Game Day Recap: December 8-10, 2021

December 8, 2021

Edge School (11) vs IHA (0) U18 Prep

Colton Alexander (1G,3A) opened the scoring, and the flood gates, with just 31 seconds left in the first period. From there, Edge would go on to score five goals in each of the remaining two periods as they defeated IHA 11-0 in the lone game of the night. Hunter Sawka (4G,1A) led all skaters with five points. Charlie Elick (1G,3A), and Nick Johnson (2G,2A) both recorded four points in the game. Noah Davis made 26 saves to earn the shutout. 

December 9, 2021 

Shawnigan Lake (6/OT) vs Pacific Coast (5) U15 Prep

In a battle between the two Victoria Island teams, Shawnigan prevailed 6-5 thanks to a Cole Mekelberg (3G,1A) overtime winner. A back and forth game saw Pacific Coast lead 2-1 after 20 and 4-3 after 40, but Shawnigan would continue to fight back, scoring the equalizer with 5:20 remaining in the game. Charlie Keeffe (44/49) was solid in net for Shawnigan, while Eliot Compton and Mekelberg led the way offensively. Colton Alain (1G,1A), Trace Anderson (1G,1A), and Noah Kosick (1G,2A) all had multi point efforts for PCHA in the loss. 

December 10, 2021

Okanagan Hockey Academy (3) at OHA Edmonton (4) U15

Ewan Gillis (1G,1A) and Calum Giese scored four minutes apart as OHA Edmonton jumped out to a 2-0 lead. Ethan Dimand (1G,1A) would respond 1:09 later as the game would head to the first intermission with OHA Edmonton holding a 2-1 lead. The two teams would swap second period goals, with Kadyn O’Brien briefly tying the game before Jake MacDonald re-gave OHA Edmonton the lead. Nolan Schmidt would extend the lead early in the third with the eventual game winner. Rhett Tubello would spark a late OHA push, but they were unable to find the equalizer. Outshot 42-27, Nathan Salisbury made 39 saves in the win. 

Notre Dame (1) at Northern Alberta Xtreme (10) U15 Prep

NAX outshot Notre Dame 49-25 in a 10-1 win Friday afternoon. Hayden Harsanyi (3G,1A) and Cole Reschny (3G,3A) each recorded hat tricks, while Jordan Switzer made 24 saves to earn his second win of the season. Defensemen Reese Hamilton (2G,2A) and Owen Schoettler (3A) both provided offence from the back end and forward Ryan Miller (3A) added three helpers. Jack Elliot scored the lone Notre Dame goal, ending the Switzer shutout bid in the second period. 

RINK Kelowna (1) at Northern Alberta Xtreme (3) U15

Jordan Duguay opened the scoring with his NAX team leading 14th goal of the season 7:09 into the game. Benjamin Bowtell would tie the game at one with 1:44 remaining in the period. From there NAX would score one goal in each of the remaining periods, skating to a 3-1 lead. Jaden Mah scored his first of the season 6:45 into the second and Wyatt Mason added the insurance marker 2:34 into the third. Parker Snell made 19 saves for his 6th win of the year. Louis Gu made 29 saves in the loss. 

Okanagan Hockey Academy White (2) at Okanagan Hockey Academy Black (6) U17 Prep

OHA Black scored 4 times in the first 15:24 to race out to a 4-0 lead. OHA White would get one back before the end of the period, but two more second period goals by OHA Black put the game out of reach. Jonny Timmons (2G) scored twice and defenseman Sidney Brill (3A) ahd three assists in the win. Jesse Sanche, who was selected 42nd overall by Kamloops in yesterday’s WHL Draft, made 22 saves to pick up the win. Austin Barrett (1G,1A) and Jace Shuttleworth scored for OHA White in the loss. 

St. George’s School (3) at Okanagan Hockey Academy (0) U18 Prep

Both teams fired 32 shots on net but Nicholas Domingo earned his first shutout of the season as St. George’s defeated OHA 3-0. Just a day after being selected as the first pick in the second round of the 2021 WHL Draft, Hiroki Gojsic (3G) gave Victoria Royals fans something to look forward to as he recorded a natural hat trick, scoring all three of the game’s goals. Another 2021 WHL Draft pick, defenseman Will McIsaac (2A) added two assists in the win. 

Prairie Hockey Academy (2) at RINK Winnipeg (5) U15 Prep

Brody Green (1G,2A) and Peyton Kettles scored first period goals as RHA Winnipeg held a 2-0 lead after 20. Mikale Budz (1G,1A) would bring Prairie within one early in the second, but Matthew Gard (1G,1A) would score with 58 seconds left in the middle frame to regain the two goal lead. Lincoln Ponce (1G,1A)would score his first of the season 4:14 into the third for RHA Winnipeg, before Noah Thul (1G,1A) would bring PHA back within two 10 minutes later. But Luke Ross would seal the deal with 3:06 remaining as RHA Winnipeg defeated PHA 5-2. 

Shawnigan Lake School (3) at St. George’s School (4) U17 Prep

Reece Liu (1G,1A) opened the scoring 3:02 into the game but Bryce Minten and Coco Armstrong (2G,1A) gave Shawnigan Lake a 2-1 lead after 20. Fresh off being drafted in the second round by the Spokane Chiefs on Thursday, Luka Shcherbyna scored the lone second period goal to tie the game. St. George’s would grab the lead midway through the third when Jussi Saarni (1G,1A) and Brady Miller (1G,1A) scored 19 seconds apart. Armstrong would add his second of the game with less than three minutes remaining, but Shawnigan was unable to find an equalizer. 

Yale Hockey Academy (4/OT) at Edge School (3) U15

Seth Castronuovo and Bodie Jerome (2G) gave Yale a 2-0 lead after 20. Oliver McMillan and Jerome would trade goals in the second as Yale was up 3-1 after two periods. But Edge would respond with goals from Owen Cooper (1G,1A) and Cruz Pavao early in the third, forcing overtime. Logan Martin (1G,1A) would score 2:46 into OT to give Yale the 4-3 win Friday afternoon. Korbin Rodel was phenomenal for Yale in the win, stopping 48 of 51 shots. 

West Van Academy (3) at Pacific Coast Hockey Academy (2) U18 Prep

PCHA held a 2-0 lead thanks to a Connor Seeley (1G,1A) goal 51 seconds into the first and a Nathan Gossoo (1G,1A) goal 4:12 into the second. But West Van would gain life on an Ethan Rosenoff (1G,2A) goal 6:49 into the second. Logan Peskett and Yashas Jain (1G,1A) each scored in the third period, as West Van defeated PCHA 3-2. Massimo Urbani (42/44) and Ryan Parker (42/45) each made 42 saves in the game. 

Prairie Hockey Academy(1)  at Edge School (9) U16 Prep

Evhan Allan scored just 4:11 into the game to give Prairie an early lead but Edge would respond with 9 straight goals to pick up the win. Josh Evaschesen (4G) and Miles Cooper (4A) led the way offensively for Edge in the win. Luke Lawford (1G,2A), Oscar Lovsin (1G,1A), Terik Parascak (3A) and Yibin Yoo (2A) all recorded multiple points in the win. Tri-City Americans 2021 WHL Draft pick Benjamin Polhill made 26 saves to earn the win. 

Yale Hockey Academy (3) at RINK Kelowna (4) U18 Prep

RINK Kelowna were down 3-1 at one point in the game but got a shorthanded goal from Gavin McKenna and struck twice on the power-play with goals from Smyth Rebman and Tij Iginla. Iginla was selected in the first round, ninth overall by the Seattle Thunderbirds in the recent 2021 WHL Prospects Draft (along with Ryder Ritchie – 14th overall – Prince Albert Raiders and Jaxsin Vaughn – 21st overall – Regina Pats). Caleb Hadland, who was selected  22nd overall by the Brandon Wheat Kings, scored his 10th goal of the season for Yale Hockey Academy.

Pilot Mound Hockey Academy (3) at International (2) U17 Prep

Lane Johnson converted on the power-play 51-seconds into the game to give International Hockey Academy an early lead but Pilot Mound would respond with three unanswered goals, including a power-play goal from Lazarus Constant. Kayden Big Plume scored his ninth goal of the season, short-handed, to bring IHA within one, but Pilot Mound would ultimately hold on for the win. Kian Hodgins (2-5-0) turned aside 34 of 36 shots for his second win of the season. 

Notre Dame (6) at Prairie Hockey Academy (3) U17 Prep

Notre Dame improved to 18-1-0 on the season, doubling up Prairie Hockey Academy 6-3 on Friday night. Aaron Shanks (2G,3A) scored twice and added three helpers, while MacLean Cooney (2G) scored just 21-seconds into the second period and picked up his eighth of the season later in the game for the Hounds. Andrew Kreis (9-0-0) has won nine straight between the pipes for Notre Dame, making 26 saves for the win. 

Okanagan Hockey Academy (1) at Pacific Coast Hockey Academy (5) U16 Prep

Kobe Sawyer (1G,1A) scored in the first period and Jase Johnstone converted on the powerplay in the second to give Pacific Coast Hockey Academy the 2-0 lead through forty minutes of play. Kayden Clarke would cut into the lead with a power-play marker at 3:43 of the third period to bring Okanagan Hockey Academy to within one, but any comeback hopes were dashed with three straight goals from PCHA. Max Lavoie scored his sixth of the year and back-to-back power-play goals from Austin Garrett and Noah Gebicki would seal it for Pacific Coast Hockey Academy. 

Notre Dame (1) at OHA Edmonton (5) U16 Prep

Ty Gordon was the 121st overall selection by the Prince Albert Raiders at the recent 2021 WHL Prospects Draft, and responded with a three-point night (1G,2A), notching his 15th of the season on the power-play. Bowen Grycan (2G) scored twice for OHA Edmonton, who outshot Notre Dame 56-23 in the game. Ethan Sautner scored the lone goal for the Hounds, breaking the shutout bid for Emmett Neitsch (5-1-0) who made 22 saves for his fifth win of the season. 

RINK Winnipeg (1) at Northern Alberta Xtreme (8)  U16 Prep

Northern Alberta Xtreme (15-4-0) put eight goals on the board, outshooting RINK Winnipeg 42-19 in the process, en route to their 15th win of the season. Kayden Longley (3G) scored a goal in each period, completing the hat-trick with a power-play goal at 10:24 of the final frame, while Luke Davies (1G,2A) had a three-point contribution for NAX. Haden Heide (9-1-0) turned aside 18 of 19 shots for the win and has won his last nine straight starts.

BWC Academy (6) at Shawnigan Lake School (4) U18 Prep

Medicine Hat Tigers’ second-round draft pick (37th overall) Diego Buttazzoni (2G,2A) had a four-point night, scoring the game-winner on the power-play at 17:21 of the third period, and adding an empty net goal, as BWC Academy edged out Shawnigan Lake School with a late game push. Carson Wetsch (1G,1A) scored his eleventh goal of the season for BWC Academy, just 41-seconds into the third period, in his first game since being selected in the first round, 12th overall, by the Calgary Hitmen at the 2021 WHL Prospects Draft.

Delta Hockey Academy (0) at BWC Academy (2) U15

Gianni Bosa scored his 15th of the season on the power-play to give BWC Academy the first period lead (15:11) and it proved to be the game-winning goal against Delta Hockey Academy. Kai Anderson added another tally in the third period (3:13) while Samuel Bastien (9-0-1) stopped all 18 shots he faced for his second shutout of the season and ninth win in a row.