All four rep North Van Bantam Storm teams improved their record this past week, with each team picking up at least three points over their last few outings.
Bantam Storm A1 – consistently coming out on top
The Storm A1 have been nearly flawless through their first eight games in Flight 2. The team holds a three point lead atop Flight 2, with a 6-0-2 record and a sparkling +17 goal differential over those games.
The best factor for the Storm A1 right now is their incredible consistency.
Offensively, the team has scored three or four goals in seven of their eight games played. Defensively, they have allowed more than two goals just once all season.
That’s a winning formula.
Another consistency-related stat: five of the team’s six wins were by three goals, four of them by a 4-1 score.
The team started off the week with a 3-3 tie against Semiahmoo (4-0-3). This was the only game of the season that the team allowed three goals, though it did come against the strongest offensive team in the flight (Semiahmoo averages 4.4 goals-per-game).
After that tie, the team has come back to win three straight games. They took down Langley (1-6-1) and Ridge Meadows (2-4-3) by 4-1 scores, and also took a 4-2 decision over Coquitlam (3-2-0).
The Storm A1 are also one of only three of eleven teams in the flight to collect a sportsmanship point (Spt) in every game.
Here’s a look at the dominant start to the Storm A1 season:
|11/18/2015||South Delta A1-T1||4||1||W||1||4|
|12/2/2015||Ridge Meadows A1-T1||4||1||W||1||8|
Bantam Storm A2 – back and forth
It’s been a roller coaster ride for the Storm A2 this season. After starting out 2-3, the team picked up a win tie, and loss this past week. That moves their record to 3-4-1, good enough for fourth of ten teams in Flight 3.
The Storm A2 have proven they can hang with the best of them. They were right in the thick of things despite losing against the undefeated North Delta squad (7-0-1). The tie came against an adequate Port Coquitlam team (2-3-2), and the 3-2 win they picked up was against Sno-King (3-2-1).
The Storm A2 had a tough schedule to start the season, and three of their four losses have come against the three teams above them in the standings. This team might not be the very best in Flight 3, but they can give any team a run for their money, and will likely stay in the top half of the standings.
Here’s a look through the first eight games for the Storm A2:
|11/24/2015||Ridge Meadows A2-T2||0||6||L||1||8|
|11/27/2015||New West A1-T2||4||2||W||1||8|
|11/30/2015||North Delta A1-T2||2||4||L||0||12|
|12/1/2015||Port Coquitlam A1-T1||4||4||T||1||8|
Bantam Storm A3 – .500 in Flight 6
The Storm A3 have been a middle-of-the-pack team, holding a 3-3-1 record and sitting fifth of nine teams in Flight 6. However, the standings are close, and the team is only one point back of second place Semiahmoo (4-2-0).
The team struggled early on, picking up just one win in their first five games. That win was in fact against Semiahmoo (4-2-0).
The Storm A3 have rebounded since then, picking up back-to-back victories against Burnaby Winter Club (1-6-0) and Port Coquitlam (1-5-1).
Outside of a 5-1 loss against Vancouver, the team hasn’t lost by more than one goal, and all of their wins were by at least a two-goal margin.
Here’s the game-by-game breakdown of the Storm A3 season to date:
|11/15/2015||South Delta A2-T2||3||4||L||1||8|
|11/18/2015||Ridge Meadows A4-T4||2||2||T||1||8|
|11/25/2015||Port Moody A2-T3||2||3||L||0||21|
|12/2/2015||Port Coquitlam A2-T2||3||1||W||1||8|
Bantam Storm A4 – improving in Flight 7
It’s been a smaller sample size for the Storm A4, playing just five games and holding a record of 1-3-1 in Flight 7. That record puts them in sixth out of nine teams in the flight.
After losing the first two, the team bounced back big-time to defeat the second place Vancouver Thunderbirds (5-2-0) by a score of 5-3. After losing the next game against North Delta (2-4-0), the team tied their most recent game, a 3-3 final against Surrey (0-2-1).
Here’s how things look for the Storm A4 after five games:
|11/27/2015||Vancouver T-bird A3-T3||5||3||W||1||4|
|11/29/2015||North Delta A2-T3||3||5||L||1||10|