With their playoff lives at stake, the Wolf Pack defeated the Whalers by a 5-2 score on Saturday night at Harry Jerome to force Game six. Game six is set to take place tonight in White Rock at Centennial Arena and the puck is expected to drop at 7:00 p.m.
WHITE ROCK WHALERS
Head Coach: Jason Rogers
Home Record: 2-0
Goals For/Goals Against: 19 GF/15 GA (+5)
Power Play: 4/22 (17.65%)
Penalty Kill: 21/22 (95.45%)
Leading Scorers: Zachary Sherwin (5GP-2G-6A, 8P), Chris Fortems (5GP-3G-4A-7P), two players tied for third (5P)
WORTH THE ‘PRICE’
Whalers Captain, Tyler Price, is in his third and final season in the PJHL. Price has spent all three of his seasons with the Whalers and was part of the Whalers team that lost in five games to the Wolf Pack during the 2019-2020 PJHL Playoffs. The left-shot defenceman from Surrey, BC, registered two goals and 18 assists for 20 points in the entire 44-game season for the Whalers. Price currently sits fourth in scoring during the first five games of this series with a goal and three assists for four points.
Julian Feijo is in his fourth season on the Whalers bench and second as both an associate coach and assistant G.M. Feijo played two seasons of PIJHL hockey with the North Delta Devils including the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 seasons. Feijo began his coaching career during the 2017-2018 hockey season with the U18 A1 Vancouver Thunderbirds. Julian is a friendly person to run into at a game and someone who the Whalers are certainly lucky to have.
NORTH VANCOUVER WOLF PACK
Head Coach: Matt Samson
Road record: 0-2
Goals For/Goals Against: 15 GF/19 GA (-4)
Power Play: 1/22 (4.5%)
Penalty Kill: 18/22 (81.82%)
Ryan Hunter (5GP-2G-3A-5P), Donovan Griffin (5GP-3G-1A-4P), four plays tied (3P)
HE IS PERF’ETTE’
Alex Binette, Whistler, BC, was named the team’s 12th Captain in franchise history before the start of the regular season. Binette played the season with his heart on his sleeve and would finish fourth in team scoring with 17 goals and 26 assists for 43 points in 42 games. In just his first PJHL playoffs, Binette has managed two goals and an assist for three points in the first five games of this series. Binette scored his second goal of the playoffs to give his team a 2-0 in Game 5. Despite his team’s latest performance, Binette will have his team ready to go come puck drop.
TIME FOR A FULL MOON
With a 5-2 victory in Game 5, the North Vancouver Wolf Pack forced Game 6 tonight. JJ Pickell opened the scoring with his first of the playoffs and that goal was scored on the man advantage marking the first power-play goal of the series for North Vancouver. Pickell would go on to score once more, while Binette, Bailey, and Reimer notched one goal each. Svendson and Fortems scored the two goals for the Whalers.
- Cole Svendson has scored in three consecutive games for White Rock
- Eleven different players have scored for White Rock over the past five games
- Zachary Sherwin leads players on both teams in points (2G-6A-8P, 5GP)
- JJ Pickell scored his first goal of the playoffs and ended an 0/17 power-play drought for the Wolf Pack in Game 5
- Seven different players have scored for North Vancouver over the past five games
- In both games that the Wolf Pack have won this series they have only allowed the Whalers to score twice. Game 2 was won 3-2 and Game 4 was won by a 5-2 score
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