It wasn’t a great weekend for the BWC Hockey Academy 15s. The team posted just one win in four starts at the Delta Hockey Academy Showcase, despite controlling most of the play and outshooting opponents in two of the losses.
Game 1 vs OHA
BWC opened the Showcase with a tough 3-2 shootout loss to Okanagan Hockey Academy on Friday morning.
BWC started strong and got a goal from Christian Buono about ten minutes in. But less than a minute later, OHA’s Kolton Leslie tied things up on a power play with Buono in the box for holding.
The teams traded chances throughout the second but couldn’t beat the goalies until 2:40 left in the period, when OHA’s Matthew Byrne scored on another power play, after a hooking call on Mattias Dal Monte. The period ended 2-1 OHA.
In the third, BWC outshot OHA 13-7, and finally beat goalie Brandon Peacock with 11:46 left on a goal by d-man Gianni Fairbrother. But they couldn’t get the clincher, and the game went into overtime, tied 2-2.
In the OT, both teams managed three shots but again couldn’t get anything past the goaltenders.
In the shootout BWC’s second shooter Holden Katzalay got the first goal, but Bryne answered on the next shot, and then teammate Jake Putnam closed out on the third shot to get the SO win for OHA.
Nick Lee took the loss, stopping 22 of 24. Brandon Peacock faced 31.
Game 2 vs PoE
On Saturday morning, BWC cruised to a 7-1 win over the Pursuit of Excellence. Kyle Forbes led the team with two goals while Christian Buono had a goal and two assists in the win.
Goalie Jonathan Holloway faced just 14 shots, stopping all but one in the win. At the other end, PoE’s Tanner Marshall stopped 61 of 68.
Game 3 vs Edge
Later in the day, BWC took on the Edge School for Athletes, a game which they eventually also lost 3-2, after opening with two very strong periods, and taking a two goal lead mid-way through the second.
But the lead didn’t hold, and although shots were 29-15 for BWC after the second, the score was tied 2-2.
Edge then closed the game out with a goal in the third, to take the win, as shots finished up 34-20 for BWC.
Game 4 vs Northern Alberta
On Sunday, BWC took on the Northern Alberta Xtreme Elite 15s – who had already won all three of their Showcase games, and had positioned themselves as the team to beat.
The game opened with both teams scoring a goal in the first period and BWC holding a slight edge on shots, 12-10.
The second opened on a similar quick pace, but the Xtreme opened it up with two quick goals about five minutes in, and then scored again a few shifts later, on a freak goal when a shot from the point hit the zamboni gate in the corner and ricochetted in front for a tap in.
Burnaby couldn’t gain any traction after that and weren’t able to mount another comeback win like the had in their first matchup in late September.
Joe Stokes had the lone goal for BWC while Jonathan Holloway stopped 36 of 40 shots he faced. BWC fired 35 shots of their own on Xtreme goalie, Ty Grant.
After the weekend, BWC now sits in fifth place, seven points behind first place Northern Alberta, tied with fourth place Yale who have played three more games, and a point back of Delta.
Delta were 3-1 for the weekend, their only hiccup was a 4-1 loss to the Xtreme on Saturday afternoon, on two empty netters.
The Edge also had a good weekend, winning 3 of 4, despite losing 9-0 to Delta in their second game, to move into second place, three points ahead of Delta.