March 1, 2020
It was not the finish they wanted, as BWC E15 lost their final three games of the year, at the Barkman Arena in Wilcox, Saskatchewan, to finish third overall in the E15 division, behind #1 Northern Alberta Extreme and #2 Winnipeg-based Rink.
The consolation, the team still finished on top of the seven BC-based teams in the division.
The series started with a game Friday afternoon against Prairie Hockey Academy which ended 5-3 for the Prairie team.
Game 1: Prairie 5 – BWC 3
BWC battled back from a 3-0 deficit early in the second, to make it 3-2 headed to the final frame, then tied it up with a goal from Luca Cagnoni with 13:04 left to play in the third.
BWC outshot Prairie 17-10 in the first, matched them 12-12 in the second, and then outshot them 18-9 in the third, but the 47-31 shot advantage was not enough, as Prairie’s Tate Schofer notched the final two, including an empty-netter to secure the 5-3 final.
Evan Fedele led offensively for BWC with 2A. Daniel Sherwood started for BWC, Kyle Kelsey finished, stopping 15 of 16.
Dazza Mitchell stopped 44 of 47 for Prairie. BWC were 0-7 on the pp, Prairie were 1-6.
Game 2: Rink 3 – BWC 0
BWC were right back at it Saturday morning, hitting the ice for 10:00 AM game vs Rink in a battle for the #2 overall spot. Going into the game both teams were tied with 69 points.
Rink had opened their weekend with a 7-4 win over Yale, Friday afternoon to catch BWC in the #2 spot.
The teams opened with a scoreless first period, with both teams getting 9 shots on goal.
In the second, Rink put up three unanswered, starting with a short-handed, unassisted goal from Daimon Gardner about six minutes in. They followed up with a power play marker from Josh Filmon about two minutes later, then scored even strength on a goal from Ty Paisley with 5:40 to go.
Shots were 20-17 for Prairie after the two periods.
In the third, BWC battled back putting up 10 shots vs just six against, but couldn’t beat Keegan Gordon, who notched the shutout.
Kyle Kelsey took the loss.
The decision put Rink ahead in the standings by two – with both teams playing one more game Sunday, and the #2 spot still on the line.
Game 3: Notre Dame 6 – BWC 3
It was another earlier start the next morning, as BWC faced off at 8:00 AM Sunday for their final game of the regular season against the home town Notre Dame Hounds E15s.
BWC opened leads in both the first and second periods, before Notre Dame answered each time.
BWC’s Evan Fedele scored on the power play 1:40 into the game, then notched another in the second to establish the two leads.
In the third, Notre Dame took their first lead of the game on a power play just three minutes into the period.
But this time BWC battled back and evened it up about three minutes after that on a goal from Andrej Kovacevic.
However, a minute later Notre Dame was on top again. They followed up again with 3:50 left and then finished it with an empty netter to take the 6-3 win on three straight goals.
Ethan Look led the Hounds with 2G-1A, while Fedele was 2G and and Jackson Krill 2A for BWC.
Shots finished 35-25 for BWC. The Hounds were 2 of 3 on the power play, while BWC were 1 for 5.
Daniel Sherwood was in nets for BWC, Austin Elliot for Notre Dame.
Rink meanwhile, finished with their third straight win on the weekend, with a 7-4 decision over #5 ranked, Yale, to secure the #2 seed, finishing 5 points up on BWC.
St. George’s were also looking at a potential #2 finish heading into the weekend. They started with a 12-4 blowout over West Van at UBC on Friday, but then lost two in a home and home vs Delta in their final two regular season games.
Delta downed them 5-3 at UBC Saturday on two late third period goals, and then followed up with a 3-2 win at Planet Ice on Sunday.
As a result, St. George’s finished five points back of BWC in fourth place overall.
Playoff Pools – Formats
The Top 10 E15 teams are now advancing to the E15 Division playoff round. The bottom four will wrap up with a consolation playoff round.
The Top 10 teams are placed into two pools, with the top team in each pool playing their first two games against the last place teams in each pool.
The middle three teams in each pool play off in a two game series. The top 8 teams then advance to the single game elimination, Quarter Finals.
As a result of their third place finish, BWC will play #7 Delta on Wednesday, March 11 (2:15 SOEC), and #6 Yale on Thursday, March 12 (10:30 AM, Memorial Arena) in the first round.
The first round robin games start on Tuesday, March 10, with quarter finals played Friday, March 13; semis on Saturday, March 14 and finals wrapping up on Sunday, March 15.
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Midget E15 Final Standings, 3.1.2020
BWC Midget E15 Final Stats, 3.1.2020
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