CSSHL Midget Prep – Shawnigan, BWC, Edge or ?

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February 18, 2019

Things couldn’t be much tighter at the top of the CSSHL Midget Prep division.

Shawnigan Lake remain in the #1 spot, leading BWC Academy and Edge School by three points. Each team has now completed 32 games and has four regular season games remaining.

 

 

Shawnigan have just three losses and one OTL in 32 games, for 57 points.

One of those losses came from BWC, when the teams split a two game series at Burnaby Winter Club, December 15-16.  Shawnigan took the first one 5-2 on Saturday and BWC rebounded Sunday, with a 5-4 decision, though Shawnigan made things interesting, coming back from a 5-1 deficit in the third with three straight goals.

The teams started the season vs each other at Charlie Purdy, with the hometown team downing BWC 5-4 in OT in game one back on September 15, and then following up with a 6-3 win the following day.

Two weeks later, in Shawnigan’s fourth game of the year, Delta downed them 7-5. Shawnigan rebounded the next day, with a 3-2 win to finish the month, 4-1-0.

In October they went 7-0-1, losing 3-2 in a shootout to Northern Alberta on October 7.

In November, 7 straight wins.

In December 4-1-0, after the loss to BWC December 15.

Shawnigan started the 2019 campaign with a 10-3 win over #12 Pacific Coast, January 17, in their only game of the month.

This month, they stumbled out the blocks in their first game February 1 at home, losing 6-2 to #8 West Van, despite outshooting them 35-22. The following day they squeaked out a 2-1 win in the rematch, this time the shots were 52-20 for Shawnigan.

West Van’s Johnny Derrick backstopped his team in both games, allowing just three goals on 87 shots.

Since then Shawnigan have put up four straight wins, all at home – 3-1 and 9-1 vs #12 Pursuit, and 5-1 and 5-2 vs #14 Okanagan White.

Stretch run

Shawnigan have four games left to play; and three of them will be vs opponents that have given them trouble.

On Saturday, they’ll meet West Van again, this time at Hollyburn, before facing off against #9 Yale in Abbotsford on Sunday.

Shawnigan will return home for their final two regular season games March 2-3, both vs Delta.

Delta, now in 6th place with a 21-9-3 record, 45 points, will be looking to win again vs the league’s top guns, and maybe even do it back to back.

Most recently Delta pushed BWC hard, losing 4-3 in OT February 2, and 4-2 February 16.

No doubt they’ll have their September 29, 7-5 win in mind when they meet two weekends from now.

Shawnigan’s record against Delta and West Van: 3-2-0, 19GF-17GA.

 

 

BWC meanwhile, after a somewhat shaky start, have been on a tear. They’re now on a league-leading seven game winning streak, and are three points back of Shawnigan, with four games left to play and potential eight points on the table.

BWC started with 3-2-0 record in September, including the opening two losses vs Shawnigan.

In October they went 5-2-1; with a 2-1 loss to Edge, a 4-0 loss to OHA Edmonton, and a 6-5 OTL to Rink.

In November they were 6-0-0, and in December 7-1-0; which included the 5-2 loss to Shawnigan and 5-4 bounce back win the following day. BWC closed out 2018 with a 9-2 thumping of West Van on December 21.

In their only two games in January, they blew out West Van again, 8-1 and Pacific Coast, 8-3.

In February, they’ve played just one game per weekend – going 3-0-0 to date, with the two close wins vs Delta (4-3 OT and 4-2), and a 10-2 drubbing of Yale in between.

Stretch run

BWC will close with four games vs teams they’ve handled 8-0-0, and outscored 54-10 this season.

This weekend BWC will play West Van at Hollyburn, and then host Pursuit at BWC to close out the month.

They’ll wrap up with two more home games the following weekend, vs Yale.

 

 

 

Edge Academy will also certainly be gunning for the #1 spot, as they have done over the stretch a few times in recent history.

But after starting strong, the Calgary-based club has faced some resistance recently.

Edge were 4-0-1 in September, losing 3-1 to Rink.

In October, they posted five wins and two extra time losses. The first was a 4-3 OTL decision to Delta at Winsport on October 14, the day after downing BWC 2-1. The second was a 4-3 SOL vs #10 IHA, after outshooting them 50-33.

In November, Edge went 7-0-0, which included a 4-3 OTW vs OHA Edmonton.

In December, they were 4-0-1; losing in OT to #1 Shawnigan Lake.

Edge downed Banff 10-0 in their only January game.

But February has proven to be a tougher challenge, with nine games on tap.

Edge is 4-2-1 so far, losing to 2-1 to NAX and 4-2 to Rink in regular time, and 4-3 in a shootout to OHA Edmonton.

Stretch run

Edge travels to Winnipeg this coming weekend for a pair of games vs Rink, and then finish with two games in games in Edmonton – vs NAX and OHA Edmonton, March 1-2.

Edge’s record against these teams so far this season: 7-3-0, 33GF-24GA.

So no doubt there will be a lot of excitement throughout the league as the top teams scrap for bragging rights and the best playoff matchups over the next two weekends.

 

Other contenders:

With five games remaining, the most yet to play of the leading teams, there is mathematical chance for current #5 NAX to finish in the Top 3. That would entail putting up wins in each game, and either Burnaby or Edge failing to gain any points over their remaining four games.

 

Midget Prep Standings, February 18, 2019

R TEAM GP W L OTL PTS GF GA DIFF PCT STRK
1 Shawnigan 32 28 3 1 57 166 66 100 0.891 W5
2 Burnaby 32 26 4 2 54 180 81 99 0.844 W7
3 Edge 32 25 3 4 54 151 55 96 0.844 W1
4 OHA Edmonton 33 23 9 1 47 161 101 60 0.712 W1
5 Northern Alberta 31 22 7 2 46 182 65 117 0.742 W4
6 Delta 33 21 9 3 45 152 116 36 0.682 L1
7 Rink 32 20 10 2 42 149 93 56 0.656 W3
8 West Van 32 17 14 1 35 113 116 -3 0.547 W2
9 Yale 32 13 16 3 29 122 154 -32 0.453 L5
10 IHA 32 13 18 1 27 111 138 -27 0.422 L2
11 Okanagan Red 31 10 17 4 24 83 95 -12 0.387 L2
12 Pursuit 29 9 17 3 21 74 115 -41 0.362 L3
13 Pacific Coast 34 9 24 1 19 130 196 -66 0.279 L5
14 Okanagan White 35 4 30 1 9 64 182 -118 0.129 L12
15 Banff 34 2 30 2 6 54 319 -265 0.088 L3

 

Top 20 Scoring Leaders

The three PCHA stars remain at the top of the Midget Prep scoring charts. So far this year, the three third years have put up 257 points in 34 games, even though the team has just nine wins.

Sean Ramsay is scoring 2.80 points per game and leads the league with 45 goals, and third most assists, 49. Kyle Brown is 2.40 and second in league goal scoring with 29, and tied with Ramsay with 49 assists. Gabe Schovanek is 2.10, and second most in assists in the league, with 50.

Shawnigan’s Joseph Tanaka-Campbell (another 2001) is now in fourth place, with 67 points, and is leading the league with 53 assists, 25 power play assists.

 

Top 20 Scoring Leaders, February 17, 2019

PLAYER # BY TEAM GP G A PTS PIM
1 Sean Ramsay 19 ’01 Pacific Coast 33 45 49 94 65
2 Kyle Brown 10 ’01 Pacific Coast 34 31 49 80 14
3 Gabe Schovanek 28 ’01 Pacific Coast 34 23 50 73 28
4 Joseph Tanaka-Campbell 11 ’01 Shawnigan 32 14 53 67 28
5 John Evans 14 ’02 Delta 32 17 48 65 49
6 Jake Chiasson 19 ’03 Yale 32 25 39 64 32
7 Matthew Savoie 7 ’04 Northern Alberta 27 28 35 63 53
8 Tristan Fraser 11 ’01 West Van 30 17 43 60 50
9 Cameron MacDonald 15 ’02 Yale 29 33 24 57 24
10 Tyson Laventure 16 ’03 OHA Edmonton 30 24 32 56 34
11 Josh Van Unen 8 ’01 Shawnigan 26 25 30 55 20
12 Cade Cavallini 18 ’00 West Van 32 26 28 54 28
13 Jacob Fraser 9 ’01 Shawnigan 31 26 27 53 16
14 Ryan Upson 8 ’01 West Van 28 17 36 53 44
15 Dylan Guenther 11 ’03 Northern Alberta 25 27 24 51 32
16 Caedan Bankier 19 ’03 Burnaby 30 27 21 48 22
17 Bode Hagan 7 ’02 OHA Edmonton 28 9 37 46 29
18 Deepkaran Hans 16 ’02 Burnaby 29 13 32 45 42
19 Sean Tschigerl 19 ’03 OHA Edmonton 26 18 26 44 42
20 Bobby Labelle 25 ’01 IHA 32 14 28 42 28

 

Top 20 Goaltenders, January 12, 2019

 

 

(by goals against average, February 17, 2019

R GOALIE TEAM W L T SO MP GA GAA SV%
1 Parker Sawka Edge 13 3 1 4 1029 25 1.46 0.942
2 Nicholas Rimmer Edge 12 3 0 3 917 26 1.70 0.931
3 Dalan Marleau Shawnigan 14 1 0 3 965 30 1.87 0.922
4 Ty Marcinkowski Northern Alberta 15 5 2 3 1250 39 1.87 0.924
5 Will Gurski Shawnigan 12 2 1 1 832 32 2.31 0.899
6 Koen MacInnes Burnaby 13 2 0 2 857 34 2.38 0.900
7 Thomas Milic Burnaby 13 4 0 1 1050 44 2.51 0.900
8 Tyler Brennan Rink 12 5 1 2 1092 49 2.69 0.909
9 Harris Shoemaker Okanagan Red 5 9 2 1 932 45 2.90 0.905
10 Jackson Berry OHA Edmonton 11 7 1 2 1084 53 2.93 0.904
11 Cole Oswald Rink 6 6 0 1 712 36 3.03 0.870
12 Kaleb McEachern Okanagan Red 5 10 0 1 936 48 3.08 0.907
13 Kanwar Gill OHA Edmonton 11 3 0 1 915 48 3.15 0.883
14 Braedy Euerby Delta 14 8 0 1 1261 67 3.19 0.892
15 Johnny Derrick West Van 9 10 0 1 1116 63 3.39 0.909
16 Jack Ford West Van 8 5 0 0 808 51 3.79 0.873
17 Cayden Hamming Pursuit 6 9 0 2 929 59 3.81 0.890
18 Carlos Siso IHA 7 8 0 0 926 59 3.82 0.897
19 Drew Sim Delta 7 4 0 0 702 45 3.85 0.883
20 Simi Gill Yale 8 8 2 0 1153 78 4.06 0.891