PCAHA Bantam Tier 2 Final 4 – Mission, Abby win Openers

in Other News, playoffs

March 1, 2014

The PCAHA Bantam Tier 2 championships have started with a bang.

In game one Abbotsford A2s upset favorite BWC A2s, 3-2.

Abbotsford, who finished the regular Flight 2 season 8th with a 6-12-1 record, had earlier knocked tournament host Port Moody in two games 4-1, 4-0 to advance to the Final 4.

BWC A2s were moved to Flight 1 at Christmas and went 1-6-1 against the top A1 teams after dominating Flight 2 in the first half. The Bruins entered the Final 4 with 7-1 and 3-2 wins over the eighth seed Surrey A2 (finished 9th Flight 3).

In game 2, Mission A1 had another barn-burner vs NSWC, finally winning 8-6. Mission had opened a 6-3 lead midway through the second before North Shore roared back to close to 6-5 at the opening of the third.

Mission quickly quelled the momentum with a goal early in the third before adding another to open an 8-5 lead. North Shore notched one more before the game ended.

Mission entered the tournament as the top team in Flight 2 after BWC A2s were moved to Flight 1. In regular season play Mission won 1-0 over BWC in mid-December, and 6-5 over NSWC on Jan 18.

Mission downed Vancouver T-Birds (4th, Flight 3), 10-0 and 7-2 to advance to the F4.

 

Final 4 PCAHA Bantam Tier 2 match ups and schedule. At games at Port Moody Arena, 300 Ioco Rd, Port Moody.

 

Final 4 Date Start Time  T1 F4 – All Games at Port Moody GF GF
1 v 4 1-Mar 15:45 BWC A2  2  Abbotsford A2  3
2 vs 3 1-Mar 17:30  Misson A1  8  NSWC A2  6
4 vs 2 2-Mar 16:15  Abbotsford A2  Mission A1
3 vs 1 2-Mar 18:00  NSWC A2  BWC A2
3 vs 4 3-Mar 18:00  NSWC A2  Abbotsford A2
1 vs 2 3-Mar 19:45  BWC A2  Mission A1

 

Sd  Bantam Tier 2 Final 4 GP W L Pts GF GA
1  BWC Bantam A2-T2 1 0 1 2 2 3
2  Mission Bantam A1-T2 1 1 0 2 8 6
3  NSWC Bantam A2-T2 1 0 1 0 6 8
4  Abby Bantam A2-T2 1 1 0 0 3 2

 

Background:

Feb. 24, 2014

The top seeds have all advanced to the Bantam Tier 2 Final 4.

First seed BWC A2 (11 overall in league), second seed Mission A1 (13), third seed NSWC A2 (17) and fourth seed Abbotsford A2 (19) have all advanced from the quarter-final Round 3.

Final 4 host, fifth seeded Port Moody A1 (21) were in dogfight with Abby A2s, winning the first game 3-1 before losing 4-1, and then 4-0 on Wed, Feb 26.

(Note to PCAHA: make the F4 like the Provincials, you host, you’re in).

BWC A2 advanced on 7-1 and 3-2 wins over Surrey Bantam A2 (29).

Mission A1 crushed Van T-Birds A2 (26), 10-0 and 7-2.

NSWC A2 needed three games to get past New West A1 (24), winning game one 4-1, tying game two 3-3 and then closing out with a 6-3 win Feb 24, after falling behind 3-1 in the first period.

Background:

BWC A2s were 10-1-1 in Flight 2 at the Christmas turn, with their only loss coming to Mission A1, 1-0 on Dec 14, before being moved to Flight 1 for the New Year, and posting a 1-6-1 record in the top flight. Three of the Bruins losses were by a margin of one or two goals. The team posted a spectacular defensive record in Flight 2, allowing just nine goals in 12 games, and only five in their last nine F2 games. They come in as the favorites to finish first.

Mission A1 stayed in Flight 2 for the full year, posting a 15-4-1 record, losing their first regular season game 2-1 to Chilliwack A1 (15), twice to Cloverdale A1 (14), and once to South Delta A1 (16). The lone tie was 1-1 vs Chilliwack. Their defence allowed 21 goals over the same 12 game stretch that BWC allowed nine. The wildcard for Mission is the fact that they don’t have to win to advance to the Provincials, they’re hosting. This circumstance could certainly play a part in the Final 4 competition, as three teams will advance from the pool to the Provincials.

NSWC A2s were plagued by injuries from the beginning of the season and struggled out of the gate, playing many games with a very short bench (A3 affiliates played home games two hours earlier same night and often weren’t available to fill out line up). The A2 Winterhawks didn’t get their first win until game six, a 6-4 win over Port Moody, and then went 9-5-1. They’ve lost twice to Mission, 6-3 and then a much closer 6-5, Jan 18. They beat Port Moody a second time, 6-1 on Jan 25. They’ve won 4-1 and lost 8-4 to Abby, the other contender. The Winterhawks goals for and against record is 70-66, so they will have to be much better offensively and defensively to win against Mission and BWC A2s. Their wildcard could be use of more A3s first years in the series. A top two finish would definitely give the team a boost going into provincials.

Abbotsford finished the regular season 6-11-2, going 3-3 over their final six regular season games. Abby posted an 8-4 win, as well as a 4-1 loss to NSWC; and lost 3-2 and 7-1 to Mission.

The win vs NSWC and close loss to Mission gives Abbotsford some real traction going into the series.

With three teams advancing to the next round, and the top teams likely in tough against each other, it will be hard to predict who will on the outside looking in, NSWC, BWC or Abby when the dust settles.

And, as mentioned above, the fact that Mission doesn’t have to put it all on the line to advance, as they’re hosting the Provincials, makes the final outcome that much more unpredictable.