Feb 4, 2014
The BWC Peewee A1 Bruins opened their regular season with a 3-0 loss to Seafair, and then pretty much ran the table over the next 19 games, finishing with a record of 17-1-2, and 54 points, to win the Tier 1 PCAHA League Banner.
The only glitches outside the first game, were a crazy 8-8 tie vs Langley on Dec. 8, and then another high scoring 6-6 affair vs Seafair in mid-January.
The Bruins had downed Seafair 3-1 just prior to the Christmas break, to answer the opening loss.
After the 6-6 game, the Bruins closed the season in dramatic fashion, outscoring opponents 31-3 in the final four games, finishing up with a convincing 5-1 win over Langley in the final game.
Seafair definitely gave the Bruins their toughest games, but lost twice, tied twice, and managed only 13 of 20 possible sportsmanships, to finish seven points back of BWC in second place with 47 points.
Head coach Brad Reynolds says Seafair is a very comparable team.
“They’ve had great coaching from Yogi Svejkovsky, who has been with the same group three or four years.
“We both work hard, have good speed and skill. It’s always a see-saw battle.”
NSWC finished in third place, one point behind the Islanders, but unlike Seafair and Langley, didn’t press the Bruins, losing 7-3 and 7-1 in their two head to heads.
Reynolds isn’t taking them for granted though.
“No contact hockey has generally taken away from structure, there are fewer turnovers, but North Shore is well structured. I wouldn’t be surprised if they’ll be right there in the playoffs.”
Langley finished fourth, with 36 points.
The rest of the tier struggled to come anywhere close the Bruins, as their 143 GF to 28 GA record attests.
Since closing out with Langley win, the team has been busy preparing for their annual sojurn to the Quebec Peewee Tournament next week, where the team once again will be one of the favorites going in.
However this year, the team expects to get two playoff games in before they leave, which will take a lot of pressure off when they get back after the week long trip.
Last year the Bruins lost in the quarter finals to the Minutemen Flames, the eventual tournament winner. It was their only loss of the year, over 68 games.
Reynolds says the team is excited and looking forward to the challenge of facing top level competition.
“There are no easy games in Quebec; we’ll play 3 out of the top 4 US programs while we’re there. We’ll need to get on a roll and have some luck on our side.”
But no matter how the team fares at the tournament, Reynolds won’t be taking anything for granted when the team gets back to the Lower Mainland, for the final round of playoffs.
Anything can happen when the outcome rides on a single game.
In the provincial final last year, the Bruins downed NSWC 5-0 in the round robin, only to fall behind 3-0 after two periods, before staging a miraculous 4-3 come from behind win to take the Provincial Banner.
Final regular PCAHA season record:
|BWC Peewee A1|
|Final Standing: Flight 1, 1st of 9||GF||GA||W||L||T||Spt||Pts||PIM|
|11/12/13||Seafair Peewee A1-T1||0||3||L||1||1||8|
|11/18/13||Semia Peewee A1-T1||9||0||W||1||3||4|
|11/23/13||BWC Peewee A2-T2||6||1||W||1||3||4|
|11/25/13||Hollyburn Peewee A1-T1||10||0||W||1||3||2|
|11/27/13||Abby Peewee A1-T1||11||1||W||1||3||2|
|12/2/13||Cloverdale PW A1-T1||9||1||W||1||3||0|
|12/8/13||Langley Peewee A1-T1||8||8||T||1||2||4|
|12/9/13||NSWC Peewee A1-T1||7||3||W||1||3||2|
|12/11/13||BWC Peewee A2-T2||4||0||W||1||3||0|
|12/16/13||Semi Peewee A1-T1||10||1||W||1||3||6|
|12/19/13||Seafair Peewee A1-T1||3||1||W||1||3||6|
|12/22/13||Hollyburn Peewee A1-T1||10||0||W||1||3||8|
|1/13/14||Langley Peewee A1-T1||7||3||W||1||3||6|
|1/14/14||Seafair Peewee A1-T1||6||6||T||0||1||12|
|1/17/14||NSWC Peewee A1-T1||7||1||W||1||3||4|
|1/27/14||Cloverdale PW A1-T1||8||1||W||1||3||8|
|1/31/14||Hollyburn Peewee A1-T1||11||0||W||1||3||0|
|2/2/14||Langley Peewee A1-T1||5||1||W||0||2||10|