November 20, 2017
There was no change at the top of the CSSHL Midget Prep division after the weekend, even though the top two teams did not play.
BWC remain on top, leading Delta by two points. Third place Yale lost both their games on the Island this weekend, to Pacific Coast and Shawnigan Lake, thereby remaining four back of BWC. All three of the leaders have now played 17 games.
Northern Alberta meanwhile put up two wins over winless Banff 10-0 and 8-1 and are now just a point back of Yale in fourth place. Last week they were five points back.
Okanagan Red also put up two wins to stay two back of NAX, and have now won five straight. They downed OHA White 5-0 in Penticton on Saturday, and followed up with a 4-1 win over OHA Edmonton on Sunday. They will face Yale in the next game at home Saturday.
Rink moved up a slot, into sixth place overall, after posting three wins at home vs the Edge Academy, 4-1, 4-1 and 8-0. Rink have several games in hand on the top teams, and are the only team besides BWC with just one loss on the year so far. However, in terms of winning percentage, Rink is still slightly behind Delta, .833 vs .853.
With a 4-3 OT win over West Van on Saturday, and a 3-2 win over Yale on Sunday, Shawnigan also moved up one position to seventh.
Pacific Coast also won two to stretch their winning streak to five, while OHA Edmonton managed five of six points on a two wins and an OTL.
With their three losses to Rink, Edge fell from 6th place to 10th place and are now below .500 for the first time this season.
Here’s a quick recap of the two key Yale games on the weekend:
Pacific Coast 6 – Yale 3
Yale outshot Pacific Coast 42-23 on Saturday and gave up 8 power plays to PCHA’s one, including five in a row in the second, but the difference was PCHA’s 3-1 start over the first period.
Both teams scored a pair of goals in the second. Yale fired 17 shots on Sean Kanervisto in the third but couldn’t beat him. PCHA added an empty-netter with 1:28 to go to finish things off.
Christopher Morris lead PCHA with 1g-3A, while Gabe Schovanek and Matt Raymond each scored a pair of goals.
Bryce Anderson had a pair of assists for Yale.
Shawnigan Lake 3 – Yale 2
The game Sunday was a much tighter contest, with Yale edging Shawnigan 35-30 on the shot clock, thanks to a 18-7 surge in the third period, but in the end it was 3-2 Shawnigan on the scoreboard.
Yale was 1-7 on the power play, Shawnigan was 1-5.
The game was scoreless until Shawnigan’s Tyler Leibl tallied on a power play with just 1:52 left in the second period.
Things changed in the third with a flurry of goals. Yale’s Nicolas Amsler tied it up just 48 seconds into the frame with Brett Roloson and Josh Van Unen getting the helpers.
Kaleb McHugh got Shawnigan Lake back on top shorthanded just over two minutes later with assists from Ben Keon and Chase MacKenzie.
Again, the goal was answered quickly, with Tyson Phare scoring unassisted on the power play, less than five minutes in.
Van Unen clinched the win with 2:36 left – with Roloson and Keon assisting.
Campbell Arnold stopped 27 of 30 for Yale. Will Gurski faced 35.
A look ahead:
Several key matchups are in store this weekend at River Cree in Edmonton, where BWC, Delta, Rink and Northern Alberta will all see action in three games. Yale will play single games vs the two OHA teams on the road in Penticton.
BWC will face OHA Edmonton, Northern Alberta and Rink.
In previous match ups BWC downed OHA Edmonton 4-2 in Penticton on September 29, and Rink 6-5 in a shootout the next day. The following weekend BWC edged Northern Alberta 4-3 in Winnipeg, in another shootout and defeated OHA Edmonton 6-1.
Delta are coming off a unexpected 4-3 loss to IHA last Sunday, and will also be at River Cree this coming weekend to play Northern Alberta, Rink and OHA Edmonton – the same teams BWC will be meeting.
Delta downed Rink 3-2 in Penticton on September 29, and were outshot 31-26. Rink won the next outing 5-3, at home in Winnipeg, October 8, with shots 34-30 Delta. Delta has only met Northern Alberta once so far, in the Penticton OHA Showcase October 1, winning 3-1, while outshooting them 38-28.
In their only previous matchups vs OHA Edmonton, Delta won 8-1 October 6.
Yale will be traveling to Penticton this coming weekend for games vs OHA Red on Saturday, and OHA White on Sunday.
Yale prevailed 7-5 in their only matchup with OHA Red so far this year on September 18 and then downed OHA White 4-2 the following day, both games at Prospera Centre in Chilliwack.
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