November 14, 2017
After a slow start to their schedule, BWC Bantam Prep are slowly moving up the games played column as the new BWC player in the CSSHL bantam prep division. And after a surprising loss to open the month, appear to be also making progress in converting shots on goal into wins.
With eight games now played, BWC are currently 5-3-0, sitting around the middle of the pack in the 13 team division standings.
But a closer look shows there are four teams with one or fewer wins at the bottom of the division, and four with one or fewer losses at the top half of the division. So, at this point in the season, eight or nine teams are still in the race for the top four spots.
Of the five Lower Mainland teams, Yale are posting the best record so far, at 8-1-0. Delta Green at 7-3-1 is next, then BWC.
At the top in winning percentage terms, are the two Edmonton-based teams, OHA Edmonton and Northern Alberta at 7-0-0, followed by Manitoba-based Rink, at 9-1-0.
BWC November Recap
BWC have played four games so far this month, all on the weekend of November 3-4. Four more are on the schedule for the remainder of the month, one this coming weekend at BWC vs Pacific Coast, then three more the following weekend, at Yale, BWC and Delta.
Notre Dame 2 – BWC 1
BWC started the month with a loss to the struggling Notre Dame Hounds (1-12-1), on Friday, November 3, at the Planet Ice Delta Showcase.
Although the shots finished 32-16 BWC, the Hounds prevailed on a power play goal with 3 seconds left in the game.
BWC’s Caedan Bandier (Tyler Sweitzer) had opened the scoring with the only goal in the first period, with shots 15-3 for BWC.
Near the end of the second, the Hounds’ David Doucet scored unassisted to even it at 1-1.
In the third, BWC were assessed a roughing penalty with just 39 seconds left in the period and the Hound’s Eli Barnett scored the buzzer-beater.
Pierre Vincent Guignard got the win stopping 31 of 32. Thomas Milic was 14 of 16 for BWC.
Rink 3 – BWC 1
In game two of the Showcase on Saturday morning, BWC again dominated on the shot clock, 41-31, and again came out on the short end of the scoring, losing 3-1 – but this time to the league’s first place team – Rink Academy (9-1-0) based in Winnipeg.
After a scoreless first, with shots 16-13 BWC, Rink opened a one goal lead in the second, on a marker from Erick Alarie (Garett Zasitko and Kieran Cooke).
Shots finished 10-7 for Rink in the second, with each team serving two minor penalties.
In the third, Rink went up 3-0 before BWC’s Matthew Seminoff (Finlay Williams) broke the shutout with just 46 seconds left to play.
BWC outshot Rink 18-8 in the period, and were 0-4 on the power play. Rink were 0-2.
Mason Dunsford stopped 28 of 31 for BWC, while Tyler Brennan was 40 of 41 for Rink.
BWC 4 – PoE 2
BWC hit the ice at 1:40 Saturday afternoon for game three of their Showcase weekend, facing off against Kelowna-based Pursuit of Excellence (1-11-1).
In this one, BWC took charge with two goals in the first, on 19 shots for vs 5 against.
Maxim Borovinskly scored about three minutes in, on helpers from Nico Camazzola and Matthew Seminoff. Then with 4:30 left in the opener, Seminoff scored unassisted to close out the period BWC up 2-0.
In the second, the teams exchanged goals, with BWC’s Rocco La Cara (Brandon Lisowsky and Borovinskly) scoring about 8 minutes in, and PoE’s Jacob Bowen (Jaxon Holmes) answering three minutes later. 3-1 BWC.
Shots were 15-6 BWC.
In the third, the teams again exchanged single goals. PoE scored first just over two minutes into the period, on a goal from Rylan Yates (Grady Priest and Jacob Bowen) to make it 3-2.
BWC’s Chase Sandu (Cadean Banker and Mathew Campbell) finished the scoring with a power play goal with 4:50 left.
Shots were 15-3 BWC for the period, 49-14 overall.
Cayden Hamming stopped 45 for PoE, Thomas Milic was in for BWC.
BWC 8 – Notre Dame 0
BWC finished their weekend on Sunday morning with a rematch vs Notre Dame, who had upset them 2-1 in game one Friday.
This time, BWC opened the game with three goals in the first, and continued with two more in the second, and three in the second, on 44 shots.
Mason Dunsford got the shutout, stopping 21 shots. Hunter Colacher stopped 36 of 44 for the Hounds.
Chase Sandu scored two, while Nicco Camazzola was 1G-2A. Elias Carmichael and Tyler Schweitzer and Adam Grenier were 1G-1A, Marcus Taylor was 2A.
4 games left in November
BWC finish the month with four more games: at home vs Pacific Coast on November 18, and then vs Yale in Abbotsford on Friday, November 24; Delta Green at BWC on Saturday, November 25 and Delta White on Sunday, November 26.
With 8 points still on the line through the rest of the month, BWC will be hoping to move up the ranks and be challenging the top teams come December 1.
In their only previous league game vs Yale, in the first game of the season, Yale blanked BWC 5-0, with shots 39-24 Yale.
BWC and Delta Green have not met yet in league play. Green have lost and won single games vs Pacific Coast and Rink, and lost their only match vs Yale 8-4.
CSSHL Bantam standings on November 14, 2017
CSSHL Bantam standings on November 3, 2017