Whaler Cole Svendson smiles as he shows off two pucks. He scored his 50th goal as a Whaler and a hat trick in a 9-2 win over Surrey Oct. 15th.
Linemates continue Oct. hot streak
CENTENNIAL ARENA – Puck luck can be tricky sometimes. Yet so far this October, the Whalers have hit the vulcanized rubber jackpot with “Big Goal” Cole Svendson and his linemates.
Svendson, a gritty winger who loves to throw his body around, now leads the entire Pacific Junior Hockey League (PJHL) in goals with 13 this season. He scored Nos. 11 through 13 in a dominant performance – a 9-2 White Rock victory – over the Surrey Knights Oct. 15.
Zac Sherwin celebrates with teammates after he scored a hat trick against the Ridge Meadows Flames. | Photo courtesy of Tav Morrison Media.
“I’m happy about it, but honestly I have to give (credit) to my teammates,” Svendson said. “I’m in the right place at the right time. They feed me the puck and it’s a tap-in almost every time.”
Svendson was being modest. He fought battles in front of the Surrey net for two of his scoring plays and finished off a 2-on-0 rush for the hat trick. Each goal was assisted by his linemates – centreman Zac Sherwin and captain Chris Fortems.
At press time on Oct. 17, Sherwin also was a league leader in points with 25. Fortems is second – two behind in that race with 23.
Whaler captain Chris Fortems recorded an impressive seven points against Surrey Oct. 15th.
Messrs. October: Svendson, Sherwin & Fortems
All three young men have skated together for the past four years in White Rock.
“We have a lot of chemistry,” Svendson pointed out.
And how. The Whalers will have to add an accountant to the payroll to count up the number of points by the trio. At press time on Oct. 17, the Sher-WIN line had notched 17 points in the Surrey game and a total of 53 points in October.
Half-month to remember
White Rock head coach Jason Rogers added that Svendson had scored his 50th goal as a Whaler – a record that’s “going to be a real challenge” for another player to surpass.
Rogers also recognized that the Pod’s secondary scoring had recently come to the fore, with Owen Thibodeau and Kaz Yamazaki lighting the lamp behind the Surrey net.
“You can’t be on one line every night because there are good teams with a lot of depth in this league,” Rogers commented. “It’s important that we continue to build and provide some of that secondary scoring.”
The Whalers now have a record of four wins, five losses and a single shootout loss for nine points – still fifth in the six-team Tom Shaw Conference. However, they’ve closed the standings gap to one point behind the fourth-place Port Moody Panthers.
Whaler rookie James Cowie notched his first Jr. 'B' goal on Oct. 14th.
POST GAME AUDIO with Coach Rogers & Cole Svendson
The Sherwin line is finding each other "all over the ice, all the time" in the offensive zone, Coach Rogers said.
Live Audio with Coach Rogers
"It's easier when you have a lot of chemistry" to make smart plays, Svendson said.
Live Audio with Cole Svendson
First: White Rock # 62 Cole Svendson
Second: Delta # 14 Alec Scouras
Third: Delta # 18 Dalton MacGillivray