October 17, 2016
It’s still too early in the season to pick the top four teams in the fifteen team CSSHL prep division definitively, but at this point the favorites are OHA Red, with Edge, Delta, Burnaby, NAX, Rink and PoE in hot pursuit.
So far three teams, Okanagan Red, Edge and Delta, still have perfect records.
OHA Red is 6-0-0 out of the gate, while both Edge and Delta are 5-0-0.
The third year heavy (14/16 are 99s) OHA Red team started with two road wins, 5-0 and 6-2 over Coeur d’Alene (2-3-0) in September, then faced NAX (3-1-0), in a much tougher game three, winning 5-3 with an empty netter in their first game in October.
The next two games were 8-1 and 7-2 wins over winless Banff; followed up with a 6-2 win over PoE in Winfield on Sunday.
Edge started with a lop-sided 11-1 win vs the International Hockey Academy – which ended with an 83-21 shot count – in their lone game in September. So far in October, they’ve downed PoE, 3-0; won 5-4 in OT vs Rink; defeated OHA White 3-1 and put up another one-sided 10-3 win vs IHA.
OHA White are made of up of twelve 2000s and five 2001s. Edge are almost the same, with twelve 2000s, four 1999s and one 2001.
Delta are also 5-0-0; and have an almost identical roster mix as Edge, with three 1999s, thirteen 2000s and one 2001. But their games have been a lot closer affairs than the Edge games.
They opened with two wins, 7-3 and a 3-2 SO decision vs Pacific Coast on the Island in September, then downed BWC 5-2 in their first home game, before posting two more wins on the Island, this past weekend – 1-0 SO and 6-2 vs Shawnigan Lake.
They were outshot 37-21 in the BWC game; but posted one in the first and then a flurry of four quick goals in the second to open a 5-0 lead, before BWC scrapped back with a couple of late ones in the period. There was no scoring in the third, despite BWC outshooting Delta 13-3.
So the next rematch should be interesting.
Rink, NAX, BWC and PoE are all close behind the leaders with three wins.
Rink, new to the league this year and based out of Manitoba, have the 5-4 OTL to Edge as their only blemish – over four games.
They opened with a tight 3-1 win over Coeur d’Alene, scoring the clincher on a PP with 1:35 left; then followed it up with a 6-0 win over Banff, before meeting Edge. They downed OHA Edmonton 7-3 in their most recent game, October 9.
Northern Alberta Extreme started with two wins against cross town rivals, OHA Edmonton, 6-0 and 5-1 in September, before losing to OHA Red in the 5-3 empty netter their first game in October in the Banff Showcase.
Their next two games were also tough games – losing to OHA White 3-2 in OT in the early morning game two; before finishing with a 4-3 OT win vs Coeur d’Alene to close out the weekend. They outshot Coeur d’Alene 51-24, and gave up the tying goal with 23 seconds left to go.
Burnaby, who have a roster of four 1999s, ten 2000s, and three 2001s, may be feeling more confident – and a little less snake bitten – now after posting a big 6-4 come-from-behind win vs Yale in their last outing on Saturday.
After opening the season with two wins at Pacific Coast on the Island, 4-1 and 5-1, Burnaby lost two tough games against their two Lower Mainland rivals – Yale, 2-1; and Delta, 5-2; despite posting big advantages on the shot clock – 36-26 and 37-21 in both games. .
It looked like it might be more of the same in game 5, hosting the rematch against Yale on Saturday.
Burnaby were down 3-0 after two periods, with shots at 29-12 (so now it was just 3 goals on 102 SOG). But they roared out to a quick start in the third, to even it 3-3 after about 8 minutes, only to fall behind on a powerplay goal with 5:40 left.
But in a storybook finish, Burnaby finished with three goals with less than a minute to go.
The first came on a powerplay with 55 seconds left, the second eleven seconds later to take their first lead in the game, 5-4; and the final one with 9 seconds left on a long empty netter, to finish 6-4. Shots were 50-22.
Pursuit of Excellence are also 3-2-0 tied with Burnaby with six points, one back of Rink and NAX.
PoE have one of the most mixed rosters, with six 1999s, six 2000s and six 2001s. They opened with a 3-0 loss to Edge in the Banff Showcase, giving up just one goal per period, despite being outshot 34-12. In game two, they downed OHA Edmonton 5-2, and in game three they downed IHA 5-4 in a shootout, posting a 56-23 edge in shots.
Back home in Kelowna this past weekend, they downed Penticton’s OHA White 7-3 on Friday, and lost to OHA Red 6-2 on Saturday. Shots were close, with Red holding a 34-31 advantage. The score was 3-2 OHA at midway point of the third. Only the final goal was a PP goal.
In games this coming weekend, several teams will be missing their 2001s to the U16 Western Challenge, the Hockey Canada sponsored tournament featuring Provincial teams from the four western provinces.
CSSHL Midget Prep Standings, October 16, 2016
|1||Josh Arnold||12||F||’99||Okanagan Red||6||8||7||15|
|2||Cassidy Bowes||11||F||’99||Okanagan Red||6||6||6||12|
|3||Liam Lytton||18||F||’99||Okanagan Red||6||4||7||11|
|5||Ian Makar||17||F||’99||Okanagan Red||6||5||4||9|
|10||Cole Wyatt||19||F||’00||Northern Alberta||5||5||3||8|
|13||Kade Nagy||15||F||’99||Okanagan Red||6||3||5||8|
|15||Chase Stephenson||7||F||’99||Okanagan Red||6||2||6||8|
|22||Josh Prokop||11||F||’00||Northern Alberta||5||3||4||7|
|26||Connor Marritt||14||F||’99||Okanagan Red||6||0||7||7|
|27||Quinn Schneidmiller||3||D||’99||Okanagan Red||6||0||7||7|
|35||Simon Snyman||8||D||’99||Okanagan Red||6||1||5||6|
|36||Jesse Belley||13||F||’99||Coeur d’Alene||6||5||0||5|
|2||Arjun Ollek||OHA Red||4||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||240||5||1.25||106||101||0.953|
|9||Adam Evanoff||OHA Red||2||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||120||5||2.50||64||59||0.922|