CSSHL Bantam Prep: West Van and Delta pulling way from pack
January 28, 2019
West Van (18-3-1) are still atop the Bantam Prep division, having gone 5-1-0 in their last six games.
The biggest win of the bunch was a 6-5 win over their top competition, Delta Green last Friday, January 25 on home ice at Hollyburn.
The big win was followed by their only loss over the stretch – a 4-3 decision against Okanagan the following night, also at home.
West Van finished the weekend with a 5-4 win over Yale at the Summit Centre on Sunday.
The win kept them a point up on Delta, who edged BWC 5-4 Sunday morning.,
West Van’s Connor Bedard is torching the division, having scored 55 goals in 22 games, which is more than some entire teams have scored this season.
Delta Green (17-2-2) has gone 6-1-0 since mid-December to rocket into second place, losing only to #1 West Van. They bounced back from that with a 5-4 win against third-place Burnaby on Sunday morning.
Matthew Ward leads the team with 49 points in 21 games, but the big key to the offense is the strong depth – 11 players have 20+ points.
With a game in hand, Delta could take over first place if they match or beat West Van’s record the rest of the way.
Burnaby Winter Club (14-6-2) played a few games more than most early in the season, and have only played four league games since December 1.
With the top two teams continuing to put up points, BWC is now six points back of the leaders.
The team posted a 1-2-1 record in those four games, going 1-0-1 in a two-game set vs Yale followed by the aforementioned 5-4 loss against Delta Green, and a 5-3 loss December 1.
Brandon Lisowsky and Tyson Dyck (36 points each) are the offensive drivers of BWC, while they have also gotten steady goaltending from Kyle Kelsey and Merik Erickson.
Okanagan (13-6-2) is arguably the hottest team in the division right now, having gone 7-1-2 since early December, and launching them into the top five teams.
Many of those wins came against teams in the lower half of teams in the standings, but they put up a big 4-3 win over West Van on Saturday, January 26, proving they can match up with the best. Their seven game winning streak came to an end in a recent 5-4 OTL against St. George’s at UBC on Sunday.
Yale (12-6-3) rounds out the top-five and has hung in that spot despite a tough schedule lately. Yale played two of the top three teams in four of their last five games (the other was vs St. George’s) and still managed to go 2-1-2 in that span.
Meanwhile OHA Edmonton (13-6-0) and Rink (11-5-1) are just outside the top-five but have games in hand and could rise as the season progresses.
Full Bantam Prep Standing (Full season – 30 games)
The scoring race this year isn’t close – Connor Bedard is running away with it with 19 points more than the 2nd-highest scorer, his linemate Fraser Minten.
Bedard’s 55 goals is just two shy of the 57 Logan Stankoven put up last season to lead the Bantam Prep division. Bedard will easily beat that total.
Koehn Ziemmer has been huge for OHA, he has 51 points in 19 games, good for third-best in the division.
Bowden Singleton (21G-13A-34P) has had an impressive season with Northern Alberta. He is the only player in the top-20 who plays for a team below .500. His 2.1 points-per-game is tied for the sixth-best rate.
Keaton Dowhaniuk continues to lead all defencemen in scoring, he’s up to 31 points in just 19 games.
Top 20 Scorers:
|1||Connor Bedard||98||F||05||West Van||22||55||21||76||3.5||9||3||5||1||5||14|
|2||Fraser Minten||40||F||04||West Van||22||13||44||57||2.6||1||8||1||1||0||8|
|3||Koehn Ziemmer||13||F||04||OHA Edmonton||19||28||23||51||2.7||6||9||3||1||5||6|
|4||Mathew Ward||10||F||04||Delta Green||21||19||30||49||2.3||5||6||2||1||0||18|
|5||Andrej Kovacevic||65||F||04||West Van||22||21||25||46||2.1||3||6||0||0||3||22|
|6||Connor Levis||26||F||04||St. George’s||17||17||21||38||2.2||4||14||0||0||1||22|
|7||Thomas Tien||20||F||04||St. George’s||18||17||21||38||2.1||5||11||2||0||3||14|
|11||Bowden Singleton||19||F||04||Northern Alberta||16||21||13||34||2.1||2||2||3||1||2||24|
|12||Caleb Reimer||17||F||04||Delta Green||21||14||20||34||1.6||6||7||0||2||3||6|
|14||Kyle Chyzowski||16||F||04||Delta Green||21||14||19||33||1.6||2||4||2||0||0||26|
|16||Carter MacAdams||67||F||04||Delta Green||20||17||15||32||1.6||4||6||0||0||2||39|
|17||Niall Crocker||11||F||04||Delta Green||21||11||20||31||1.5||3||4||2||2||3||28|
|18||Keaton Dowhaniuk||5||D||04||OHA Edmonton||19||7||24||31||1.6||2||7||0||3||1||30|
Though he has played less than many other goalies, with eight starts, Ethan Bueneventura has the top stats by a decent margin among Bantam Prep goalies. His .940 SV%, 2.00 GAA, and 14.48 GSAA are all 1st among eligible goalies.
Justen Maric is the other goalie with numbers well above his peers, boasting a .924 SV% and 2.15 GAA in 12 appearances this year. He is one of two goalies (Merik Erickson the other) with two shutouts.
BWC has the top tandem, as Kyle Kelsey and Erickson are the only goalies from the same team on the list. Both have played a comparable amount of games and have similar stats. Kelsey has a .915 SV%, Erickson has a .909 SV%.
Other goalies at or above the .900 SV% mark are Daniel Hauser (Edge), Jaiden Sharma (St. George’s), Austin Elliott (Notre Dame), and Conor Smith (West Van).
Top 10 Goaltenders (by SV%, minimum 8 GP):
|2||Justen Maric||OHA Edmonton||12||9||2||0||2||642||23||2.15||11.24||301||278||0.924|
|6||Jaiden Sharma||St. George’s||10||5||4||0||0||577||39||4.06||6.61||401||362||0.903|
|7||Austin Elliott||Notre Dame||8||4||4||0||1||478||30||3.77||4.58||304||274||0.901|
|8||Conor Smith||West Van||12||7||1||0||1||643||27||2.52||3.6||269||242||0.900|
|9||Damon Cunningham||Northern Alberta||10||4||5||0||0||539||33||3.67||4.19||327||294||0.899|