PCAHA Bantam T3 Final 4 – Arbutus #1, Sunshine #2

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March 3, 2014

The #3 seeded Arbutus Club Bantam A1s Avalanche surprised two higher ranked teams to finish first in Tier 3 Final 4 play, hosted at North Shore Winter Club. Langley and Sunshine Coast finished tied after three games and will play a tie breaker this week to determine who will be the second team to make the trip to the Provincials.

The big A1 club from Vancouver used their size and strength to advantage to defeat #2 seed Sunshine Coast 5-2 in Game 1, and top seed Langley A3, 4-2 in game two, to clinch first place in two games. The third game resulted in a 4-4 tie vs Abbotsford, who notched their first point of the series in the game.

Sunshine Coast A1 and Langley A3 were tied going in to their final game, but couldn’t resolve another 4-4 tie, so had to play a fourth, tie breaker game in Langley March 5. Sunshine Coast prevailed in the rematch, 2-0 and will move on as the #2 Lower Mainland team to advance to Provincials in West Kelowna.

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 before tying the Langley team and failing to punch their ticket to West Kelowna.

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 – Tie-Breaker to determine second place required.

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 4  Abbotsford A3 4
1 vs 2 3-Mar 20:45  Langley Bantam A3 4  Sunshine Coast A1 4

 

PCAHA Bantam Tier 3, Final 4 Standings – SC wins Langley tiebreaker 2-0.

Seed Rank Flt Place  Bantam Tier 3 Final 4 GP W L T Pts GF GA
1 30 F3 8 Langley Ban A3-T3 3 1 1 1 3 9 8
2 34 F4 2 SunshineCst A1-T3 3 1 1 1 3 10 12
3 38 F4 6 Arbutus Ban A1-T3 3 2 0 1 5 13 8
4 44 F4 12 Abby Bantam A3-T3 3 0 0 1 7 11

 

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.