Three goals by BWC #14 James Malm, including two unassisted breakaway goals, were not enough to seal the deal in BWC Bantam A1s rematch against NSWC on Saturday night.
A late rally in the third period by the Winterhawks broke a 3-2 lead BWC had held for a period and a half, and then secured the 4-3 win in the final minute of the game.
The rally started with Evan Wall’s second goal of the night with about 4 minutes left in the third, and ended on a delayed penalty call when Jordan Vann tipped in a shot from D man Connor MacDonald with about a minute left. Walls also tallied a point on the goal.
Both coaches praised their teams for solid performances after the contest, and also acknowledged their opponents game.
NSWC head coach Jim Dinwoodie felt the rally was a real confidence booster for the team, who are playing without the services of Jordy Bellerive, the team’s leading point getter and team captain.
BWC head coach John Batchelor said his team is looking forward to more contests against their cross town rivals, which could happen as early as two weeks from now, when both teams travel to the Medicine Hat Hounds tournament, a traditional meeting ground for many of the top teams in Western Canada on the Remembrance Day weekend.
Batchelor noted the teams are closely matched, with BWC having the edge on size and grit, while the Hawks hold an edge on the skill side.
With both coaches and teams focused on a trip the Westerns in April, fans can expect tighter defence and smart hockey to be the deciding factors in determining the outcome between these two in the weeks ahead.