February 4, 2019
The Burnaby Winter Club Atom A1s are regular season league winners of the PCAHA’s first combined GVC – FVC Atom ‘super’ league.
Until this year, all PCAHA atom teams have played in either the Greater Vancouver Conference or the Fraser Valley Conference.
This year, the two conferences have been combined, but only for the top Flight 1 division.
The BWC A1s finished with an 18-2-0 record, and 14 sportsmanship points, for 50 points total.
Langley Atom A1 finished in second place, eight points back with a 13-4-3 record and 13 sportsmanship points.
Richmond, Semiahmoo and Cloverdale rounded out the Top 5.
BWC’s two losses came at the hands of the Richmond Jets, 3-1 in their second regular season game; and to Langley 6-4 in the final regular season match.
BWC had prevailed 9-4 and 3-0 vs Langley in the two previous matchups, November 26 and December 2.
In their two rematches vs Richmond, BWC won 7-1 on December 3 and 6-3 on January 11.
Over the 20 game regular season, BWC scored 119 GF – 45 GA, +74, with 98 penalty minutes.
Langley were 93 GF – 67 GA, +26, and 118 PIM. In addition to their two losses vs BWC, Langley lost twice to Richmond, 3-1 and 8-6. They also tied Surrey, North Shore Winter Club and Cloverdale.
BWC’s A2 were moved up into the Super division in the New Year, after going 13-0-1 in GVC Flight 2 before the Christmas break.
Their only non-win, was a 5-5 tie vs BWC A3 – who ended up with the best winning record in the flight at the end of the regular season.
The A2s struggled a bit after being moved up, going 0-4-2, and scoring 17 GF vs 33 GA. The ties came vs #8 Vancouver T-Birds A1 and #7 Surrey A1.
Losses were 6-2 vs #3 Richmond A1, 4-2 vs #2 Langley A1, 7-2 vs #1 BWC A1, and 7-2 vs #4 Semiahmoo A1 in their final regular season game. The club did not play #5 Cloverdale or #6 NSWC.
As noted above, BWC’s Atom A3 team finished with the best winning record in GVC Flight 2, but finished second behind the T-Bird A2s due to a notable lack of sportsmanship points (8 of 20).
Offensively the A3s were 16-3-1, scoring 55GF vs just 16 GA. Their 172 PIMs were nearly 3x more than the T-Birds, who had just 58, and finished with a record of 15-4-1, and 18 sporties.
BWC A3 and the A2 T-Birds (along with the BWC A2 who were moved up after Christmas), were the only teams over .500 in the Flight.
BWC A3 and the A2 T-Birds split their two game regular season match-ups, with the T-birds prevailing 3-2 on December 8, and BWC winning the rematch 6-3 in their last game of the regular season, January 26.
PCAHA Atom League Standings – 2018-2019 Regular Season – Flights 1 & 2
|Atom Flight 1|
|3||Richmond Jets A1||20||13||6||1||27||86||71||139|
|8||Van Thunderbird A1||20||3||16||1||7||73||125||80|
|Atom GVC Flight 2|
|1||Van Thunderbird A2||20||15||4||1||31||113||45||58|
|5||Richmond Jets A2||20||8||11||1||17||66||81||104|
|8||Richmond Jets A3||20||3||16||1||7||34||106||101|
|9||New West A1||14||1||13||0||2||38||111||108|
|Atom FV Flight 2|
|2||South Delta A1||20||12||4||4||28||78||56||109|
|6||North Delta A1||20||7||11||2||16||64||76||143|
|8||Ridge Meadows A1||20||9||10||1||19||83||71||154|