March 20, 2019
BWC Bantam Prep Playoff Results
BWC’s Bantam Prep team wrapped up their season last week in Penticton – but not in the way they had hoped, after failing to advance through the first round of the playoffs.
Having finished in third place in the regular season, BWC were placed in a very competitive Pool B with the #4, #5, and #6 seeds all fighting for the top two spots through to the semi-final round.
Hopes were high as BWC entered as the top ranked team in the group, but after splitting their first two – winning vs 6-5 vs #5 St. Georges, then losing 6-5 to eventual champion #4 Yale in game two – and then finishing with a heart-breaking 4-3 shootout loss #6 OHA Edmonton, the team was done for the season.
It was a tough way to end a season, but BWC should be proud of the year their year in Bantam Prep, finishing with a 21-6-3 record, third overall in a very tough top tier, where only nine points separated the top six teams.
Here’s how things went down in each game:
Game 1: 6-5 W vs #5 St. George’s (21-9-0)
Things started well for BWC, with a win – though a very narrow, tough fought one – in their first game vs #5 ranked St. George’s.
BWC was trailing 2-1 in midway through the second until a spree of four goals in 5:35 gave opened up a 5-2 lead heading into the final period.
But St. George’s then soon roared back with three unanswered of their own to tie the game at 5-5, with just 2:42 to play.
The euphoria didn’t last long though – as BWC’s Mirko Buttazzoni answered just over a minute later, to secure the 6-5 W.
Brandon Lisowsky led BWC with two goals and two assists. Cameron Johnson scored a hat-trick to lead St. Georges.
St. Georges’ Jaiden Sharman made 32 stops, while BWC’s stopped 26.
Game 2: 6-5 L vs Yale (20-6-4)
While the second period was huge for BWC in the first game, it was the opposite the folliwing day in game two against Yale.
BWC jumped out to a 2-1 lead on goals from Brandon Lisowsky and Adam Lore, after 20 minutes on with 14 shots on goal to 11 against.
But it was all Yale in the second, as the Lions scored five unanswered goals in a span of just over 10 minutes on seven shots. Only one was a power play marker, and the period closed 6-2.
BWC battled back hard in the third, scoring three unanswered of their own, on goals from Luca Cagnoni, Lawrence Hu and Alyandro de Leon, to make 6-5 with 3:12 to play.
But that would be it for scoring, as Yale held on for the win.
Shots finished 40-40.
Yale’s Brayden Edwards lead Yale with a hat trick, along with team mate Carter Streek who was 2G-2A.
BWC’s goal scoring was spread among five players – Brandon Lisowsky led with 1G-2A; Tyson Dyck was 2A, and Alyandro De Leon was 1G-1A.
Both teams employed both of their goalies. BWC’s Kyle Kelsey stopped 22 of 22 in relief.
The loss put BWC in a do-or-die situation against OHA Edmonton in game three.
Game 3: 4-3 SOL vs OHA (19-8-2)
With BWC, Yale and St. George’s at 1-1-0 and OHA at 1-0-1, to start competition on day three, almost anything could happen. For all, getting a win meant getting through to the next round – an advancing to the semifinals.
BWC opened the scoring with 7:32 left in the first on a powerplay goal by Luca Cagnoni, but the lead didn’t last long.
OHA’s Koen Ziemmer responded quickly with another powerplay goal and after 20 minutes the score was tied, 1-1.
In the second period BWC outshot OHA 21-14 but it was OHA finding the back of the net twice to put BWC in a 3-1 hole with only 20 minutes to get out of it.
BWC battled back again in the third. Lisowsky scored first on an unassisted goal at the 13:07 mark and then scored again at even strength less than two minutes later, to tie it a 3-3 and force OT.
Despite BWC directing 51 shots on OHA goaltender Justen Maric through three periods, plus another two in overtime, this game was still tied at 3-3 at the end of OT.
Unfortunately, one team’s season was about to end on a shootout.
BWC’s shooters were Lisowsky, Tyson Dyck, and Maxim Borovinskly.
For OHA it was Jacob Lamoureux, Dwayne Jean, and Koehn Ziemmer.
OHA started first. Lamoureux was stopped, then Lisowsky. Jean then scored for OHA – and the goal soon held up as the winner as Maric stymied the final two BWC shooters, putting an end to the game and to the season for BWC’s Bantam Preps.
Shots finished 53-44, with Maric stopping 50 and Kelsey 41. OHA Edmonton was 1 for 6 on the power play, BWC 1 for 7.
Pool A consisted of six teams, #1 Delta Green, #2 West Van, and the #7, 8, 9, and 10 seeds – OHA Edmonton, Rink, Edge, and NAX respectively – and there were a few surprises in the round robin, lead by #10 Northern Alberta.
Northern Alberta was a surprise to make it out of Group A, and they surprised even more by beating #6 OHA Edmonton 4-0 in the semifinals to advance to the finals.
NAX had advanced to the semis on a Goals For and Goals Against tie breaker, after having posted the same 2-1-0-0 record as #1 ranked Delta Green and #9 ranked Edge. NAX had downed #7 Okanagan 5-2 and #8 Rink 4-1 before dropping game three to Edge 3-2.
#4 seed Yale meanwhile advanced out of Pool B and took out #2 West Van (23-6-1) with 4-3 OT win to punch their ticket to the finals.
In the final game, Yale dominated on the shot clock, 53-21 and won the game 3-1 to claim the gold in the Bantam Prep division.
Despite only playing in three of a possible five games, BWC’s Brandon Lisowsky led all Bantam Prep players in scoring with 10 points (5G-5A).
BWC Player Stats (Playoffs):
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Goalie stats (Playoffs):