Jan 12, 2014
With time ticking down on the regular season, the BWC bantam teams are looking to fine tune their games for a strong performance in banner runs to the playoffs and provincials.
BWC Bantam A1 – Flight 1 –
The Bantam A1 team is currently sitting in third place of the PCAHA regular season standings, but are the only team in the division who have not lost a game yet.
With a game in hand on first place NSWC (12-1-1) and second place Seafair (11-3-0), the Bruins could still finish first in the league provided they can best the Hawks’ record over the final few games. Right now the Bruins are 12-0-1, their one tie coming against North Shore on Dec 6, a 3-3 decision.
The A1 club downed the A2 Bruins 4-1 Saturday, and has five games left over the stretch run, including two with other top contenders; Seafair, who are having a great season at 11-3-0, and Langley at 8-3-2.
The Seafair game is up Monday night and then the Bruins are off to St. Albert onWednesday to face the top teams from the Prairies, and this year, USA and Europe as well.
The Seafair game in Minoru will be a real test, as the last time to the two teams faced off, in the Burnaby Minor tourney final, it was an epic battle. The Bruins had gone up 3-0 before Seafair scrambled back to force OT, which the Bruins finally won in double OT.
BWC Bantam A2 – Flight 1
The BWC A2s meanwhile have been moved up into the top flight to finish off their PCAHA regular season.
The team scored 42 goals vs just 9 against and went 10-1-1 in Flight 2 in the first half finishing first, two points ahead of Mission A1-T2 (10-2-0), who handed the Bruins their only loss, a 1-0 game Dec 14.
As expected it’s been a much tougher go in Flight 1 for the young A2 club, but they’ve fared very well so far. They dropped their first game by a goal, 3-2 against Surrey (7th place), tied their second game 2-2 vs. Coquitlam (5th) and then lost by just three goals, 4-1 to the A1 Bruins Saturday afternoon.
The team will be tested against several other top A1 teams in their remaining five games – including Seafair (2nd) Monday, T-Birds (8th), Langley (4th) and Hollyburn (6th).
The tough games will be excellent preparation for the team going into finals, when they’ll be re-tiered with all Tier 2 teams – including Mission, who will not have faced the same kind of competition over the stretch run.
Bantam A3 – Flight 5
The Bantam A3s continue to win a couple, lose a couple, tie one, as their season heads into the final half.
Although the team is currently in 7th place in the 12 team division, with 24 points, they are only 3 points back of third place Semiahmoo and West Vancouver.
With seven games remaining in the schedule there is every opportunity for the team to move in to a top final 4 finish in the flight.
Looking forward to playoffs, the A3s are currently in 10th place of all PCAHA Tier 3 competitors.