February 7, 2018
It might be a record.
The perennially strong Burnaby Winter Club peewee minor hockey program is firing on all cylinders again this year, placing three teams in first place in the top three Tiers, and a fourth one, in second place in Tier 4.
BWC A1 – Ranked 1st in Tier 1 PCAHA Peewee playoffs – #1 Flight 1, 18-1-1
As PCAHA playoffs get underway, BWC’s elite A1 team is away, competing in the world famous Quebec Peewee tournament.
This year the A1s went 18-1-1 in PCAHA Flight 1, a division comprised of the top 12 teams in the Lower Mainland, posting 10 shutouts in 20 games.
BWC’s single loss was in a 3-0 roadie vs Surrey in game 5 of the season. The team had come off a tight 2-1 win vs Langley the night before. After the loss to Surrey, BWC won seven straight, before bumping up against Langley again, and scrapping to a 3-3 tie on December 18.
After that, the Bruins went seven straight, starting with a 5-4 decision over Seafair December 23; and including a 5-0 shutout in the rematch vs Surrey, and 6-4 decision in the rematch vs Langley.
In their matchups vs #2 NSWC, BWC won 3-1 in the season opener, and 6-3 in a mid-December game. Versus #3 Semiahmoo, BWC prevailed 3-2 in late November, and then 6-0 in mid-January.
In a December trip to a tournament at the University of Notre Dame, in Illinois, the team went 3-1-1 against top US teams – winning 7-1 vs St. Blues, 6-0 vs Milwaukee Jr. Admirals, and 2-0 vs Team Illinois, before losing 3-1 to Chicago Mission, the number 1 ranked team in the USA, and then tying Madison Capitals 5-5, in their final game.
In PCAHA play, the team put up 96 GF vs 25 GA, under both the NSWC and Semiahmoo totals, but posted the best winning percentage at .925 vs Semiahmoo at .800 and NSWC at .775 (sporties pushed NSWC past Semi by a single point for the #2 spot).
The A1s opened their playoffs at home Feb. 3, with an 8-2 win over Burnaby Minor.
The team is led by veteran Peewee head coach, Bill Hunt, who has coached both Peewee and Atom teams at BWC for a number of years.
BWC A2 – Ranked 1st in Tier 2 PCAHA Peewee playoffs – #1 in Flight 2, 13-6-1
BWC’s A2 finished first in Flight 2, six points up on Abbotsford, with a 13-6-1 record, and five more sporties than Abby, who were 12-6-2.
They were no doubt helped by South Delta A1s moving up a flight after Christmas. SD had led BWC by two wins and a tie at the turn, then moved to Flight 1, where they lost six in a row.
In their two games vs South Delta, BWC had lost 3-2 in game two of the regular season, and 5-3 in late December.
BWC A2s only other hiccups were a 5-4 loss to Richmond A1 in early December, a 4-4 tie vs Seattle, a 5-4 loss to Abbotsford A1, a 2-0 loss to Langley A2 on January 19, and a 7-2 loss to NSWC A2 in game 19.
BWC had edged NSWC 2-1 in game one of the season. NSWC A2 finished #4 in the Flight, behind Abby and Richmond, but with the same record (other than sporties), as Langley A2, who finished 5th in the Flight.
New West A1-T2 round out the top 4 in the T2 playoff bracket. New West finished 1st in Flight 3 with a 11-7-2 record.
BWC A2s start their playoffs, Tuesday, February 13 at home, at 7:30 pm.
The A2s are headed up by Sinclair Kim.
BWC A3 – Ranked 1st Tier 3 PCAHA Peewee playoffs – #2 in Flight 3, 14-6-0
The BWC A3s are going in to the PCAHA Peewee playoff round as the #1 ranked Tier 3 team, after finishing second in Flight 3, with 39 points.
BWC had posted the #1 winning record in the Flight, at 14-6-0, which was three wins better than New Westminster A1-T2s. But a lackluster 11 sporties vs New West’s almost perfect 19, gave New West the top spot and relegated BWC to second.
But for the playoffs, the sporties are irrelevant, and A3s slot in at #1 in Tier 3, with Langley A3 in second spot. Langley finished with a 7-12-1 record in Flight 3, 12 points back of BWC, and also with a so-so 12 sportsmanship points.
The A3s got stronger as the year went on. They posted a 6W-4L record to start and finished 8W-2L, including a 3-1 win over New West, and a 5-3 win vs #3 Semiahmoo.
BWC A3 come in with a +13 GF/GA differential, vs -18 for Langley.
Vancouver T-birds A3 are the third ranked team, with a 10-9-1 record in Flight 4, where they finished #5, one up on NSWC A3s, who round out the Top 4 ranked Tier 3 teams.
The A3s are awaiting the outcome of round one of the playoffs, and play their first game Sunday 11, at 12:15 at BWC.
Angelo Scigliano is head coach for the A3s.
BWC A4 – Ranked 2st in Tier 4 PCAHA Peewee playoffs – #2 in Flight 6, 15-2-3
BWC’s A4s finished three wins back of #1 Squamish A1-T3s in Flight 6, with 15-2-3 record, 75 GF-46 GA, and 10 points up on #3 Surrey A3-T3.
The team lost once to both teams, 5-3 to Surrey in game 5, and 7-1 to Squamish on December 23. They’d started the season vs Squamish, with a 7-3 win.
Langley A4-T4 come in as the top ranked Tier 4 team, after finishing with a 3-12-5 record up one flight above BWC, finishing last in Flight 5 as the only T4 team in the division.
Ridge Meadows A4-T4 and Semiahmoo A4-T4 round out the top 4, Tier 4 teams in the playoff bracket.
The team will play its first playoff game at home on Saturday, February 10, at 3:35 PM.
The A4s are lead by Bryan Kim.
BWC A5- Ranked 8th in Tier 4 PCAHA Peewee playoffs – #4 in Flight 7, 12-8-0
BWC’s #5 Peewee team has also advanced to the PCAHA playoffs, after finishing fourth in Flight 7, with a 12-8-0 record.
The team battled all year and finished with a 88 GF – 84 GA record,
NSWC A4s finished first in the division, with a 13-4-3 record.
The team will play its first playoff game at home on Saturday, February 10, at 3:35 PM, vs the Seafair A4-T4, who finished 9th overall in the bracket, with a 6-13-1 record, 10 points back of BWC.
In their two games during the regular season, BWC came out on top 6-1 and 7-0.
The winner will advance to the second round.
Ryan Robinson heads up the A5s.