PCAHA Bantam Tier 3 Final 4 – Arbutus takes lead

in Other News, playoffs

 

March 2, 2014

The number 3 seeded Arbutus Club Bantam A1s Avalanche have surprised two higher ranked teams to emerge as the favorite to finish first in Tier 3 Final 4 play, hosted at North Shore Winter Club.

The big A1 club from Vancouver have used their size and strength to advantage to defeat Sunshine Coast 5-2 in Game 1, and top seed Langley A3, 4-2 in game two.

Sunshine Coast A1 and Langley A3 are currently tied in second place, each with a win and a loss, with Abbotsford rounding out fourth spot, with two losses.

Sunshine Coast, also a big A1 team, met their size match in the game one loss against Arbutus and then edged Abbotsford A3s 3-2 in game two.

Langley won their first game 3-0 vs Abbotsford, after jumping out to an early 2-0 lead and then hanging on against a determined Hawks team through the final two frames.

 

PCAHA Bantam Tier 3, Final 4 Results so far.

Series  Bantam Tier 3 Final 4  GF All Games at NSWC GA
Final 4 Date  Start Time  Home  Away
1 v 4 28-Feb 18:15  Langley Bantam A3 3  Abbotsford A3 0
2 vs 3 28-Feb 20:45  Sunshine Coast A1 2  Arbutus A1 5
4 vs 2 1-Mar 16:30  Abbotsford A3 3  Sunshine Coast A1 4
3 vs 1 1-Mar 19:00  Arbutus A1 4  Langley Bantam A3 2
3 vs 4 3-Mar 18:15  Arbutus A1  Abbotsford A3
1 vs 2 3-Mar 20:45  Langley Bantam A3  Sunshine Coast A1

 

PCAHA Bantam Tier 3, Final 4 Standings

Seed Rank Flt Place  Bantam Tier 3 Final 4 GP W L T Pts GF GA
1 30 F3 8 Langley Ban A3-T3 2 1 1 0 2 5 4
2 34 F4 2 SunshineCst A1-T3 2 1 1 0 2 6 8
3 38 F4 6 Arbutus Ban A1-T3 2 2 0 0 4 9 4
4 44 F4 12 Abby Bantam A3-T3 2 0 0 0 0 3 7

 

Regular season records:

Sd Rank Flt Fin Tier 3 Tams GP W L T Spt Pts GF GA PIM
1 30 F3 8 Langley Ban A3-T3 20 3 11 6 19 31 46 63 163
2 34 F4 2 SunshineCst A1-T3 20 17 3 0 16 50 87 41 257
5 38 F4 6 Arbutus Ban A1-T3 20 8 9 3 19 38 74 73 171
6 44 F4 12 Abby Ban A3-T3 20 2 16 2 17 23 49 90 197

 

 

Background:

Feb. 27, 2014

Only two of the top seeds have advanced to the Final 4 in the PCAHA Bantam Tier 3 division, and only one sailed through, #34 Sunshine Coast Blues, who thumped #47 Vancouver T-Birds 12-0 and 6-1 in Round 3.

Sunshine Coast finished second in Flight 4 league play with the best winning record (17-3-0), behind Seattle SnoKings (16-1-3), and as a big A1 team, with solid goal-tending and a rushing defence, could be the favorite going in.

Top seeded Langley A3, who played in Flight 3 in regular season competition (3-11-6) and came in ranked #30 over all, needed three games to down #50 West Vancouver A1, who were 9-9-3 in Flight 5. Langley were the only A3 team to play Flight 3, finishing 8th of 11.

In a big upset, #44 ranked Abbotsford A3 (2-16-2) downed #35 NSWC A3 (13-3-4) in three games. Abby had finished 12th in Flight 3 with just two regular season wins. NSWC had finished 3rd, one back of Sunshine Coast, who had handed the Winterhawks two of their three league losses (2-0, 4-3). Abby stole two away games in the Final 4 qualifier, 4-1 and 4-2 at NSWC, despite being outshot 43-23 in the last game. Abby’s hot goaltending, gritty determination and new confidence will be a factor in the tournament.

Arbutus Club A1 come in to the tournament as the possible sleeper team. The Club team finished 6th in Flight 3, 8-9-3, ranked 38th over all. Despite a so-so record, the team had good success against the top teams. They tied NSWC 3-3 on Dec 7; beat Sunshine Coast 5-1 Dec 8, and won both games against Abby, 7-2 and 4-1. They definitely have a shot at finishing in the top 2.

The top two teams will advance from the Final 4 to play for the Provincial Championships in West Kelowna.