February 3, 2020
BWC MIDGET PREP
BWC Midget Prep finished their three game Showcase this past weekend at Kal Tire Place, in Vernon, with two more wins, Saturday and Sunday, to complete the three game sweep.
BWC had started the weekend with a 6-3 win over Okanagan Red in the opener on Friday.
On Saturday, the team defeated Pursuit 9-1 and then followed up with an 8-0 shutout of Okanagan Black on Sunday.
The nine point weekend moved the team to a record of 25W-2L-0OTW-1OTL, for 76 points, one point back of Northern Alberta Extreme, at the top of the CSSHL Midget Prep division.
Both teams have now completed 28 games, and have put a lot of distance between themselves and the teams in pursuit. Closest is Winnipeg-based Rink, 22 points back of NAX, with 55 points. Edge (Calgary) and OHA Edmonton are battling for the next fourth place, tied with 51 points.
The next two teams are BC-based Shawnigan and West Van, both tied with 49 points.
BWC – Winnipeg Showcase Weekend
Game 1 – BWC 6 – OHA Red 3 (click for recap).
Game 2: BWC 9 – Pursuit 1
BWC’s Saturday game vs Pursuit started with quick unassisted goal by BWC’s Rocco La Cara, just 27 seconds in.
PoE bounced back at 12:06 with a power play marker by Ryan Hofer.
But after that it was all BWC.
Two BWC power play goals closed on the first, with La Cara getting his second at 9:35 and Jaeger Murdock notching the next one, with 4:35 left.
BWC scored three unanswered in both the second and the third to close out the scoring at 9-1.
La Cara got one more to complete the hat trick and put up 3 assists for a 6 point game. Murdock also completed his hat trick, while Ty Gibson put up three helpers.
Tanner Johnson got the win in nets, stopping 22 of 23.
Gabriel Murrelis-Allaway faced 45 BWC shots.
Game 3: BWC 8 – OHA Black 0
This game was pretty much a repeat of game 2, on the scoreboard, although shots finished just six apart – 40-34 for BWC.
BWC scored four goals in the opening period and then two each in the second and third.
In the first, the four goals came just 2:33 apart, starting with a shorthanded goal by William Dudley at 13:37.
This was quickly followed by a marker from Joshua Wessels at 12:20 and then one from Aaron Mak just fourteen seconds later.
Tyson Duck then scored on a penalty shot just over a minute later to close it out 4-0 after twenty.
Shots were 16-10 BWC at that point.
The next four goals were all scored on the power play.
In the second, it was Rocco La Cara and Tyler Schweitzer scoring. In the third, Ty Gibson and Brendan Wang.
Dudley finished with 1G-3A, while Wessels was 1G-2A and Maxim Borovinskly was 3A, to lead the attack.
Tanner Johnson stopped all 20 OHA Black shots. Harmon Laser-Hume faced 31 for OHA.
NAX stays hot
NAX meanwhile continued their winning streak, with a four game sweep over the weekend in Alberta. They started in Calgary with a pair games at Winsport, downing IHA 4-0 on Thursday, and 10-2 on Friday.
They returned to Edmonton for a pair games against OHA Edmonton on Saturday and Sunday, winning 9-3 and 4-1.
Looking ahead – two leaders meet Saturday in Winnipeg
BWC has a big road trip up next, where they’ll face three top competitors, at the Rink Training Centre in Winnipeg, all for the first time this year.
First they’ll play OHA Edmonton, Friday morning at 10:00 AM local time. OHA Edmonton will no doubt be eager to erase memories of this past weekend’s losses to NAX.
Saturday will be one of the most anticipated games in the season, as the two leaders, NAX and BWC meet. The game goes at 6:15 PM – with first place probably on the line.
Sunday, BWC will meet the home town Rink Academy, who will be coming off games vs two other West Coast teams, St. George’s on Friday, and Delta on Saturday.
No doubt, this will be a key weekend for all teams in the Showcase.
CSSHL Midget Prep, 2.3.2020