The four North Vancouver MHA Bantam are all still alive in their playoff runs.
The A1s are leading their Presidents Series after five games, while the A2s are just getting started. The A3s are facing elimination in Round 2 vs #1 seeded Langley in a home game Sunday night, while the A4s have already advanced to the Final 4.
Bantam A1 Storm – Leading Presidents Series 6
The Storm A1s finished in ninth spot in the regular season in Flight 2, which translated into the #22 place overall in PCAHA and into the 15th seed of Tier 1 for the playoffs.
That created a matchup against #2 seeded Burnaby Winter Club, which ended predictably in a lop-sided game and moved the Storm into the Presidents Series 6.
Since then the A1 Storm have gone undefeated in five games, and lead the Series by 6 points, with 4-0-1 record. With three games left and three points available for each game, the Storm are in solid position to win the banner.
The Storm A1s finish with games vs Surrey A1 (2-0-1), BWC A2 (1-1-0), and Burnaby A1 (2-2-0). They have already posted wins over BWC and Burnaby.
Record to date:
|North Vancouver BA1 –|
|Seattle Junior BA1||7||2||W||0||18|
|South Delta BA1-T1||5||4||W||1||6|
|Seattle Jr BA1||0||0||T||1||0|
Bantam A2 Storm – Still early in Presidents Series 5
The Storm A2s finished second in Flight 4, with a 11-6-3 record, #34 overall, which put them in as the #12 seed in Tier 2 Round 1, up against #5 seeded North Delta A1, who had finished fifth in Flight 2, and #18 overall.
North Delta won the game 6-2, which moved the A2s to Presidents Series 5, a seven game series featuring 5 teams.
In the first three games the Storm A2s are 1-2-0, tied with Semiahmoo in third place with four points. However, with four games remaining, its still a wide open competition, although Port Coquitlam’s A1 are undefeated with a perfect 9 points, and are the team to beat.
Record to date:
|North Vancouver BA2|
|New Westminster BA1-T2||1||4||L||1||8|
Bantam A3 Storm – Need win vs #1 Langley to stay alive
The Storm A3s finished 4th in Flight 6 with an 8-11-1 record, ranked #58 overall.
As a result, they entered Round 1 of the Tier 3 playoffs as the 12th seed, facing off against #5 seed Vancouver A2s, who had finished #48th overall, in 6th place in Flight 5.
The Storm upset Vancouver 5-4 to advance to Round 2 of the Tier 3 quarter-finals as the # 8 seed facing #1 Langley A3s in the first to 4 point series.
Langley finished 4th in Flight 4, and are ranked #37 overall.
In game one played last Sunday, February 15, Langley edged the Storm 7-5.
Game two goes Sunday, February 22 in North Vancouver. Should the Storm win, a tie-breaker will be required.
The Tier 3 Final 4 will be hosted in Squamish.
Bantam A4 Storm – On to Final 4
The Storm A4 were one of only five Tier 4 teams playing in the PCAHA bantam ranks this year. They finished in sixth place in Flight 7, with a record of 4-14-1.
With so few teams in the division, a single elimination game was scheduled to determine the 4th seed in a Tier 4 Final 4 series.
That game pitted the Storm vs Semiahmoo, the last place team, who had won just one game all year.
Semi gave it all they had in the game, but couldn’t overcome the Storm, who moved into the Final 4, with a 7-5 win.
As fourth seed, they’ll play #1 Whistler A1s first, then #2 Langley A4 and #3 Ridge Meadows, beginning Friday, February 27.
Ridge Meadows are hosting with all games at Cam Neely, Planet Ice Maple Ridge.