Medicine Hat Bantam A1 tourney – PoE downs BWC in Final

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Pursuit of Excellence (Kelowna) defeated tournament favorite Burnaby Winter Club 3-1 in the final of the 43rd annual Medicine Hats Hounds Bantam A1 Tournament Sunday.

PoE got a pair of goals and an assist from Max Bulawka, plus a goal from team captain, Kjell Kjemhus. Connor McLennon and Kirby Proctor each got an assist. BWC’s lone goal was from Ryan Denney with assists from Massimo Rizzo and Kyler Kovich.

It was the second time Kelowna-based PoE has beaten the Bruins this year. After losing a game 5-1 in the round robin of the BWC-NSWC hosted SuperSeries tournament Sept. 19, POE won the rematch 2-1 the next day for the championship.

Both clubs had come through the round robin 3-0. BWC had done it with a 3-1 win vs Edge in their opener, and then 10-1 over Medicine Hat and 6-2 vs Edmonton CAC.

That set up the quarterfinal game vs Edmonton SSAC, which they won 8-2. The Bruins then met hometown rival North Shore Winter Club who had pushed them hard in a 1-0 decision in their most recent matchup about a week before the tournament But this time it was a 3-0 shutout to put BWC in the final.

PoE had cruised through the round robin with a big 21 GF-GA advantage, in large part due to 11, 12 and 13 point performances from Bulawka, Kjemhus and McLennon (02), respectively.

In the first game, they downed Fort Saskatchewan 8-3, then beat Edmonton Knights of Columbus 8-4, and Colorado 10-0. In the quarterfinals they routed Lloydminster 8-1 and then beat CSSHL rival Edge (Calgary), 5-3 to set up the rematch against BWC for the championship.

“It was a great tournament for the boys,” said Pursuit of Excellence winger Connor McClennon. “We worked hard until the end. We were underdogs coming in and it was great just to pull off the win.”

POE had opened up a two goal lead in the first which held til the third despite a determined attack from BWC.

“We just kept a level head on our shoulders and kept moving forward,” said captain Kjell Kjemhus, adding they’ve seen Burnaby twice before this season. “We knew they were going to come out strong and they wanted revenge on us.”

The Bruins finally got to within one in the third on Denney’s goal but then Bulawka iced it with the insurance marker. BWC outshot POE 23-15 and Geo Wilson got the win in net.

“He’s naturally talented. He’s a 2002 and he’s phenomenal. It blows me away,” Kjemhus said of McClennon. “His work ethic, the way he sees the ice, his talent picking up passes and his release. It’s just phenomenal.”

“Me and Kjell just work really well in the offensive zone and just find a way to get it out of the D-zone,” added McClennon. “We just click really well.”

“It’s such an excellent feeling, and because we were underdogs it feels much better,” he said, adding his goaltender was an important factor in the upset. “Geo rose to the task and played really well for us today.”

While Burnaby Winter Club fell short of the ultimate victory, captain Sasha Mutala’s performance at the tournament did not go without notice. The young scorer posted nine goals and an assist in his first three games to help his team to a first place finish in the group stage. He was awarded Player of the Tournament and MVP and and was a key element in reaching the final, but Mutala says it wouldn’t have been possible without strong performances from his linemates.

“My linemates gave me a really good chance to put those numbers up. I’ve got to give a lot of credit to them. I found ways to score but big credit to my linemates,” said Mutala. “We fought hard the whole tournament and I’m real proud of the guys.”

The two teams may have a third opportunity to meet in a big game, as both teams are confirmed for the John Reid Memorial Tournament in St. Albert, January 14-17.

With files from Medicine Hat News.

 

Tournament Results:

Pools are listed below with final placement indicated, along with pre-tournament records; schedule and scores follow, as well as top round robin scoring stats and tournament award winners.

 

Divisions
White
2. Edmonton SSAC (10-3-0, 66-38)
3. Humbolt (7-1-2, 72-27)
4. Prince George (3-3-2, 33-33)
1. Delta (Varsity) – (10-0-0, 71-18)
Red
1. PoE (Academy) – (5-3-1  33-31)
3. Ft. Sask. (6-7-1, 43-54)
4. Colorado (17-2-3)
2. Edmonton KoC (5-3-5, 50-33)
Green
1. NSWC (8-2-0, 44-14)
4. Sask Valley (6-3-1, 50-31)
2. Lloydminster (6-4-4, 48-47)
3. Airdrie (2-11-2, 34-82)
Blue
2. Edge (Academy) – (0-7-0, 20-42)
1. BWC (11-0-0, 85-7)
3. Edmonton CAC (4-6-1, 30-45)
4. Medicine Hat SEAC (1-12-1, 26-92)

 

Schedule & Scores

G. Time Day Div. Home GF Away GF
1 5:00 PM Nov. 12 W Edmonton SSAC 5 Humboldt  1
2 5:00 PM Nov. 12 R Pursuit of Excellence (POE) 8 Fort Saskatchewan  3
3 5:30 PM Nov. 12 R Colorado  0 Edmonton K of C  5
4 5:00 PM Nov. 12 W Prince George  1 Delta  6
5 8:00 PM Nov. 12 G North Shore  2 Sask Valley  2
6 8:00 PM Nov. 12 B Medicine Hat SEAC  8 Edmonton CAC  3
7 8:30 PM Nov. 12 B Edge  1 Burnaby  3
8 8:00 PM Nov. 12 G Lloydminster  4 Airdrie  3
9 8:00 AM Nov. 13 R Fort Saskatchewan  6 Colorado  1
10 8:00 AM Nov. 13 R Edmonton K of C  4 Pursuit of Excellence (POE)  8
11 8:30 AM Nov. 13 W Humboldt  4 Prince George  4
12 8:00 AM Nov. 13 W Delta  6 Edmonton SSAC  4
13 11:00 AM Nov. 13 G Airdrie  0 North Shore  4
14 11:00 AM Nov. 13 B Edmonton CAC  1 Edge  4
15 11:30 AM Nov. 13 G Sask Valley  4 Lloydminster  6
16 11:00 AM Nov. 13 B Burnaby 10 Medicine Hat SEAC  1
17 5:00 PM Nov. 13 R Pursuit of Excellence (POE)  10 Colorado  0
18 5:00 PM Nov. 13 W Humboldt  4 Delta  5
19 5:30 PM Nov. 13 W Prince George  2 Edmonton SSAC  8
20 5:00 PM Nov. 13 R Fort Saskatchewan  3 Edmonton K of C 4
21 8:00 PM Nov. 13 B Medicine Hat SEAC  0 Edge  6
22 8:00 PM Nov. 13 G North Shore  4 Lloydminster  1
23 8:30 PM Nov. 13 G Airdrie  5 Sask Valley  4
24 8:00 PM Nov. 13 B Edmonton CAC  2 Burnaby  6
25 10:00 AM Nov. 14 1R QF – PoE  8 2G QF – Lloydminster  1
26 10:00 AM Nov. 14 1G QF – NSWC  4 (OT) 2R QF – Edmonton K of C  3
27 10:00 AM Nov. 14 1W QF – Delta  2 2B QF – Edge  4
28 10:30 AM Nov. 14 1B QF – BWC  8 2W QF – SSAC  2
29 1:00 PM Nov. 14 4th Red – Colorado  0 4th Green – Sask Valley  6
30 1:00 PM Nov. 14 4th White – PG  4 4th Blue – Med Hat SEAC  3
31 1:00 PM Nov. 14 3rd Red – Fort Saskatchewan  3 3rd Green – Airdrie  5
32 1:30 PM Nov. 14 3rd White – Humboldt  7 3rd Blue – Edmonton CAC  6
33 6:00 PM Nov. 14 Semi – POE  5 Semi – Edge  3
34 6:30 PM Nov. 14 Semi – NSWC  0 Semi – BWC  3
35 9:00 AM Nov. 15 Colorado  5 Medicine Hat SEAC  1
36 9:00 AM Nov. 15 Fort Saskatchewan  3 Edmonton CAC  4
37 9:00 AM Nov. 15 Edmonton K of C  2 Delta  6
38 9:30 AM Nov. 15 Airdrie  6 Humboldt  8
39 Noon Nov. 15 Lloydminster  – Edmonton SSAC  –
40 12:30 Nov. 15 Sask Valley  – Prince George  –
41 Noon Bronze Edge  2 NSWC  3 (2OT)
42 Noon Gold POE  3 BWC                               1

 

 

Top Scorers – after Round Robin

#

Name

Team

Pos.

GP

G

A

PTS

4

Connor McClennon

Pursuit of Excellence

F

3

10

3

13

12

Kjell Kjemhus

Pursuit of Excellence

F

3

3

9

12

83

Sasha Mutalla

Burnaby WC

F

3

10

1

11

14

Max Bulawka

Pursuit of Excellence

F

3

5

6

11

17

Justin Sourdif

Delta

F

3

4

6

10

15

Tyus Gent

Delta

F

3

0

7

7

10

Arjun Raman

Delta

F

3

4

3

7

7

Juliano Santalucia

Burnaby WC

D

3

0

6

6

74

Henrik Rybinsky

Burnaby WC

F

3

2

4

6

15

Erik Boers

Ft. Sask Rangers

F

3

4

2

6

10

Kash Rasmussen

Edge Mountaineers

F

3

4

2

6

11

Graeme Bryks

Edmonton K of C

F

3

3

3

6

14

Jordon Borysuik

Lloydminster Heat

F

3

5

1

6

12

Liam Keeler

SSAC Lions

F

3

1

5

6

19

Joshua Tsui

Burnaby WC

D

3

3

2

5

14

Zach Okabe

Edge Mountaineers

F

3

2

3

5

7

Logan Barlage

Humboldt Broncos

F

3

4

1

5

7

Keagan Watchel

Lloydminster Heat

F

3

2

3

5

15

Zachary Bolton

North Shore WC

F

3

1

4

5

11

Kyrell Sopotyk

Sask Valley

F

3

2

3

5

10

Zafir Rawji

SSAC Lions

F

3

4

1

5

9

Carter Souch

SSAC Lions

F

3

2

3

5

18

Kyler Kovich

Burnaby WC

F

3

1

3

4

22

Aiden DeLaGorgendiere

Delta

D

3

1

3

4

11

Jacob Boucher

Ft. Sask Rangers

F

3

1

3

4

 

Tournament Award Winners

AWARD SPONSOR WINNER TEAM
Player of the Tournament MH Tigers/Maser Family Sasha Mutala BWC
SEAC Scholarship MH Tigers/Maser Family Dawsen Savage Medicine Hat SEAC
Best Defenceman Cliff Peterson Memorial Jimmy Darby NSWC
Most outstanding goalie Dennis Moss Memorial Carter Wickson Calgary Edge
Most Points Stan Ziebart Memorial Connor McClennon PoE
Most Sportsmanlike Mike Vrabec Memorial Kjell Kjemhus PoE
Best Coach Larry Brenner & Family Ross McCain Calgary Edge
Most Sportsmanlike Team Fred Standing Memorial Airdrie Airdrie
MVP Brent Reid Memorial Source for Sports Sasha Mutala BWC
All Star Forward MH Hounds Connor McClennon Humboldt
All Star Forward MH Hounds Sasha Mutala BWC
All Star Forward MH Hounds Logan Barlage Humboldt
All Star Defenceman MH Hounds Jimmy Darby NSWC
All Star Defenceman MH Hounds Kirby Proctor PoE
All Star Goaltender MH Hounds Carter Wickson Calgary Edge