Dec 3, 2013
This past weekend was the really the first weekend of the regular season whereby a number of teams could establish some bragging rights in PCAHA Bantam AAA hockey.
Entering weekend three, Seafair sat at the top of the division, with 13 points, on four wins, a 4-1 loss to Langley, and five sporties.
Hollyburn was in second place at 3-1-1 and 4 spts, two points back.
North Shore was in third with a 3-1-0 record, and sportsmanship points in all four games, for 10 points.
Coquitlam, BWC, and Langley were all undefeated, but had only played three games and were in the middle of the standings as a result.
For Coquitlam and North Shore, the weekend offered a lot of opportunity, with both teams playing Friday, Saturday and Sunday, once against each other.
Langley and Hollyburn also had opportunities to separate themselves from the pack, playing two games each, while Seafair, BWC, Abby and Surrey, with just a single game in store, wouldn’t be able to make up any ground.
Winless Semiahmoo, Vancouver T-Birds and Richmond were all idle.
So how did it turn out?
North Shore ran the table, with three shutouts, 5-0 vs Langley, 2-0 vs Coquitlam and 7-0 vs Hollyburn, moving into first spot.
The return of Winterhawks team captain Jordy Bellerive to the lineup after a seven week bout with mono had an very positive impact on the team.
Coquitlam dropped their Friday night game to Hollyburn 4-1, then won Sunday vs Surrey 4-1, picking up 5 of a possible 9 points and slipped to fifth place with 14 points.
Hollyburn’s split kept them in the running in third place with 15.
BWC meanwhile defeated Seafair 5-1 in their only game of the weekend and sits at 5-0-0 with an impressive 34 GF vs 2 GA record. The Bruins are quietly lurking in fourth spot, waiting for a chance to spoil North Shore’s run, when the two teams face-off at NSWC on Friday.
Seafair turned it around in their second game, beating Abby 5-2 on Monday, to remain in second spot with 17 points.
On Tuesday night NSWC continued their dominating play, downing Surrey 12-0 in a very lopsided affair, with North Shore posting over 50 shots to Surrey’s 11.
Watch for BWC to make a run over the next couple weeks, as they make up ground on the schedule, having played only 5 games to date. Currently five points back of North Shore, and undefeated, they could still finish first.
Langley could also move up significantly, as they have also played just five games and at the moment are seven points back of the leaders with three games in hand.