After having last weekend off for a bye week, BWC’s E15 squad returned to action this weekend with a lone game against Pacific Coast Hockey Academy, in what turned out to be a thrilling 5-4 shootout win for BWC.
Pacific Coast opened the scoring with 3:31 remaining in the first period as Damian Rennie was able to notch a powerplay marker with Joe Stokes sitting in the box for hooking. Grayson Bush responded with just 58 seconds left in the first to send things in to the intermission all tied up 1-1.
In the 2nd period, BWC was able to get on top of Pacific Coast with two unanswered goals. The first goal came on the powerplay as Ryan Stack was able to put the puck past PCHA goaltender Jaden Little. And with just one second remaining on the clock Christian Buono was able to notch his 10th goal of the season to give BWC a 3-1 lead heading in to the intermission.
The third period saw Pacific Coast respond with three unanswered goals of their own, including two from Damian Rennie to complete the hat-trick. The other goal was scored by Jacob Gosling, and was assisted by none other than Damian Rennie to complete the four point game. With BWC down 4-3 heading in to the final five minutes of regulation, Ryan Stack turned on the jets, notching his 2nd goal of the game to tie things up with 4:03 remaining left in the third period. The final buzzer sounded and the scoreboard read Pacific Coast 4 Burnaby Winter Club 4 which meant this game would be heading to overtime.
Overtime solved nothing, with BWC notching the only shot of the period, so on to a shootout they went. Ryan Strange had the first shot for Pacific Coast, and he was unable to beat BWC goalie Jonathan Holloway. BWC responded by sending out Ryan Stack, and he was unable to get the job done, so on to round two they went. In round two, Isaac Tonkin-Palmer was unable to beat Holloway to keep Pacific Coast off the board. Next up was Marcus Van der Made who was able to beat Jaden Little to give BWC a 1-0 lead. With the game on the line, Pacific Coast sent out Lukas Jirousek to try and extend the shootout. Jirousek was up to the task as he scored to tie things up at 1. It all came down to BWC forward Jack McIntosh. If he scored, the game would be over, and BWC would head home with a win in their pockets. And score he did, as BWC sent the fans home happy with a 5-4 win over Pacific Coast.
After the bye week, BWC remains 4th place in the CSSHL standings, just two points behind Delta Hockey Academy and three points ahead of 5th place Yale Hockey Academy. Northern Alberta still sits atop the standings with 35 points, nine ahead of BWC.
The team heads to Calgary on Wednesday for a big weekend at the World Sports School Challenge.
Here are the updated standings after the weekend’s games.