CSSHL Midget Prep – NAX win second straight title

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March 18, 2019

 

Northern Alberta Xtreme are the CSSHL Midget Prep Champions for the second year in a row.

After finishing the regular season in the #4 spot, with a record of 25-8-2, the Xtreme ended up facing cross-town rival #5 OHA Edmonton, in the Championship game on Sunday in Penticton.

OHA Edmonton had finished one point back of the Xtreme with a 25-10-1 record, in the regular season.

But it was anything but close in the final game.

Top seeds bounced

None of the top seeds – #1 BWC, #2 Shawnigan Lake and #3 Edge had made it through.

Shawnigan, who had finished one point back of BWC at 30-5-1, and #3 Edge, at 28-4-4  – were both knocked out in the first round.

BWC made it through the round robin as the top team in Pool A, with a perfect 3-0-0 record but were shot down by a very hot OHA Edmonton team, 6-1 EN, in the crossover semi-final.

OHA Edmonton had come through the Pool B round robin in second place, with a 5-3 win over #3 ranked Edge, a 3-2 OTW vs #6 Delta, and a 5-3 EN loss vs NAX win game 3.

NAX had come through as the #1 team in Pool B, thanks to their win over OHA Edmonton, with the same 2-1-0 record. NAX had lost 6-3 to Delta in their first game, before bouncing back with a 4-1 win over Edge, and then posting the big win vs OHA Edmonton in their final round robin contest.

And although none of the Top 3 were there in the end, it was somehow fitting that the #4 and #5 teams, finishing just one point apart in the regular season, would meet in the final.

OHA Edmonton had pushed NAX hard in their round robin game, coming from a 4-1 deficit midway through the third, to close it to 4-3 with 4:34 left before an empty netter closed it out at 5-3.

And then, they’d bumped off the #1 ranked BWC in the semi, soundly 6-1, to advance to the final.

It seemed like all the pieces were in place for a terrific battle for the Championship banner.

But it was one of those crazy, one game deals in the end. A fantastic game – but not in the usual sense.

NAX rolls big time

NAX scored just 12 seconds in, then at 2:03 in, then added two more before the halfway marker, and closed with two late goals, to make it 6-1 after the first.

NAX outshot OHA Edmonton 22-7 in the second and notched three more goals, 9-1.

They added two more in the third, to wrap it up at 11-1.

Shots finished 51-20, with NAX capitalizing on 5 of 6 power play opportunities.

Dylan Guenther (03) and Matthew Savoie (04) led the way for NAX, combining for nine points in the final game and 28 points between them in the five playoff games. Nine NAX players scored in the final game.

Ty Marcinkowski stopped 19 for the win.

NAX Notable:

Savoie finished #5 overall in the regular season scoring, with 31G-40A for 71 points, the only 2004 in the Top 20 (the top 3 were all 2001 born). Guenter, a 2003, had finished #11 overall, with 32G-36A, 58 points. The two were the only NAX players in the Top 20 .

Ty Marcinkowski (2002) finished third overall in GGA in the regular season, with 1.81, in 26 games played.

 

Top 20 Midget Prep Playoff Scoring –

  POOL B                
  PLAYER # BY TEAM GP G A PTS PIM
1 Dylan Guenther 11 ’03 NAX 5 9 7 16 2
2 Matthew Savoie 7 ’04 NAX 5 3 9 12 0
3 Lucas Ciona 17 ’03 NAX 5 4 4 8 6
4 Zac Ostapchuk 10 ’03 NAX 5 3 5 8 14
5 A.J. Macaulay 12 ’02 NAX 5 0 8 8 8
6 Nicholas Magis 21 ’01 OHA Ed 5 4 2 6 6
7 Josh Medernach 11 ’03 OHA Ed 5 4 2 6 6
8 Tyson Laventure 16 ’03 OHA Ed 5 3 2 5 4
9 Raphael Pelletier 16 ’02 NAX 5 2 2 4 2
10 Sean Tschigerl 19 ’03 OHA Ed 5 1 3 4 6
11 Olen Zellweger 8 ’03 OHA Ed 5 1 3 4 0
12 John Evans 14 ’02 Delta 3 0 4 4 0
13 Kyle Masters 20 ’03 OHA Ed 5 0 4 4 2
14 Tyler Horstmann 33 ’02 Delta 3 3 0 3 2
15 Craig Armstrong 10 ’03 Edge 3 2 1 3 16
16 Justin Stathopoulos 16 ’02 Edge 3 2 1 3 2
17 Hudson Guenette 10 ’01 OHA Ed 5 2 1 3 2
18 Carter Spenst 15 ’01 NAX 5 2 1 3 8
19 Buddy Johnson 16 ’01 Delta 3 1 2 3 8
20 Corson Ceulemans 4 ’03 OHA Ed 5 1 2 3 6

 

POOL A                
  PLAYER # BY TEAM GP G A PTS PIM
1 Jake Chiasson 19 ’03 Yale 4 2 9 11 4
2 Cameron MacDonald 15 ’02 Yale 4 6 4 10 0
3 Ryan Upson 8 ’01 West Van 3 2 5 7 4
4 Dylan Anderson 92 ’02 Yale 4 2 5 7 22
5 Tristan Fraser 11 ’01 West Van 3 3 3 6 4
6 Keaton Oakley 9 ’02 Yale 4 1 5 6 0
7 Logan Danis 19 ’02 Rink 3 3 2 5 0
8 Eric Alarie 8 ’03 Rink 3 2 3 5 0
9 Daniel Juca 9 ’02 BWC 4 2 2 4 4
10 Finlay Williams 21 ’03 BWC 4 2 2 4 2
11 Hudson Thornton 12 ’03 Rink 3 1 3 4 4
12 Andrew Vasko 27 ’02 Rink 3 1 3 4 0
13 Carter Cochrane 86 ’02 Burnaby 4 3 0 3 0
14 Carter Loney 24 ’02 Rink 3 2 1 3 6
15 Jaden Senkoe 19 ’01 Okanagan Red 3 2 1 3 2
16 Brett Pfoh 72 ’02 BWC 4 2 1 3 2
17 Ryan Suzukovich 77 ’01 BWC 4 2 1 3 10
18 Cade Cavallini 18 ’00 West Van 3 1 2 3 6
19 Braden Fischer 16 ’02 Rink 3 1 2 3 0
20 Josh Van Unen 8 ’01 Shawnigan 3 1 2 3 6

 

 

Midget Prep Goalies, Playoffs:

POOL A
R GOALIE TEAM W L T SO MP GA GAA SV%
1 Dante Giannuzzi Rink 2 0 0 0 122 3 1.48 0.961
2 Harris Shoemaker Okanagan Red 1 1 0 0 120 3 1.50 0.966
3 Thomas Milic Burnaby 2 1 0 0 141 7 2.98 0.908
4 Dalan Marleau Shawnigan 1 1 0 0 120 6 3.00 0.905
5 Will Gurski Shawnigan 0 1 0 0 59 3 3.05 0.813
6 Koen MacInnes Burnaby 0 1 0 0 100 6 3.60 0.909
7 Johnny Derrick West Van 1 2 0 0 150 10 4.00 0.911
8 Simi Gill Yale 2 2 0 0 240 19 4.75 0.888
9 Kaleb McEachern Okanagan Red 0 1 0 0 60 5 5.00 0.872
10 Tyler Brennan Rink 0 1 0 0 60 6 6.00 0.760
POOL B
 R GOALIE TEAM W L T G MP GA GAA SV%
1 Kanwar Gill OHA Edmonton 1 0 0 0 62 2 1.94 0.950
2 Nicholas Rimmer Edge 1 1 0 0 92 3 1.96 0.929
3 Ty Marcinkowski Northern Alberta 4 1 0 0 300 12 2.40 0.899
4 Drew Sim Delta 0 1 0 0 62 3 2.90 0.925
5 Parker Sawka Edge 0 1 0 0 86 5 3.49 0.875
6 Braedy Euerby Delta 1 1 0 0 120 8 4.00 0.893
7 Jackson Berry OHA Edmonton 2 2 0 0 239 19 4.77 0.888