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Spring 2015 News Stories



NWBHL Awards Roundup


     To get everyone geared up for the new season, as well as take care of a little unfinished business from last year, we will lead into this season's opening night by unveiling the award nominees and winners for both the Spring and the previous Fall campaigns. We will be starting with the 14/15 awards and work our way forwards, releasing one trophy winner per day. In other words, some people are going to have to bide their time until their category comes up! As always, the winners will appear in red. Good luck to all the nominees!





Spring 2015 Award Nominees

     
"A" MVP "A/B" Top Goaltender "A" Top Defensemen
Zach Kelm (Barons)
Waseem Khalil (Storm)
Nick McNicol (Warhawks)
Graeme Spence (Barons)

(4 game minimum)
Riz Abbas  (Storm)
Eddy Bordignon (Barons)
Josh Cabrita (Mercenaries)
Bob Dhaliwal (Entourage)
Derek Smith (Storm)
Cliff Stayner (Rage)

(Due to the low number of
qualifying goalies this season,
the divisions have been
merged for this award)








Jay Dove (Entourage)
Craig Houle (Barons)
Nick McNicol (Warhawks)
Bhal Randhawa (Warhawks)
"B" MVP "B" Top Defensemen
Shaquille Gehlen (Hornets)
Floyd Jewell (Rage)
Jason Makowski (Stingrays)
David Prestage (Mercenaries)
Luke Tully (Mercenaries)
Jay Taylor (Rage)
Alex Bosa (Hornets)
Brian Kennedy (Rage)
Karson Levack (Mercenaries)
Dave Snyder (Rage)

Top Rookie Most Sportsmanlike Unsung Hero
Josh Cabrita (Mercenaries)
Arshdeep Chauhan (Stingrays)
Shaquille Gehlen (Hornets)
Sooraj Sall (Hornets)



Floyd Jewell (Rage)
Waseem Khalil (Storm)
Jason Makowski (Stingrays)
Kerry Nikolai (Barons)
Graeme Spence (Barons)
Jay Taylor (Rage)
Jas Aulakh (Entourage)
Rod Hilborn (Rage)
Dallas Hoffman (Mercenaries)
Dale Sinclair (Storm)
Deepak Takher (Warhawks)
Mike Wood (Stingrays)
"A" Scoring Title "A" 3 Star Cup "A" Playoff MVP

Zach Kelm (Barons)

Zach Kelm (Barons)

Zach Kelm (Barons)

"B" Scoring Title "B" 3 Star Cup "B" Playoff MVP
David Prestage (Mercenaries) Luke Tully (Mercenaries)

Cliff Stayner (Rage)






2014/15 Award Nominees

    
"A" MVP "A" Top Goaltender "A" Top Defensemen
Simran Bhatti (Giants)
Jay Dove (Thrashers)
Dave Fisher (Thrashers)
Brenden Ham (Jaguars)
Harp Kalkat (Giants)
Marcel Lafortune (Jaguars)
Mont Saran (Jaguars)

(5 game minimum)
Rick Baker (Thrashers)
Adam Butler (Giants)
Steve Carruthers (Jaguars)
Dean Salsnek (Jaguars)
Jason Sidhu (Crooks)
Alex Bosma (Giants)
Jay Dove (Thrashers)
Harp Kalkat (Giants)
Daniel Lafortune (Jaguars)
Marcel Lafortune (Jaguars)
Nathan Pangalia (Crooks)
"B" MVP "B" Top Goaltender "B" Top Defensemen
Gary Bal (Panthers)
Amolak Gill (Rage)
Luvdeep Gill (Panthers)
Floyd Jewell (Rage)
Shane Ram (Warhawks)
Puneet Sandhu (Devils)
Myles Scott (Mercenaries)

(5 game minimum)
Ami Gill (Warhawks)
Shane Ram (Warhawks)
Dave Sherwin (Panthers)
Cliff Stayner (Rage)
Gurmukh Virdi (Devils)
Chase Butler (Chiefs)
Mandip Koonar (Panthers)
 Henry Lu (Rage)
Larry Mey (Warhawks)
Dave Snyder (Rage)

Top Rookie Most Sportsmanlike Unsung Hero
Arsh Bains (Crooks)
Michael Craig (Warhawks)
Aman Gill (Devils)
Luvdeep Gill (Panthers)
Justin Koonar (Panthers)
Puneet Sandhu (Devils)

Gary Bal (Panthers)
Floyd Jewell (Rage)
Larry Mey (Warhawks)
Ravind Rana (Thrashers)
Jonathan Yueh (Rage)
Riz Abbas (Ghostriders)
Onkar Bhandher (Thrashers)
Steve Carruthers (Jaguars)
Sanam Gill (Devils)
Simon Lam (Panthers)
Terry Wong (Chiefs)
"A" Scoring Title "A" 3 Star Cup "A" Playoff MVP

Brenden Ham (Jaguars)

Brenden Ham (Jaguars)

Adam Butler (Giants)

"B" Scoring Title "B" 3 Star Cup "B" Playoff MVP
Floyd Jewell (Rage) Gary Bal (Panthers) Shane Ram (Warhawks)





NWBHL Photo Vault Project


     Over the last decade or so, we have taken several thousand amazing pictures of Northwest League action. In the early days of this website I was making galleries of some of these pictures, but the reality is we needed a lot more room to host them as well as a more efficient way to disseminate them to the masses. With that thought in mind, I stopped posting the galleries somewhere around 2011 and set the project aside until I had a proper method to display our pics, as well as some time to get the project organized. This offseason has provided the time, and Flickr has provided us the medium to host our photos. The initial albums I've posted to this point include our Spring '15 Playoffs as well as our Team Championship pictures through the years. More albums will be appearing over the next while, likely in reverse chronological order.

Click Here For The Spring '15 Playoff Photoset









Barons Win "A" Division Championship!


    The New West Barons joined the Burnaby Rage as repeat champions of the Spring, as they dispatched the Warhawks 6-3, in the third and final game of the "A" Division Final! After a back and forth start that saw the game tied at 3 at one point in the second, the Barons stepped on the gas with three quick strikes over a span of just 2:43 to put the game out of reach. Zach Kelm took Playoff MVP honours for the Barons as he finished the postseason with 6 goals and a pair of assists including a couple of points in this game. He also earned a game star in 3 different contests, to lead the division in the 3 star rankings. Roy Cabrita also had a great playoff run with numbers of 6-3-6-9, including two goals and an assist in the decider. Rod Wardell (6-4-3-7), and Graeme Spence (5-1-5-6) were also among the playoff leaders. Vince Mudaliar was brilliant during this playoff run for the Warhawks, posting a 3-1 record with a 3.25 GAA and .891 Save %. Sippy Khangura was also a force for the Warhawks, finishing with a playoff leading 11 points in 5 games, but unfortunately having to head back to Alberta before the final game. 





Rage Win "B" Division Championship! /
Barons Send "A" Final To Game 3


    After having to wait nearly 20 years for their first Northwest League Championship in 2014, it was a short wait for title number two, as the Burnaby Rage repeated as Spring champs, once again downing the Mercenaries in the process. The Rage, a notorious up and down team, finally put together a full forty minute effort to take the decisive game three by a 5-3 score. There was little doubt about the playoff MVP as Cliff Stayner stood on his head throughout the playoffs, registering a 4-1 record, with an impressive 3.03 GAA and .891 Save Percentage. He also led all players in the 3 Star category, earning star recognition in 4 of his 5 starts. Other Rage players that contributed frequently in this run were Floyd Jewell (5-5-3-8), Paul Heer (5-2-6-8), Fab Carella (5-6-1-7), and Dave Snyder (5-2-4-6)

    The Barons absolutely stormed out of the gate, scoring three goals in the first three minutes, to down the Warhawks 6-2. The win ties the "A" Division Final at one game apiece, and sets up a dramatic game three to decide the Spring 2015 championship. The Barons poured on consistent pressure throughout the contest, ending with a 40-19 shot advantage. Zach Kelm and Rod Wardell each scored a pair of goals in the win, with Graeme Spence, Roy Cabrita and Dan Molatore adding a couple of helpers each. Game three of this series goes this Friday night.





Mercenaries Even "B" Div Final /
Warhawks Take Game 1 of "A" Final


     Facing elimination, and down 3-0 to the Rage at the half, the Mercenaries stepped on the gas in the second frame, outshooting the Rage 18-5, on their way to tying things up and sending the game into OT. Deep into the extra frame, the Mercenaries completed the comeback as Kevin Geddert netted the game winner. It was his third straight goal (to go with an assist), as he showed why he is one of the best young talents in the league. Karson Levack also was a difference maker for the team, as he added three assists while playing Harp Kalkat-like minutes as the team shortened the bench dramatically late in the game and in the OT session. Floyd Jewell picked up a pair of goals and an assist in the loss, and Rage goalie Cliff Stayner was spectacular, as he kept his team in the game while the Merc's applied tremendous pressure in the late going. The final shot tally in the game was heavily in favour of the Mercenaries (42-22), and they hope to keep the momentum going for Sunday's game three. We're now down to one game to decide it all!

     The Warhawks were the team to strike first in the "A" div Final, as they downed the Barons by a 4-1 score. After giving up the first goal, the Warhawks started capitalizing on their chances, earning a 3-1 lead early in the second period. The Barons put on furious pressure in the late going, but were unable to solve Vince Mudaliar, who's late season heroics have been crucial to the Hawks success. A late empty netter sealed the 4-1 victory, putting the Warhawks on the cusp of clinching the title, but they'll have to face a determined Barons team, hungry to equalize, on Sunday. Kevin Booth and Bronson Cooper each collected a goal and an assist in the win, while Mudaliar stopped 33 of 34 shots for the game's 1st star.





Warhawks And Barons To Meet In "A" Final /
Rage Win "B" Final Opener


     The Warhawks and Storm went the distance in their "A" Division semifinal, but in the end the Warhawks had enough left in the tank to make it through to the final round. Oddly, the series featured some lopsided scores throughout. The Warhawks won the opener 7-3 before the Storm blitzed them in game 2, by a 10-3 margin. The Storm came out strongly in the rubber match, taking a 3-1 lead early in the second frame, but a furious Warhawks push would see them score 5 unanswered goals on the way to a 6-3 victory, and a berth in the Championship Final.

     The Barons pulled through their "A" div semifinal with a literal last second goal (1.1 to be exact), as they dispatch the Entourage in dramatic fashion. After the Entourage had taken the early series lead, the Barons stormed back winning game two on Friday by a score of 5-3. Sunday's decider was an amazing back-and-forth contest, with the Barons taking an early 3-1 lead before the Entourage kicked their game into gear, to get things tied up. Things were tied late when a goalmouth scramble resulted in the buzzer beater, credited to Graeme Spence, that would send the Barons through to the next round. They will take on the Warhawks in a rematch of last Spring's "A" final that was won in a Barons' sweep.

     The "B" division Final kicked off with the Rage taking the first game of the series with by a 5-3 score over the Mercenaries. This is also a rematch of the Spring 2014 Final that saw the Rage finally take their first NWBHL championship. Cliff Stayner was solid in the net to pick up the victory, stopping the shots he had to at key moments of the game. Fab Carella fired pair of goals in the win, while defenseman Dave Snyder picked up a goal and a pair of assists in the winning effort. Game two of this series will go Friday, June 19th.





Warhawks, Entourage, and Rage Take Series Leads


     First blood has been drawn in the Spring 2015 NWBHL Playoffs. The Burnaby Rage struck first in their "B" division semifinal against the Hornets with a resounding 6-1 victory. This game was in stark contrast to the 9-2 whipping the Rage took just two nights earlier at the hands of the Mercenaries, who earned the bye for clinching top spot in the division. On this night the scoring was spread around nicely with 5 players earning a pair of points, including Floyd Jewell with two goals, and Bobby Basran who deflected in the GWG, while adding a helper. Cliff Stayner was rock solid in goal for the Rage stopping 17 of 18 shots fired his way.

     The "A" division saw a pair of semifinals get under way as the Warhawks met the Storm and the Entourage took on the Barons. The Warhawks take the early series lead in their series, with a 7-3 win over the Storm. The team rode a successful first period to victory as they out scored the Storm 3-0 before a back and forth second. The powerplays were firing in this contest as the teams went a combined 5 for 6 on the man advantage. Sandeep "Sippy" Khangura had a big night for the Warhawks as he made a successful return to the lineup with 2-2-4 for the game's first star. Sean Grewal and Amolak Gill also collected a pair of goals in the victory.

     The other "A" semi saw the Entourage start the playoffs on the right foot with a convincing 6-3 win over the Barons. Ravind Rana was the difference in this one as he netted a first period hat-trick, to go with an assist. Simran Bhatti and Dave Fisher each collected 3 points in the victory. The team gave their goaltender, Bob Dhaliwal, a relatively easy night as they held an impressive 30-16 edge in shots over the Barons. Game 2 of all the aforementioned series' goes this Friday, with any game 3's scheduled for Sunday. If any of the rounds wrap up in a sweep, look for the Finals to begin on the Sunday.





Playoff Time Begins!


     The regular season is in the books and the playoff matchups have all been set. Action kicks off this Sunday with three games. The Mercenaries won the "B" division bye and will sit out the first round while they watch the Rage and Hornets go at it. The "A" division sees the first place Barons take on the Entourage, who's final game forfeit cost them several players that would have qualified. The other "A" semi sees the Warhawks and Storm face off in a battle of teams that finished with identical 6-3 records. Games 2 and 3 of these series are scheduled for next weekend, though if the third game isn't necessary, the finals could move up to the Sunday. The full schedule including start times for each of the teams will be announced shortly.






Tie Breaker Madness!


     As the regular season draws to a close, those standings continue to bunch up to the point where we could conceivably end up with a four way tie in "A" division and a three way tie in "B" division. Crazy! For that particular scenario to play out, we would need the Entourage to beat the Barons on Friday night in the "A" division, with the Hornets and Rage each winning their respective games as well, to knot things in "B".

     Needless to say, this mess will have to be sorted out somehow, and that may just require dusting off the old abacus! The tie breaking formula for when TWO teams are tied is fairly straight forward. (1. Most wins; 2. Most points, head-to-head; 3. Best goal differential, head-to-head; 4. Best goal differential, overall; 5. Most goals).

     The tie breaking formula when THREE OR MORE teams are tied is as follows:  (1. Most wins; 2. Best goal differential, overall; 3. Best winning %, head-to-head; 4. Best goal differential, head-to-head; 5. Most goals).





The NWBHL Partners up with Play On!


    The Northwest Ball Hockey League is proud to announce a partnership with Hockey Night In Canada's Play On this year! It's a fantastic event that I have myself taken part in, going on six years now. The NWBHL season will be wrapped up (at it's latest), a day before the Play On tourney, so there will be no scheduling conflicts. Please click on the banner below to see the registration info. I hope to see you all out there for the big tourney!






Playoff Outline Posted / Roster Freeze


    The preliminary playoff outline has now been posted. The slots have yet to be assigned to either division at this point, but that will occur as we get closer to playoff time. We mostly have the times that we've been playing throughout the season, with the exception of the first night of playoffs on Sunday, June 7th, which will see us with times ranging from 5:00-7:00 PM, due to a prior Arenex booking.

    The roster freeze will occur after this weekend's games. Teams will have until Tuesday, May 26th to submit their final 25 player roster. After that point, teams must just use players (excluding the use of an emergency goalie) off that final 25 player list for the final couple of weeks of the schedule.





Jaguars Fold / Season Format Update


     Despite the team's best attempts to stabilize the roster, the Pacific Jaguars were unable to fight off varied factors that have led them to withdraw from the current season. Look for them to return in full force during the Fall season!

    This means a minor tweak to the previously announced format and another schedule redraft. The other "A" division teams will now all be granted playoff access. The "B" division format remains unchanged. Any games that a team played or was supposed to play vs the Jaguars this year have been stricken from the record, and won't be made up, now giving us a 9 game season. Playoff qualification for players has now been dropped to 3 games to keep in step with the changes. 





Divisions and Playoff Format Announced


    With the first month of action now in the books, the time has come to separate into our two divisions. The following teams will be comprising the "A" division: B.C. Entourage, Langley Barons, Pacific Jaguars, Richmond Warhawks, and Surdel Storm. The top four teams will make the playoffs with a classic 1 vs 4, 2 vs 3 playoff series format. It should make for one helluva playoff race! The remaining four teams, the Burnaby Rage,  North Van Mercenaries, South Fraser Stingrays, and West Coast Hornets will make up the division. The top three teams will make the postseason in this div with the top seed getting the first round bye, and seeds 2 vs 3 contesting the semifinal. The remainder of the schedule will be posted shortly.





Website Content Rollout


    With the season now nicely under way, I'll have a little time to start working on the regular NWBHL.com features that we know and love, as well as some new projects. The first installment of Power Rankings is now on display, and this is the beefiest issue to date. The Ndub weekly Poll will make its first appearance next week. If you're wondering, I haven't forgotten about the award nominations from this past season. It's always the thing that gets pushed back when I'm on a tight schedule, but I will get the nominations and winners for the Fall season posted, hopefully by next week. Also don't forget to check out the "Bad Hockey Card Blog" if you haven't visited it recently.





The Ndub Whirlwind Week


    It's been a crazy few days in the NWBHL that has spawned numerous pieces of news.
  • Due to a conflict with the Canucks playoff run which starts this week, our Friday game schedule has been moved to Saturday evening. The Canucks also have a night game on Sunday, but our afternoon schedule that day is free of conflict. Next week's games will also be unaffected.

  • The South Fraser Stingrays have taken over the vacant spot to bring us back up to nine teams. Many thanks go out to team GM Sukh Sandhu for stepping up and helping us to fill the hole in the schedule.

  • The season schedule has now been posted through the end of April with the following several weeks to be published in short order. Teams will be playing each of the other 8 teams in the league with the remaining two games to be played against division rivals.

  • The Storm Shadows have also streamlined their name a bit and will now simply be known as the Surdel Storm.


  •      To also recap the announcements from last week, we will be playing a 10 game schedule this year, with the divisions being decided after the end of April. It's uncertain at this point exactly how many team will be in "A", but there will could be anywhere from 3 to 5, depending on what the most appropriate cut line is determined to be. The playoff format will also be decided at that point, but all series will still remain the best-of-three games.





Spring Season Starts April 10th!


     As we close in on the end of a successful 2014/15 campaign in the NWBHL, it's now time to look ahead to the upcoming Spring session. The opening date has now been announced as April 10th. Game times will be Friday 6:45-9:45 and Sunday from 1:30-4:30. It will be the usual 12 game regular season schedule that we run during the Spring. We are once again on a bit of a tight schedule, so there will be the occasional doubleheader mixed in. The season will run through to the end of June. Not sure of the format or total number of teams yet, but that picture will become clearer over the next couple of weeks. Any new teams looking to register, please shoot me an email at jeffbrailsford@hotmail.com and I will provide you more detail on the coming season.





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