The White Rock Whalers are in town as they get set to face the Wolf Pack for Game 5 of this first-round series. The Whalers need a win to move on to the next round. The game is set for 7:45 p.m. and will take place at the Harry Jerome Rec Centre.
WHITE ROCK WHALERS
Head Coach: Jason Rogers
Road Record: 1-1
Goals For/ Goals Against: 17 GF/ 10 GA +7
Power Play: 3/17 (17.65%)
Penalty Kill: 17/17 (100%)
Leading Scorers: Zachary Sherwin (4GP-2G-5A, 7P), Chris Fortems (4GP-2G-4A-6P), Jacob Dorohoy (3GP-1G-4A-5P)
ARE YOU ‘RENNIE’ FOR THIS?
Ewan Rennie was so good for his team on Thursday night that he was named the first star of Game 4. The 2005-born forward has three goals in four playoff game appearances and two of those goals came off his stick on Thursday. Rennie tied the game at 3 on the Power Play at the 15:59 mark of the third period before sealing the game 1:09 into the second overtime period. His 3 goals and 2 assists have him ranked tied for third on the team with Jacob Dorohoy. The left-shot forward is in his first PJHL season with his hometown team and finished the regular season with 19 goals and 22 assists for 41 points in 25 games.
They came up big for the Whalers in Game 4. The Whalers were able to kill off a five-minute Wolf Pack Power Play during the first overtime period and have killed off all 17 chances that North Vancouver has had on the man advantage. Last Sunday night, in Game 3, the Whalers scored the first and only short-handed goal of the series to this point. The Whalers Power Play has clicked three times this series and two of those Power Play goals were scored on Thursday night. The first Power Play goal came off the stick of Captain Tyler Price (1) while the second goal was the game-winning goal in the second overtime period and was scored by Ewan Rennie (3).
NORTH VANCOUVER WOLF PACK
Head Coach: Matt Samson
Home Record: 1-1
Goals For/ Goals Against: 10 GF / 17 GA -7
Power Play: 0/17
Penalty Kill: 14/17 (82.35%)
Ryan Hunter (4GP-2G-3A-5P), Donovan Griffin (4GP-3G-1A-4P)
Ben Thornley-Hall (3GP-0G-3A-3P)
THE REAL DEAL
Matthew Carniel notched his first-ever goal in the PJHL playoffs on Thursday night and opened the scoring for his team at the 17:19 mark of the first period. Carniel buried his shot five-hole from his knees to beat Keegan Maddocks. Anthony Reimer picked up the assist. The goal is Carniel’s only point in this series so far. The “real deal” entered the playoffs with 12 goals and 24 assists for 36 points in 38 games. The Port Moody, BC native produced one goal and five assists in six games against the Whalers during the regular season.
It’s a win or bust for the Wolf Pack as they get to host Game 5 of their first-round series over the White Rock Whalers. The Whalers battled back from a 3-1 deficit in Game 4 to pull away with a 3-1 series lead thanks to a 4-3 victory in the second overtime period. Expect the Wolf Pack to play their best hockey of the season as their lives are on the line for the remainder of this series.
- Ewan Rennie is the only player on the Whalers with three goals so far in this series and the only player two score twice in the same game for his team
- Eleven different players have scored for White Rock over the past four games
- Tonight’s win is the second overtime victory of the series for White Rock. They beat North Van 4-3 in the first overtime period on Sunday night in Game 3.
- Donovan Griffin is the only player on the Wolf Pack with three goals in this series
- Six different players have scored for North Vancouver over the past four games
- Nik Jerris (G) and Gaetano Cammarata (F) made their Wolf Pack playoff debuts in Game 4
- Game 4 was the first game that was won by the team that did not score the first goal of the game
Round 1 Playoffs Schedule:
GAME 1: Tuesday, February 15 @ 7:45 (WR)
GAME2: Saturday, February 19 @ 7:00 (NV)
GAME 3: Sunday, February 20 @ 7:00 (NV)
GAME 4: Tuesday, February 22 @ 7:45 (WR)
GAME 5: Saturday, February 26 @ 7:00 (NV)
GAME 6*: Monday, February 28 @ 7:00 (WR)
GAME 7*: Wednesday, March 2 @ 7:00 (NV)
* IF NECESSARY