November 28, 2017
There was no change at the top of the CSSHL Midget Prep division after an exciting weekend of Showcase hockey in Northern Alberta, as the two top BC teams, BWC and Delta continued to post wins, against tough competition.
Both top teams swept their three game series in Edmonton last weekend, at a Showcase co-hosted by #4 Northern Alberta Extreme and #8 OHA Edmonton.
BWC maintain a two point lead over Delta, after both teams posted wins against the two Edmonton teams and Manitoba-based Rink, another one of the top contenders.
After 20 games, BWC are showing an impressive 18-1-1 OTL record, while Delta are one loss back at 17-2-1 OTL.
Perhaps not surprisingly, the two teams are also almost neck in neck in GF/GA, with BWC at 98-45 and Delta at 101-45.
With their six point weekends, both BWC and Delta have started to separate themselves from the next tier of contenders.
Third place Yale Lions split their weekend vs OHA Red (8-5 L) and OHA White (4-1 W), and after a pair of losses the previous weekend, are now six points back of Delta, and just one point up on Northern Alberta (though with two games in hand on NAX).
OHA Red have won six in a row, and are two points back of NAX with a game in hand.
Vancouver Island based Shawnigan Lake have also won six straight, are two back of OHA Red with three games in hand. Shawnigan also have two games in hand on Yale, and four on Northern Alberta. So they could definitely more up if they can put a streak together.
BWC Edmonton Showcase Recap:
BWC arrived in Edmonton late Friday morning, November 24, after a flight out of Abbotsford, and faced off against co-host OHA Edmonton in game one of their three game Showcase at 5:00 PM at River Cree Twin Rinks.
BWC 7 – OHA Edmonton 3, 11.24.17
In a strange game that belied the 7-3 final score, OHA Edmonton outshot BWC 43-35, but couldn’t overcome BWC’s quick 4-0 lead.
BWC captain Elan Bar-Lev-Wise got things rolling less than two minutes into the game on power play, with assists from Kent Johnson and Kazeem Bapoo. Tyler Schleppe followed up just over a minute later, on helpers from Jacob Paler-Chow and Kalen Szeto.
BWC’s Nick Poisson added another with 6:33 left to make it 3-0 end of the first. Sean Donaldson and Schleppe got the apples.
OHA E fired 15 shots on goal in the period, but couldn’t beat Nick Lee. BWC put 12 on OHA E’s Lane Hartwell.
Early in the second, BWC’s Kazeem Bapoo scored to give BWC an impressive 4-0 lead with 13:56 to go in the period. Bar-Lev-Wise and Gabriel Suessenbacher-Fu assisted. The goal turned out to be the eventual winner.
OHA’s Tyler Ralph 1G-1A (Owen Pedersen 2A) gave OHA E some hope late in the second, but another goal from Bar-Lev-Wise, with 27 seconds left in the period, restored the four goal lead. Johnson and Ryan Helliwell assisted. 5-1 end of two.
OHA E battled back with two quick goals to start the third to make it 5-3, and rang four or five shots off the iron around Lee over the middle of the frame, but again couldn’t find the net.
Late in the period BWC scored two more, first from Sean Donaldson (Bar-Lev-Wise and Ben Wozney), then from Stephen Castagna (Nick Poisson and Donaldson), to finish the scoring at 7-3.
Bar-Lev-Wise finished with 2G-2A and Donaldson was 1G-2A, to lead the BWC attack.
Nick Lee stopped 40-43; while Lane Hartwell was 28-35.
BWC 5 – NAX 3, 11.25.17
In game 2 Saturday afternoon, BWC again charged out to a big first period lead, 4-0, before NAX battled back in the second to make it a 4-2 game going into the third. But a dominating 17-6 BWC shot advantage in the third period, coupled with an early goal to make it 5-2, were too much for NAX to overcome.
A power play marker by d-man Ryan Helliwell got things started for BWC around the halfway mark of the first – forwards Sean Donaldson and Nick Poisson got the helpers. Three goals late in the period, at 4:26 and 2:31 and another with three seconds left finished the period, 4-0.
Donaldson (Stephen Castagna, Nich Bochen), then Tyler Schleppe (Andrew Hunt, Helliwell), then Kent Johnson (Bapoo, Bar-Lev-Wise) did the damage.
In the second NAX scored twice, to get back in the game, 4-2, but were outshot 14-8.
BWC’s Donaldson got his second of the game just 3:20 the third to seal the game (Castagna and Helliwell assisted).
NAX’s Kyle Crnovoic scored short-handed with 55 seconds left to finish the scoring, 5-3.
Donaldson was 2G-1A and Helliwell was 1G-2A to lead BWC. Kaedan Freer-Lane stopped 22-25 for BWC.
Jaden Little played the last two periods for NAX, stopping 30-31. Total shots on goal by BWC were 45-25.
BWC 5 – Rink 4
This early Sunday morning game (8:00 am start) was totally different than the first two, as BWC had to rally from an early 3-1 deficit to secure the win.
After BWC scored on the first shift (Sean Donaldson from Stephen Castagna and Ryan Helliwell), Rink notched three in the closing minutes. including one with one second left on the clock, to take a 3-1 lead into the second.
Ben Wozney (from Bapoo and Johnson) scored with 12:52 left in the second to get BWC back to 3-2, but Rink answered almost immediately to regain the two goal lead. But again BWC clawed back, with Johnson scoring from Tom Sweeney and Kalen Szeto to finish the period 4-3 Rink.
Shots were 27-27 after two.
BWC then poured it on in the third, outshooting Rink 17-8, with d-man Nick Bochen (Donaldson, Wozney) eventually evening it up at 4-4 on the power play with 8:23 to play.
Johnson then scored his second, with 3:27 remaining, on another power play – to give BWC its first lead, and the win. Suessenbacher-Fu and Helliwell assisted.
Shots finished 44-35 for BWC.
Brock Gould was 39-44 for Rink, while Nick Lee was 31-35 for BWC.
Johnson 2G-1A lead the BWC scoring.
A look ahead:
BWC return to Vancouver to play one game next weekend, vs West Van Academy, on Saturday, December 2 at 8:15 at Hollyburn, then travel to University of Wisconsin the following weekend for a look at a top NCAA program, at head coach Maco Balkovec’s alma mater.
The team will also play a couple of games vs the Milwaukee Admirals U18 team, in Madison, before returning home, December 8.
The club then returns to CSSHL league play with two home games, Saturday December 16 and Sunday December 17 hosting Pursuit of Excellence, before wrapping up 2017 in Abbotsford, vs Yale on Friday, December 22.
Delta Hockey Academy Midget Prep also came out of Edmonton with three hard found wins, including an empty-netter and a shootout win.
Delta 8 – NAX 4, 11.24.17
In game one Friday afternoon, Delta took command in the third, which had started with Delta up 4-3 over Northern Alberta Extreme. Delta then scored four unanswered in less than six minutes, midway through the frame, to take a commanding 8-3 lead, before NAX finished with one late goal, to end it 8-4 Delta. Shots were 55-31 Delta.
Delta 3 – Rink 1 EN, 11.25.17
In game two Saturday afternoon Delta faced a determined, hard-nosed Manitoba team. Both teams scored a goal each in the first, with shots 14-13 Rink.
Delta’s Ben Ward scored late in the second to give Delta a 2-1 lead after two. Shots were 20-12 Rink, with Delta called for 1o minutes in penalties and Rink for six.
In the final frame shots were 12-12. Delta’s Corson Hopwo scored the empty netter, on power play goal, with 8 seconds left.
Isaac Poulter stopped 34-37 for Rink. Dylan Garard was 26-26 over 34:53 and Geo Wilson was 19-20 over 25:07 for Delta.
Delta 2 (SO) – OHA Edmonton 1, 11.26.17
In the other early morning contest, Delta took a 1-0 lead over co-host OHA Edmonton midway through the first on a power play goal by Corson Hopwo (Cole Shepard, Tyus Gent). Shots were 10-5 Delta.
OHA Edmonton tied it up about six minutes into the second period, on another power play (Kaiden Guhle, from Matthew Kinash), to finish the scoring in regulation, 1-1.
Shots were 7-7 in the second and 12-6 Delta in the third, for a three period total of 29-18 Delta.
OT settled nothing, with Edmonton posting a 6-1 shot advantage in the extra frame. Delta were on the penalty kill for the final 1:28 of the OT.
OHA shooters lead the shootout, with Delta’s Dylan Garand (23-24) stopping five straight before Tyus Gent finally beat Jackson Berry (29-30) to give Delta the shootout win.
CSSHL Midget Prep Standings – November 26, 2017
CSSHL Midget Prep Standings – November 26, 2017
By winning percentage: