NAX win CSSHL Midget Prep Championship Title

in regular season

 

 

March 18, 2018

Final: NAX 6-2 vs Rink

After finishing the regular season in 6th place with a 23-11-2 record, Northern Alberta Extreme are now league Champions, after posting a 6-2 win (2 EN) vs #2 ranked Rink Academy in the final game on Sunday.

Along the way, NAX also downed #1 BWC and #3 Delta. They were outshot in all three games (130-93), but outscored the top teams, 15-8 (3 EN).

NAX were backstopped by Jaden Little in all five games, posting a .920 save percentage. NAX forwards Kyle Crnkovic 7G-5A and Connor McClennon 4G-7A, led the division in scoring.

In the game Sunday, NAX opened the scoring with a goal about six minutes into the second period, on an unassisted marker from Daniel Baker.

Nakodan Greyeyes quickly tied it up for Rink, but NAX answered just two minutes later on a power play goal from Luke Prokop, and then finished the period out with another power play marker, with 46 seconds left, on a goal by Connor McLennon; 3-1 after two.

NAX then opened a 4-1 lead, on a goal from Carter Spenst with 12:19 left  in the third period.

Rink’s Anthony Kehrer eventually closed it to 4-2 with 5:37 left.

Rink pulled the goalie twice for the extra attacker to no avail – NAX scored two empty netters, to finish it 6-2.

Shots were 49-30 for Rink, including a 26-10 flurry in the third.

Jaden Little stopped 47 of 49 for NAX. Issac Poutler stopped 26 for Rink.

Road to the final:

6-5 OTL, 6-4 EN W, 6-1 W, 3-2 W, 6-2 W

The road to the final was no cake walk for NAX. In addition to downing #2 Rink in the final, they defeated #1 BWC in the round robin, and #3 Delta in the semi.

Round Robin

NAX dropped their opener 6-5 in OT vs #7 Shawnigan Lake. The teams had battled to 1-1, 3-3, and 5-5 end of period ties, before going into OT. Shots finished 38-34 for NAX.

In game two, NAX turned it around, facing off against #1 seed BWC, who had been shocked in their opener, losing 5-4 in a shootout against the #12 seed, Pursuit.

In the BWC game, NAX jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, then fell behind 4-3 with seconds remaining in the second, after BWC had rallied. But with just 0.3 left on the clock, NAX evened it up to end the period, 4-4.

NAX then scored late in third to go up on BWC 5-4 and then added an empty netter to finish it 6-4. BWC outshot them 35-31.

In their final round robin game Friday morning, NAX easily handled Pursuit, winning 6-1. Shots were 42-24 NAX.

They now awaited the outcome of the final round robin game in their pool, BWC vs undefeated Shawnigan Lake. A Shawnigan win or tie, would have given the Islanders the top spot, and a trip to the semis.

Fortunately for NAX, BWC, who had already been eliminated, finished with a 3-0 win over Shawnigan. This gave NAX the top spot in the pool, with 5 points, Shawnigan finished with 4 points; BWC with 3; and Pursuit with 2.

NAX were now matched up vs #3 seeded Delta in the semis.

Delta had advanced on a tie-breaker, after winning their first two games, 4-3 vs Pacific Coast, and 5-4 OT vs OHA Red, and losing 4-3 in a shootout vs OHA Edmonton.

Semi-Final – 3-2 W

In the semi, Delta opened the scoring with the only goal in the first. NAX got two in the second to take a 2-1 lead into the third.

Delta then tied it up about five minutes into the third. Again, as in their game vs BWC, NAX bounced back with a late goal, scoring with 4:35 left to take the win, 3-2.

Shots finished 46-32, Jaden Little, stopping 44.

 

 

Playoff Standings

Pool A
Team GP W L T OTL PTS GF GA DIFF PCT STRK
NAX 5 4 0 0 1 9 26 15 11 0.900 W4
Shawnigan Lake 3 2 1 0 0 4 9 9 0 0.667 L1
BWC 3 1 1 0 1 3 11 11 0 0.500 W1
Pursuit 3 1 2 0 0 2 7 13 -6 0.333 L2
Pool B
Team GP W L T OTL PTS GF GA DIFF PCT STRK
Rink 5 3 1 0 1 7 21 13 8 0.700 L1
Edge 4 3 1 0 0 6 17 13 4 0.750 L1
Yale 3 1 1 0 1 3 11 12 -1 0.500 W1
IHA 3 0 3 0 0 0 6 21 -15 0.000 L3
Pool C GP W L T OTL PTS GF GA DIFF PCT STRK
OHA Edm 3 2 0 0 1 5 11 7 4 0.833 W2
OHA Red 3 2 0 0 1 5 12 10 2 0.833 W1
Delta 4 2 1 0 1 5 14 14 0 0.625 L2
Pacific Coast 3 0 3 0 0 0 5 12 -7 0.000 L3

 

 

Pool A – Regular season

POOL A
# TEAM GP W L OTL PTS GF GA DIFF PCT STRK
1 Burnaby 36 34 1 1 69 259 72 187 0.958 W24
6 NAX 36 23 11 2 48 163 120 43 0.667 L1
7 Shawnigan 36 21 10 5 47 153 122 31 0.653 W1
12 Pursuit 36 12 21 3 27 114 149 -35 0.375 W1

Pool B – Regular Season

POOL B
# TEAM GP W L OTL PTS GF GA DIFF PCT STRK
2 Rink 36 28 6 2 58 197 82 115 0.806 W7
5 Yale 36 26 8 2 54 217 126 91 0.750 L1
8 Edge 36 20 13 3 43 136 84 52 0.597 L1
11 IHA 36 12 18 6 30 112 147 -35 0.417 L1

Pool C- Regular Season

POOL C
# TEAM GP W L OTL PTS GF GA DIFF PCT STRK
3 Delta 36 27 8 1 55 171 79 92 0.764 L1
4 OHA Red 36 26 7 3 55 141 85 56 0.764 W1
9 OHA Ed. 36 19 12 5 43 143 108 35 0.597 W2
10 PCHA 36 19 16 1 39 155 128 27 0.542 L1

 

 

 

FINAL STANDINGS

CSSHL Midget Prep, Final regular season standings

March 4, 2018

# TEAM GP W L OTL PTS GF GA DIFF PCT STRK
1 Burnaby 36 34 1 1 69 259 72 187 0.958 W24
2 Rink 36 28 6 2 58 197 82 115 0.806 W7
3 Delta 36 27 8 1 55 171 79 92 0.764 L1
4 OHA Red 36 26 7 3 55 141 85 56 0.764 W1
5 Yale 36 26 8 2 54 217 126 91 0.75 L1
6 NAX 36 23 11 2 48 163 120 43 0.667 L1
7 Shawnigan 36 21 10 5 47 153 122 31 0.653 W1
8 Edge 36 20 13 3 43 136 84 52 0.597 L1
9 OHA Ed. 36 19 12 5 43 143 108 35 0.597 W2
10 PCHA 36 19 16 1 39 155 128 27 0.542 L1
11 IHA 36 12 18 6 30 112 147 -35 0.417 L1
12 Pursuit 36 12 21 3 27 114 149 -35 0.375 W1
13 OHA W 36 9 23 4 22 103 134 -31 0.306 W2
14 West Van 36 9 25 2 20 93 189 -96 0.278 L3
15 CDA 36 2 33 1 5 62 322 -260 0.069 L30
16 Banff 36 1 35 0 2 33 305 -272 0.028 L18