February 26, 2018
MIDGET PREP DIVISION
There’s only one more weekend to go before the regular season of the CSSHL Midget Prep league wraps up.
Most teams have just one or two games to play, a few have three, and one team – Northern Alberta Extreme, has already finished.
That said, there are still some key battles to be played out before the final playoff matchups are set.
Twelve of the league’s 16 teams advance to the playoffs, which will be contested in three round robin pools, with the pool winners and one wildcard advancing to the semis.
BWC (67 points) clinched first place a couple of weeks ago, but the standings for the next four teams could still change. At the moment, Delta (53) leads three teams – Rink, Yale and OHA Red by a single point. None can fall further than 5th place.
Shawnigan (43) with three games to play, and six points on the line, have a chance to move into 6th place, ahead of NAX (48).
In the #8 through #10 spots, three points separate Edge (40), OHA Edmonton (39) and Pacific Coast (37).
And two points separate the last two playoff seeds, IHA (27) and PoE (25).
West Van, with one game left, in #13, cannot catch PoE. West Van will wrap their season in a consolation round with Okanagan White, Coeur d’Alene and Banff Hockey Academy.
The Midget Prep playoffs start Wednesday, March 14 in Penticton, hosted by Okanagan Hockey Academy.
Weekend Recaps and Games Remaining
Here’s a wrap of the past weekend, and a look forward to the final regular season matchups for each of the playoff teams.
#1 BWC (67).
As noted above BWC clinched the #1 spot a couple of weeks ago, and now hold a 14 point lead over #2 Delta. BWC rolled over West Van 14-2 in their lone game this past weekend, and have just one game remaining, vs #4 Yale, which will be played 9:30 AM Sunday, March 4 at BWC.
Yale will be looking to avenge their 9-2 loss to BWC in late December, in the only matchup played between the two so far this season.
#2 Delta (53).
Delta are coming off a very surprising 2-1 loss on Friday to West Van, which was followed by a 7-0 shutout in the rematch Sunday; and will face an often tough Shawnigan Lake team in a two game series at Shawnigan to wrap their season.
So, Delta could stay put at 53 points and possibly finish fifth, with two losses, or move to 57 points with two wins, which would guarantee at least a third place finish. Staying in 2nd will be difficult – see next item, below.
#3 Rink (52).
Rink did not play this past weekend, and have three games to play – all against 1-32-0 Banff, at home in Winnipeg this coming weekend – to finish off their season. So almost certainly Rink will move up to 58 points, and lock down the #2 seed.
#4 Yale (52).
Yale blew out #15 Coeur d’Alene in two games last weekend, 10-5 and 11-1, and will finish with games vs #14 OHA White, at home on Friday, and vs BWC in Burnaby on Sunday. Two losses would mean a 4th or 5th place finish, while a pair of wins would like mean a #3 finish. As the #3 and #4 teams will play in the same pool, only a #5th place finish would affect Yale’s playoff scenario.
#5 OHA Red (52).
OHA Red lost 5-4 in OT to Shawnigan and then won the rematch 4-3 in a shootout this past weekend to slip one point back and into a tie in their race with Yale. Red will finish with two games vs #10 Pacific Coast. In their only previous game this year, on September 29, OHA Red won 5-3 EN.
While OHA Red can finish no worse than #5, Pacific Coast could possibly move to #8, ahead of OHA Edmonton and Edge with a couple of wins.
#6 NAX (48). Northern Alberta lost their final game of the regular season 9-4 to OHA Edmonton last Wednesday, Feb. 21.
NAX could fall to #7 if Shawnigan finishes with three straight wins. However, again, there won’t be any change in playoff matchups for NAX either way. Both the #6 and #7 seeds will play in a pool with #1 BWC and the #12 seed, either IHA or Pursuit.
#7 Shawnigan Lake (43). Shawnigan played three games last weekend; coming out with a 5-4 OTW and losing 4-3 in a shootout vs OHA Red, before wrapping up with a 4-2 win vs OHA White, to remain in the #7 slot. As noted above, Shawnigan have three games remaining, all home games, all likely to be tough contests.
They’ll meet Pacific Coast first on 28th, and then finish with the two games vs Delta on Saturday and Sunday. A sweep would move them into sixth place; but not alter their playoff pool. However, should Shawnigan Lake fail to gain any points, and Edge win their remaining two games, Shawnigan would be relegated to #8, and meet #2, #5 and #11 in the first playoff round.
#8 Edge (40). Edge lost their most recent game 4-2 to #11 IHA, last Wednesday in Calgary, and will play a rematch this weekend, along with a game vs OHA Edmonton to finish the regular season. Two losses could bump them back to #10; into the 3-4-9-10 pool. A couple of wins, coupled with a Shawnigan collapse, could move them into #7.
#9 OHA Edmonton (39).
OHA Edmonton played one game last weekend, winning 9-4 vs #6 NAX. They’ll finish with three games – a double header vs #11 IHA, with the game vs Edge sandwiched between, which means they could finish #7, #8 or #9; in any of the three playoff pools.
#10 Pacific Coast (37).
Pacific Coast lost 2-1 to #12 Pursuit and then came back with a 4-3 shootout win this past weekend, to remain in the #10 spot.
Pacific will finish with three games this weekend, starting with a game in Shawnigan Lake, Wednesday, and then wrapping with two vs OHA Red at home on Saturday and Sunday. A six point weekend could move Pacific into a 7th place tie with Shawnigan Lake.
#11 IHA (27).
Calgary based IHA did not play this past weekend, and will finish with a game vs Edge on Wednesday, and then with two vs OHA Edmonton Friday and Sunday, all on home ice at Winsport.
However, even with a six point sweep, IHA are not able to move up into the #10 spot.
They could fall into a tie with #12 Pursuit however, should they fail to gain one out of the six points available, and Pursuit win their final game.
#12 Pursuit (25).
Kelowna’s Pursuit of Excellence is holding down the final playoff spot at the moment, and are secure in the spot, as #13 West Van, with just one game to play, can’t catch them.
Pursuit batted Pacific Coast in the 2-1W, 4-3 OTL split last weekend, and will finish with one game, vs Coeur d’Alene on the weekend.
CSSHL Midget Prep
|4||Connor McClennon||14||F||’02||Northern Alberta||31||26||41||67|
|6||Kyle Crnkovic||11||F||’02||Northern Alberta||30||36||28||64|
|8||Matthew Kinash||13||F||’99||OHA Edmonton||31||27||31||58|
|11||Matthew Byrne||8||F||’00||Okanagan Red||33||26||28||54|
|15||Gabe Schovanek||28||F||’01||Pacific Coast||29||21||27||48|
|16||Peyton McKenzie||19||F||’02||OHA Edmonton||32||20||28||48|
|7||Keenan Rancier||Okanagan Red||21||13||6||0||0||0||576||530||0.920|
|10||Harris Shoemaker||Okanagan Red||16||12||3||0||0||1||463||426||0.920|