the team. He has scored 5 goals and added 4 assists in the 5 games since joining the Saints (He also had a pair of goals during a one game stint with the Merc's). However, Chad Sieben remains the straw that really stirs the drink for the club. He has numbers of 5-6-2-8 and seems to be in the middle of every Saints rally. Big Brian Andrews has also been an effective power forward for the team and is above a point-per-game pace. Keep an eye on rookie Austin Demeule who has lit it up with 6 points through just a pair of games. He will be a real force for this team going forward. The Saints have a nice mix of youth and veterans, with Rob Forshaw and Jerry Hargrove being a couple of guys that have been around the block but can still get it done. The team is solid in goal with the spring's Top Goaltender award winner, Craig Woodthorpe backstopping the club. However things did hit a snag when Craig went on the injured list this month, but young Colin Crocker looks to be a capable replacement when called upon.

C
H
A
D

S
I
E
B
E
N

West Coast Outsiders


     The Outsiders have already turned a lot of heads in the first NWBHL season. The club has played everybody tight so far and seems to be tying their way to a playoff berth (a technique the Mercenaries used last season) with three draws on the season so far. They do have a couple of lopsided games in the mix, though one was a win against a sub-less shadow of a Wolfpac team and the other a loss to a desperate Giants team. Defenseman Tony Fontana has had a great start to the season with 11 points, including 5 goals, through 6 games played. Perhaps less surprising has been the contribution of Aiden Mottus, who has lit it up the last couple of seasons with the Whalers and in a short stint with the Core. He has 6-6-4-10. Colton Kahle, the big acquisition via the Panthers, continues to be an impact player in the league, and continues to shoulder the load for the club at both ends of the floor. One time Surrey Hitmen player, Saeed Ahmed, has made his return to the league a decade later and has gotten off to a blistering start with 5 points in 2 games. Cody Campbell has been the everyday goaltender for the Outsiders and has been solid, though the 10 spot the Giants put up have hurt his overall numbers a bit. The Outsiders have managed to stay out of the box this season, and through six full games, have taken a grand total of one penalty! Now that's discipline!

A
I
D
E
N

M
O
T
T
U
S

Delta Titans


     The Titans join the Outsiders as the new kids on the block this year. However, both teams have shown that their time spent in other leagues have made them competitive franchises right out of the gate. After losing a their first five games, the majority by extremely tight margins, the Titans finally garnered their first point in a 2-2 draw with the aforementioned Outsiders. Just a week later they scored their first W with an emphatic 5-2 win over a somewhat shell-shocked Core team. That's where the team currently sits, just a couple of points back of the pack in a season where any win boosts you up the standings dramatically. One of the keys to the Titans success has been getting star goalie Harvy Takhar into the lineup. He has been dynamite for the Titans so far and was a huge part of their recent success, absolutely standing on his head in the last couple of games. Offensively, team GM Anil Hayre has been shooting the lights out. His 8 goals actually lead the entire league at the moment. He has also added 3 assists for 11 points. Rajan Hayre and Aman Basi come in tied for second in team scoring with 2-4-6 each. This team is filled with speedy, talented players, though they do still struggle with their defensive assignments like a lot of other young teams tend to do. Nevertheless, this club has shown they can be a factor this year and any opponents that look past them, do so at their own peril.

H
A
R
V
Y

T
A
K
H
A
R







Site Navigation

Home | Teams | Advanced Stats | Player Search | Champions | Game Video |
 Preview Archive | BHC Blog | Photo Vault | Team Registration

Regular Season:
Schedule | Team by Team | Top 30 | 3 Stars | Top Goalies | Goalies | Standings | Suspensions

Playoffs:
Schedule | Team by Team | Top 20 | 3 Stars | Top Goalies