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).
Top 20 Scoring Leaders:
|5||Connor McClennon||14||F||’02||Northern Alberta||26||21||31||52|
|6||Matthew Kinash||13||F||’99||OHA Edmonton||24||21||25||46|
|8||Kyle Crnkovic||11||F||’02||Northern Alberta||24||22||23||45|
|10||Gabe Schovanek||28||F||’01||Pacific Coast||25||19||22||41|
|12||Matthew Byrne||8||F||’00||Okanagan Red||27||18||22||40|
|14||Peyton McKenzie||19||F||’02||OHA Edmonton||25||15||24||39|
|17||Sean Ramsay||9||F||’01||Pacific Coast||24||8||30||38|
Top 10 Goalies:
|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|