3 STARS: Roadrunners set pace in first edition

by Owen Munro

The BCJT1LL is off to a competitive start with 8 of the 10 teams registering at least one win and only one undefeated team in the Coquitlam Adanacs. 

The three stars will be a weekly installment that looks at everything from recent performance to how much it impacted the overall team. It may not be the player who put the most points up that week, and it may not be a goalie who posted a shutout, but those will be weighted more heavily than a player who had a strong game defensively. A new 3 Stars will be released every Tuesday. 

1st STAR - JORDAN ROBERTS - RICHMOND ROADRUNNERS 

6 GAMES PLAYED - 17 GOALS - 5 ASSISTS 

One of the surprising teams to start the season is the Richmond Roadrunners. The club sits tied for third in the league standings alongside the Nanaimo Timbermen with 3 wins in 6 games. It mostly comes on the strength of an explosive offence, led by an experienced core. 

Jordan Roberts is one of the big reasons why. He has been an offensive dynamo early in the season with some dominant performances. In a 14-10 loss to the 1st place Victoria Shamrocks, Roberts posted a 4-goal performance despite sitting 15 minutes in the sin bin. He would follow that up with an even more impressive 7-goal game in a 18-7 win over the Burnaby Lakers.

Roberts has also been a sharpshooter on special teams, posting five goals with the man advantage. He and Josh Bourne have formed a solid 1-2 duo at the top of Richmond's lineup. 

2nd STAR - ROMAN ROSE - COQUITLAM ADANACS

2 GAMES PLAYED - 10 GOALS ALLOWED - 68 SHOTS AGAINST - .853 SAVE PERCENTAGE

Roman Rose has been stellar in his first two games between the pipes for the Adanacs. He's backstopped the club to 2 impressive wins over quality opposition in the Victoria Shamrocks and Maple Ridge Burrards. Whatever an otherwise shutdown defensive unit has allowed, Rose has usually been there to clean it up and get Coquitlam back on offence. 

Rose's stats are quality, although there is an issue with small sample sizes. He only allowed 6 goals by the Shamrocks, including shutting them down for the entire first period in Coquitlam's 18-6 blowout victory. Even more impressive is two of those goals came on the man advantage. 

3rd STAR - JOSH BOURNE - RICHMOND ROADRUNNERS

6 GAMES PLAYED - 7 GOALS - 19 ASSISTS 

Josh Bourne has been nothing if consistent so far for Richmond. Whenever the two are teamed up together, they're usually contributing to each other's goals. While Roberts has been filling the net, it's typically coming from Bourne, whether it be a primary or secondary assist.

Bourne also had his best two performances against a strong Nanaimo Timbermen club, posting 10 points over the course of 120 minutes. He also had 9 assists in games against Burnaby and Victoria.