Nov 5, 2013
The North Vancouver Storm rep teams posted mixed results in the season-opening 8 game placement rounds this year.
Following is a full run down on placement results for all North Van teams, preceded by a placement primer for those relatively new to the minor hockey scene in the Lower Mainland.
If you’d like to skip straight to the shorter, divisional reports, you can find these posted separately on the site, below.
First of all: What’s Placement?
The placement rounds are played at the beginning of every season by all Pacific Coast Amateur Hockey Association (PCAHA) member teams, in order determine placement in a regular season ‘Flight’.
The idea is to form competitive groupings within each Flight, regardless of the team’s BC Hockey provincially designated ‘Tier”.
Each minor hockey association in BC is tiered by the provincial governmenting body, BC Hockey, based primarily on the number of members in the local minor hockey association. Large associations, such as North Vancouver MHA, are Tier 1 associations, which means their top rep team will play against other Tier 1 associations in the provincial championships.
However, having a Tier 1 designation does not necessarily mean an association’s top team is going to be competitive within the 8 to 12 team PCAHA Tier 1 division in any given year.
Hence the 8 game PCAHA placement rounds, where Flights are called Groups, and after which teams are placed for regular season play in a ‘Flight’ with teams deemed to be of comparable skill.
Atom and Peewee
For North Vancouver rep teams this year, results overall were mixed, with the Atom teams struggling in each of the three GVC atom rep groups, while the top two peewee teams fared well in their groups.
Both the Peewee A1 and the Peewee A2 teams finished second in their placement rounds, with identical 5-1-2 records.
As a result both teams will likely be moved up a Flight once the regular season starts on Nov. 11. The A1s likely will move to Flight 2, while the A2 will likely move to Flight 5.
The Bantam teams did not fare as well, with the top two teams finishing 5th and 8th respectively in Flight 3 and 5. The Bantam A1s will likely remain in Flight 3. Although the A2s posted a mere two wins, and no ties in 8 games, they only lost by just two goals in four of their losses. So they are likely to remain in Flight 5.
After an exceptional year in Midget A1 last year, where the Storm finished first in the Lower Mainland with an 11-4-3 record, the team has faced tougher sledding so far this year.
Although the team finished in a seemingly uninspiring 5th place after 8 games, with an OK above .500 record of 3-3-2, they are incredibly, just one point out of first place, due to a log jam of teams posting very similar records.
Even 7th place Langley at 2-4-2 and 7 sportsmanship points are just four points out of first place! That honor is shared between Ridge Meadows (5-2-1-6 spt) and Semiahmoo (4-1-3-6 spt). So looks like anything can happen in this group.
Add in the fact that four new competitors are being added to the group and you’ve an almost surefire guarantee that this division is going to be super competitive this year.
The four teams are being moved up from Group 2 are Seafair and NSWC with identical 6-2-0 records, Richmond 5-2-1 and Vancouver Spirit at 5-3-0.
Burnaby Minor at 0-6-2 are being moved down.
The Storm Midget A2 at 2-4-2, are in tough in their division, finishing 7th in Group 4, 7 points back of first place New West A1-T2.
The A3 however, at 5-2-1 with 35 GF vs 11 GA are cruising along nicely in Group 7, with just one win less than first place Cloverdale Midget A3.
The A4 are also in this group chasing the A3s, just two points behind with at 2-3-3 record. As 22 GF and 25 GF shows, the A4s are in see-saw battles most nights in Group 7, and could give the A3s a run for their money once the regular season starts.
At the Juvenile level (18-19 year olds), North Vancouver is one of the few associations in the Lower Mainland to ice two teams in this division. This year both the A1 (Group 1) and A2 (Group 3) teams are in tough with 2-5-1 and 1-7-0 records, in 5th and 7th place respectively.
Posted below are the placement round results for every North Vancouver Storm rep team.
Final groupings for the regular season Flights will be announced by PCAHA shortly, with regular season competition to begin Monday, Nov 11.
|N. V. Rep Teams after Placement Round, Nov 4, 2014|
|Atom||GVC 1||8||NV Atom A1||7||0||5||2||5||7||13||27||34|
|GVC 2||8||NV Atom A2||5||0||5||0||5||5||3||32||20|
|GVC 3||7||NV Atom A3||8||1||7||0||8||10||14||47||10|
|Peewee||Group 3||2||NV Peewee A1-T1||8||5||1||2||6||18||29||18||56|
|Group 6||2||NV Peewee A2-T2||8||5||1||2||5||17||40||24||66|
|Group 7||5||NV Peewee A3-T3||8||2||4||2||8||14||23||28||40|
|Group 9||7||NV Peewee A4-T4||8||1||7||0||4||6||16||41||86|
|Bantam||Group 3||6||NV Bantam A1-T1||8||2||5||1||8||13||19||31||98|
|Group 5||8||NV Bantam A2-T2||8||2||6||0||5||9||15||30||82|
|Group 7||4||NV Bantam A3-T3||8||4||4||0||8||16||24||31||80|
|Group 8||8||NV Bantam A4-T4||8||1||7||0||7||9||19||64||48|
|Midget||Group 1||5||NV Midget A1-T1||8||3||3||2||8||16||20||22||66|
|Group 4||7||NV Midget A2-T2||8||2||4||2||5||11||17||21||141|
|Group 7||6||NV Midget A4-T3||8||5||2||1||4||15||35||11||164|
|Group 7||6||NV Midget A4-T4||8||2||3||3||6||13||22||25||137|
|Juvenile||Group 1||5||NV Juvenile A1||8||2||5||1||7||12||25||28||102|
|Group 3||7||NV Juvenile A2||8||1||7||0||7||9||14||42||89|