January 20, 2019
Elite 15 Division Update – Week 20
Things are beginning to take shape in the Elite 15 Division with as few as seven games remaining for some teams.
There’s still well over a month until playoffs in March for teams to rise and fall in the standings, but right now Burnaby Winter Club is holding down top spot.
BWC has been #1 for a while, but they aren’t as secure as they once were.
A 1-1-2 December weekend in Edmonton coupled with a 6-4 loss against St. George’s on Jan. 18 has lowered their lead to six points, but their 23-3-3 record still makes them to team to beat.
They have scored the most goals with 154, and also have the division’s leading scorer, Matthew Seminoff (18G-31A-49P).
Northern Alberta has moved into second in the division and have first place within reach due to having three games in hand on BWC.
They picked up a big 6-5 OT win against BWC in December, a month that also included a win over Delta (2-1 in OT) and a pair of wins vs Rink (5-3 and 3-2).
All in all, NAX was a perfect 6-for-6 in December, and have won nine in a row.
With no games until February, they’ll be back, well-rested, to try and extend that streak.
Though six points behind BWC they seem every bit as good, and they have the fewest goals against (58) and the best goal-differential (+78).
Delta dropped one spot but is still firmly in the top three, five points clear of Rink.
That drop happened early in December when they lost in overtime to both BWC and NAX, and also fell 4-3 to Yale.
Since then Delta has won four straight – including a key 4-2 victory against Rink – to improve to 20-5-3 this season.
Goalie Keegan Maddocks has been a big part to the team’s success, leading all goalies in the division in save percentage (.930), goals-against average (2.06), and shutouts (3).
Sitting in fourth is Rink, five points behind Delta with a 18-8-2 record.
Though losing a pair to NAX and once to Delta, Rink also picked up some lopsided wins in December, including an 8-2 victory against BWC.
January began with a trio of games against fifth-place Prairie (17-11-0) in what would be pivotal games for both teams.
Rink took the first match in a tight 2-1 win that was capped off by an Atley Calvert goal with only 17 seconds left. Rink cruised to 4-0 and 4-1 wins in the following games to sweep the set.
Prairie now finds themselves four points back of Rink despite going a perfect 4-0 in December, including a 3-2 OT win over BWC.
St. George’s has moved up to sixth thanks to a 6-1-2 run in their last nine games, leaping ahead of both OHA Edmonton and Edge.
That included a 6-4 comeback win over BWC where St. George’s scored four unanswered goals in the third period.
Full E15 standings:
Matthew Seminoff (BWC) has taken sole possession of top E-15 scorer with 11 points (3G-8A) in his last seven games, now up to 49 points this season.
Overall, BWC is all over this list with four players in the top 15: Seminoff (1), Michael Abgrall (5), Chase Sandhu (7), and Rocco La Cara (13).
Yusaku Ando (Pursuit) sits in second with 47 points, and his 29 goals not only leads all E-15 players, but is the third-most of any player in the CSSHL.
Skyler Bruce (Rink) is still third on the list, but with 45 points in only 26 games, his 1.7 points-per-game is tied with Seminoff for best in the division.
The same could be said for Myles Hilman (NAX) who has 43 points in 26 games. With his team playing three more games than Seminoff and Ando and two more than Bruce, Hilman could be a threat to challenge for top spot.
NAX also is well represented on the list with five players in the top 20: Hilman (4), Sam Popowich (6), Evan Arnold (9), Jack Parker (12), and Caleb Wyrostok (19).
Top 20 Scorers:
|4||Myles Hilman||9||F||03||Northern Alberta||26||18||25||43||1.7||3||5||2||3||3||8|
|6||Sam Popowich||18||F||03||Northern Alberta||26||15||25||40||1.5||3||6||2||1||2||24|
|9||Evan Arnold||21||F||03||Northern Alberta||26||12||23||35||1.3||2||4||0||1||3||14|
|12||Jack Parker||14||F||03||Northern Alberta||25||10||23||33||1.3||3||3||0||0||3||8|
|13||Rocco La Cara||13||F||03||Burnaby||28||16||16||32||1.1||2||2||1||0||2||12|
|17||James Gibson||9||F||03||OHA Edmonton||21||17||13||30||1.4||6||1||0||0||2||6|
|19||Caleb Wyrostok||20||F||03||Northern Alberta||23||16||14||30||1.3||4||3||0||1||2||66|
Four goaltenders have been a cut above the rest in terms of save percentage this season in the Elite 15 division.
Leading them all is Keegan Maddocks, who is 11-2-0 for Delta with a .930 SV%, 2.06 GAA and three shutouts.
Edge’s Cameron Hrdlicka is right behind with a .929 SV%, and his 17.88 GSAA (Goals Saved Above Average) is the best in the division.
Tyler Palmer (NAX) rounds out the top three with a 11-3-0 record, .927 SV% and 2.11 GAA.
Eli Pulver also has a .927 SV% while going 12-8-3 with St. George’s this year.
Mason Dunsford has continued to operate under a heavy workload. He has more games played and wins than any other goalie, amassing a 15-3-1 record with BWC this season.
Top 10 goalies (by SV%):
|3||Tyler Palmer||Northern Alberta||14||11||3||0||0||796||28||2.11||16.03||386||358||0.927|
|4||Eli Pulver||St. George’s||12||8||3||0||0||715||28||2.35||15.92||385||357||0.927|
|10||William Lam||Northern Alberta||13||11||2||0||3||764||28||2.20||6.33||301||273||0.907|