December 16, 2016
A strong performance against arch-rival Delta Hockey Academy on Saturday afternoon has bumped BWC Prep into sole possession of first place in the CSSHL’s top division.
The 8-3 win gives BWC a two point lead over Delta and Edmonton’s Northern Alberta Extreme as the league breaks for Christmas over the school holiday period.
NAX edged OHA Edmonton 3-2 in OT Saturday and 4-3 on Sunday to move up into a tie with Delta for second place.
Delta were coming off a high-flying 10-8 loss to Yale HA the day before – which was just their second loss in regular season – and were looking to get things back on track vs BWC, at home at Planet Ice in Delta.
But it wasn’t to be, as BWC got off to a very quick start with the first of three goals from captain Bradley Ong, who opened the scoring just 20 seconds in, on a set up from Massimo Rizzo and d-man Lucas Wong.
It was the start of a great for the Ong-Rizzo-Barker line, who would eventually combine for 16 points, including 7 from Ong and 6 from Rizzo.
The second goal came later in the same shift when Ong scored unassisted.
BWC kept up the pressure and got the 3-0 marker from Ryan Denney, an affiliate playing with Rizzo and Ong, with about seven minutes left in the period. Shots finished 18-9 for BWC.
Delta then turned the tables early in the second, scoring their own first-shift goal, on an unassisted marker from Pearce Messer, and following it up 30 seconds later when Tyus Gent scored from Mackenzie Merriman and Matthew Mosher.
Now it’s 3-2 less than a minute into the period, and momentum has swung over to Delta.
They’re soon on the first of two overlapping power plays, and pouring on the shots. They even it up with about a minute left on the 5-2, on a goal from Eathan Scardina (Mosher).
3-3 with 14:30 left in the second.
But the Delta party was about to end.
About a minute after tying it up, Delta were in the box, and a minute later BWC’s Colten Kovich answered down low on a nice cross ice pass from Lucas Barker after a pass from Rizzo.
Rizzo then opened up a 5-3 BWC lead, scoring with 2:26 left in the period. Ong got his first of four helpers on the player. D-man Andrew Hunt also got an assist.
5-3 BWC end of 2.
The late goal seemed to take the steam out of Delta, who were outscored 3-0 in the third, on goals from Ong, Baker and Rizzo in the first half of the period.
Rizzo’s goal would be the final one, finishing the game 8-3 for BWC.
BWC were 2-7 on the powerplay Delta, 1-6.
BWC’s Bradley Cooper got the win stopping 34-37.
The teams now break until the New Year.
BWC and Delta will both get back into action at the 37 Annual BDO KIMMIT tournament in Kelowna, January 11-15.
They’ll compete with a mix of the top CSSHL teams (NAX, OHA Red, OHA White, and Yale), a top BCMML team (Okanagan Rockets) and top midget AAA programs from Okanagan, Alberta, Saskatchewan and special guests Burlington Eagles, from Ontario.