Lightning is the brightest

The fall roller hockey season at Kings Sports Centre is halfway through and the competition has been exciting, with many close battles and great competition.

The 14-Under league is the tightest division, where only two points separates first place from third.

The Lightning are in top spot, with top scorer Lex Dobson leading the way with 21 goals. Kai Allard has scored 23 for fourth-place Islanders who are starting to gain strength with good goaltending from Ben Somerville.

The EY Eagles in second place are being led by Jabari Walrond with his outstanding defensive play, and playmaking has him on top of the assist board with 11. Third place is held by the Blackhawks with new, exciting players in the 14U league under the leadership of Tommy Kehoe and Jered Holmes.

The 10/12U league is also in a close battle. The PwC Flyers and the CIBC Kings have been leading the charge with team REMAX/Bovell on their tails. The Oilers, who have the league’s leading goal scorer Andy Hastings, need to find a way to move up the ranks quickly.

First-place PwC Flyers are playing great team hockey, especially from goaltender Kaden Hiryok.

The 8U League is being led by the Silver Wheaton Canucks, with Adley Edwards and Rhys Marr having breakout seasons. Not far behind are the KPMG Oilers, with Ailey Finch and Ben Priaulx both playing great hockey and finding the back of the net.

The EFG Wings are picking up slack after a slow start and are looking like real contenders with the playoffs just around the corner.

Ryder Cali has joined the Deloitte Jets and is hoping to provide some goal scoring to the struggling young team.

The men’s league is shaping up to be a race between the One Tradex Capitals and the Sharks. Dan “Tin” Etherington is having a massive scoring season with 30 goals and is leading the charge with newcomer Kai Allard and Claude Plamondon.

The Capitals are playing hard-nosed, fearsome defense with great goaltending. Just behind the Capitals by one point are the Sharks with a defense-oriented team led by veterans Darryl Hather, Joe Jewitt, Rich Hastings and team point leader Dennis Passchier, along with superb goaltending by Scott Hughes.

The third-place High Rollers are having a magnificent season by team standards. After clawing out from their usual last place position they are being led by Andrew Bowden, team point leader Paul Strenk, Jamie Nelson and newcomer Craig Thomas.

Rounding out the league in fourth are the Flames with team point leader Ryan Pull on a big goal-scoring streak in the last three games, but leaving captain Mike Bowden questioning what happened to his team that was once dominant as they continue to struggle with a dismal record of 1-7.

All games are played at Kings Sports Centre on Tuesday and Friday nights and all day Saturday.
Anyone interested in joining the hockey league or learn to skate program should contact coach Dennis Passchier at Kings at [email protected]