Here’s how things are shaping up in the two Midget divisions in the Pacific Coast Amateur Hockey Association (PCAHA), about midway through the regular season.
North Vancouver Storm A1 (6-1-2) have opened up a five point lead on three teams tied with 17 points. Three more teams are just a point or two behind, in the five through eight spots.
North Van’s big point lead however, is a bit misleading as the #2 team, Coquitlam (5-2-2) has only lost one more game than the Storm, but have three fewer sporties.
The Chiefs have scored a lot more goals than the Storm, 40 vs North Van’s 29. However on the other side of the equation, North Van’s defence has been superb, allowing just 1.11 goal per game, vs Coquitlam’s 3.22.
But, in the only measure that really counts – head to head play -North Van handed the Chiefs a 6-2 loss in their only regular season game so far. They tied 3-3 in an early placement game.
The T-Birds (5-4-2) and Seafair (4-2-2) are also at 17 points, in 3rd and 4th place, but Seafair has a game in hand – which gives them a potential 3 point lead over the T-Birds.
Richmond, at 6-1-1 and currently sitting in 5th spot, probably should be the #2 team at the moment, with a better slightly better percentage record than North Van’s 6-1-2, but have they’ve only managed 3 sporties in 8 games, vs North Van’s 8 in 9 games. Richmond’s game in hand of course, should also be factored in. The two teams will meet in the final league game before the Christmas break, on Sunday, Dec. 20 at Harry Jerome.
Richmond downed Coquitlam 4-3 on Nov. 22. Their lone loss, to 12th place Surrey, 4-0 on Nov. 23.
Semiahmoo is the only other team above .500 at the moment, but they’re sitting in 8th spot, behind Abbottsford and Hollyburn who are a game under .500. Semi has a game in hand on both teams.
Three teams are a pick ’em in as leaders in the bottom third. Ridge Meadows, Cloverdale, North Shore Winter Club Elite are all about two games under .500. So lots could happen with them to improve their lot over the next three or four games.
Surrey A1 and Langley A1 are the two teams that are having the toughest time so far, and could be moved to Flight 2 after Christmas.
|1||North Van A1-T1||9||6||1||2||8||22||29||10|
|3||Van T-birds A1-T1||9||5||4||0||7||17||27||28|
|9||Ridge Mdws A1-T1||7||3||4||0||7||13||20||29|
The North Shore Winter Club A2s are currently heading up the Flight 2 standings with a record of 4-3-2, and 8 sporties, for 18 points. The team recently suffered a number of injuries during tournament play so could be expected to improve on their winning percentage going forward.
South Delta has a game in hand on the Winterhawks and have posted an impressive 4-1-3 record, and six sporties in eight games. Currently in second place, they will be a team to watch over the stretch. They tied the Hawks 2-2 in their last meeting.
The Seattle Sno-Kings, a team consisting primarily of 15 year olds, had jumped out to the early lead in Flight 2, with three straight wins, in our first report two weeks ago, and have continued their winning ways with two more wins, to post a perfect 5-0-0 record. And with three to four games in hand on most other top teams, they should definitely still be considered the #1 team in Flight 2.
Aldergrove, currently in sixth spot will also be a team to watch, as they’ve only lost one game in the five they’ve played to date. They have registered a sporty in all five games.
Port Moody is another strong team, also with only one loss to date, and could contend for a top spot over the last half.
BWC Bruins are a .500 team at 4-4-0 in the seventh spot. They held the Sno-Kings to 3-2 and Port Moody to 2-1 so don’t count out the Bruins just yet either.
New West upset the Winterhawks 4-0 on Tuesday to register their second win in nine starts, and are in eighth place.
Chilliwack, Burnaby Minor and Port Coquitlam have all managed only one win so far, and are in the bottom three.
Flight 2 Standings
|2||South Delta A1-T1||8||4||1||3||6||17||28||22||118|
|4||Port Moody A1-T2||8||4||1||3||4||15||26||20||138|
|8||New West A1-T2||9||2||6||1||7||12||20||31||92|
|11||Po Co A1-T1||7||1||5||1||4||7||16||29||106|