CSSHL Bantam Prep: West Van Warriors & BWC leading, Delta Green in hot pursuit
December 2, 2018
West Van (13-2-1) remains at the top of the Bantam Prep division. They gone 3-0-1 since last our last report two weeks ago, downing #2 Burnaby 5-0, #5 St. George’s 4-3, and #10 Okanagan 7-3, but losing 4-3 in a shootout to #13 Delta White on November 10. West Van outshot Delta W 34-18 in the game..
Connor Bedard continues to lead things for West Van, he’s posted a breakneck 36 goals in 16 games, a third of the goals for the entire West Van team (36/108).
With 108 GF and only 44 against, West Van has the best goal differential by a fair margin at +64, and are the team to beat in Bantam Prep at the moment.
BWC (13-5-1) is even in points with West Van, but they’ve played three more games. They have posted 3-2-0 since last update – and both losses were key games.
Despite getting wins against Shawnigan, Delta White, and St. George’s, BWC lost their two most important games (5-0 vs #1 WV on November 25, and 5-3 vs #3 Delta Green, on Saturday).
BWC has benefited from a balanced offence (seven players at 1.0 PPG or more) led by Tyson Dyck (15G-19A-34P). They’ve also gotten good goaltending from both Kyle Kelsey and Merik Erickson.
Delta Green (11-1-2) went 3-0-0 last week, and have now won eight straight games, jumping ahead of St. George’s in the standings and into the top-3 teams. They will likely continue to climb as they still have games in hand on both teams above them.
Delta Green beat Delta White and Yale, but the biggest win was the 5-3 victory against BWC on Saturday that put them in prime position to leapfrog past BWC in the standings once they have played their games in hand.
Delta Green have the highest winning percentage (.857) but only the fourth-best goal differential (+38), suggesting they don’t blow out opponents as often as their fellow top teams, but they find a way to win almost every game.
Yale (10-5-1) is up to fourth in the division, having made up some of the games in hand since our previous report. They went 2-3-1 in the last four weeks, getting wins over Shawnigan and Northern Alberta. They took tough losses against Rink, Edge, and OHA Edmonton, who are all within striking distance below them in the standings.
Yale good depth scoring depth – similar to BWC, with seven players averaging a point-per-game pace or better. They also have allowed the second-fewest goals against of any team.
St. George’s (10-5-0) was in a three-way tie for the division lead last month but has dropped all the way to 5th with 20 points, 7 back of the leaders.
They played just twice this past month, losing 4-3 to WV and 6-4 to BWC, the two teams they were tied with four weeks ago. Those losses proved significant in the standings, but St. George’s are still very much in the thick of things with plenty of time left in the season.
Thomas Tien (17G-19A-36P) and Connor Levis (14G-20A-34P) continue to carry the offense for St. George’s.
OHA Edmonton (9-5-0) and Rink (8-3-1) have both closed the gap on the top five.
OHA have won their last four games, while Rink is 6-2-0 in their last eight games.
Full Bantam Prep Standings:
Bedard (36G-15A) continues to run away with the scoring race. His 51 points are ten more than 2nd place, which belongs to fellow WV forward Fraser Minten (9G-32A).
Koehn Ziemmer (21G-17A) has stormed into the top three scorers after putting up 18 points in his past five games, now with 38 total on the season.
Five other players have at least 30 points: West Van’s Andrej Kovacevic (17G-20A), St. George’s Tien (17G-19A) and Levis (14G-20A), BWC’s Tyson Dyck (15G-19A) and Delta Green’s Mathew Ward (13G-17A).
Keaton Dowhaniuk (6G-17A) leads all defencemen in the Bantam Prep division with 23 points.
Top 20 Scorers:
|1||Connor Bedard||98||F||05||West Van||16||36||15||51||3.2||7||1||3||0||4||12|
|2||Fraser Minten||40||F||04||West Van||16||9||32||41||2.6||1||7||0||1||0||8|
|3||Koehn Ziemmer||13||F||04||OHA Edmonton||14||21||17||38||2.7||5||7||3||0||3||4|
|4||Andrej Kovacevic||65||F||04||West Van||16||17||20||37||2.3||2||5||0||0||2||14|
|5||Thomas Tien||20||F||04||St. George’s||15||17||19||36||2.4||5||11||2||0||3||10|
|7||Connor Levis||26||F||04||St. George’s||14||14||20||34||2.4||4||14||0||0||1||8|
|8||Mathew Ward||10||F||04||Delta Green||14||13||17||30||2.1||4||2||2||0||0||16|
|10||Bowden Singleton||19||F||04||Northern Alberta||14||18||10||28||2||2||2||2||1||2||24|
|13||Tanner Scott||9||F||04||OHA Edmonton||14||10||15||25||1.8||3||3||0||1||1||6|
|14||Kyle Chyzowski||16||F||04||Delta Green||14||8||16||24||1.7||1||4||0||0||0||20|
|15||Alyandro De Leon||94||F||04||Burnaby||19||10||13||23||1.2||2||2||0||0||0||10|
|16||Cameron Johnson||21||F||04||St. George’s||15||8||15||23||1.5||3||6||0||0||2||16|
|17||Keaton Dowhaniuk||5||D||04||OHA Edmonton||14||6||17||23||1.6||2||5||0||2||1||28|
Goalie numbers have taken a hit over the last month. Kyle Kelsey leads all starters with a .919 SV% and 2.35 GAA for BWC. His eight wins is also first in the division.
Ethan Beunaventura has the highest save percentage at .955 SV%, but has played in just five games this season. Given his exceptional numbers though, expect him to get more starts as the season progresses.
Justen Maric rounds out the top three with a 7-1 record, .918 SV% and 2.34 GAA.
Top 10 Goaltenders:
|3||Justen Maric||OHA Edmonton||9||7||1||0||1||462||18||2.34||7.75||219||201||0.918|
|5||Jaiden Sharma||St. George’s||9||5||3||0||0||517||32||3.71||9.86||356||324||0.910|
|6||Damon Cunningham||Northern Alberta||9||4||4||0||0||482||27||3.36||7.69||295||268||0.908|
|8||Conor Smith||West Van||9||6||1||0||1||520||19||2.19||4.52||200||181||0.905|
|9||Taje Gill||St. George’s||7||5||2||0||0||363||21||3.47||4.05||213||192||0.901|
|10||Austin Elliott||Notre Dame||8||4||4||0||1||478||30||3.77||5.75||304||274||0.901|