December 2, 2018
BWC A1 – First Place – Flight 1
The Burnaby Winter Club Atom A1 are off to a torrid start in league play.
The team is 8-1-0 over their first nine games, placing them at the top of the new PCAHA Atom Flight 1 – the only Atom bracket in the Lower Mainland that combines Greater Vancouver and Fraser Valley teams in one division.
Until this year, PCAHA Atom teams have played regular season games only in their respective GVC or Fraser Valley conferences, with BWC traditionally placing their top two and sometimes, three Atom teams in GVC Flight 1. Conferences previously were not combined until Peewee.
BWC A1 are leading in points and also in goals scored, scoring 50 in nine games while allowing just 22 against.
Here’s a quick look at their nine regular season game results so far – there are just four games left before the Christmas break.
Game one of regular season league was contested against long time rival vs North Shore Winter Club A1, November 12. BWC A1 posted a 3-0 shutout on home ice to kick things off.
The Bruins faced the Richmond Jets A1 in game 2, falling 3-1, for their only loss so far. Richmond is currently in second place at 5-3-1, with 5 sportsmanship points; five points back of BWC A1.
BWC A1’s third contest of the year was against the Semiamhoo Atom A1, a 6-3 win. They recorded their first Sportsmanship Point in this game (maximum 3 minor penalties per game to win a sporty, which count for one point in the overall standings).
Their fourth challenge of the year came against the Vancouver Thunderbird A1, finishing with 10-2 win, and a sportsmanship point, for another three points in the standings. The T-Birds are currently in third place in the standings but are tied with most losses at 6, with Surrey – the difference – the Birds have a perfect 9 sportsmanship points.
In game 5, BWC A1 faced Surrey Atom A1, coming out on top 5-3. They tallied another Sportsmanship Point in this contest, for three 3 point games in a row.
Game six was a rematch on the road, vs North Shore Winter Club A1. BWC A1 again came up on top, winning 4-1. As in game 1, again no sportsmanship points were awarded for either team. Both were called for four minors each – one over the limit.
In game 7, BWC A1 squared off against the Langley Atom A1, scoring 9 goals vs 4 against, plus the sporty.
Next they faced Cloverdale Atom A1, and came out on top 6-4. Although currently in last place at 2-3-0, 5 spts; Cloverdale have lost to the two top teams by just two goals (4-2, 6-4), and have posted two shutouts, 5-0 vs Surrey and 3-0 vs Semiahmoo – so should probably be ranked in the Top 4.
In another rematch, vs Vancouver Thunderbird A1, the BWC also finished with a win, 6-2, plus sporty.
The Bruins will wrap up the first half of the regular season with games vs Richmond and Cloverdale this week, and then vs Semiahmoo on December 10 and vs Surrey on December 17. The final three games are all home games for the Bruins.
BWC Atom A1 Game results –
Regular season league play – PCAHA Flight 1 (Super-League)
|11/12/2018||NSWC Atom A1||3||0||W||0|
|11/13/2018||Jets Atom A1||1||3||L||0|
|11/17/2018||Semiahmoo Atom A1||6||3||W||1|
|11/19/2018||Van T-bird Atom A1||10||2||W||1|
|11/22/2018||Surrey Atom A1||5||3||W||1|
|2018-11-24||NSWC Atom A1||4||1||W||0|
|2018-11-26||Langley Atom A1||9||4||W||1|
|2018-11-27||Cloverdale Atom A1||6||4||W||0|
|2018-11-30||Van T-bird Atom A1||6||2||W||1|
Atom Flight 1, A1 standings:
|1||BWC Atom A1||9||8||1||0||5||21||50||22|
|2||Richmond Jets A1||9||5||3||1||5||16||37||29|
|3||Van T-bird Atom A1||9||3||6||0||9||15||27||52|
|4||Semiahmoo Atom A1||8||4||4||0||6||14||34||24|
|5||Surrey Atom A1||8||2||6||0||8||12||30||51|
|6||NSWC Atom A1||7||2||4||1||6||11||21||26|
|7||Langley Atom A1||5||3||2||0||4||10||22||13|
|8||Cloverdale Atom A1||5||2||3||0||5||9||14||18|
BWC A1 upcoming games:
|Flight 1||Langley Atom A1||BWC Atom A1||Sun Dec 2, 2018||Langley Twin Rinks 2||15:15||16:30|
|Flight 1||Richmond Jets Atom A1||BWC Atom A1||Mon Dec 3, 2018||Minoru Arena Stadium||19:00||20:30|
|Flight 1||BWC Atom A1||Cloverdale Atom A1||Tue Dec 4, 2018||Burnaby Winter Club||18:00||19:15|