January 8, 2018
Here’s a look at where things stand for Burnaby Winter Club teams as the second half of the 2017-2018 gets underway.
Background – League expansion
This year BWC moved its top Bantam program into the burgeoning Canadian Sports School Hockey League, competing in the league at the bantam level for the first time.
The BWC Midget Prep and E15 teams have been in the league since the first wave of expansion in 2013-2014, when they joined with Delta and Yale, forming the first direct competition to the BC Major Midget League. At that time there were only Midget teams in the CSSHL – seven E15 teams, eight Prep teams and seven Varsity teams.
A year after BWC midget teams entered, the league launched its Bantam division with four teams, Delta, Okanagan (Penticton), Pursuit (Kelowna) and Edge (Calgary). In 2015-2016, Yale (Abbotsford) and Shawnigan Lake (Vancouver Island) joined to form a six team bantam division.
The following year, OHA Edmonton, Notre Dame (Wilcox, Saskatchewan) and Rink (Winnipeg, Manitoba) joined. This season, the bantam Prep division has expanded to 13 teams, with Northern Alberta (Edmonton), Delta White, Pacific Coast (Victoria) and BWC joining.
In addition, Vancouver private school St. George’s added two bantam teams this year – both into the Varsity division to start (although one clearly is a Prep team) along with West Van Academy, bringing the total to eight varsity teams, in addition to the 13 prep teams.
So in four years, the league has added 21 bantam teams, including 13 based in British Columbia – with eight from the Lower Mainland. The impact on PCAHA bantam A1 and A2 hockey is now very apparent.
CSSHL expansion in the Midget division has also been impressive, if not as spectacular, since BWC Midget Prep and E15 joined back in 2013. The Prep division has expanded from seven to 16 teams, and now includes four from the Lower Mainland (now two Delta teams). The E15 division has gone from seven teams to 11 teams.
On a parallel track, though not affecting BWC programs, the CSSHL also has added eight female Prep teams and four female Varsity teams to its program, for a total of 68 teams in the league.
CSSHL BWC Midget:
This year’s BWC Academy Midget Prep team are leading the top division of the Canadian Sports School Hockey League, which most agree is now as good as, if not better than, the top tier of the BC Major Midget League.
At 22-1-1 OTL, 45 points, BWC are two points up on Delta 21-3-1 OTL, with a game in hand. Yale is in third place with 18-6-2 OTL, a point up on OHA Red. Northern Alberta holds down 5th place with 17-8-2, and 36 points.
BWC have a 12 game winning streak going, and face off next against sixth place Shawnigan Lake to open their season on Thursday, January 11.
The team will compete in a new Midget Prep Tournament hosted by Delta through the weekend, in exhibition games vs Arizona, OHA Red and OHA White, with the possibility of playoff games Saturday and Sunday. The tournament was put together in response to the postponement of the KIMMIT tournament in Kelowna, which ran into scheduling problems with both the CSSHL and BCMML this year.
CSSHL league play resumes January 21 and 22 for BWC Prep, with a couple of rare home game vs Coeur d’Alene (2-15-1), then moves to Shawnigan Lake for one game, Friday, January 26 before wrapping the month with a game vs West Van on Sunday, January 28.
BWC Elite 15 are in fourth place in the CSSHL first year midget division, at 15-5-0, two points back of the Edge, and three points back of second place Delta, with two games in hand on Delta.
Northern Alberta are a perfect 22-0-0 in the league, 11 points up on Delta.
BWC are on a six game winning streak, and have a busy five game weekend ahead at Westhills Arena in Langford (Greater Victoria). The team will play Rink (9-10-0) Friday, January 12, Edge (16-2-0) Saturday morning, and OHA Edmonton (4-16-1) Saturday night. They’ll wrap the weekend with an 8:00 AM game vs Northern Alberta on Sunday, and another 8:00 AM match, vs Pacific Coast (2-19-1), on Monday, January 15.
The following Sunday, BWC will close out January with trip to the Langley Sportsplex to face Yale, who are currently four points back of BWC, in fifth place.
Should be an interesting, and challenging month for the club.
BWC Bantam Prep are now the top Bantam team at BWC, and are currently tied for third place, with three other teams, in the ultra competitive Bantam Prep division of the CSSHL.
BWC are posting a 13-5-2 record, 28 points, and are tied with Yale, Northern Alberta and Okanagan. Yale however, have four games in hand on Okanagan and Burnaby.
Delta Green are in second place with a 15-1-1 record, two points back of first place Rink Academy who are 16-3-1.
OHA Edmonton meanwhile are just one point back of the four third place teams, with a 13-2-1 record.
So looks like anything can happen in this division over the next few weeks.
BWC will play just three league games in January. This coming Saturday, January 13, they’ll host Delta White (7-11-2) and then not play again until January 27-28, when they meet Okanagan and Pursuit (3-19-1) at OHTC and the Winfield Arena.
BWC Bantams recently placed first in the Pat Quinn Classic, defeating Yale 2-1 in OT in the final. The team allowed only 12 goals against in seven games, while scoring 42. Yale were 69-13!
Here’s a look at how BWC teams in the Pacific Coast Amateur Hockey League are fairing so far this season.
BWC does not have a Midget team in the PCAHA this year.
This year’s BWC Bantam A1 team is ninth place in Flight 2 with a 4-9-2 record, 34 GF-53 GA. North Van A1-T1 are leading the flight with a 13-0-1, 77 GF 0 25 GA record. In Flight 1, Seafair are on top with a 13-1-0 record. Seafair were the only PCAHA club to compete in the top tier (Elite AAA) of this year’s Pat Quinn Classic tournament, finishing eighth in the 12 team division (1-4-0; 8 GF-53 GA).
Last year’s BWC A1 team finished first with a perfect 20-0-0, 114 GF- 18 GA in Flight 1, won Provincials, downing Thompson Zone 6-0 in the final; and won the Western Bantam Championship, defeating host Sask Valley Vipers 9-2 in the final.
This year’s BWC Bantam A2 team are 0-14-0, 32 GF-82 GA in Flight 4. In their final game before Christmas they bounced back from an earlier 17-1 loss to West Van, falling 9-6 in the rematch.
Last year’s A2 team finished in 5th place in Flight 2, and lost to Port Moody in the Provincial Bantam A2 Final.
So far the CSSHL has not affected Peewee hockey. And as result, there’s a familiar look to PCAHA Flight 1 Peewee hockey.
BWC A1 lead Flight 1 with a 12-1-1, 67 GF-20 GA record, just ahead of perennial rivals NSWC at 10-3-1, Langley at 10-2-2 and Semiahmoo at 11-3-0.
North Shore has put up an impressive 84 GF- 26 GA, but has lost twice to BWC, 3-1 and 6-3.
BWC A2-T2 are in third place at the moment, with a 9-4-1 record, two points back of South Delta A1-T1 and four back of Abbotsford A1-T1. Langley A2 are in sixth place, while NSWC’s A2s are in seventh, just ahead of North Van’s A1-T1 team.
BWC A3-T3 are 9-5-0 in Flight 3, with the second best winning record, but are in sixth place at the moment, due to a lack of sportsmanship points. They’ve recently defeated two of the top three teams, New Westminster A1-T2 and Semiahmoo A2-T2. Their only loss in the last seven games was to first place Seattle Sno-King, 5-2 on December 16.
BWC A4-T4 are 11-2-1 in Flight 6, two points back first place Squamish A1-T3, and seven points up on #3 Surrey A3-T3.
BWC A5-T4 are currently in tied for third place in Flight 7 with a solid 9-5-0 record, in a battle with #1 NSWC A4, #2 Van T-Birds A4, #3 Port Moody A2, and #5 North Van A3. Only four points separate the teams.
GVC Flight 1
BWC Atom A1 are in first place with a 14-0-1, 15 spots record, seven points up on NSWC A1 at 12-1-1, 12 spts. The two Winter Club A1s battled to a 3-3 tie December 5. The BWC A1s have scored 155 vs 15 against. North Shore are 136-22.
BWC Atom A2 are right there with the two top dogs, in third place, with an 8-3-3 record, putting up 70 GF – 40 GA. The A2s are a point up on Seafair A1 in the win column, and two wins and two ties clear of the 6-8-1 Vancouver T-Bird A1.
BWC Atom A3 are also playing in the Top Flight, and are also clear of the T-Birds in the win column, at 7-7-0. The teams lack of sporties is holding them back a bit in the overall points column.
But overall, very impressive with three BWC teams in the top flight of GVC Atom hockey.
GVC Flight 2
BWC Atom A4 are 9-5-0, with 49 GF – 45 GA, in fourth place in Flight 2. The team has a better win record than #3 T-Birds (8-4-2), but five fewer sporties. Hollyburn A1 (12-1-1) and Vancouver A1 (11-2-1) are in a battle for first place.
GVC Flight 4
BWC Atom A5 are 8-2-3, 54 GF – 39 GA, but are in fifth place; cramped by a lack of sporties, with only 6 of a possible 13. First place T-Birds are 10-3-1, but nine points up, due to notching 13 of 14 (44 PIM vs BWCs 82). Richmond A3s have the most at 92 PIM.