September 27, 2017
BWC Midget Prep completed their Showcase weekend in Penticton Sunday morning with a 3-0-0 record, to remain undefeated in regular season play, at 5-0-0.
Yale also and Edge are also undefeated at 4-0-0 and 3-0-0 respectively. League leading Delta suffered their first defeat of the season on the weekend, to fall to 6-1-0, after losing to OHA Red 4-2 on Saturday.
BWC opened their weekend with a 4-2 win over OHA Edmonton on Friday afternoon, and then followed up with a thrilling 6-5 shootout win vs Rink Academy on Saturday, and a hard fought 2-1 goaltenders duel vs OHA Red on Sunday morning.
The team will play another Showcase this coming weekend, traveling to Winnipeg, where Rink Academy are hosting. BWC will face Northern Alberta, OHA Edmonton, and Pursuit of Excellence Friday, Saturday, Sunday, before returning home to finish out the month with four local games, including two home games vs OHA Red (Oct 11-22) and a home and home vs Delta (Oct 28-29).
Showcase Game 2, BWC 6 – Rink 5 – SO
In the shootout game Saturday, Rink opened the scoring just 19 seconds into the first period on the first of three goals from Ty Thorpe (Anthony Lehrer, Jakob Brook).
BWC answered quickly however, just over a minute later, when Stephen Castagna sniped one from the slot (Sean Donaldson, Tyler Schleppe).
Thorpe would score again midway through the period (Brook and Connor Tyhy), before BWC would close out the period 3-2 on two power play goals (Cam Chin from Sam Schofield and Elan Bar-Lev-Wise; and Schleppe, from Donaldson and Gabriel Suessenbacher-Fu.
Both goalies were busy with the shots 16-13 for Rink.
Rink served four minors in the period, to BWC’s single.
In the second Thorpe (from Tristan Robins) would tie it up 3-3 on the lone goal of the period, to complete his hat trick and set the stage for a wild finish in the third.
Shots were 11-10 for Rink. Rink served a double minor, and BWC another single in the period.
In the third, Rink would again strike before the ice was dry, just 25 seconds into the frame, to take their first and only lead of the game. Thorpe got another point on a helper, with Connor Tyhy getting the goal and Blake Jacques the second assist.
But again the line of Donaldson (LW), Schleppe (C) and Castagna (RW) roared right back to even it up, with Donaldson getting the goal and both line mates an assist, to even it at 4-4, just 1:21 later.
BWC’s rookie winger Kent Johnson then capitalized on a 5-3 power play, going top shelf on a backhand in tight to give BWC the lead with 13:17 left. Andrew Hunt and Kalen Szeto got the assists.
Time wound down and BWC pressured over the final ten, but Rink broke through to even it up on a goal from Seth Jarvis (Jonathan Lambos, Kehrer), with 37 seconds left – to force OT.
Shots were 10-4 BWC in the period, with Rink again winning the penalty contest 3 minors to one.
There was no scoring in OT. Thorpe and BWC’s Kalen Szeto each scored in the shootout before Johnson wrapped it up with a nice deke as the BWC final shooter, to ice the game for BWC.
BWC’s Nick Lee was 27-32 for the win. Rink’s Brock Gould was 32-37.
Showcase Game 3, 2 BWC – 1 OHA Red
In the game Sunday morning, the two goalies battled it out, each facing 38 shots.
In the end, BWC’s Kaeden Freer-Lane would better Keenan Rancier by one shot, stopping 37-38 vs Rancier’s 36-38.
Both BWC goals were scored on the power play.
Jacob Paler-Chow (from Szeto and Johnson) opened the scoring with 6:51 left in the first, before OHA Red’s Bryan McAndrews (George Cathers), evened it up 49 second left.
Shots were 11-9 OHA. Each team served two minors.
There was no scoring in the second and again each team killed two minor penalties. BWC held the edge in shots 15-12.
D-man Cam Chin scored the second power play goal on a hard shot from the point with 13:07 left in the third. That finished the scoring, 2-1, though there was still lots of action for the goalies.
Again shots were close, 15-14 OHA.
Other records over the Showcase weekend:
Delta downed Rink 3-2, lost to OHA Red 4-2 and defeated Northern Alberta 3-1.
OHA Red won 5-2 vs Pacific Coast, and 4-2 vs Delta, lost 2-1 to BWC.
CSSHL Prep Team Standings (October 1, 2017)
CSSHL Prep Team Standings (September 29, 2017)