September 16, 2019
There were just three games in the opening weekend of the top CSSHL Midget Prep division – but they featured four teams who typically finish at or near the top of the division. Here’s a recap of the contests.
BWC 3 – Shawnigan Lake 1
BWC came out on top with wins in both their outings, in their traditional season opening weekend on the Island vs Shawnigan Lake, at the Charlie Purdey Arena.
In game one Saturday night, Burnaby’s Rocco La Cara opened the scoring early in the first, and the period closed out 1-0 with both teams firing 10 shots on goal.
Shawnigan’s Noah Leibl tied it at 1-1 with just 49 seconds to go in the second, to set the stage for an exciting third period.
BWC were assessed three penalties in a row in the early minutes of the third, but goaltender Thomas Milic stonewalled the Shawnigan attackers through all three.
BWC’s La Cara would eventually break the stalemate, scoring on the PP, with 5:29 to go. Linemate Adam Grenier, who had assisted on both of La Cara’s goals, finished things off with an empty netter, to wrap it at 3-1 BWC.
Shots finished 33-25 in Shawnigan’s favor. Milic got the win, while Aaron Trotter took the loss.
BWC 3 – Shawnigan Lake 2
In the rematch Sunday morning, host Shawingan Lake jumped out to a 1-0 lead after the first, and then went ahead 2-1 early in the third, and again finished with the advantage on the shot clock, at 33-22, but were unable to close out with the win.
BWC’s Ty Gagno had tied the game at 1-1 early in the second, with shots finishing 12-10 for Shawnigan in the period, to make it a 24-16 advantage after two.
Shawnigan’s Mathew Saunders struck 39 seconds into the third on the power play to re-establish a one goal lead. But Gagno would answer again for BWC, tying it up a 2-2, with 13:55 to go.
A roughing penalty to Shawnigan with 1:55 to go opened the door for BWC, and they eventually capitalized on a power play goal from Adam Grenier, assisted by La Cara and Mats Lindgren, to close out the weekend with two wins.
Tanner Johnson got the win, stopping 31; while Trotter took the loss.
Delta 4 – St. George’s 3
In the only other Midget Prep game on the weekend, Delta and St. George’s battled at UBC Thunderbird Arena in Vancouver.
Delta opened a 2-0 lead early in the first, on a power play goal from Carson Merriman and a quick followup even strength marker from Cameron Northard.
But St. George’s Luke Rybinski scored on a power play less than a minute later and the period eventually closed out 2-1, with shots finishing 13-10 for the host team.
A lone goal late in the second from St. George’s Connor Levis, on another power play, tied it at 2-2 going into the final frame.
In the third, Delta would score early, just 13 seconds in, on a marker from Caleb Reimer and then hang on for the rest of the frame, until Holden Cardinal made it 4-2 on an empty netter with just over a minute to go.
St. George’s Dylan Fader made things interesting though, scoring with 36 seconds left, to finish the scoring at 4-3.
Shots ended up 38-31 for St. George’s.
Delta’s Roan Clarke got the win, while Eli Pulver took the loss.