Another big weekend in store for bragging rights in PCAHA Bantam AAA hockey.
Entering weekend three, there’s still a discrepancy in number of games played by the two top teams, and some very strong teams currently sitting in spots four through six.
Seafair enters the weekend at the top of the division, with 13 points, on four wins, 1 loss (4-1 to Langley) and five sporties.
Hollyburn has also played five games, and sit in second place at 3-1-1 and 4 spts, two points back.
North Shore is in third place at 3-1-0, and sportsmanship points in all four games, for 10 points.
Coquitlam, BWC, and Langley though all undefeated, have only played three games so far and are in middle of the standings as a result.
For Coquitlam and North Shore, the weekend offers a lot of opportunity, as both teams will play three games – Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Langley and Hollyburn will play two games each, while Seafair, BWC, Abby and Surrey will only play once.
Winless Semiahmoo, Vancouver T-Birds and Richmond are idle.
So all eyes will be on the three NSWC and Coquitlam results. The teams will play each other plus two other top teams. NSWC faces Langley Friday, Coquitlam Saturday and Hollyburn on Sunday.
Coquitlam will play Hollyburn first on Friday, NSWC Saturday and then Surrey on Sunday.
With a potential 9 points on the line for NSWC and Coquitlam, one or perhaps both teams could open big leads over the rest of the group, at least for a day or two.
Hollyburn, who moved up from group two along with Seafair, will be looking to stay near the top with wins against Coquitlam Friday and then North Shore on Sunday. Two wins could move them to 17 points at the end of the weekend, and would definitely establish them as an elite player in the league.
Seafair and BWC play each other, their only start for the weekend, in what’s bound to be an exciting tilt on Saturday night.
The excitement will continue Monday and Tuesday with five more games, including a fourth game in five days for NSWC.
Update Nov. 30 am:
NSWC defeats Langley 5-0 Friday night, first game top forward Jordy Bellerive returns to play after seven weeks off due to mono. Bellerive played third line time to start. 2000 F Jack Shepard has a big game, scoring 2 goals and nearly scoring on at two other great changes. Dorrin Luding gets the shutout.
Hollyburn defeats Coquitlam 4-1 Saturday night setting up even more excitement for their Sunday night game vs North Shore.
No other games Friday night.