White Rock Whalers goaltenders Adam Winters (left) and Keegan Maddocks (right) have backstopped the team to a number of victories lately. (White Rock Whalers photos)
PJHL team now on a four-game win streak, after seeing seven-game streak snapped last month
After seeing their franchise-best win streak snapped just before the holiday break, the White Rock Whalers have reeled off another string of victories to start the new year.
The Pacific Junior Hockey League squad – which had previously never won more than four straight games since joining the junior ‘B’ circuit in 2018 – won seven games between Nov. 14 and Dec. 18, when they lost a 4-3 contest to the league-leading North Vancouver Wolf Pack.
However, the loss proved to be just a blip – the Whalers defeated North Van 5-1 the very next night, before taking an extended Christmas break.
PJHL teams returned to the ice earlier this month, with White Rock winning three in a row – matching its previous, pre-2021 mark for consecutive wins. On Jan. 1, the Whalers defeated the Abbotsford Pilots 5-2 at Abby’s Minoru Arena, and on Jan. 2, they beat the Mission City Outlaws 4-1.
Most recently, White Rock once again beat the Wolf Pack, 4-3 in overtime, Saturday night at North Van’s Harry Jerome Rec Centre. North Vancouver has just just seven games in regulation this season – and nine overall – with three of them coming at the hands of the Whalers.
The latest wins bumped the Whalers into third place in the Tom Shaw Conference, with a record of 21-11-1 (win-loss-overtime loss). They’re just one point back of the second-place Delta Ice Hawks, but still 12 shy of the Wolf Pack...