September 27, 2017
BWC Midget Prep opened their three game weekend showcase series in Penticton last night with a 4-2 win versus Okanagan Hockey Academy Edmonton.
The win moves BWC to 3-0-0 in regular season play while OHA Edmonton are now 1-1-1.
The game got off to a scrambly start with neither team managing to control the puck for any sustained period of time. At the end of the first shots were 9-6 BWC, no score. BWC were in the box for six minutes, OHA for two.
The scrambly, scoreless play continued through the first half of the second period – until OHA Edmonton took things over and dominated the majority play throughout the last half of the frame, outshooting BWC 16-4, while taking full advantage of three consecutive BWC minor penalties at 7:01, 4:38 and 2:23.
BWC tender Kaeden Free-Lane was calm under fire in his first start of the season, after returning from Medicine Hat Tigers training camp.
Things finally got rolling for BWC early in the third when Kalen Szeto scored just over a minute in to notch the game’s first goal. Linemates Kent Johnson and Sean Donaldson assisted on a nice three way play.
Four minutes later BWC moved ahead 2-0 on a goal from Gabriel Suessenbacher-Fu, from Nic Poisson on Stephen Castagna.
OHA Edmonton battled back, scoring with 9:13 left, on a marker from Logan Dowhaniuk, from Owen Peterson and Josh Harden.
At 6:10 OHA was assessed a cross-checking penalty, and BWC’s Kazeem Bapoo took advantage, with helpers from Poisson and Elan Bar-Lev-Wise.
With a face off in BWC’s end and just over a minute to play, OHA pulled their tender but were burned when BWC’s Tyler Schleppe picked up a loose puck and fired it down the ice from inside his own blue line for the empty-netter. Bar-lev-Wise got the assist.
But the scoring wasn’t quite finished. A determined OHA group pressed hard and scored on a Logan Dowhaniuk shot with 25 seconds left to wrap it at 4-2. Hudson Guenette and Liam Bailey got the apples.
Shots were 17-17 in the period and finished 39-30 for BWC.
Freeer-Lane stopped 37-39 and Jackson Berry was 27-30 for OHA.
BWC plays Manitoba based Rink in game two of their series, at 5:00 PM at the SOEC. Then wrap up Sunday with a 10:45 AM game vs OHA Red (2-1-0)
Rink are 0-1-0, losing their opening game 3-2 to league leading Delta, who are 5-0-0. Rink were up 2-1 going in to the third, and scored two quick goals at with 5:42 and 5:08 left to win. Shots were 31-26 Rink.
CSSHL Prep Team Standings (September 29, 2017)