Nov 17, 2013
North Vancouver Storm Midget A1
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 in the placement round, with a record of 3-3-2, they finished 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 finished just four points out of first place! That honor was shared between Ridge Meadows (5-2-1-6 spt) and Semiahmoo (4-1-3-6 spt).
To make things even more interesting, five teams have been moved up out of Group 2 placement into the top division, all of them with either 5 or 6 wins in placement. Seafair (6-2-0), NSWC (6-2-0), Richmond (5-0-0), Vancouver (5-3-0) and Coquitlam (6-1-1) will make it a 13 team division.
So at least at the start of the year, it looks like anything can happen in this group.
The Storm had a bye week in the opening week of the season. But early games between other teams seems to bear out the forecast of a very tight season ahead. In their opener crosstown rival NSWC, who finished second in Group 2, faced second place Group 1 team Semiahmoo, and played them to a 0-0 draw Friday night. To further underline the point, Semi lost 6-5 to Coquitlam, in their first outing.
North Van Midget A2
The Storm Midget A2 (2-4-2) finished 7th in Group 4 placement, 7 points back of first place New West A1-T2 (6-1-1), who have been moved up two Flights for regular season play.
With the upward movement of so many Group 2 teams to Flight 1 for regular season play, most of the rest of Group 4 has ended up in Flight 3, which is now a 12 team division.
Again, it looks like there could soon be a log jam of teams with similar records in the standings.
In any case the season has started well for the A2s who played their season opener Nov 13, with a 4-2 win over Langley A2.
North Van Midget A3
The A3s finished placement with a solid 5-2-1 record, with 35 GF vs 11 GA in Group 7, and just one win less than first place Cloverdale Midget A3. The team will move up, with Cloverdale, into Flight 5 for the regular season. A total of 12 teams will play in the division.
Like the A2s, the A3s also opened with a win, 2-1 over Vancouver A2s on Nov . 16.
North Van Midget A4s
The A4s chased the A3s in the Group 7 placement round finishing just two points behind with at 2-3-3 record. As their 22 GF and 25 GF showed, the A4s were in see-saw battles most nights. However, the team was not moved up and will play in Flight 6 in the regular season, in a seven team division.
To recap placement records this year:
|N. V. Midget Rep Teams after Placement Round|
|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-T4||8||2||3||3||6||13||22||25||137|