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Tight race for the PJHL scoring lead

cover photo: Alana Randall Photography

With the teams heading down the final stretch towards the playoffs, there are five players within striking distance of the points lead in the Pacific Junior Hockey League.

2001-born forward Caleb Garet, the captain of the Chilliwack Jets, has been chasing the scoring lead all season. With the Chilliwack Jets playing fewer games than most teams for the majority of the season because of COVID-19, floods, or weather conditions, Garet has been on pace but never in the lead for points.

Now that the Chilliwack has caught up in games, the power forward took hold of the leader’s spot with a four-goal outing against the Aldergrove Kodiaks on Wednesday night. The Jets still have seven games left on their regular-season schedule with just over two weeks to play.

The league leader for goals is 2001-born Ridge Meadows Flames forward, Ryan Denney. He has hit the 40-goal plateau and sits just one point back of Garet. He is on a 17-game point-scoring streak, collecting 19 goals and 16 assists over that stretch. His teammate Nicholas Amsler is tied for the lead in assists with 46 and also has 67 points. The Flames have six games remaining on their schedule.

Delta Ice Hawks represent the fourth and fifth highest-scoring players in the PJHL. Dalton MacGillvray, a 2004-born rookie, has 29 goals and 37 assists, which places him just two points back of the leader. Rounding out the top five is 2002-born forward Alec Scouras with 18 goals and 46 assists. Delta also has six games remaining on their schedule.

Among defensemen, Delta’s 2002-born Carson Hemenway leads the way in goals with 19 and is tied in assists with 28. He holds a five-point lead over Langley Trappers Ryan Tong. Tong, who split the season between the Port Moody Panthers and Trappers, has 15 goals and 27 assists.