February 21, 2017
Only a handful of CSSHL Midget Prep games were played this past weekend, and now the standings at the top are tighter than ever.
Three teams are tied in second place with 37 points. Just four points separate the 2nd through 6th place teams; and only six points separate 2nd through 8th.
Teams in ninth (Rink) and tenth (Shawnigan Lake) theoretically are also still in the mix for a Top 8 finish and a slot into the Championship playoff round. Rink is currently two points out of 8th, and Shawnigan is four points out.
Here’s an overview of current leaders and results from this past weekend, followed by a look ahead at the schedules for the leaders and mostly likely outcomes over the final six to eight league games (teams play 30 total).
Scroll down to see current standings by points, and also by winning percentage.
Status after the past weekend:
First place Delta played a lone game this weekend, picking up a point in a high scoring 7-6 overtime loss versus Yale, who are now on a five game winning streak, and just five points back of Delta with three games in hand.
In the game Saturday, Delta opened a three goal lead after the first, before Yale answered with three to close out the second 4-3 Delta. This set up a wild third, that saw Yale tie it up three times, finally making it 6-6 with 7:29 to go. Sean McCloskey finally put it away for Yale in OT. Shots were 44-35 for Delta.
OHA Red were idle this past weekend. They’re four points back of Delta in the points standings, but have four games in hand, and are in first place in terms of winning percentage.
Edge, in third place and tied with OHA Red at 37 points – also played a single game on the weekend, downing Northern Alberta 4-1.
Fourth place Yale also played just one game this past weekend. As mentioned above they downed Delta in OT, and are now tied with OHA Red and Edge with 37 points.
BWC is in fifth place overall in the points standings, with 35, just two back of OHA Red, Edge and Yale. BWC played a pair of home games on the weekend but failed to gain any ground, after a split vs Shawnigan Lake. In terms of winning percentage BWC has slipped to seventh place. They edged Shawnigan Lake 4-3 in game one, then lost 5-2 (EN) in the rematch Sunday.
Northern Alberta is a point behind BWC in sixth place, with 34, but have a game in hand. As noted above NAX lost their sole weekend game, 4-1 vs Edge.
Pursuit are next in the standings in seventh spot, with 33 pts, but have a game in hand on Northern Alberta, and two on BWC. Pursuit did not play this past weekend.
OHA White are currently in the final #8 playoff spot with 31 pts, and have two games in hand on BWC and Delta. White played three away games vs Rink this weekend, losing 5-4 in OT Friday, winning 2-1 in OT Saturday and then dropping the rubber match 5-1 on Sunday.
A Look Ahead:
Here’s a look at the stretch run schedule for each of the top teams, with a best guess at likely outcomes and final points totals.
#1 Delta – 42 pts – lost in OT to Yale this past weekend, and lost 4-0 to OHA Red on Feb. 5, in their only two league games so far in February. They will play three games at the Penticton Showcase this coming weekend – vs Coeur d’Alene (#12), Rink (#9), OHA Red (#2) and wrap up with a potentially big game vs BWC (#5), March 4.
Expectations: minimum two wins in four games, finish 46-48 points.
#2 OHA Red – 37 pts – will face Rink (#9) three times, plus Shawnigan (#10), Delta (#1), OHA White (#8), Yale (#4) and Pursuit (#7) in their remaining eight games.
The team will play four games at their home Showcase this coming weekend, starting with a game vs Rink on Thursday, Feb. 23, then vs Shawnigan, Yale and Delta, Friday, Saturday, Sunday.
They’ll wrap with four more games in March, at home vs OHA White and Pursuit on March 3rd and 4th, and then finish with two vs Rink, also at home, March 10 and 12th.
Expectations would be minimum six wins over the eight game stretch, for 10 of 16 available points, finishing 49-53 points.
#3 Edge – 37 pts – will play winless Banff four times over their seven game finishing stretch, and single games vs OHA Edmonton (#14), Northern Alberta (#6), and IHA (#11).
Edge downed Northern Alberta 4-1 this past weekend, and will face IHA at WinSport on Feb. 22. They’ll then play four straight against winless Banff, before wrapping with home games vs OHA Edmonton, Mar. 11 and NAX, Mar. 12.
Expectations: minimum of 12 of 14 points, 49-51 points.
#4 Yale finish with games vs Rink (#9), OHA Red (#1), OHA White (#7), and two vs Shawnigan Lake (#10).
Yale downed #2 Delta 7-6 in OT this past weekend, a big win, and have won five straight. They will face Rink, OHA Red, and OHA White at the Showcase then wrap with two home games vs Shawingan.
Expectations: minimum of 8 of 10 points, 45-47 points.
#5 BWC – 35 pts – currently seven back of Delta finish with singles vs OHA White (#8), Couer d’Alene (#12), Pursuit (#7) and Delta (#1).
BWC split their home games vs Shawnigan Lake (#10) this past weekend and will play three games at the OHA Showcase – facing OHA White, Coeur d’Alene and Pursuit, before wrapping with their final regular season game, vs Delta at home March 4, at 7:45 PM.
Expectations minimum six of eight points, 41-43 points.
#6 Northern Alberta – 34 pts – lost to 4-1 to Edge this past weekend, and are currently eight points back of Delta. They’ll finish with two games vs #15 Banff, and singles vs #14 OHA Edmonton, #11 IHA and #4 Edge.
Expectations minimum eight of ten points, 42-44 points.
#7 Pursuit of Excellence – 33 pts – lost to #4 Yale 7-0, #1 Delta 7-1, and #5 BWC 5-2 to start the month before edging #12 Couer d’Alene 4-3 and 3-2 in a pair shoot-outs at the Frontier Arena, February 11 and 12.
POE have six games left. They’ll play #13 Pacific Coast, #10 Shawnigan Lake and #5 BWC at the OHA Showcase, then finish with three games vs their southern Okanagan rivals, two vs #8 OHA White and one vs #2 OHA Red. Tough finish.
Expectations minimum four of possible 12, 37-39 points.
#8 OHA White – 31 pts – have lost to #1 Delta 6-2, #4 Yale 6-4, downed Shawnigan Lake 6-3 and split two OT games with #9 Rink so far this month.
Have six games left. They’ll play #5 BWC, #13 Pacific Coast and #4 Yale at the OHA Showcase, then finish with three games vs Okanagan Valley rivals, two vs #7 Pursuit and one vs #2 Red. Another tough finish.
Expectations minimum four of possible 12, 35-37 points.
Midget Prep Standings, 2.19.17, based on points.
Midget Prep Standings, 2.19.17, based on winning %.