GAME DAY RECAP: February 17, 2024

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

Mya Young (19/19) had BWC Academy’s goal on lockdown, turning aside 19-shots for her first career shutout in CSSHL competition while leading her team to their third consecutive victory. Eddie Kemp and Bradey Ching were the two forwards that got BWC Academy on the board. Kemp early in the first and Ching late in the third.

Edge School (4) vs OHA Edmonton (7) U15

Joel Ngandu (3G, 2A) played a huge role in securing OHA Edmonton the upset over the second seeded Edge School on Saturday. Ngandu picked up OHA Edmonton’s first two tallies of the match, allowing them to exit the first period up by a margin of 2-1. However, Edge didn’t let up that easily, as they struck for two unanswered goals early in the second to put themselves in the driver’s seat. Just under six-minutes after Ellis Martschuk’s (1G, 1A) goal to put Edge ahead, Cohenn Rotor (1G, 1A) tied things up on the powerplay. This game tying goal put some gas in the tank for OHA Edmonton’s offence as they lit the lamp two more times before the second came to a close. Edge managed to get one more past Taylor Green (43/47) in the third, but his miraculous play in net was another factor in this upset win over Edge. Hunter Jacobs and Ngandu would add another two late in the third to seal up the win in Edmonton. The two teams will play again on Sunday with Edge playing as hosts this time around.

OHA Edmonton (3) vs Calgary International Hockey Academy (4/OT) U17 Prep

A pair of goals from OHA Edmonton’s Callum Maclean (2G) kept the heart of the academy alive and beating through the first forty minutes, keeping their deficit to a single goal after they had surrendered one to Seattle Thunderbirds prospect, Brendan Rudolph (2G), partway through the frame. In the third period, call-up forward Keenan Fox struck for OHA Edmonton, scoring far-side on CIHA goaltender Erich Baxter (20/23). Fox’s goal would get his academy a point, forcing overtime, but the breakneck speed of Rudolph proved fatal for OHA Edmonton’s defence as he greased his way through the middle of the rink before roofing one over Kade Lewis (31/35) for his fourth GWG of the season.

BWC Academy (1) vs Yale Hockey Academy (6) U18 Prep

Lucas Biros put Yale on the board first and they just ran with it, expanding their lead to 3-0 after two periods. Ashton Beriana would put BWC Academy on the scoresheet early in the final frame, but it wasn’t enough to spark a comeback as Yale struck for another three tallies before the game clock expired. Calgary, AB native, Adam M’Hamed (1G, 2A) led the pack with a three-point effort while Nathan Kam (26/27) put up a valued effort in goal to put his academy back in the win column.

North Shore Warriors Orange (3) vs Rink Hockey Academy Kelowna Red (6) U17 Prep

After trading goals in the first period, RHA Kelowna Red took off with a two goal lead early in the second after Rhett Tubello (1G, 1A) and Maddox Bentley (1G, 2A) scored just over three minutes apart. Robert Orr (1G, 1A) would trim that lead down to one with lots of time remaining in the contest for NSW Orange to make a comeback. However, the third period just featured more offence from Kelowna, adding another three to their total before skating away with the victory. Kai Ebert (27/30) was in goal for Kelowna and snatched his first win of the calendar year.

BWC Academy Gold (5) vs Wenatchee Wild Hockey Academy (0) U17 Prep

It was all offence from BWC Academy Gold in their trip to Wenatchee, WA, ripping up their hosts with a textbook 5-0 victory. Noah Sinagowitz (16/16) did his job in net and picked up the peaceful shutout while Jonathan Lee picked up the eventual game winner just 1:54 into the contest. Jaiven Mann (2G) would pick up the insurance marker early in the second en route to a two goal performance.  

Calgary International Hockey Academy (6) vs Notre Dame (2) U18 Prep

CIHA managed to muster 52-shots on goal in this contest. Ben Chornomydz (46/52) played his best and turned aside as much as he could, but CIHA’s offence was just too potent. It started with call-up forwards Kaden Hayes and Lincoln Martin (2G) putting the first three goals on the board for CIHA. Bowman Klippenstein would put a wrench in CIHA’s momentum, scoring halfway through the second, but it was shortly after that where Martin put away his second of the afternoon. Ayden Pimm made it 3-2 with his 12th of the year in the third but CIHA’s offence would pick up the pace after that tally. Oliver Kramp (2G) picked up his first two goals in U18 Prep competition to put this matchup to rest. Victoria Royals prospect, Cole Prelusky (21/23), also picked his first win in U18 Prep.

Northern Alberta Xtreme (4) vs South Alberta Hockey Academy (2) Female U18 Prep

Despite being outshot 28-17, NAX was able to squeeze out a victory thanks to the strong goaltending of Ava Antle (26/28). Antle remained steady through two, stopping all 13-shots she faced, then turned away 13/15 in a busy third period. However, Antle’s performance wouldn’t have gotten the spotlight if it weren’t for NAX’s offensive explosion in the second. Kendra Shumaker (1G, 1A) and Brayden Stewart (1G, 1A) got the offence started with their first two tallies before Larae Benoit sealed the period up with a shorthanded goal to put her academy up 3-0. That SH goal would ultimately go on to be this game’s difference maker, putting NAX back in the win column after dropping their last three matches.

RINK Hockey Academy Winnipeg (2) vs Prairie Hockey Academy (5) U18 Prep

Lucas Bertolin may have got RHA Winnipeg on the board only 1:57 into the matchup, but Quispamsis, NB’s Avery Johnson (2G, 2A) flipped the momentum into PHA’s favour after potting two goals late in the frame. Captain Chance Loke would double PHA’s lead on the powerplay in the second, capitalising off of a fiery response from RHA Winnipeg. Tensions would once again flare up in the third, even after Daxon Yerex (1G, 1A) got RHA Winnipeg back in the mix with a shorthanded goal 29-seconds into the period.  

CIH Academy Green U18 (5) vs King Heights Academy U18 (2) Eastern U18

CIH Green opened this contest with four unanswered goals, including a quick two goals separated only by 7-seconds from Neil Iserhoff and Jeremy Bessette (1G, 1A). However, the two real stars of the show were Lukas Plank (1G, 3A) and Nikita Schneider (1G, 3A), both racking up four-point efforts each in the 5-2 victory. Vytas Lenkutis (2G) nabbed both goals for King Heights, increasing his season output to over a PPG in U18 competition.

Pacific Coast Hockey Academy (7) vs North Shore Warriors (3) U18 Prep

In a fiery clash between two of BC’s most offensively potent academies, PCHA would come out on top. Jase Johnstone recorded the lone goal in the first for PCHA, however this would ultimately be the spark that set off an explosion of offence in the second. PCHA blew up for five goals in the middle frame with a pair coming from Sooke, BC’s Grady Sluggett (2G). NSW would add two in the third, but it was far too late to push for a comeback. Koen Cleaver (37/40) picked up the win between the pipes while Erik Powers (43/50) put in a valiant effort against the fierce Sea Devils.

Okanagan Hockey Academy (5) vs RINK Hockey Academy Kelowna (6) U15 Prep

After being all knotted up a 2-2 early in the second, RHA Kelowna would catch the game’s first break, picking up three unanswered goals before the second period came to a close. This included two quick goals in the final minute of play coming off the sticks of Hudson Podollan (1G, 2A) and Dominik Silbernagel (2G, 1A). Everything seemed routine for RHA Kelowna as the clock ticked down in the third, but OHA was building up a potential comeback, chaining three goals back-to-back-to-back in the final seven-minutes of play. Eli Tverdovsky (1G, 1A) brought OHA to within one with 20-seconds left, but this was as close OHA would come to forcing overtime. RHA Kelowna avoids the scare and picks up their fifth straight win in league competition.

BWC Academy White (0) vs Okanagan Hockey Academy Black (7) U17 Prep

OHA Black did everything in their power to protect their home ice, scoring four unanswered in the first period before adding another three in the third. Charlie Peppinck (15/15) left the ice with his first career CSSHL shutout while Maxx Parfitt (2G, 1A) struck twice. Another four skaters also picked up multi-point efforts in the victory, all having a hand in handing BWC Academy White only their fifth loss in regulation this season.

Delta Hockey Academy Green (1) vs St. George’s School (2/SO) U17 Prep

In this tightly knit affair, goaltending was the major factor. St. George’s finally broke through for the game’s opening goal in the second from Noah Chen. After two periods, St. George’s goaltender, Imaree Dhaliwal (62/63), had made an immaculate 37-saves. His hot-streak would continue in the third, but the Wenatchee Wild’s recently signed forward, Nathaniel Danielson, slipped one past Dhaliwal to make it a 1-1 game and force overtime. A shootout was eventually needed and after things were tied through three rounds, Dhaliwal would stone Max Malinousky in close. Sam Auld was up next and slid one five-hole past Greyson Moroz (36/37) to end this goaltending clinic. Dhaliwal ended the night stopping 3/4 shots in the shootout and making an astounding 62-saves through 65-minutes of play.

OHA Edmonton Black (1) vs Prairie Hockey Academy Blue (2) U17 Prep

No even strength goals found their way past either Aidan Prosser (28/30) or Riley Brown (43/44) in this Saturday matchup. Cohen Friesen (2G) put PHA Blue on the board first off of a feed from Nixon Friesen down low. Fast forward to the second and OHA Edmonton Black’s Brody Nest scored on a jam play in front to tie things at one-a-piece. It wasn’t until past the halfway point in the third before we saw another goal where none other than Cohen Frisen put the game away, once again on the powerplay. Brown would get the best of Prosser, making 43-saves in the tightly knit contest.

Coeur d’Alene Hockey Academy (5) vs Okanagan Hockey Academy (2) U18 Prep

Verners Veinbergs opened the scoring for Coeur d’Alene 4:16 into the first, but he was quickly matched by Ethan Hamilton scoring his 10th goal of the 2023/24 campaign. CDA would keep things close in the first period and actually ended up matching their shot total (14-14). However, late in the frame Charlie Grant and Markus Ruck (2G) potted another two for OHA, allowing them to shift into cruise control for the second. OHA would outshoot CDA 26-8 in the second, adding one more goal to their total thanks to Wyatt Danyleyko. OHA ended up closing this match up with a score of 5-2, outshooting CDA 64-24 in the process. Zane Hill (59/64) played his heart out for an entire sixty-minutes, keeping thing’s relatively close for his academy Saturday evening.