GAME DAY RECAP: March 11, 2024

Okanagan Hockey Academy (3) vs Shawnigan Lake School (6) Female U18 Prep

Team captain Morgan Jackson (3G, 2A) led the way in Shawnigan’s final round robin game, adding five more points to her playoff total which now stands at 11. Jackson initiated the scoring part way through the second after a scoreless first. The scoring really wouldn’t take off until the early moments of the third where Mya Lawrence (1G, 1A) buried one in close. However, OHA’s Kailey Wrigglesworth (2G, 1A) would find the back of the net twice within three minutes to tie this game back up at two. Jackson would unleash another backhander later in the frame to restore Shawnigan’s lead, sparking an eventual three goal swing as Taya Lonsdale (1G, 1A) and Gracie Sazdkowski buried two just 11-seconds apart. Korie McGill (1G, 1A) added one more for OHA, but Jackson would capitalise on the empty net, sealing her hat-trick and Shawnigan’s perfect round robin. 

BWC Academy (6) vs Notre Dame (3) U15 Prep

An opening goal from Connor Liu came just 39-seconds into play, setting the tone that BWC Academy would carry throughout this contest. Sam Shepard (1G, 1A) would score the first of BWC Academy’s three powerplay goals later in the frame. Will Parsons got Notre Dame on the board early in the second, but a follow up goal from Richard Wonyeneh (1G, 1A) put BWC Academy right back in the driver’s seat. Ryker Doka (1G, 1A) would connect with Thomas MacPhee early in the third but once again BWC Academy fought right back, adding three unanswered to ultimately put this game out of reach for Notre Dame.

North Shore Warriors (1) vs South Alberta Hockey Academy (6) Female U18 Prep Consolation

Things remained the same after one period of play. Madison Mahovlich got the Warriors on the board with a late goal. However, SAHA found the accelerator in the second. Kiyra Kletzel (1G, 1A) roofed one on a shorthanded breakaway to take back the lead while Addison Eurich scored off of a takeaway and feed from Keira Grant. SAHA would pot another three in the third period, wrapping up their third win in the consolation bracket.  

OHA Edmonton (7) vs North Shore Warriors (2) U15 Prep

Only three skaters were left off the scoresheet on OHA Edmonton’s roster in their victory over North Shore. Casey Pearson may have opened the scoring for NSW, but OHA Edmonton’s Keenan Fox (2G, 1A) got them back on the right track later in the first. Shortly after Fox’s tally, Liam Reed put OHA Edmonton ahead off a scramble play in front. Scoring would pause for the greater part of the second until Chase Vossennaar knotted things up on the powerplay late in the frame. However, OHA Edmonton would respond with another two tallies before the ice clean. OHA Edmonton would score another three in the third, wrapping up their U15 Prep season on a high note over the Warriors. 

Delta Hockey Academy Black (0) vs Delta Hockey Academy Green (9) Female U18 Prep

Delta Green comfortably closed out their round robin over their academy counterparts. Only one skater failed to hit the scoresheet on Delta Green while Ellie Chou (1G, 3A) led the charge with a four point excursion. Jillian Matthews (8/8) only had to stop eight shots from Delta Black, securing her second straight win and shutout in the postseason.

Okanagan Hockey Academy (2) vs Northern Alberta Xtreme (8) U15 Prep Quarter-Final

NAX opened up their quarter final with an unprecedented six unanswered goals. Kayne Wright got the ball rolling early on the power play, followed by a blistering wrister from Nipawin, SK’s Blake Chorney (2G, 1A). Trey Bohlken (1G, 1A) got the scoring started in the second with Thayne Wasyluk (2G, 1A) and Aiden Wagner scoring shortly after. OHA would eventually get on the board with a circus goal from Carson Smith. Jaggar John (1G, 2A) and Wasyluk would add another pair in the third while Oliver Bryks (26/28) steered aside 26-shots for the comfortable win to move NAX on to the semi-finals.

Okanagan Hockey Academy Black (2) vs Northern Alberta Xtreme (3) Female U18 Prep Consolation

Sarah Kjemhus got the game started late in the first with a solo effort from her own end before wiring one home for NAX. In the second, Sophia Makokis would score an individual effort of her own, tying things up for OHA Black. Later in the frame, NAX’s Larae Benoit capitalised shorthanded to put NAX back in front. NAX would hold on to this lead, eventually expanding on it after Isabello Roppo scored on the powerplay. Samera Gabriel would get one back late for OHA Black, but that was all the story would tell as NAX wins their second consolation matchup. 

RHA Kelowna (2) vs St. George’s School (3/OT) U15 Prep Quarter-Final

St. George’s started this contest like they do on most other occasions, scoring goals at will and establishing a commanding lead. Brock Cripps (1G, 1A) fed Eddy Spytz (1G, 1A) on an early 2-on-1 to get the momentum started. Aaron Castro (1G, 1A) would add a second to St. George’s total soon after his shot barely passed through Asher Netherton (31/34). St. George’s offence would see a dip in the next two periods as RHA Kelowna stepped up the pressure. Finn Howes would capitalise off a turnover in St. George’s zone, stripping a defender of the puck before lacing one past Cash Christier (45/47). The third would see a similar trend, RHA Kelowna would outshoot St. George’s 21-8 in the frame, putting Christie to work. Eventually, RHA Kelowna would catch a break as Jake Brown notched the game tying goal with under ten minutes to go in the period. Overtime was eventually needed despite some last minute efforts from either side. It wouldn’t take long in the extra frame as Cripps directed a zone entry of his own before ripping one five hole on Netherton to secure St. George’s advancement to the semi-finals. The Saints will take on NAX in the U15 Prep semi-finals on Tuesday.

Delta Hockey Academy Green (3) vs RHA Winnipeg (5) U15 Prep Quarter-Final

Cohen Lewko opened the scoring for RHA Winnipeg 11:23 into the first. Logan Pankhurst tied the game less than three minutes later with his first of the Western Championships. Alexander Laing (1G, 2A) gave Delta Green the lead, scoring with 17 seconds left in the first. Jake Ritson (2G, 2A) scored twice in the second, including a buzzer-beater with one second left in the period as RHA Winnipeg re-took the lead. Graeme Pickering (1G, 1A) scored a power play goal midway through the third as RHA Winnipeg doubled their lead. With the goalie pulled, Caden Leibel scored with 2:45 left as Delta Green pulled within one. They would pull the goalie again but Drayden Uhrina would score on an empty net breakaway to secure the RHA Winnipeg victory.  

 Shawnigan Lake School (2) vs Prairie Hockey Academy (7) U15 Prep Consolation

Carson Peet scored 23 seconds into the first as Shawnigan held a 1-0 lead after 20. Ethan Grant responded 1:47 into the second and Soren Hayden (2G) and Nixon Friesen (1G, 2A) added goals to put Prairie ahead. Luke Pratte (2G) scored twice to start the third and Hayden chipped in with his second og the game. Matthew Morris halted the run with a power play goal but a Brady Vipond power play goal just minutes later gave Prairie a convincing 7-2 win. 

Yale Hockey Academy (3) vs Edge School (6) U15 Prep Quarter-Final

After a scoreless first Kaden Mote gave Edge the first goal of the game 3:36 into the second. Yale grabbed a 2-1 lead midway through the period as Ollie Reid (1G, 2A) and Shaun Hildebrandt (1G, 1A) scored just nine seconds apart. Matthew Hilderman (2G) tied the game with a power play goal before Joaquin Geras (1G, 1A) scored shorthanded and James Matheos found the back of the net with 41 seconds left in the period. Braden Malenchak cut into the Edge lead late in the third but empty net goals from Ben Oliverio (1G, 1A) and Matthew Hilderman put the game out of reach. Leif Oaten (28/31) made 28 saves in the win. 

RINK Hockey Academy Winnipeg (1) vs RINK Hockey Academy Kelowna (13) Female U18 Prep

Defenseman Chloe Primerano (1G, 6A) led all skaters with seven points to lead RHA Kelowna to a 13-1 win. Sydney Stibbard beat Madison Bowtell (12/13) 8:55 into the first as RHA Winnipeg led 1-0. But RHA Kelowna rattled off 13 unanswered, including 2 goal efforts from Jordan Blouin (2G, 2A), Gracie Graham (2G, 3A), Danica Maynard (2G, 2A), and Makena Lloyd-Howe (2G). 

Delta Hockey Academy Black (4) vs Pacific Coast Hockey Academy (5) U15 Prep Consolation

Barrett Martens (2G) scored 1:57 in and Ewan Torrance added a goal of his own 1:05 later as Delta Black jumped out to a 2-0 lead. After the slow start, PCHA responded with three straight goals as Kaelen Rusjan (2G), Tristan Follick (1G, 1A) scored two minutes apart before Rusjan added a power play marker two minutes later. Santiago Skinner and Treytin Frizzell (1G, 2A) traded second period goals as the deficit remained at one heading into the third. Martens tied the game late with a power play goal but Kieran Wilson (1G, 1A) scored the game winning goal for PCHA exactly one minute later. Logan MacLean (26/30) made 26 saves in the win. 

St. Mary’s Academy (0) vs Edge School (4) Female U18 Prep

A 24 save shutout from Megs Thiessen (24/24) gave Edge a 4-0 win and a spot in the semi-finals. Olivia Imperato scored one minute in while Shannon Pearson (2G) and Allison McGregor scored 28 seconds apart later in the period. After both goalies kept clean sheets in the second, Pearson scored a late power play goal to secure the Edge victory. Keyauna Robinson-Prefontaine (31/35) made 31 saves in the loss.