February 10, 2020
BWC MIDGET PREP
BWC Midget Prep travelled to Winnipeg this past weekend for a three game Showcase, facing the toughest competition they’ve met so far this season.
BWC went into the weekend one point back of first place Northern Alberta Extreme, 27 points up on their nearest BC-based rival, Shawnigan Lake, and 18 points up on #3 Rink, who were hosting the Showcase.
The Burnaby team opened with a 5-2 win vs #6 OHA Edmonton Friday, lost a tough 2-1 battle to Northern Alberta Extreme Saturday evening, and then dropped a 8-6 thriller to the host Rink team Sunday afternoon.
Here are the recaps:
Game 1: BWC 5 – OHA Edmonton 2
BWC opened game one of the weekend with a barrage of 17 shots vs 9 against in the opening frame and lept out to a 3-0 lead after twenty.
Josual Wessels opened with an early power play goal, and Mats Lindgren closed with another one late. Brandon Lisowsky got the second goal midway through the frame at even strength.
In the second, each team scored a single marker, with OHA Edmonton’s Hezekia Mbaja scoring first about five minutes in, and BWC’s Tyson Dyck scoring with 1:53 left to make it 4-1 at the end of 40 minutes.
Again, each team scored a single goal in the final frame. Rocco La Cara put BWC up 5-1 just two minutes in. OHA Edmonton’s Nicholas Degraves scored for Edmonton with 4:56 to go, to wrap up the scoring.
Lisowsky led the BWC attack with the goal plus 3A, while La Cara was 1G-1A and Tyler Schweitzer was 2A.
Thomas Milic got the win, stopping 23. Ethan Neitsch took the loss for Edmonton.
Game 2: NAX 2 – BWC 1
BWC hit the ice vs North Alberta Extreme at 6:15 the following evening, in the much anticipated matchup between the two top teams, their first and only regular season match up this year.
Going into the game NAX held a one point lead over BWC – the only difference in records being one OTW by NAX, vs one OTL by BWC.
After a scoreless first, where BWC was unable to capitalize on any of their five power play opportunities, NAX opened the scoring with a power play goal of their own, early in the second, on a goal from Bowden Singleton.
BWC’s Brendan Wang evened it at 1-1 with just 30 seconds left in the second. Shots at that point were 22-20 BWC.
The deciding goal game early in the third on a goal by NAX’s Logan Lorenz.
NAX heavily outshot BWC through the final 20, 14-6 but couldn’t get anything more past Milic, who was pulled for the extra man with a minute to go.
Shots finished 34-28 for NAX.
Tyler Palmer got the win.
Game 3: Rink 8 – BWC 6
BWC came into their final game of the weekend at 1:00 PM Sunday, facing the home team Rink Academy, who had opened wth a 4-2 win over #12 St. George’s on Friday, and then lost 6-4 to Delta on Saturday.
So it was a big game for both teams, who were hoping to close out the weekend on the plus side.
Two goals near the end of the first period put Rink up 2-0 going into the middle frame, which turned out to be a real barn burner.
Each team scored four times in the second, with Rink’s Andrew Vasko starting things off quickly with his second goal of the game, just 24 seconds into the period.
BWC’s Lisowsky answered less than a minute later. After a few minutes of relative calm, Rink’s Carter Anderson scored again at the 11:27 mark to re-establish a three goal lead.
Then the fireworks began, with the next three goals scored in 36 seconds.
BWC’s Ty Gibson scored first on the power play at 7:42. At 7:18 Rinks Cole Assaily made it 5-2.
BWC bounced right back 12 seconds later on a goal from Brandon Wang.
Each team scored one more to finish things off in the second; Matt Savoie for Rink, and Mats Lindgren for BWC.
Shots were 13 each in the frame, and 20-20 overall.
In the third, BWC made a goalie change, and there was no scoring until Burnaby’s Tyson Dyck notched one with 7:01 left to make it 6-5. Plenty of time left.
The minutes ticked down, less than two minutes to go.
Enough time for three more goals.
Rink would pull ahead 7-5 with 1:52 left only to see BWC’s Evan Fedele narrow it to 7-6 at the 1:20 mark.
With 16 seconds left, Riley Niven scored the empty netter to wrap it at 8-6.
Shots finished 33-25 as Rink poured it on over the final frame with 13 shots to 5 by BWC.
Niven and Vasko were 2G-1A for Rink, which also received 3 point performances from Matt Savoie and Owen Welhs who were 1G-2A, and from Noah Serdachny, 3A.
Six separate players scored for Burnaby, who were led by Tyson Dyck with 1G-3A.
NAX are now four points up on BWC, with both teams at 31 games played.
BWC will finish the regular season with five more games.
This coming weekend they’ll host a Shawnigan Lake for a pair of games. The following weekend they’ll visit Yale, and then host BWC, then wrap with a home game vs West Van on March 1.
BWC Midget Prep are being led by head coach Mike Santorelli, assisted by Mark Santorelli and Stefano Ruscitti.
CSSHL Midget Prep, 2.10.2020