CSSHL Midget Prep – BWC now 27-1-1, 8 points up on #2 Delta

in regular season

 

January 29, 2018

Here’s how things are looking at the top of the Midget Prep division of Canadian Sports School Hockey League, as teams enter the final few weeks of an expanded 36 game regular season schedule.

 

 

#1 BWC, 27-1-1 OTL – 8 points up on Delta

After running almost neck in neck with Delta all season long, Burnaby Winter Club has opened an eight point lead on the #2 team, after winning all five of their games in January.

BWC will finish up their regular season in February with an extended run against a number of the lowest ranked teams, and can be expected to continue to put up wins, after starting the season with one of the tougher schedules.

After a couple of lop-sided decisions two weeks ago vs #15 Couer d’Alene, BWC downed #6 Shawnigan Lake 5-3 on the Island and #13 West Van 10-0 at home this past weekend to extend their winning streak to 17 games. The Shawnigan win followed a 6-1 win at home vs the Lakers in BWC’s first game of 2018 on January 11.

With 54 goals in their opening five games of the New Year, BWC now holds a league-leading 190 GF and +133 GF/GA differential after 29 games. Their goal differential is +61 up on #2 Delta.

BWC is now averaging 6.55 goals for per game vs 1.97 goals against.

Not surprisingly, five BWC players are in the Top 10 of Midget Prep leaderboard. Sean Donaldson and Kent Johnson are tied in second place with 54 points, one up on teammate Kalen Szeto, with captain Elan Bar-Lev-Wise at 45 points tied for sixth and Tyler Schleppe tied for 10th, with 41 points.

BWC’s scoring power is matched by the league’s stingiest defensive line-up. BWC’s 57 goals against is best in the league. Delta with 61 GA, and Rink with 62 GA are next best.

BWC’s goalies have only lost one game each, and both are posting a league leading four shutouts, with Kaeden Freer-Lane recording the top 1.54 GGA, and a .944 save percentage, and Nick Lee recording a 2.32 GGA, and a .923 save percentage with one OTL.

BWC have an exhibition game vs the BCMML North West Giants scheduled for Feb. 14 at Bill Copeland Arena, and will wrap their regular season vs #3 Yale at home on March 4, which should both be solid tests leading into the playoffs.

 

 

 

#2 Delta, 23-3-1 OTL

Delta meanwhile, is coming off two tight wins at home vs #9 Pacific Coast on the weekend. They posted a 4-3 decision Saturday, and a 5-4 OTW Sunday; in their only games in January.

Delta will match up in what should be a couple of tough games against a surging #4 Okanagan Red in mid-February, and finish with two vs #6 Shawnigan Lake in early March.

Although lagging BWC in firepower by 57 goals, Delta are just four back in goals against, with the league’s second best defensive record, and are the only team that has downed BWC in league play this year, posting a 5-3 win in their first matchup in Delta, October 28, and then winning game two, 5-4 in a shootout at BWC, the following day.

Their losses – one per month, September-December.

Delta lost to OHA Red 4-2 in late September; lost 5-3 vs Rink in October, suffered a 4-3 OTL to IHA in November, and split a series vs Yale, winning 6-5 in OT in Abbotsford, December 2 and losing 4-2 in the rematch December 3 on home ice. They’ve won all five league games since then.

Cole Shepard, Corson Hopwo and Payton Mount lead Delta players in the Top 20. Shepard with 12G-27A is tied for 13th, Howco is tied at #18 with 11G-26A, while Mount is an assist back in 2oth overall.

Delta’s goaltending due of Geo Wilson and Dylan Garard are posting the league’s second and sixth best GAA, at 2.10 and 2.23 respectively.

 

 

#3 Yale, 20-6-2 OTL

Yale hold down the #3 spot, with a 20-6-2 OTL record, five points back of Delta; and 13 back of BWC.

Yale have the second best offensive record in the league, with 161 GF, led by Holden Kodak, at the top of the leaderboard, with 38G-29A, for 67 points in 28 games.

The two other Yale snipers are Bryce Anderson at 11G-26A is 9th overall, and Nicholas Amsler, at 11G-26A is 19th.

Yale will face a couple of good tests in February in match ups vs Northern Alberta, and Rink in Edmonton, before finishing up with a game vs BWC on March 4.

 

 

#4 OHA Red, 20-7-1 OTL

OHA Red are 13-0-1 OTL in their last fourteen – losing 4-3 in OT to Rink, January 7, in their only loss since early October, and are just one point back of Yale at the moment.

OHA Red will wrap their regular season with two games vs Delta and two vs Shawnigan Lake at home in late February, and then finish with two on the Island vs Pacific Coast in early March.

OHA Red downed Delta 4-2 in their only matchup so far this season. They’re 2-1-0 vs #3 Yale, but have lost 3 straight to BWC.

 

 

#5 Northern Alberta, 19-9-2

NAX round out the Top 5 and are now one point back of OHA Red, after losing 5-1 to them in Penticton on Sunday, January 28.

NAX is three up on #6 Shawnigan, who have a couple of game in hand.

NAX have a big four game weekend coming up at home Feb. 8-11, with two games vs Pursuit, and singles vs Yale and Shawnigan, before wrapping their regular season with a game Feb. 21 vs OHA Edmonton.

 

Prep Division playoffs start March 14

The sixteen team division wraps up regular season play Sunday, March 4, with the Prep Division playoffs in Penticton, March 14-18.

The top 12 teams will advance to the championship round this year, up from eight last year. The bottom four will play a consolation series, March 10-13.

Click here for playoff details for this and for the other divisions.

 

 

Standings, at January 28, 2018 (scroll down for leading player and goalie stats).

 

TEAM GP W L OTL PTS GF GA DIFF PCT STRK
Burnaby 29 27 1 1 55 190 57 133 0.948 W17
Delta 27 23 3 1 47 133 61 72 0.87 W5
Yale 28 20 6 2 42 161 90 71 0.75 W2
Okanagan Red 28 20 7 1 41 115 68 47 0.732 W2
Northern Alberta 30 19 9 2 40 130 92 38 0.667 L1
Shawnigan 28 17 8 3 37 126 90 36 0.661 W2
Rink 24 17 5 2 36 115 62 53 0.75 W1
OHA Edmonton 26 14 8 4 32 110 74 36 0.615 W2
Edge 27 14 12 1 29 96 68 28 0.537 W5
Pacific Coast 28 14 13 1 29 128 110 18 0.518 W2
Pursuit 27 10 16 1 21 86 112 -26 0.389 L1
IHA 23 7 11 5 19 76 91 -15 0.413 W1
West Van 28 8 18 2 18 78 136 -58 0.321 L3
Okanagan White 26 4 19 3 11 64 100 -36 0.212 L2
Coeur d’Alene 28 2 25 1 5 44 237 -193 0.089 L22
Banff 27 1 26 0 2 24 228 -204 0.037 L9

 

Top 20 Scoring Leaders:

R PLAYER # P BY TEAM GP G A PTS
1 Holden Kodak 41 F ’01 Yale 28 38 29 67
2 Sean Donaldson 26 F ’01 Burnaby 28 29 25 54
3 Kent Johnson 13 F ’02 Burnaby 28 21 33 54
4 Kalen Szeto 11 F ’02 Burnaby 27 17 36 53
5 Connor McClennon 14 F ’02 Northern Alberta 26 21 31 52
6 Matthew Kinash 13 F ’99 OHA Edmonton 24 21 25 46
7 Elan Bar-Lev-Wise 29 F ’01 Burnaby 26 15 31 46
8 Kyle Crnkovic 11 F ’02 Northern Alberta 24 22 23 45
9 Bryce Anderson 17 F ’01 Yale 27 12 31 43
10 Gabe Schovanek 28 F ’01 Pacific Coast 25 19 22 41
11 Tyler Schleppe 8 F ’01 Burnaby 26 17 24 41
12 Matthew Byrne 8 F ’00 Okanagan Red 27 18 22 40
13 Tyus Gent 15 F ’01 Delta 23 18 21 39
14 Peyton McKenzie 19 F ’02 OHA Edmonton 25 15 24 39
15 Cole Shepard 9 F ’02 Delta 25 12 27 39
16 Jospeh Tanaka-Campbell 11 F ’01 Shawnigan 26 12 26 38
17 Sean Ramsay 9 F ’01 Pacific Coast 24 8 30 38
18 Corson Hopwo 7 F ’01 Delta 27 17 20 37
19 Nicholas Amsler 77 F ’01 Yale 26 11 26 37
20 Payton Mount 19 F ’02 Delta 19 17 19 36

 

Top 10 Goalies:

R GOALIE TEAM GP W L T G A PIM SO MP GA GAA GSAA SH SA SV%
1 Kaeden Freer-Lane Burnaby 15 14 1 0 0 4 2 4 895 23 1.54 22.6 413 390 0.944
2 Geo Wilson Delta 12 10 2 0 0 0 4 3 686 24 2.1 12.33 329 305 0.927
3 Isaac Poulter Rink 11 7 3 1 0 1 0 2 673 24 2.14 13.54 340 316 0.929
4 Shawn Wiranata Edge 14 8 6 0 0 0 0 1 825 30 2.18 14.16 400 370 0.925
5 Will Gurski Shawnigan 16 9 4 2 0 0 4 2 890 33 2.22 9.18 382 349 0.914
6 Dylan Garand Delta 15 13 1 0 0 1 0 2 888 33 2.23 16.91 452 419 0.927
7 Nick Lee Burnaby 14 13 0 1 0 1 2 4 855 33 2.32 14.26 428 395 0.923
8 Harris Shoemaker Okanagan Red 13 10 3 0 0 1 0 1 741 29 2.35 13.73 387 358 0.925
9 Keenan Rancier Okanagan Red 16 10 5 0 0 0 0 4 948 39 2.47 13.45 475 436 0.918
10 Jackson Berry OHA Edmonton 15 7 5 1 0 0 0 2 804 34 2.54 0.67 314 280 0.892