January 22, 2020
The top BC team in the CSSHL’s Elite 15 division moved seven points closer to league leading Northern Alberta Extreme over the weekend.
BWC played three games, winning all three, including two thrillers in shoot-outs.
NAX meanwhile lost, 6-2, at home vs visiting Notre Dame, the only game on their schedule in January.
So, BWC, with three games remaining in the month, and a potential of nine points on the line, could finish the month in first place overall, with a sweep.
Here’s a recap of the BWC E15 weekend.
Game 1 – vs West Van, 4-3 SO
The first was the much anticipated matchup with the high scoring West Van Academy team, on Friday night at BWC.
West Van started the scoring about seven minutes in, on a power play goal by Jarrod Smith. But BWC tied it up with 1:19 to go in the frame, on a marker from Alyandro De Leon.
In the second West Van took a 3-1 lead on goals from Kassius Kier and Lucas McLennan.
Shots were 28-19 for BWC at that point.
Any early goal by BWC’s Evan Fedele just over two minutes into the third got BWC back into it. But a couple of BWC penalties soon after that tipped the scales again back into West Van’s favor, as they pushed to re-establish the two goal lead.
Andrej Kovacevic eventually tied it up, with 4:18 remaining, to force overtime and a shootout.
Kovacevic then scored the winner in the shootout, as the last (sixth) shooter, after both goalies had stopped the first five shooters.
BWC’s Kyle Kelsey got the win, stopping 28 of 31. West Van’s Conor Smith stopped 33.
Both teams served six minor penalties.
Game 2 – vs St. Georges, 7-4
On Saturday, BWC travelled to UBC Thunderbird Arena for a game vs seventh place St. George’s, who had downed them 7-2 in the teams’ final game of 2019.
The rematch would go the other way.
Both teams traded goals through the opening 20 minutes, to close out the first period tied 2-2. St. George’s outshot BWC 8-4.
In the second, St. George’s again outshot BWC, 24-17, taking advantage of four BWC penalties, but they were outscored by Burnaby 4-2.
BWC’s Kovacevic scored the only goal in the third, to complete his hat-trick and finish the scoring at 7-4.
BWC’s Lawrence Hu, notched 4 assists, while Jagjeevan Phangura was 2G-2A, and Luca Cagnoni was 1G-3A.
Four different skaters scored for St. George’s. Tomas Tien was 1G-1A, as was Cameron Johnson.
Shots finished 39-34 St. George’s.
Daniel Sherwood got the win in nets for BWC on 35 saves. Nicholas Domingo stopped 27 for West Van.
Game 3 – vs Pacific Coast, 4-3 SO
BWC returned to home ice Sunday morning to complete the weekend triple header, to face Victoria based Pacific Coast Hockey Academy, who came into the game with a .500 record.
This one was another thriller, similar to Friday’s game, eventually settled in a shootout.
Pacific Coast scored the only goal on the first, on a goal by Ethan Bono.
In the second, four goals were scored. BWC scored the first two early in the period on markers from Jackson Krill and Adam Lore. The BWC lead didn’t hold for long, when Pacific Coast’s Henry Toomer quickly capitalized on a BWC hooking penalty.
But Krill’s second goal of the game, closed out the period scoring with 1:42 left, to give BWC a 3-2 lead going into the final frame.
Shots at this point were 31-29 for Pacific Coast.
BWC tipped the scales with a 13-9 shot advantage in the third, but it was Pacific Coast’s Ryan Comisky that got the lone goal, on a power play with 2:25 left in regular time to tie it up, 3-3 and force OT.
In the OT, BWC outshot Pacific Coast 8-2 but couldn’t beat Jaden Vanderlee.
In the shootout, BWC’s Jagjeevan Pangura was the deciding factor, scoring the only goal, out of the #2 slot for BWC.
Kyle Kelsey got the win, on 39 saves. Vanderlee stopped 47 of 50.
BWC now have two games in hand on NAX, who are idle until February.
BWC will play a home and home vs #8 Delta this Friday and Saturday, and then finish the month with a game vs #13 Okanagan on January 31.
In February the BWC will play five games, and then finish the regular season with a game vs Notre Dame on March 1.
They will not however, face NAX head to head again in regular season play.
E15 – Current Standings – 1.22.20
TOP 20 SCORING LEADERS
|1||Thomas Tien||20||F||’04||St. George’s||22||23||29||52||2.4||6||11||0||0||4||22|
|2||Ben Hemmerling||9||F||’04||Northern Alberta||27||14||33||47||1.7||2||6||0||4||4||26|
|3||Billal Noori||27||F||’04||Northern Alberta||26||22||23||45||1.7||5||1||1||0||7||76|
|4||Cameron Johnson||21||F||’04||St. George’s||19||17||28||45||2.4||7||8||0||1||2||10|
|5||Aiden Fink||17||F||’04||Northern Alberta||27||16||28||44||1.6||1||9||2||0||1||10|
|8||Ethan Bono||29||F||’04||Pacific Coast||24||17||19||36||1.5||1||6||2||0||3||12|
|11||Jonah Jelley||14||F||’04||Notre Dame||25||11||24||35||1.4||3||8||2||2||1||26|
|14||Ryan Comisky||13||F||’04||Pacific Coast||24||11||20||31||1.3||2||5||0||0||1||2|
|16||Levi Fesyk||8||F||’04||Northern Alberta||27||15||15||30||1.1||8||4||0||0||1||18|
|18||Lucas McLennan||21||F||’04||West Van||28||17||12||29||1.0||4||5||1||0||2||18|
|19||Zeke Nicholson||11||F||’04||West Van||28||11||18||29||1.0||1||4||0||0||2||10|
TOP GOALIES – BY GGA
|2||Erick Roest||Northern Alberta||15||14||1||0||0||0||0||1||902||32||2.13||10.47||383||351||0.916|
|5||Spencer Borsos||Northern Alberta||14||9||5||0||0||1||0||3||837||39||2.80||0.70||358||319||0.891|
|6||Sevek Sian||West Van||21||12||8||1||0||0||2||2||1287||61||2.84||8.64||628||567||0.903|
|7||Aiden Kruhlak||OHA Edmonton||13||6||5||1||0||0||0||1||773||37||2.87||19.78||512||475||0.928|