It was quite the weekend for Marcus Vela. The 16-year old Langley Rivermen forward scored three goals in three games, doubling his total points on the season while logging heavy minutes in the top six.
The point streak comes after the Burnaby native appeared snakebitten for the first few weeks of the season with several quality scoring chances that just seemed to get away from him. His first BCHL goal came in a 12-2 rout of the Coquitlam Express when Darien Craighead banked the puck off his skate and into the back of the net. It wasn’t the prettiest but it got the monkey off Vela’s back as he continues to play with more confidence, and the rewards are now starting to come as he is second in league goal scoring among 1997-born skaters with four, and has a pair of assists to along with 14 penalty minutes.
The jump to the BCHL from playing midget was a big one but Vela says he’s starting to learn how to use his big frame to lay the body and power to the net. It’s been quite a year for the grade 11 student who announced his college commitment in September to the University of New Hampshire starting in 2016. Now 22 games into his Junior A career, it’s pretty clear Vela will be a force to contend with in this league in the months and years to come.