November 12, 2017
BWC Academy won all three games at this weekend’s CSSHL Midget Prep Showcase at the Edge School in Calgary, to move into sole possession of first place.
With a record of 15-1-1 OTL, and 31 points, BWC are now two points ahead of Delta, and four up on Yale.
Delta were also at the Edge Showcase, dropping a surprising 4-3 OT loss to 12th place IHA in their third game of the weekend on Sunday morning. Delta had blanked winless Banff 8-0, and 15th place OHA White 11-0 in their first two games.
Yale dropped out of last weekend’s first place tie with BWC, and are now four points back, but with two games in hand. Yale played just one game this weekend, posting a 8-5 win over 13th place West Van.
BWC and Yale will not meet until their final game of 2017, on December 22 at the Abbotsford Rec Centre.
Here’s a recap of BWC’s weekend.
BWC 7 – OHA White 0
BWC posted four goals in the opening period of their first Showcase contest on Friday morning, and then closed out with a single in the second and two in the third.
BWC goaltender Kaeden Freer-Lane not only posted the shutout, stopping 24, but also racked up an assist on BWC’s first goal of the game about seven minutes in. Lane had moved the puck to defenceman Andrew Hunt who then fed a long stretch pass to Jack McIntosh, who broke in alone and scored blocker side.
Tom Sweeney then scored in tight about five minutes later, with assists from linemates Elan Bar-Lev-Wise and McIntosh.
BWC finished the period with two quick goals. Sean Donaldson also broke in alone and scored shortside, off a play from Stephen Castagna and Kazeem Bapoo. Tyler Schleppe got the next one, from slot, with 1:46 left – Kent Johnson and Kalen Szeto assisted.
Shots were 14-11 for BWC after twenty.
The lone goal in the second came with 6:42 left in the period, as defenceman Ben Wozney buried one, with Johnson and Schleppe assisting.
Shots were 12-7 BWC in the period.
BWC poured on the offence in the final frame, firing 22 shots on OHA White’s Ethan Fitzgerald, and scored two more to finish.
Jack McIntosh got his second of the game with 13:41 left, on a shot from the right circle, finishing of a play set up by Jacob Paler-Chow and Wozney.
Wozney then got his second goal of the game on the power play with 13:41 to go, with assists from Bar-Lev-Wise and Bapoo, to finish off the scoring.
BWC were 1-6 on the pp, OHA White were 0-7.
BWC 5 – International Hockey Academy 1
In game two of the Showcase on Saturday morning, BWC opened up with a barrage of four goals in the first eleven minutes to seal the game, although IHA battled back, and eventually fired 36 shots on BWC’s Nick Lee.
Lee also notched BWC’s second goalie assist of the weekend, moving the puck to Kalen Szeto who dished to Kent Johnson for the first goal of the game, less four minutes in.
Jack McIntosh scored unassisted on a breakaway a couple of shifts later. Tyler Schleppe quickly followed up with Szeto and Cameron Chin getting the helpers.
Tom Sweeney finished the 4 goal attack with 8:49 left in the period – Jack McIntosh and Stephen Castagna got the assists.
Things settled down after an IHA goaltender change.
IHA’s Nolan Renke got the only goal of the second period, with 5:07 left, on assists from Tyler Bates and Nazar Ruzhinkov.
Shots were 19-9 for BWC in the period.
IHA battled back and outshot BWC 11-9 in the third period, but couldn’t beat Lee.
BWC’s Jacob Paler-Chow finished the scoring on a power play with 5:03 left, with Gabriel Suessenbacher-Fu and Ryan Helliwell assisting.
IHA were 0-6 on the power play, BWC were 1-6.
BWC 2 – Edge 0
In their third game of the weekend, BWC battled a determined home team, Edge Academy, for a narrow 2-0 win.
Edge had rough weekend, losing 4-3 to Victoria-based Pacific Coast Academy on Friday, and then 1-0 to Penticton-based OHA Red on Saturday before facing BWC.
Edge had fired 48 shots on PCHA’s Sean Kanervisto on Friday and 39 at OHA R’s Keenan Rancier on Saturday.
In the game Sunday, there was no scoring until about the halfway mark of the third period, when Kalen Szeto got BWC on the board, with assists from Ryan Helliwell and Tyler Schleppe.
Cameron Chin scored the final goal of the game about four minutes later – on assists from Kazeem Bapoo and Gabriel Sussenbacher-Fu.
Kaeden Free-Lane stopped 26-26 for BWC. Mathew Davis was 30-32 for Edge.
Edge are now in sixth place overall, with 16 points, four back of OHA Red, and six back of Northern Alberta.
BWC have a bye weekend next weekend, before returning to Alberta for a three game Showcase hosted by North Alberta Extreme at River Cree Twin Rinks.
They’ll face the two Edmonton-based teams, NAX and OHA Edmonton, and Winnipeg’s Rink Academy, November 24-26.
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