January 29, 2019
Bantam Varsity update – 5-4W vs West Van closes the gap
BWC’s Bantam Varsity team won twice last weekend, including a huge win over West Van (20-2-1), who are first in the division.
January 26th was the busiest day for the CSSHL this season with 36 teams in action, but the game between BWC and West Van may have been the best of them all.
West Van opened the scoring early on a goal from Ethan Rosenoff, but Tyler Chan and Andrew Casellato responded to give BWC a 2-1 lead after the first period.
West Van tied it again before BWC responded with another pair to go up 4-2.
The power play was not good for BWC in this game as they went 0-for-7 and allowed a shorthanded goal early in the third period, allowing West Van within a goal.
Chan would show why he’s the team’s leading scorer with his 2nd goal of the game (this time unassisted) to restore the two-goal lead. West Van scored once more with six minutes left but goalie Charlie Tritt and the rest of BWC were able to hold down the fort for the crucial win.
Tritt made 31 saves in the game, while Chan (2G-1A) led all skaters with three points in the game.
Coming off the high of defeating the top team, BWC dominated St. George’s 8-1 in their game the next day.
The game was never really in question; BWC led 3-1 after the first and continued to stretch the lead.
Chan (1G, 4A) was dominant once again, putting up five points for a total of eight points last weekend.
Benjamin van der Tas had a strong game in goal for BWC, stopping 18 of the 19 shots he faced.
Around the league
This was a big weekend for BWC in the standings. Having lost both matchups against West Van in December, the win on Saturday kept them within reach of top spot.
BWC currently sits third in the Bantam Varsity division but will likely pass Yale (19-5-0) once they catch up in games played.
BWC is five points behind West Van with one game in hand, which is a much better position than they were looking at before last weekend.
The two teams will meet one more time – in the final game of the season on March 3rd, and that could very well determine the top team in the division.
BWC Leading Scorers:
- Chan had eight points in the two weekend games. He had temporarily been displaced as the top scorer in the Bantam Varsity division but is once again in top spot with 57 points – four ahead of West Van’s Andrew Lacroix.
- Every forward on BWC has at least 20 points, an amazing stat that no other Bantam Varsity team comes close to matching.
- Both BWC goalies added a win to their total and continue to have identical 9-2-0 records.
- van der Tas ranks 2nd in GAA with 2.12 and 4th in SV% with a .906.
|70||Benjamin van der Tas||05||12||9||2||0||2||622||22||2.12||4.50||233||211||0.906|
Looking ahead – six games in February
BWC plays six games in February, with the first two being crucial games against Yale. BWC is 2-1 vs Yale this season.
After that, BWC plays Delta (11-9-3), Okanagan (9-8-2), Pursuit (5-19-1) and Edge (5-14-1).
The only team that has caused BWC any trouble this year is Delta, who won 4-2 in November. BWC had previously beaten them 6-2 back in October.
|Wed, Feb. 6||7:00P PT||Burnaby||Yale||Summit Centre|
|Sat, Feb. 9||8:00P PT||Burnaby||Yale||Summit Centre|
|Sun, Feb. 10||4:15P PT||Delta||Burnaby||Burnaby Winter Club|
|Fri, Feb. 22||5:30P PT*||Burnaby||Okanagan||WinSport|
|Sat, Feb. 23||9:45A PT*||Pursuit||Burnaby||WinSport|
|Sun, Feb. 24||7:00A PT*||Edge||Burnaby||WinSport|
* indicates time changed from Mountain Time (MT) to Pacific Time (PT)