March 11, 2019
BWC Bantam Varisty Playoff Results
Burnaby Winter Club’s Bantam Varsity team playoffs have come to a close, with the team losing to West Van in a thrilling 5-4 OT Championship game this afternoon.
The Varsity division playoff week started on March 7, and the BWC made a strong run to the championship game, despite not having Tyler Chan – the team’s leading scorer – in the lineup, sidelined with an injury for the entire series.
Round Robin, 5-2 vs OHA, 11-1 vs Edge
BWC’s playoffs started with a pair of round robin games, where the team took on Okanagan Hockey Academy (17-11-2) from Penticton and Edge Academy (8-20-2) from Calgary.
BWC hadn’t lost to either team all season and that trend continued.
There was a bit of a scare for BWC in the opener March 7 however, when Okanagan held a 2-1 lead midway through game. But BWC responded with four unanswered goals, including an empty netter, en route to a 5-2 win.
Game two against Edge last Friday was much more decisive.
BWC scored four times in the first period and led 7-0 after two. The final score was 11-1, and BWC’s strong round robin play earned them a bye to the semifinals, which started Sunday.
Semifinal vs Yale – March 10 – 6-4 EN
BWC and Yale were neck and neck in regular season play, so it’s fitting they would meet again in the playoffs.
The teams were 2-2-1 vs each other in the regular season, with both teams scoring 17 total goals over the five games.
The first period was a strong one for Yale, as they jumped to a 3-0 lead, including two power goals just 34 seconds apart, with 4:54 and 4:20 left.
BWC’s Andrew Casellato scored a huge goal, assisted by Luca Primerano, with 2:26 remaining in the first period to get BWC within two, and restore some momentum.
Primerano then scored again, the only marker in the second period, to close it to 3-2 and set the stage for the biggest period of the season to date.
Things got dicey for BWC when Yale scored in the first minute of the third period, to go up 4-2, but BWC battled back.
With less than 10 minutes remaining, BWC scored two quick ones, just 14 seconds apart, to tie it up, 4-4. Defenceman Braeden Wynne got the first one with 9:34 left, and then Primerano got his second at 9:20.
After killing a late penalty, BWC got a powerplay chance of their own and David Adasyznski scored the go-ahead goal with two minutes remaining.
Casellato added an empty netter with 1:03 left to close out a huge 6-4 come from behind win that sent BWC to the Championship.
BWC outshot Yale 49-31 in the game.
Championship vs West Van, March 11, 5-4 OTL
The Championship game was not surprisingly vs #1 seeded West Van (27-2-1), who led the Bantam Varsity division for most of the season.
The Warriors only had lost twice in regulation all season, but one of those games was to BWC back on January 26.
One might expect a tentative start to a championship game with everything on the line, but these teams put the pedal to the medal early on.
West Van’s Kassius Kler opened the scoring less than seven minutes into the game, and the floodgates stayed open for the rest of the period, with five more goals to come.
BWC responded with goals by Casellato (pp) and Primerano to take a 2-1 lead, though another West Van goal about a minute and half later tied things back up at 2-2.
BWC’s Kai Adano responded just 29 seconds later to restore BWC’s lead with 5:25 to play.
But again West Van roared back, with Andrew Lacroix evening things up at 3-3 with 2:17 left, and finally wrapping up the first period fireworks. Shots finished 11-10 for West Van.
BWC had a strong second period, outshooting West Van 17-6 as the Warriors took three penalties in a row.
BWC’s Luke Mongrain lit the lamp at even strength with 7:30 to go, to give BWC a one goal lead heading into the third.
It didn’t take West Van long to battle back, with Andrew Lacroix capitalizing early in the period on the power play.
Neither team scored over the remainder of the period – with West Van outshooting BWC 13-6 – to set up an intense overtime period with the next goal winning the championship.
Unfortunately for BWC, the overtime didn’t go their way.
Kassius Kler scored at the 3:25 mark of sudden death to win it all for West Van.
For BWC’s Bantam Varsity team, it wasn’t the ending they were hoping for but they battled hard, and came within a goal of winning, all without their leading scorer from the regular season.
So all in all, a very successful season for this team, who finished the year with a combined record of 26-6-2.
And congratulations are due to West Vancouver, who put up an impressive record of their own, with 27W-2L-1OTL, 219GF-65GA regular season.
No doubt the two will be looking for the rubber match a year from now.
BWC Player Stats (Playoffs):
Goalie stats (Playoffs):
|70||Benjamin van der Tas||05||1||1||0||0||0||60||1||1.00||1.83||26||25||0.962|
Jordie Armon-Jones, Head Coach; Mitch Lightfoot, Assistant Coach.