September 17, 2017
The Burnaby Winter Club Midget Prep Academy opened the Canadian Sports School Hockey League regular season this weekend with two wins on the Island, downing Shawnigan Lake 5-2 on Saturday, and the Pacific Coast Hockey Academy 8-6 on Sunday morning.
Last weekend the team won two exhibition tilts vs Okanagan Hockey Academy Red and White in Penticton.
Rival Delta also opened their regular season with two wins. Eight of the division’s 16 teams have yet to play.
Game 1: BWC 5-2 vs Shawnigan Lake
In the Friday night game at Shawnigan Lake, BWC put it away with three unanswered goals in the third, after both teams had scored single goals in each of the first two periods.
BWC’s Nick Lee stopped 42 of 44 Shawnigan shots to notch the win.
Second year Jacob Paler-Chow scored the first goal of the game early in the first on the way to a four point night, assisting on three other other BWC markers.
Shawnigan’s Josh Van Unen evened it up with 5:51 left in the first – on assists from Ryan Novecosky and Ethan Hersant.
BWC took the lead again with 7:27 left in the second on a goal from first year Kent Johnson (Paler-Chow, Cam Chin), before Shawnigan’s Kaleb McHugh evened it up with 1:24 left (Van Unen, Chase MacKenzie.
The third was scoreless until sophomore Elan Bar-Lev-Wise made it 3-2 with 5:40 left (Kazeem Bapoo, Paler-Chow). First year Kalen Szeto (Stephen Castagna) then scored on the power play with 1:02 left, and d-man Cam Chin (Paler Chow) finished it, with 35 seconds left.
Shawnigan’s Will Gurski went the distance, stopping 32-37. BWC served four minor penalties, Shawnigan Lake served three minors.
Game 2: BWC 8-6 vs PCHA
In the Sunday morning game, BWC opened up a 4-2 lead vs host Pacific Coast Hockey Academy Sea Devils after the first, then opened it up to 5-3 after two.
The Sea Devils made things interesting in the third, scoring early and then adding another with 13:02 left to tie the game at 5-5.
But BWC quickly charged back, scoring just 18 seconds later, and then again 12 seconds later, to open a 7-5 lead.
The Sea Devils weren’t done though. With 4:53 left, they replied again. However, BWC would answer once again, with Tyler Schleppe scoring an empty netter with 1:36 left to close it out at 8-6 (assists from Sean Donaldson and Ben Wozney).
BWC’s three first years made an impact in the game. Kent Johnson scored 2G-2A, Kalen Szeto 1G-3A, and d-man Ryan Helliwell put up two assists.
Third year Kazeem Bapoo scored two, Donaldson was 1G-2A, Jacob Paler-Chow was 1G-1A.
Pacific Coast got big games from Tanner Pochipinksi 3G-1A and Sean Ramsay 1G-4A. Matthew Clark was 1G-1A. Kyle Brown also scored.
Sea Devils goaltender Brendan Forman was 32-39, BWC’s Nick Lee was 20-26.
In other Midget Prep division games this weekend:
Pursuit of Excellence (5)
Banff Hockey Academy (1)
Kelowna, B.C. – CJ Christensen (Langley, B.C.) scored twice to lead the Pursuit of Excellence to a 5-1 win over the Banff Hockey Academy.
Goalies Talyn Boyko (Drumheller, Alta.) and Noah Desouza (Erie, Col.) combined to make 18 saves for Pursuit, while Jay Thomson (Canmore, Alta.) stopped 51 shots for Banff.
Delta Hockey Academy (3)
Pacific Coast Hockey Academy (1)
Victoria, B.C. – Payton Mount (Victoria, BC) had one goal and one assist as the Delta Hockey Academy pulled off their second win of the weekend, defeating Pacific Coast Hockey Academy 3-1.
Keenan Toal (Comox, BC) had his first goal of the season, while Brendan Foreman (Valemont, BC) stopped the puck from crossing the line 21-of-24 times.
Okanagan Hockey Academy White (12)
Banff Hockey Academy (0)
Penticton, B.C. – Jalen Luypen (Kelowna, B.C.) had his first hat trick of the season and added two assists. Liam Noble (Penticton, B.C.) finished with five points – two goals and three assists – while Wyatt Marlow (Cranbrook, B.C.) banked one and finished with four helpers. Okanagan Hockey Academy White took the 12-0 win over Banff Hockey Academy.
CSSHL Midget Prep Standings so far (8 teams have yet to play regular season games):