BWC downs #2 Delta, Yale and PoE move up

in regular season

 

 

March 5, 2017

The Burnaby Winter Club Lions secured a playoff spot in the extremely tight CSSHL Midget Prep division with a 5-1 win over #2 Delta Hockey Academy on Saturday night, as both teams wrapped up their 30 game regular season schedule.

With a few games still on the league schedule however, it’s too early to know how teams will be seeded when the Top 8 Playoffs start on March 15. There will be two pools: 1-4-5-8; and 2-3-6-7.

Lower Mainland rival Yale Academy moved up three places into third place with two big home wins while Kelowna based Pursuit of Excellence moved up two into sixth place on another four point weekend. Just six points separate the second to 8th place teams.

 

BWC 5 – Delta 1 

In the game Saturday, Delta came out flying and quickly posted the first goal, on a marker from Max Mohagan (Pearce Messer), less than five minutes in. Delta continued to press, running up the shot clock, but BWC’s Bradley Ong tied it up around the midway point (Jayden Lee, Massimo Rizzo) on BWC’s second shot of the period.

Shots finished 21-4 after the first twenty, with BWC goaltender Bradley Cooper keeping his team in the game.

Things changed completely in the second, as BWC struck with three goals to open a 4-1 lead at the end of two. Ong got his second at 7:36 (Rizzo, Jack McIntosh), before BWC struck twice in quick succession late in the period on goals from Ryan Stack (Connor Jollymore) and Holden Katzalay (Lucas Barker). Shots were 12-10 BWC in the period.

BWC would get one more in the third, on a goal from Colten Kovich (Tom Sweeney, Stack), with 8:35 left. Shots were just 5-5 in the third, to finish up 36-21.

The win gave BWC the regular season series advantage over Delta, with 3 wins vs 2 losses. Delta however, finishes three points higher in the standings with a 21-7-2-44 record, vs BWC’s 19-8-3-41.

 

Yale move up – PoE could still move up

Abbotsford based Yale Hockey Academy also wrapped up their regular season this weekend, posting two big wins at home vs Shawnigan Lake, 9-5 on Saturday and 4-2 on Sunday, to finish one point up on BWC in the final standings, with a 20-8-2-42 record.

Pursuit of Excellence also had a huge 4 point weekend are now just one point back of BWC with a game in hand. PoE knocked off #1 OHA Red 6-2 on Saturday, and then got the OT win vs OHA White on Sunday. They’ll face White in their final game next Saturday, March 11.

Manitoba-based Rink are technically still alive for a Top 8 finish. They’re five points back of Northern Alberta and Okanagan White, with three games to play. NAX have two to play, OHA White has one left.

Rink will set up shop in Penticton, in advance of playoff week, on Friday, March 10 for the first game, vs OHA Red, then play Couer d’Alene Saturday, before finishing with a game vs OHA Red on March 12.

 

CSSHL Midget Prep Standings at 3.5.17

R TEAM GP W L OTL PTS GF GA DIFF PCT STRK
1 OHA R 28 23 4 1 47 136 71 65 0.839 L1
2 Delta 30 21 7 2 44 134 86 48 0.733 L3
3 Yale 30 20 8 2 42 156 96 60 0.700 W2
4 Edge 25 20 4 1 41 129 52 77 0.820 W9
5 BWC 30 19 8 3 41 129 83 46 0.683 W3
6 Pursuit 29 18 7 4 40 110 86 24 0.690 W2
7 NAX 28 18 8 2 38 141 76 65 0.679 L1
8 OHA W 29 18 9 2 38 112 87 25 0.655 L2
9 Rink 27 15 9 3 33 106 89 17 0.611 L1
10 Shawnigan 29 14 12 3 31 98 96 2 0.534 L2
11 OHA Ed 28 9 16 3 21 82 105 -23 0.375 W5
12 IHA 28 6 19 3 15 67 167 -100 0.268 L2
13 Pacific Coast 29 6 22 1 13 62 130 -68 0.224 W1
14 CDA 29 5 21 3 13 54 145 -91 0.224 L11
15 Banff 27 1 26 0 2 38 185 -147 0.037 L2

 

Last week: CSSHL Midget Prep Standings at 2.27.17

# TEAM GP W L Otl Pts GF GA Diff Pct Strk
1 OHA R. 26 22 3 1 45 132 64 68 0.865 W10
2 Delta 29 21 6 2 44 133 81 52 0.759 L2
3 Edge 24 19 4 1 39 124 51 73 0.813 W8
4 BWC 29 18 8 3 39 124 82 42 0.672 W2
5 NAX 27 18 7 2 38 140 74 66 0.704 W2
6 Yale 28 18 8 2 38 143 89 54 0.679 L3
7 OHA W. 27 18 8 1 37 108 81 27 0.685 W3
8 Pursuit 27 16 7 4 36 100 81 19 0.667 L2
9 Rink 27 15 9 3 33 106 89 17 0.611 L1
10 Shawnigan 27 14 10 3 31 91 83 8 0.574 W2
11 OHA Ed. 25 6 16 3 15 71 99 -28 0.300 W2
12 IHA 27 6 18 3 15 65 162 -97 0.278 L1
13 Pacific Coast 29 6 22 1 13 62 130 -68 0.224 W1
14 CDA 29 5 21 3 13 54 145 -91 0.224 L11
15 Banff 23 0 23 0 0 27 169 -142 0.000 L23