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Grandview Steelers looking to finish strong before 2024 playoffs

Burnaby's junior "A" hockey team has 12 games left before playoffs. Here's how they've recently fared and what's ahead these next two months.
Grandview Steelers' Ben Ruthven (#10) was named the PJHL Player of the Week for the week ending Dec. 24, 2023.

The Grandview Steelers are facing off against divisional-rival Delta Ice Hawks tonight, Jan. 2.

The Burnaby junior "A" club is hoping to kickstart a new win streak that could lead to momentum for the Pacific Junior Hockey League (PJHL) playoffs.

The black and yellow have a dozen games left in the 2023-24 season and will be looking to turn the tide after giving up 12 goals in two games at the PJHL Winter Classic.

Grandview fell 6-0 and 6-2 in back-to-back contests with the Chilliwack Jets.

However, the Steelers won five of the previous six games leading up to the annual event in Richmond, keeping them in nearly the exact same position as they were one year ago.

The Tom Shaw Conference standings has the Steelers in fifth place with a record of 18-16-0-2 for 38 points in 36 games, which is also good for eighth place in the 14-team league.

Grandview remains a single point behind the North Vancouver Wolf Pack and five back of the White Rock Whalers — two of eight different teams the Steelers will face down the final stretch. 

Tanner Milne is leading the Steeler offense and sits tied for fifth in the PJHL with 23 goals in 35 games and 16th overall with 40 points.

Burnaby's own Ronin Geraghty is eighth in the league with 10 wins in 18 starts. He also has a .908 save-percentage and a 3.37 goals-against average.

Forward Ben Ruthven, who's second on Grandview's stats sheet with 34 points in 36 games, was also recently named a PJHL Player of the Week.

The Vancouver product scored four goals and added three assists for seven points in the Steelers' three-game win streak between Dec. 20 and 23.

Grandview will square up with the Ice Hawks at 7:35 p.m. tonight.

The Steelers next home game is this Sunday, Jan. 7, 7:15 p.m. against the Langley Trappers at Burnaby Winter Club (4990 Canada Way).

It's the first of six final home games in the 2023-24 campaign, of which Grandview holds a record of 10-7-0-1 in their own barn.