LANGLEY, B.C. – Trinity Western’s Lucas Mills (Burnaby, B.C.) was named the BCIHL’s Top Goaltender, while Spartans defenceman Dustin Deugau (Calgary) tied for the league’s Top Defenceman award. Deugau, Mills and Jarrett Fontaine (Humboldt, Sask.) were also named to the BCIHL’s First All Star Team.
Mills made sure there was no drop-off in play between the pipes for the Spartans following the departure TWU’s Silas Matthys, dominating most statistical categories for BCIHL netminders. Mills’ 14 wins were six more than any of his peers, and he also led the way with a 2.27 goals-against average and a .918 save-percentage. He played 1032 minutes of hockey during the regular season -- 200 more than any other BCIHL goaltender -- and made a league-high 437 saves.
Deugau tied with SFU defenceman Mathew Berry-Lamontagna for the Top Defenceman award. Deugau had an outstanding season from the blue line as finished second in the league scoring race, which was the highest ever by a defenceman, as were his 26 assists. His 31 points were the most by a BCIHL blueliner since SFU's Andrew Graham netted 33 during the 2009-10 season. He was also part of a tremendous Spartans defensive unit that allowed a league-low 62 goals.
Fontaine earned first team honours after finishing third in league scoring, with 14 goals and 14 assists. His goal total also had him tied for second most in the BCHIL. Fontaine tied with Selkirk’s Edward Lindsey for the league-lead in game-winning goals, with four. Fontaine’s season saw him equal his point total from his rookie season, as the now third-year forward also had 28 points (15G and 13A) in 2016-17.
Joining Mills and Deugau amongst the BCIHL’s major award winners were Berry-Lamontagna, who was named the Most Valuable Player, Brett Witala (Vancouver Island University), who was the Rookie of the Year, Gage Colpron (VIU), who was the Most Sportsmanlike Player, and Brent Heaven (Selkirk), who was the Coach of the Year.
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER - Mathew Berry-Lamontagna, Simon Fraser University
Berry-Lamontagna was Mr. Everything for a Clan team that played much of the 2018/19 season with a blueline depleted by injury. The five-year veteran tied for the SFU team scoring lead with 20 points and finished sixth in the BCIHL in assists with 16. Despite logging huge minutes for SFU he kept his BCIHL ironman streak alive, and in doing so set new league records for games played (121) by any player as well as for goals (35) and points (92) by a defenceman.
TOP DEFENCEMAN - Mathew Berry-Lamontagna, Simon Fraser University & Dustin Deugau, Trinity Western University (Tie)
Berry-Lamontagna shares the Top Defenceman award with Deugau, who set some league records of his own with his elite offensive play. His second place finish in the league scoring race was the highest ever by a defenceman, as were his 26 assists. His 31 points were the most by a BCIHL blueliner since SFU's Andrew Graham netted 33 during the 2009/10 season. He was also part of a tremendous Spartans defensive unit that allowed a league-low 62 goals.
TOP GOALTENDER - Lucas Mills, Trinity Western University
Mills made sure there was no drop-off in play between the pipes for the Spartans following the departure of Silas Matthys, dominating most statistical categories for BCIHL netminders. His 14 wins were six more than any of his peers, and he also led the way with a 2,27 goals-against average and .918 save-percentage. He played 1032 minutes of hockey during the regular season -- 200 more than any other BCIHL goaltender -- and made a league-high 437 saves.
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR - Brett Witala, Vancouver Island University
Witala picked up right where he left off with the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League's Kelowna Chiefs last season by scoring in bunches in his first year of intercollegiate hockey. He led all BCIHL skaters with 32 points, marking the first time since the league's inaugural season that a rookie has done so. His 14 goals tied for second amongst BCIHL skaters, as did his 18 assists, while his 10 multi-point games led all rookies.
MOST SPORTSMANLIKE PLAYER - Gage Colpron, Vancouver Island University
No BCIHL player had more points but fewer penalty minutes than Colpron, who went to the box just twice all season while finishing seventh in league scoring with 23 points. Even more impressive is that the second-year forward never put the Mariners shorthanded. But he did provide a consistent offensive threat, picking up points in 17 of VIU's 24 regular season games.
COACH OF THE YEAR - Brent Heaven, Selkirk College
Heaven is a first-time winner of the award in his fourth season behind the Saints bench. Selkirk finished second in the BCIHL standings despite icing a roster featuring 12 rookie skaters. He helped a number of core players quickly transition to intercollegiate hockey, including his top four scorers. The Saints continued to be nearly impossible to beat on home ice, posting a league best 9-1-0-2 record.
BCIHL FIRST ALL-STAR TEAM
Forward: Jarrett Fontaine, Trinity Western University
Forward: Edward Lindsey, Selkirk College
Forward: Brett Witala, Vancouver Island University
Defence: Mathew Berry-Lamontagna, Simon Fraser University
Defence: Dustin Deugau, Trinity Western University
Goaltender: Lucas Mills, Trinity Western University
BCIHL SECOND ALL-STAR TEAM
Forward: Gage Colpron, Vancouver Island University
Forward: Dylan Heppler, Selkirk College
Forward: Mitch Newsome, Simon Fraser University
Defence: Jackson Bruce-Fuoco, Selkirk College
Defence: Parker Wakaruk, Selkirk College
Goaltender: Patrick Zubick, Selkirk College
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