The BWC Hockey Academy 15s were in action with four games this past weekend in Victoria, posting a .500 record. Six of the eight teams in the division are now all battling for the top spot.
The team opened the showcase weekend with a 2-1 loss to the Northern Alberta X-Treme Elite 15s on Friday. After a scoreless first period, Gianni Fairbrother opened the scoring for Burnaby Winter Club less than two minutes in to the second period. Ten minutes later, Josh Prokop would score for Northern Alberta with BWC’s Christian Buono sitting in the box to tie things up at one. Kaleb Ergang would score with 6:45 left in the third to secure the 2-1 win for Northern Alberta.
Two BWC forwards sustained injuries in the game and were sidelined the rest of the weekend – Jack McIntosh (fractured thumb), and Owen Christensen (bruised ribs). Another forward, Grayson Bush, was also out of the line up with a broken wrist.
On Saturday, BWC returned to the ice against the Edge School for Athletes (Calgary). After another scoreless first period, Mattias Dal Monte scored to get BWC on the board. Brandon Costa would respond with two goals for the Edge before Holden Katzalay would add a goal to send things in to the third tied up at 2-2.
Gibb Coady scored for the Edge at 2:40 into the third period and Dylan Schuett added an empty net goal for the 4-2 victory.
In their second game on Saturday, BWC would record their first win of the weekend with a 2-1 defeat over the Okanagan Hockey Academy. Christopher Morris scored with 3:46 left in the first to put OHA up early. However, after a scoreless 2nd period, Tom Sweeney would respond with two goals in the third to give BWC the victory.
On Sunday BWC looked like a whole different team as they defeated the Pursuit of Excellence by a score of 8-0. Joe Stokes led the way with two goals in the victory. Goalie Jonathan Holloway wasn’t tested much in this affair as he was only forced to make 9 saves for the shutout.
Updated standings after the weekend: