Contributed by Gideon Hill
The visiting Tom Shaw prospects defeated the Harold Brittain prospects 9-3 on Monday night at the Mission Leisure Center, a game in which Johnathon Stein of the Delta Icehawks stole the show with a whopping 7 point night.
This game showcased all the 16 year olds across the league, with some 17 year olds sprinkled in, and one 18 year old.
Michael Sande, Jackson O’Brien, Brenden Saether, and Matthew Trulsen represented the hometown Outlaws.
Michael Sande was playing in his second straight Top Prospects game. He was one of the few physical forces on the evening, however like most Brittain players, found himself on the wrong side of the plus/minus ledger. His two 16 year old team mates and fellow blueliners Brenden Saether and Jackson O’Brien were both noticable on the ice. Saether for his solid defensive positioning and Jackson for trying to spearhead the offense from the back at times.
Jackson actually combined with another Brittain player to save a goal, twice, during the night for the hosts, and almost potted one in himself on the same play. As for goaltender Matthew Trulsen, who came in already down 4-1, he may have allowed 5 goals but he was hung out to dry by numerous turnovers in their own end by Brittain, and made a few sparkling saves.
Tom Shaw conference prospects opened the scoring some 30 seconds in, and they added 2 more for a 3-0 lead after the first period.
In the second period, Shaw wouldn’t wait long to capitalize on a power play, making it 4-0 and ended up with a 7-1 lead by the end of the second period. Maybe the only notable effort put forward by Brittain in the period was by Corbin Genge of Abbotsford getting into a fight with Shaw’s Jordan Bogress, and both joined the fans in the stands to watch the final period unfold.
It might have been a disappointing result so far for the Mission fans and the Brittain Conference as a whole team,but one thing that warmed our hearts was seeing Surrey’s Benjamin Meng scoring a power play goal to make it 7-2. A highlight I’m sure for what has been a rough season for the Knights. Shaw ended up scoring two more in third, and the final would be 9-3.
John Stein, showed the Merritt Centennials of the BCHL a glimpse of what they might see next year in on 7 out of 9 goals, was named player of the game for Shaw in the process.
The Wolfpack’s Tanner Versluis often looked like a man among boys, recording a hat trick and controlling play in the corners. He is also a Centennials AP.
The Kodiak’s Clayton Schroeder who brought speed and physical presence in a game took top honors for Brittain with a pair of goals.
Mission fans will see Jonathon Stein and the high flying Delta Icehawks this Saturday at the Mission Leisure Centre, puck drop at 6:45, in what should be a dandy of a hockey game.