December 12, 2016
BWC Prep goes 2-2-0 at World Sports School Challenge
After a solid run of eight wins in their previous ten games, BWC Prep went 2-2-0 this past weekend at the World Sports School Challenge, a tournament hosted by the Edge Hockey Academy in Calgary, which featured eight prep teams from the CSSHL, including the top five ranked clubs.
The tournament was organized in two pools of four teams. The first and second place teams in each pool advanced after the round robin to a semifinal crossover Sunday morning. The winners faced off in a final game Sunday afternoon.
BWC were placed in a Pool with Pacific Coast Academy, Northern Alberta Extreme, and Edge School. In the other Pool, Delta Hockey Academy, IHA, OHA Red and OHA Edmonton.
After a win and a loss, BWC had to win game three vs the Edge by three goals to advance to the semis. Edge won it 6-4, downed OHA Edmonton 4-2 in the semi, and then defeated Delta 4-2 in the final.
After the loss to Edge, BWC faced OHA Red in a consolation round game Sunday. Like BWC, OHA Red had come in as a favorite to advance to the semis, but had been derailed along the way. So the Challenge ended on a high note for both teams, in an unexpected non-medal game vs a highly touted opponent.
The game did not disappoint, with a flurry of quickly answered goals throughout the game, leading to a 4-4 tie as the final minutes ticked down.
Two exciting late game goals gave BWC the win and put a bit of shine back on the bus, as the team headed home to BC after four days in Alberta.
Here’s a summary of BWC’s four games:
Game 1 – BWC 5 – PCHA 2
The Wildcats opened with a 5-2 win on Thursday versus the Pacific Coast Hockey Academy, a team they had defeated twice at home the previous weekend, 5-2 and 6-2.
Pacific Coast opened the scoring on a short-handed goal by Jukas Jirousek before two goals from BWC’s Massimo Rizzo (Colten Kovich and Kazeem Bapoo assists) closed the period 2-1.
Jack McIntosh scored the only goal in the second, unassisted, to open a 3-1 BWC lead going into the final frame.
Jackson Snell’s powerplay goal (Tanner Pochipinski) about five minutes into the third gave the Sea Devils a boost, but BWC’s Holden Katzalay (Kovich, Conner Jollymore) answered less than a minute later to re-establish the two goal lead and regain the momentum. Jack McIntosh got his second (Rizzo, Jayden Lee) to wrap up the scoring with 10:33 left.
BWC outshot PCHA 42-19. Bradley Cooper got the win.
Game 2: NAX 7 – BWC Prep 2
Game 2 is one the Wildcats would like to forget about. They faced off against the Northern Alberta Extreme for the third time this year, having won the first meeting 2-1 on November 11 at Winsport, and then losing the rematch 7-6 in OT at Shawnigan Lake on November 27 (BWC forced the OT from a 5-2 deficit early in third).
But it was a totally different story in Calgary, December 9.
NAX jumped out to 2-0 lead in the first, outshooting BWC 11-6.
BWC battled back with 12 shots to 15 against in the second, but allowed three more goals, including one with 42 seconds left in the period to fall behind 5-0.
It didn’t get any better at the start of the third. NAX added another 1:27 into the frame, and then scored on the powerplay just past the half way mark to open a 7-0 lead.
BWC’s Connor Jollymore (McIntosh) finally got the Wildcats on the board with 9:09 left. Rizzo (Tom Sweeney) got one more with 6:27 left to finish the scoring 7-2.
BWC were 0-13 on the powerplay. NAX were 2-7.
Ty Grant got the win for NAX, stopping 25-27. Shots finished 45-27 for NAX.
Game 3: Edge 6 – BWC 4
BWC needed to win this one by three goals to advance to the semis at the end of the round robin. It seemed a do-able a proposition at the start of the game, provided they could erase memory of the previous game, and recall the 4-1 win over Edge at Winsport, November 13.
And towards the end of the first, it looked like it could be done – BWC were up 2-1 with 5:54 left in the period.
Edge had scored first on a goal from Dino Kambeitz at 10:41 before BWC’s Ryan Stack (Rizzo, Cooper) and Lucas Barker (Chin) scored two quick ones with 6:55 and 5:54 remaining.
But BWC hopes were quickly dashed by two more goals from Kambeitz; on the pp with 2:49 left and then with just 12 seconds left, to give Edge a 3-2 lead after one.
The teams exchanged a goal each in the second, in a period where BWC held a 9-4 shot advantage. But it was Edge who scored first to maintain the momentum, on a marker from Malik Kaddora (Spadafore, Bokenfohr); before Stack (Forbes) made it 4-3 with five minutes left in the frame.
BWC then made things interesting when Bradley Ong scored about 4 minutes into the third to tie it 4-4 (Forbes, Lee).
But Edge closed it out with a powerplay goal from Dylan Schuett with 7:58 left and then put the dagger in with another one 23 seconds later to finish the scoring at 6-4.
BWC outshot the Edge 12-10 in the third, and 28-25 overall. Bradley Cooper took the loss, Riley Fonger got the win.
Game 4: BWC 6 – OHA Red 4
In an odd twist of fate the loss set up a match vs OHA Red, who came into the tournament with a top ranking 13-1-0 regular season record. It was a game many thought might be seen in the playoff round.
However, OHA Red had gone 1-1-1 in the round robin to finish in third place, same as BWC. They had tied #1 Delta HA 3-3 in game one in a thrilling comeback from 3-1 with five minutes left. Then lost a head shaker 6-5 to OHA Edmonton (3-12-2) in game 2, outshooting them 44-26. Then won 4-0 over IHA (2-14-3) in game three (54-18 SoG).
So both teams had something to prove in their fourth game of the Challenge.
In a strange start to the scoring BWC Captain Bradley Ong (Chin) opened the lead with just 33 seconds left in the first, after BWC had established solid puck possession and a 13-5 shot advantage.
But OHA’s Josh Arnold (Carson Erhardt and Kade Nagy) evened it up with just one second left on the clock to close out the period 1-1.
OHA then went ahead on a power play goal by Jack Barnes (James Devos and Jack Kilroy) with 7:27 left in the second, before BWC scored two quick ones to take the lead. Tom Sweeney scored unassisted with 4:39 left, followed 29 seconds later by Rizzo (Raihan Kheraj, Kyle Forbes).
Incredibly OHA answered twenty seconds later on goal by Ernhard (Simon Snyman, Barnes) to make it 3-3, and then less than a minute later BWC’s Ong would score again, short-handed and unassisted to close out the period with a 4-3 BWC lead.
OHA then evened it up on a powerplay goal by Nagy (Erhardt, Barnes) early in the third. The teams then exchanged an even number of chances through the period before BWC’s Ryan Stack scored on another powerplay goal with 2:58 left (Kheraj, Andrew Hunt). E15 affiliate Ryan Denney closed it out with an unassisted marker to wrap it up at 6-4.
Shots finished 34-28 for BWC, OHA was 2-4 on the powerplay and BWC was 1-3.
Nick Lee got the win, Arjun Ollek took the loss.