January 20, 2018
Delta Wild Green are the only BC team left in medal contention at the 40th annual John Reid Memorial Tournament in St. Albert.
Delta will play Los Angeles Jr. Kings in the semi-final Saturday afternoon. The other semi pits Northern Alberta Extreme vs Rink Academy (Winnipeg). The teams will wrap with medal games Sunday.
The annual tournament showcases the top 16 Bantam AAA teams in Western Canada and the USA, divided into four pools. The teams play a three game round robin in their pool to start, with the top two in each pool moving on to quarter final play.
Five BC teams were invited. Yale Academy and BWC Academy faced each other in one pool. Each of the other pools featured one BC team, Delta Wild Green, Yale Academy, and OHA Penticton.
After the round robin, Delta Wild Prep Green were tied with OHA Edmonton, with a record of 2W-1L, at the top of their pool. OHA Edmonton had downed the Wild 3-2 in their final round robin match up, while OHA Edmonton had dropped their opening game 3-2 vs the Calgary Bisons.
Delta had opened with a 3-1 win over Lethbridge and a 5-2 win over the Bisons. OHA Edmonton had downed Lethbridge 7-1.
Delta then moved onto the quarterfinals and emerged with a 4-2 EN win over St. Georges, while OHA Edmonton fell to Rink Academy, 6-2.
St. George’s Academy (Vancouver) had also come out of the round robin in a tie at the top, with Rink Academy. The teams had battled each other to a 2-2 in the round robin, and had both defeated St. Albert (7-3 Rink and 6-1 St.G) and Phoenix Jr. Coyotes (8-6 Rink and 5-2 St.G) to advance to the quarter finals.
In the quarter final vs Delta, St. George’s fell behind 2-0 after the second, on goals from Cage Newans and Matt Smith, and then went down 3-0 early in the third on a second goal from Smith.
Connor Levis got St. George’s on the board at 11:17 on a power play goal, and with 5:26 left Austin Fraser scored to close the gap to 3-2.
Delta’s Hoden Cardinal scored an empty netter with 55 seconds left to send Delta on to the semis. St. Georges outshot Delta, 30-18. Cole Savage got the win.
Yale Academy and Los Angeles Jr. Kings emerged at the top of the Iginla Pool, after 1-1 tie in their second game set up a do-or-die game for BWC, in their final round robin game vs Yale. BWC had dropped their opener 2-0 to LA to set up a must win situation vs Yale, for BWC to advance. Yale and BWC had both downed the Calgary Royals previously, 8-1 (Yale) and 7-1 (BWC).
The Yale-BWC game opened with a scoreless first. Yale’s Logan Stankoven then scored early in the second on a power play to open the scoring. The goal held til 3:46 when Caeden Banker evened it up on a BWC power play. BWC’s Chase Sandu quickly added another, less than a minute later, to close out the period 3-2 BWC.
Yale’s Kobe Verbicky scored at 13:55 of the third to put Yale back in the drivers seat, 2-2. BWC pulled their goalie Thomas Milic in a desperate attempt to break the tie, but an empty netter from Verbicky finished things off, 4-3 Yale.
Milic faced 40 shots, while Yale’s Brayen Melnyk faced 34.
Yale advanced to quarters and matched up against Northern Alberta Extreme. The teams are #4 and #5 respectively in CSSHL league play, but had not faced each other in league play.
In the game vs NAX Saturday morning, NAX opened a 2-0 lead with a power play goal in the first and then an even strength goal early in the second.
Yale battled back with two to finish the second with the teams tied at 2-2. Stankoven got the first one, an unassisted power play marker at 10:54, and Brayden Schuurman evened it up at 9:37.
In the third, Yale’s Ashton Taylor scored at 13:18 to open up a 3-2 lead.
NAX’s Jack Parker forced OT, scoring with 13 seconds left.
OT solved nothing, and Yale eventually fell in the shootout.
Lochlan Gordon faced 33 shots for NAX, Liam Vanderkooi faced 29 for Yale.
In the other quarter-final, Los Angeles defeated the Airdrie Extreme 3-2, in another shootout.
LA will meet Delta in one semi, while NAX and Rink meet in the other.
OHA Penticton were the fifth BC-based team in the tournament, and had the misfortune of being matched up with two of the top Alberta teams in the round robin. After downing the Sherwood Park Flyers 5-1, they lost 6-2 to NAX and 2-1 to Airdrie Xtreme.
OHA Penticton will wrap up with games vs BWC and St. Albert.
Yale with finish with a game vs Airdrie on Sunday.
BWC will meet Lethbridge in their final game Sunday.
St. Georges will play OHA Edmonton in their final game.
Standings, mid day Saturday, January 20
|Reid Pool – SKYBOX GRILL DIVISION|
|Rink Hockey Academy||4||3||0||1||7||24||14||40|
|St. George’s School||4||2||1||1||5||16||10||24|
|St. Albert Sabres||3||1||2||0||2||7||14||34|
|Phoenix Jr. Coyotes||3||0||3||0||0||9||16||16|
|Reid Pool – ALTA-WEST BUS CHARTERS DIVISION|
|Delta Wild Prep Green||4||3||1||0||6||14||8||54|
|Lethbridge Golden Hawks||3||1||2||0||2||6||11||34|
|Iginla Pool – C2 HOMES DIVISION|
|Los Angeles Jr. Kings||4||3||0||1||7||13||4||42|
|Iginla Pool – REMAX-BRIAN CYR DIVISION|
|Northern Alberta Xtreme||4||3||0||1||7||18||8||68|
|Sherwood Park Flyers||3||0||3||0||0||6||21||46|