Although it’s very early in the regular season – most teams have played just two games so far – patterns are starting to emerge at the top level of bantam AAA hockey in BC.
So far in there are three teams tied for first place with six points. Seafair and Coquitlam have their 6 based on racking up two wins and the extra sportsmanship point in their first two games.
Hollyburn is there with 6 by virtue of a 2-1-0 record with three sporties. Their lone loss was 3-2 decision to Seafair who are contending to be the top ranked team in the division this year.
BWC is one back of the first three teams, at 2-0-0 with 5 points. The Bruins posted a 4-0 decision over Richmond and a narrow 1-0 win over TBirds in their opening two games. They will play Surrey (1-1-0) on Saturday night and could end the weekend at or near the top with 8 points. The Bruins looked good in Medicine Hat Hounds tourney last weekend, falling 6-4 in the final to top ranked SSAC of Edmonton.
NSWC, now healthy after forfeiting their semi-final in Medicine Hat against BWC due to a virus that downed 9 players, will play two games this weekend. The first will be a key game – vs Seafair on Friday night.
The teams faced each other once in preseason at the BWC hosted September mini tourney, before teams were fully formed. NSWC won that one 7-0.
The two teams didn’t match up in the placement round, nor in the October tourneys. Seafair was hosting their own Thanksgiving tournament while the Hawks were at the Chilliwack bantam tourney.
NSWC lost to BWC 4-3 in Chilliwack Thanksgiving final; while Seafair fell 4-1 to Cowichan Valley in their final. Seafair had beaten CV 5-4 in the round robin.
So it will be interesting to see what happens in their first meeting since early September.
Hollyburn will play Langley in another key game Friday. It will be Langley’s first regular season game.
Coquitlam 0-3-0, Abby 0-2-0 and TBirds 0-2-0 will all be hoping to get their first wins and get back on track starting this weekend.