February 6, 2017
After a big weekend at Planet Ice in Delta, which saw many of the top CSSHL Midget Prep teams playing head to head, not a lot changed at the top of the standings – but there was some significant movement in places 5-8.
At the top, OHA Red swapped spots with Delta (based on winning percentage) while Edge remained in third place.
Delta are still in first place in terms of overall points however, with a record of 20-4-1 vs Red’s 18-3-1, four points up.
The two biggest moves on the weekend saw Yale jump three places, edging ahead of BWC for fourth place in winning percentage; and Pursuit slide to 8th place from 5th.
The top 8 teams will compete in the A Group League Playoffs, and it remains to be seen which 8 will prevail, with teams in 5th through 10th currently bunched in a tight pack.
Here a recap of how the top five teams fared in their Showcase weekend games. Scroll down for standings.
OHA Red gets hot
OHA Red have had the biggest run over the past two weeks, winning all six games they’ve played, after starting the year with three losses.
Red started the weekend with a big win over BWC on Friday, outscoring the Wildcats 5-4, despite trailing 45-27 on the shot clock at the end of the game.
BWC had tied it 3-3 after being down 3-1 at the end of two, but two late goals sealed the game for OHA. BWC scored the last one with 2:11 left, but couldn’t find the equalizer. Shots were 22-9 for BWC in the third period.
Red handled Pacific Coast 7-2 in their second game, outshooting the 14th place Islanders 62-29. They had led 7-0 until the middle of the third.
Red finished with a 4-0 win over Delta, despite being heavily outshot again – 36-19.
Delta finish 2/3 on weekend
Delta’s loss to OHA Red came hot on the heels of wins against OHA White, 6-2 on Friday, and Pursuit of Excellence, 7-1 on Saturday.
In the 6-2 game against White, although Delta finished 36-16 on the shot clock, the game was tied at 1-1 after two periods, and was 3-2 after an OHA-W goal with 8:11 left.
The 7-1 decision over PoE was even more lopsided in terms of shots, 12-3, 15-3 and 12-4, for a total of 39-10. After a 1-1 first period, Delta scored three in each of the final two periods to close it out.
Edge win two
#3 Edge were not at the showcase in Delta, but stayed firm with a couple of wins in Edmonton, 7-2 vs NAX on Saturday and 6-1 vs OHA Edmonton on Sunday. The two wins make it five straight for the Edge, just one behind OHA Red’s six game streak.
Although Edge is tied in 4th place with BWC in overall points, they have four games in hand on first place Delta and three on Yale and BWC.
Yale jump up on 3 Showcase Wins
Yale split their series with Delta in two OT decisions in early January, and then with BWC late in the month, and were stuck in seventh spot coming into the Showcase.
That changed after three Showcase wins on the weekend. They moved up three places to 4th in winning percentage terms ahead of BWC, with a 17-6-1 record vs BWC’s 15-6-3, and into third overall in points, from fifth place.
Yale handled PoE 7-0 in game one of the Showcase on Friday, scoring 3-1-3; with shots 39-29 for Yale. PoE took nine penalties straight including seven in the third period, but did not give up any powerplay goals.
In game 2, Yale put up another shutout, 4-0, on 39 vs 33 shots, vs Coeur d’Alene, scoring twice in both the second and third period.
The Lions closed things out with a 6-4 win over OHA White in their final game Sunday, outshooting OHA 37-27. Yale opened a 3-2 lead in the first and got the insurance with 45 seconds left in the third.
BWC slide, losing 2 of 3
Despite putting up big advantages on the shot clock, 45-27, 53-27 and 42-21, for a total of 140-75 over three games, BWC managed only 13 goals and one win in their three game outing in the Showcase, continuing a trend that started at the KIMMHT in Kelowna mid-January.
In their opener vs OHA Red, BWC fell behind 2-1 after the first on a late period goal by Cassidy Bowes, with just 24 seconds left; and then dropped to 3-1 after 40 minutes on a goal by Liam Lytton.
In the third, BWC tied it up on goals from Bradley Ong and Kyle Forbes (PP); to even the score at 3-3 with 13:00 minutes left to play.
OHA finished with two quick goals late in the period, from Jack Barnes unassisted with 3:31 left, and then from Kade Nagy 36 seconds later. Cam Chin got one back with 2:11 left to give BWC some life, but OHA held on for the win.
BWC were 1-11 and OHA were 0-4 on the power plays.
In game two, BWC peppered Rink 38-15 after two, but the score was tied 2-2, on goals from Jack McIntosh (PP) and Bradley Ong (PP) for BWC and from Justin Svenson (SH) and Jack Lenchyshyn (ES) for Rink.
Ong scored his second powerplay of the game early in the third to give BWC a 3-2 lead, which held til Jonny Hooker scored with 4:09 remaining. BWC’s Tom Sweeney then made it 4-3 with 1:27 left, but Svenson evened it up with his second, with just 36 seconds left, to force the OT.
Svenson then completed his silver bullet hat-trick in the 3 on 3 OT to give Rink the win.
BWC were 3-8 on the PP, Rink were 0-4.
In game 3, a 5-2 win vs Pursuit of Excellence, BWC opened with a single powerplay goal in the penalty filled first period on point shot from Jayden Lee, and then scored four even strength goals in the second (Ong 2, Tom Sweeney, Massimo Rizzo).
PoE clawed back with a couple in the third, on goals from Matthew Kopperud and Carter Harris (SH), but were on their heels most of the frame, and outshot 19-10 in the period.
PoE were 0-9 on the powerplay, BWC were 1-10.
Other: Rink went 3 for 3 over the weekend, to edge up slightly in the standings to ninth, two wins back of Pursuit with two games in hand.
Midget Prep Standings, February 5, 2017
Sorted by winning percentage. Scroll down to see standings from two weeks ago. (TW – this week, LW – Last week)
Midget Prep Standings, January 22, 2017
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