March 6, 2018
MIDGET PREP DIVISION
The CSSHL Midget Prep division wrapped up the regular season this past weekend with 16 games on the slate, and at the end of day, there were a few changes in the standings.
League leader BWC Academy closed out their exceptional year with a 8-5 win vs Yale, on Sunday morning at BWC, to finish 34-1-1 OTL, with a +187 plus-minus, and a 24 game winning streak.
Perhaps not surprisingly, the team is ranked as the #1 Midget AAA team in all of Canada, by myhockeyrankings.com the US-based rankings service. Winnipeg-based Rink, who finished second in the league, are ranked third overall.
Final game: BWC 8 – Yale 5
BWC opened with a 5-0 first period, similar to their previous start vs Yale. Both teams scored a pair each in the second, to make it 7-2 BWC, before Yale scrambled back with three in third vs BWC’s single.
Team captain Elan Bar-Lev-Wise led BWC with a hat-trick. Kalen Szeto was 2G-2A, Ryan Helliwall was 4A, Kent Johnson was 2G-1A and Jack McIntosh was 2A for BWC.
Holden Kodak was 2G-2A for Yale, while Bryce Anderson was 3A. Alex Cotton was 1G-1A and Tyson Phare was 2A.
Nick Lee got the win, facing 41 shots. Cole Muys stopped 31 shots for Yale.
The win meant BWC finished with an 11 point lead over second place Rink.
Playoff Pool 1
BWC will face #6 Northern Alberta, #7 Shawnigan Lake, and #12 Pursuit of Excellence in the first round robin playoff pool, which gets underway Wednesday, March 14. Each of the three pool winners, plus one wildcard, will advance to the finals.
BWC Top Line Finish with 216 Pts
Kodak’s four points boosted his season total to 52G-40A, 92 points to lead the league.
BWC first year linemates, Johnson 29G-46G and Szeto 23G-52A finished tied for second overall with 75 points each. Yale’s Anderson was fourth with 18-51-69.
BWC’s Sean Donaldson, right wing with Szeto (C) and Johnson (LW) did not play in the final game due to an injury and finished 6th overall with 36-30-66.
Bar-Lev-Wise finished 9th overall with 22-39-61, while BWC’s Tyler Schleppe finished 11th to round BWC’s 5 in the Top 11.
BWC goaltenders also placed in the top group. Kaden Freer-Lane led all with a 15-1-0 and 1.45 GAA record. Nick Lee was undefeated in regular time, finishing 19-0-1 OTL, with a 2.35 GGA.
3 BWC players nominated for League Awards
BWC’s Kent Johnson has been nominated for Midget Prep MVP and Freshman of the Year, while third year d-man Cameron Chin has been nominated for the league’s Top Defenceman award. Freer-Lane has been nominated for the Top Goaltender Award.
Kodak, a second year player, has also been nominated for league MVP.
(Click here to see all Award nominees for the Midget Prep Division).
Other Weekend Results
In other games, Rink dominated Banff in their final three games, as expected, to clinch the #2 spot, with a three point lead over Delta, who held the #2 spot for most of the year.
Scores were 11-1, 13-3, and 8-0. Banff finished the year with a single win and 35 losses, and a -272 GF-GA differential.
Rink will face #5 Yale, #8 Edge, and #11 IHA in the first round of the playoffs.
Delta came into the final weekend with a one point lead over Rink, and needed to win both games vs Shawnigan Lake and have Rink somehow lose a game vs Banff, to clinch second place overall.
Delta started with a 6-1 win on Saturday, but fell 2-1 on Sunday to split the weekend, and finish one point back of Rink in third place, tied in points with OHA Red, but with one more win.
In the game Sunday, Shawnigan lead 2-0 after the second on a pair of goals from Noah Aaron. Delta’s Corson Hopwo scored with 7:58 to go in the third to wrap up the scoring.
Delta will face #4 OHA Red, #9 OHA Edmonton, and#10 Pacific Coast in the final round robin playoff pool.
#4 OHA Red
OHA Red had an opportunity to finish third overall, with their final two games in Victoria vs Pacific Coast.
But like Delta, the series ended in a split, relegating OHA Red to fourth spot, with the same point total as Delta, but with one less win, 26-7-3 OTL.
The placement was inconsequential in terms of playoff matchups as both the #3 and #4 teams meet in the same round robin playoff pool.
Game one finished in a 1-0 shoot out win for Pacific Coast. OHA Red took game two, 4-1, leading 2-0, and 3-0 after periods one and two.
As noted above, Yale finished off their regular season with a 8-5 loss to BWC, on Sunday, March 4, to finish 5th overall with a 26-8-2 OTL record, and a +91 goal differential.
Yale also played Friday, March 2; winning 6-2 over Okanagan White, who finished out of the playoffs in the #13 slot.
Yale will meet Rink, Edge and IHA in the playoff round robin.
#6 Northern Alberta Extreme
NAX wrapped up their regular season on February 21, and had enough of a lead that #7 Shawnigan could not overcome them.
NAX will playoff against BWC, Shawnigan and Pursuit in the round robin.
CSSHL Midget Prep, Final regular season standings
March 4, 2018
Last week – standings Feb. 25, 2018
Scoring Leaders, Final regular season stats:
|5||Connor McClennon||14||F||’02||Northern Alberta||31||26||41||67|
|7||Kyle Crnkovic||11||F||’02||Northern Alberta||30||36||28||64|
|8||Matthew Kinash||13||F||’99||OHA Edmonton||34||29||32||61|
|12||Matthew Byrne||8||F||’00||Okanagan Red||35||26||28||54|
|18||Gabe Schovanek||28||F||’01||Pacific Coast||32||22||28||50|
|19||Peyton McKenzie||19||F||’02||OHA Edmonton||35||22||28||50|
Top Goalies, Final regular season stats:
|6||Keenan Rancier||Okanagan Red||22||14||6||0||1234||47||2.29||18.5||596||549||0.921|
|9||Harris Shoemaker||Okanagan Red||17||12||3||1||946||37||2.35||17.84||499||462||0.926|