It’s not often that a 0-0 game can be called a thriller, but last night’s tilt featuring #2 PCAHA ranked Semiahmoo Ravens vs #11 ranked NSWC, was indeed a thriller.
The Ravens came out of the gate hard, and for a good part of the first had the Winterhawks on their heels, jumping out to a sizable 11-3 shot advantage near the end of the period. But the Winterhawks soon regained their composure and began to turn the tide, almost balancing the shot count by the end of the period.
That pattern continued for the remainder of the game, with both goaltenders coming up with key stops down to the final buzzer, with NSWC posting 22 shots vs 20 for Semi. Johnny Donohoe was between pipes for the Winterhawks.
The game could be typical of many games played in the top tier of Midget A1 hockey in the Lower Mainland this season as the gap between teams is slim at best.
The Ravens finished second in Group 1 of the 8 game tiering round, with a record of 4-1-3, tied in points with Ridge Meadows (5-2-1); while the Winterhawks started in Group 2 and finished 6-2-0, tied for second with Seafair, both just a point behind Coquitlam (6-1-1).
The Winterhawks were moved up to Group 1 after tiering, along with Seafair, Coquitlam, Richmond and Vancouver. Burnaby Minor was the sole Group 1 team to move down. There are now 13 teams in Group 1.