December 18, 2018
CSSHL E15 Update – Tight games in Edmonton
BWC’s Elite 15 team played four tough games in Alberta over the weekend, and came away with a mixed bag of results, notching four of a possible eight points, including two in pair of OT losses.
The excitement kicked off on Friday afternoon with a battle against #2 Northern Alberta (21-4-1).
For a long while it looked like it was going to be a slam dunk for BWC.
They jumped out to 3-0 lead after two, and later stretched it to 5-1 with just 13:22 left to play, only to have NAX come roaring back with four, including the last with just five seconds left, to force overtime.
The first of the four was a shorthanded goal, with 8:38 left by Kaiden Wedderburn, and then, with two BWC players in the box, Caleb Wyrostok made it 5-3, on his second of the game, with just 3:58 left. He then notched his hat trick 36 seconds later, still on the pp, and then assisted on the 5-5 buzzer beater by Evan Arnold.
Thirty-five seconds into OT, BWC was assessed another penalty – they killed it off, but could not stop red-hot Wyrostok – he scored his fourth with 50 seconds left for the incredible come-back win.
Matthew Seminoff was 1G-1A, and Michael Abgrall was 2A to lead the BWC attack.
Mason Dunsford took the loss, stopping 28 of 34. Tyler Palmer was 29-34 for NAX.
Both teams were assessed seven penalties.
While it’s never a great feeling to lose a game where you had control, BWC did get one point out of it.
Things went a little better early Saturday morning (8:00 AM start), as BWC scored two in the third to take a 3-2 win over Calgary-based Edge (9-10-3).
Defenseman Cale Strasky picked up the game winning goal. Tanner Johnson stopped 19 to get his second win in a row, after joining the team the week before. Shots finished 46-21 BWC.
In game three, 12 hours later, BWC suffered their the first loss by more than one goal all season – and it wasn’t pretty.
Winnipeg based Rink (15-8-2) beat them 8-2, for BWC’s second regulation loss this season (the other was a 4-3 loss to Delta).
Rink outshot BWC 17-6 in the first period to take a 3-1 lead. Each team scored once in the second, with BWC holding a 12-6 shot advantage.
The four Rink goals in the third period included an empty netter (goal seven) with 6:36 left.
Noah Serdachny lead Rink with 2G-3A. Malachi Kalssen got the win stopping 28-30; Mason Dunsford took the loss, stopping 29-36.
Game four on Sunday was another tough outing, but BWC picked up another point in a 3-2 OT loss to Prairie Academy (16-7-0).
Michael Abgrall and Rocco La Cara scored for BWC.
Prairie Academy is a new group, playing out of Briercrest Christian Academy – formerly Caronport High School – located about 90 km west of Regina on Hwy 1. Prairie Academy is Saskatchewan’s first entry into the CSSHL.
Despite going 1-1-2 on the weekend, BWC holds a solid lead on most of the Elite 15 division. NAX is pressing, just four points behind with one game in hand, while every other team is at least eight points behind.
BWC also continues to lead the division in GF with 144 in 27 games, though their 78 goals against is below average, ranking eighth of the 13 teams.
Elite 15 standings:
BWC Scoring Leaders:
- Matthew Seminoff (2G-4A) had six points on the weekend, keeping him in the lead for the E-15 scoring race.
- Michael Abgrall scored three more goals and added two assists over the weekend. His 23 goals is 2nd best in the division.
- Chase Sandhu added two assists, he is tied with Seminoff for most assists (28) in the division
|13||Rocco La Cara||03||F||26||13||15||28||1.1||2||0||2||12|
Looking ahead – on to 2019!
The Elite 15’s now get an entire month off.
They’ll pick things back up at home on January 18 against St. George’s (11-7-1) for a rare Thursday game, followed by a Saturday game vs Pacific Coast (5-14-4).
|Thu, Jan. 18||7:45P PT||St. George’s||Burnaby||Burnaby Winter Club|
|Sat, Jan. 20||2:15P PT||Pacific Coast||Burnaby||Burnaby Winter Club|