December 28, 2015
by Lucy Fox
The Burnaby Winter Club Bruins notched their first win in the Pat Quinn Classic Bantam Elite group Sunday with a 5-1 win over Vancouver Island’s Shawnigan Lake Academy.
The Bruins took an early lead in the first, with Sasha Matula scoring the opening goal, with from Joshua Tsui and Henrik Rybinski.
Minutes later, Matula went looking for his second goal of the game with a wrap around attempt; the puck failed to find the back of the net, keeping the scoreline at a tight 1-0 with plenty of time to spare.
From then on in, the first period was dominated by the Burnaby Winter Club.
With the puck out at Shawnigan’s blue line, the Bruins defence rocketed the puck on net with some help from a tip by Ryan Denney. Again, the puck failed to find the back of the net, and Shawnigan Lake kept the Bruins within a goal.
The Bruins kept coming, peppering the net with pucks until Shawnigan made a convincing surge forward late in the period. Though they were called offside, the momentum continued as Shawnigan threw the puck on net in the following play, just as the horn sounded to end the period.
Shawnigan Lake picked up the pace in the second with more possession off the puck drop, but the Bruins were the next to get a goal up on the scoreboard; with a cross net pass from Denney, Massimo Rizzo put the puck in the back of the net just over 2 minutes into the period.
Finally, Shawnigan got themselves on the scoreboard when an unmarked Jacob Fraser took a pass from Nathan Goliath and shot the puck past Burnaby’s goalie Kaden Lane, moving them within a goal of the Bruins with just over 14 minutes left in the second.
Yet, the Bruins managed three goals in the third period to put the game away.
Rizzo scored again early in the third after shooting his own rebound back past Shawnigan goalie Campbell Arnold; he ended the game with two goals to his name. Elan Bar-Lev-Wise followed up shortly after with a goal just two minutes later, assisted by Zachary Abenante and Denney.
Bar-Lev-Wise brought the Bruins tally to a healthy 5 goals with another goal late in the game, putting the final score at 5-1 in favour of the tournament’s hometown team.
The Bruins finished the first day of round robin sitting second in Pool B for the Bantam Elites, while Shawnigan Lake sits fifth in the same pool.
Photos by Lucy Fox