March 31, 2017
The BWC Bruins opened the Western Bantam Championship tournament in Warman, Saskatchewan, Thursday with a 2-0 win over the Winnipeg Monarchs, and added two more wins Friday, to secure a first place berth in the Final on Sunday.
Friday the Bruins downed the host Sask Valley Vipers 4-2 in the first game of the day, which got underway at 11:00 AM local time, and then closed out the Alberta champions from Fort Saskatchewan, 5-2 in the 5:00 PM start.
Currently Sask Valley and Winnipeg are both 1-1-0 with two games to play, and one of them could tie BWC, should the Bruins lose their final round robin game Saturday vs. Swift Current, who are currently 0-2. However, BWC would still take the #1 seed and home ice advantage on the head to heads.
In the opening game Friday, BWC’s Trevor Wong opened the scoring with 6:20 left in the first, on an assist from Kalen Szeto.
The host Vipers charged back with two goals in the second to take a 2-1 lead into the final frame. Josh Pillar (Ryan Conlon) and Jaxon Martens (Austin Tkachuk) got the goals.
In the third, BWC’s Kyler Kovich tied it up with 11:21 left on assists from Wong and Ryan Helliwell. Wong then got the 3-2 go ahead goal, on assists from Szeto and Kovich, with 5:38 to go.
But the Vipers couldn’t get the equalizer and eventually Wong would finish the scoring on an empty-netter with 47 seconds to go – Kovich and Szeto assisted.
BWC were assessed 8 of the 11 penalties. Both teams took three in the first, BWC took two in the second and three in third.
Wong finished with four points, Kovich and Szeto with three.
Logan Terness stopped 31 of 33 for the Bruins. Brodie Guenther stopped 22 of 26 for the Vipers.
In their second game of the day vs the Alberta Champions, BWC opened a 2-0 lead after the first, on goals from Sam Schofield, unassisted, about eight minutes in; and from Szeto (Kovich) with 4:53 left.
The line of Wong, Zeto and Kovich combined for the only marker in the second to close out the period 3-0.
About half way through the third, BWC’s Szeto made it 4-0 on an unassisted goal. But Ft. Saskatchewan bounced right back with two quick ones of their own, at 7:06 and 5:28 left, on goals from Jacob Boucher and Jesse Burchart to make things interesting.
But again, the opposition could not beat the Bruins defense and goaltender over the final minutes. This time, Szeto would end it with the empty netter, with 29 seconds to play, to complete his hat-trick and give the Bruins their third win.
Each team was assessed five minors during the game, with no penalties in the third.
BWC’s Koen Macinnes stopped 28-30; while the Rangers Sebastian Cossa stopped 16 of 21.
Szeto (9 pts), Wong (6 pts) and Kovich (6 pts) are 1, 2, 3 in the scoring stats at the moment, each with four goals, and 4 pims.
Both BWC goalies lead the goaltending stats at the moment as well. Macinnes is 51-53, .962 in two games, with Terness at 31-33, .939.
The Bruins will wrap up their round robin games vs Swift Current at 8:00 AM (Pacific) on Saturday.
They will then face off Sunday at 12:30 PM (Pacific) for the Championship. Bronze goes at 9:00 AM (Pacific).
The Bruins are defending champions, defeating Alberta’s Rocky Mountain Raiders last year, 3-2 in the final.