March 4, 2019
CSSHL Update – BWC Midget Prep (30-4-2) – finish 1st in division
BWC’s Midget Preps wrapped up their season on the weekend and managed to make the improbable comeback and take first place away from Shawnigan Lake (30-5-1) in what has been a season-long battle at the top of the standings.
Shawnigan had led the league from the start of the season, and Burnaby needed all four possible points on the weekend to work the miracle, plus some help from cross-town rival, #6 Delta, who were playing in Shawnigan in a two games series, Saturday and Sunday.
Both things happened.
First, BWC got their four points, Friday and Saturday afternoon at home vs #10 Yale – though in shaky fashion. Then, a couple of hours later Delta played giant killer, and downed Shawnigan 4-2, and BWC were on top with the regular season banner.
Even though Shawnigan bounced back Sunday with a 3-2 win, it was too late, BWC had prevailed, finishing first by a single point, on their last game of the season.
Game 1 – Friday, March 1 vs Yale (14-19-3)
Things got dicey early on. Despite BWC outshooting Yale 28-9 in the first period, it was Yale with a 2-0 lead after twenty, on goals from Jake Chiasson and Kaden Katelnikoff.
BWC charged back to tie it up in the second on markers from Mattias Hohlweg and Dylan Hewlett. Shots again were very one-sided, 22-3, with Yale’s Simi Gill posting 48 saves after 40 minutes.
BWC’s Daniel Juca broke the tie about eight minutes into the third period and BWC held on to take the big win.
Yale bounced back in the third, outshooting BWC 19-17 in the frame.
Thomas Milic stopped 29 of 31 shots. Gill finished with 64 saves on 67 shots.
Yale were 1 for 5 on the power play, BWC went 0 for 3.
Game 2 – March 2 vs Yale, 5:30 PM
With the Shawnigan-Delta game on at 7:00 PM, BWC knew they’d have to win this one would to have a shot at first place in the Midget Prep division.
Going in, BWC had 60 points, with two more possible and Shawnigan had 59, with four more possible, with the two Delta games to play.
This time out, it was Yale outshooting BWC 17-11 early but Thomas Milic stopped them all, and BWC’s Dylan Hewlett scored with 6:26 to go, to give BWC a 1-0 lead going into the middle frame.
Yale again held the shot advantage in the second, 10-9, but BWC’s Daniel Juca would score to make it 2-0 at the end of the second.
Yale’s Lucas Ortega made it 2-1 midway through the third, to set up a tense finish.
Brett Pfoh eventually scored an empty netter, with 43 second to go, to seal the deal for BWC.
Milic was a difference-maker in goal for BWC, making 38 saves for his 15th and final win of the regular season.
Liam Vanderkool stopped 32 of 34 for Yale.
Playoffs – start Wednesday, March 13
BWC finish the season 30-4-2 and have put themselves in the best position possible at the top of the division.
They enter the playoffs on fire too, having not lost since December 15 – an 11 game winning streak.
BWC will playoff in the Midget Prep Pool A division, with #2 Shawnigan and the 7 through 10 seeds; Rink, West Van, OHA Red, and Yale.
They’ll meet OHA Red, March 13 at 1:15 at the OHTC in Penticton, then play Rink in Summerland at 10:15 on March 14, and then West Van, Friday March 15, back at the OHTC in the preliminary round.
Pool B will include the 3-6 seeds, Edge, NAX, OHA Edmonton, and Delta.
CSSHL Midget Prep standings:
BWC Scoring Leaders:
- Caedan Bankier led all BWC skaters in goals and points. His 53 points was 16th-best in the division, his 27 goals were 7th-most.
- Deepkaran Hans finished second in team scoring. His 48 points put him 17th in the division.
- Brendan Wang was 11th in the league for assists (35) and 2nd among all defencemen for points.
- Both BWC goaltenders recorded 15 wins while having similar statistics across the board.