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BCHL Round-Up: January 2017

By Sam Laskaris on January 29, 2017

The Merritt Centennials have had their share of overtime struggles this season, winning just two of their first 10 contests that required an extra session.  (Courtesy of Merritt Centennials)

Centennials’ Overtime Woes Continue
The Merritt Centennials used to be rather successful in overtime matches.

Two years ago, the Centennials managed to win seven of their nine contests that were decided with an OT session.

As for last season, the Merritt squad emerged victorious in just two out of its six games that ended in overtime.

This year, however, the Centennials are having even more difficulties earning Ws in OT. As of Jan. 20, the Merritt club had only won two out of its 10 matches that had ended in overtime.

The eight OT losses was the most by any BCHL franchise this year.

Four other clubs – Nanaimo Clippers, Alberni Valley Bulldogs, Chilliwack Chiefs and Langley Rivermen – were next in line with five OT losses each.

Ginnetti Leading Defencemen In Scoring
Cameron Ginnetti has certainly increased his offensive productivity this season.

A year ago the Vancouver-born blueliner earned 14 points, including three goals, in 49 games during his rookie campaign with the Langley Rivermen.

As for this season, Ginnetti had racked up 46 points, including 41 assists, in his first 41 contests.

The 18-year-old had accumulated more points than any other BCHL defenceman. And he was also tied for 19th spot in the league’s scoring race.

Ginnetti’s 41 assists placed him third among all BCHL players in that category this season.

With his 1.14 points per game average, Ginnetti was also second in team scoring, just three points behind sophomore forward Ryan Barrow.

Ginnetti will be commencing his NCAA career next season. He’ll be joining the New York-based Clarkson Golden Knights, a Division 1 squad. 

Wild Rookie Goalie Shining
Anthony Yamnitsky is certainly making his first BCHL season a memorable one.

The 19-year-old puckstopper is starring with the Washington-based Wenatchee Wild, the lone American entry in the BCHL.

Yamnitsky, who is from North Royalton, Ohio, was sporting a 2.59 goals-against average after his first 28 appearances. His GAA was the fourth best mark thus far in the league.

Yamnitsky had also registered a 21-5-0-0 record. His 21 victories were the third most among BCHL netminders.

Yamnitsky had also earned three shutouts this season.

His efforts are considerably better than last year when he failed to pick up a single victory, suiting up for a pair of different teams. Last season he appeared in two matches with the North American Hockey League’s Wilkes-Barres/Scranton Knights and two others with the Syracuse Stars of the United States Premier Hockey League.

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By Sam Laskaris| January 29, 2017
Categories:  Junior

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