The four North Vancouver MHA Bantam rep teams did not fare as well as their Midget counterparts in the regular season this year, but could finish strong in their respective playoff runs.
Bantam A1 Storm – in 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.
The Storm have so far played one game defeating (#26) Burnaby Minor 5-0, on February 12. Burnaby had finished 2nd in Flight 3, with a 12-4-4 record.
The A1s will face Seattle Jr. Bantam A1 (#30) twice, South Delta A1 (#23), Surrey A1 (#21), BWC A2 (#16) twice, and finish with a second game against Burnaby in the eight game series.
Bantam A2 Storm – 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.
The A2s will now face #31 Semiahmoo A2, #28 New Westminster A1, #32 Abbotsford A2, and #33 Port Coquitlam A1 in an eight game double round robin.
The series started Sunday afternoon vs Semiahmoo, results TBA, with game two going at 8:15 Monday night at Harry Jerome.
Bantam A3 Storm – In Quarter-final Round 2
The Storm A3s finished 4th in Flight 6 with an 8-11-1 record, ranked #58 overall.
As a result, the A3s 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 Langley A3s in the first to 4 point series.
Langley finished 4th in Flight 4, and are ranked #37 overall.
The first game gets underway Sunday evening, February 15 at George Preston in Langley.
Should they advance, they’ll play in the Final 4, 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 over 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.
Ridge Meadows are hosting with all games at Cam Neely, Planet Ice Maple Ridge.