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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
|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|
|7||Matthew Savoie||7||’04||Northern Alberta||27||28||35||63||53|
|8||Tristan Fraser||11||’01||West Van||30||17||43||60||50|
|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|
|14||Ryan Upson||8||’01||West Van||28||17||36||53||44|
|15||Dylan Guenther||11||’03||Northern Alberta||25||27||24||51||32|
|17||Bode Hagan||7||’02||OHA Edmonton||28||9||37||46||29|
|19||Sean Tschigerl||19||’03||OHA Edmonton||26||18||26||44||42|
Top 20 Goaltenders, January 12, 2019
(by goals against average, February 17, 2019
|4||Ty Marcinkowski||Northern Alberta||15||5||2||3||1250||39||1.87||0.924|
|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|
|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|
|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|