GAME DAY RECAP: March 15, 2023

Ontario Hockey Academy U18 vs Mount Academy U18 Varsity Eastern U18

Gus El-Tahhan scored twice and added two assists, while Samuel Boisvert also had a four-point performance with a goal and three helpers for Mount Academy. Kristof Molnar picked up two goals for Ontario Hockey Academy in the loss. Rylan Benner turned aside 26 of 29 shots to register the win between the pipes for Mount Academy. 

Prairie Hockey Academy (0) vs Okanagan Hockey Academy (2) U16 Prep

Cameron Norrie notched the eventual game winning goal, when he scored to put Okanagan Hockey Academy on the board at 4:36 of the first period. Simon Cecconi added an insurance marker in the third period, while Conner Nicolson stopped all 19 shots he faced to pick up the shutout win. 

Shawnigan Lake School (3) vs Yale Hockey Academy (8) U18 Prep

Shots were even 40-40 in the game between Shawnigan Lake School and Yale Hockey Academy. YHA had a five-point night from Ben Kindel, with a goal and four helpers, plus four-point performance from Savin Virk, who picked up two goals and two assists. Ethan Eskit made 37 saves to pick up the win between the pipes for Yale Hockey Academy.

Pacific Coast Hockey Academy (0) vs RHA Kelowna (11) U16 Prep

RINK Kelowna hit double digits on the scoreboard against Pacific Coast Hockey Academy – firing 66 shots on net – while playing a strong defensive game – allowing 12 shots against. Owen Downey (2g,1a) and Cole Serdachny (1g, 2a) both had three point efforts for RHAK, while Julian Galenza and Teghan Mullin added two goals each. Liam Russell picked up the shutout victory with 12 saves between the pipes.

Delta Hockey Academy (2) vs Northern Alberta Xtreme (3/OT) U17 Prep Final

The Northern Alberta Xtreme (NAX) captured their first ever Canadian Sport School Hockey League (CSSHL) U17 Prep Western Championship Wednesday with an exciting 3-2 overtime win over the defending champions, Delta Hockey Academy.

 This was the first season NAX competed in the U17 Prep division. It also marks their third championship of the 2023 Playoffs as the NAX U15 and U15 Prep teams won their divisions earlier this week.

 NAX became the first CSSHL program to capture three CSSHL League Championships in one season. Multiple programs including NAX and Delta have won two championships in a single season.

 It did not take long for action to kick off after puck drop at the U17 Western Championship finals. Both teams made it here off of their goal scoring prowess, but it was the goaltending shining through in the first period with Delta’s Armaan Kaila (30/33) and NAX’s Jordan Switzer (29/31) making 8-crucial saves a piece, leaving both teams scoreless through 20 minutes.

 Much more of the same can be said about the following frame. Delta & NAX’s hard-nosed defence and dialled in goaltending made scoring a luxury. NAX would ultimately get into penalty trouble halfway through the period, having to fend off a 5-on-3 for nearly a minute and a half. NAX would later be awarded for their defensive endeavours, securing one on a 4-minute powerplay of their own thanks to the stick of Luke Powell.

 Play would begin to open up in the third where Delta’s previous overtime hero, Isa Guram, would pot one home on the powerplay with a rocket off of the right-hand circle. This would start a momentum swing for Delta’s U17 squad that would carry through a majority of the period. With around 4-minutes to go in the third, Delta would squeeze another past Switzer thanks to their captain, Nash Holmes.

 NAX would begin to heat up their play amidst those final minutes, and after relentless pressure and forecheck, Lukas Kaplan would be rewarded on the doorstep with the game-tying goal with only 57-seconds left in regulation.

 Overtime would end shortly after puck drop. After a few chances deep in Delta’s end, NAX would get one more entry rush where after a Jaxen Gauchier shot, Finn Kallay would bury home the OT winner to close the U17 Western Championships.

Ontario Hockey Academy Prep (1) vs Bourget College U18 (2/SO) Eastern U18

After a scoreless first period, Bourget College would take the lead in the second with a goal by Ethan Albert. Ontario Hockey Academy would tie the game in the third period as Bjorn Bjornsen lit the lamp, forcing extra time. Overtime solved nothing, but in the shootout Loik Leduc would score the deciding marker for Bourget College.  

Edge School U18 (0) vs RHA Kelowna (4) U18 Female Prep Semi Final

The game was scoreless heading into the third period when RINK Hockey Academy Kelowna opened the scoring. Jaimee Spring opened the scoring, Maddie Leaney scored on the powerplay, Emelia McDermid added an empty-netter, Keara Parker added a goal late to round it out. Eva Filliopva stopped 29 shots to record the shutout and the win for RHAK. 

OHA Edmonton (1) vs RHA Winnipeg (7) U16 Prep

Kayden Turner had a four-point game with a goal and three assists, Jack Bilous added a goal and two helpers, while Reece Gault added three assists for RHA Winnipeg. Brady Low turned aside 14 of 15 shots he faced to pick up the win, with Nicholas Rowney scoring the lone goal for OHA Edmonton.

Shawnigan Lake School U18 (4) vs South Alberta Hockey Academy U18 (1) Female Prep

Abby Whitworth had a goal and an assist, while Zoe Bown, Mikayla Boarder and Arnica Bulmer added solo tallies for Shawnigan Lake School. Kendal Davidson scored the lone goal for Shawnigan Lake School in the loss, as Lauren Mackay turned aside 18 of 19 shots to register the win between the pipes. 

Mount Academy U18 Prep (4) vs Okanagan Hockey Ontario U18 (2) Eastern U18

Landon Tretheway scored two goals for Mount Academy, Brandon Gauthier scored the game-winner and Anthony Molloy added an insurance marker. Jordan Laroda and Jaden Lyons scored for Okanagan Hockey Ontario, but Adam Lecours made 52 saves to pick up the win for Mount Academy.  

St. George’s School (2) vs South Alberta Hockey Academy (5) U18 Prep

Alex Cordero gave St. George’s an early lead but Gavin McKenna (3G, 1A) would respond for SAHA two minutes later as the first ended 1-1. Luka Shcherbyna would score early in the second for St. George’s but SAHA would score four unanswered as McKenna completed the hattrick and Ryan Miller and Kade Duell (1G, 2A) both found the back of the net to give SAHA the 5-2 win. 

Edge School (3) vs Notre Dame (8) U16 Prep

Notre Dame outshot Edge School 53-39 en route to a 8-3 win Wednesday. Jase McNichol (2G, 1A) and Nick Wytrychowski (2G) each scored twice while Jakob Boekelder (2A) and Cater Ellsworth (2A) added two assists in the win. Grady Peterson (36/39) made 36 saves in the win. Jackson Bond, Raiden Ikebuchi and Evan Plewes scored for Edge in the loss. 

RHA Kelowna (5/OT) vs Edge School (4) U18 Prep

Terik Parascak (2G) opened the scoring but RHA Kelowna led 2-1 after 20 thanks to goals from Cameron Schmidt (3G) and John Franceschetti. Schmidt would extend the lead in the second before Parascak brought Edge back within one. However, Raydon Parkes would score with 52 seconds left in the second to restore the two goal lead. Yibin Yoo and Nick Wright would score third period goals to tie the game and force OT before Schmidt would complete the hattrick 3:54 into overtime to give RHA Kelowna the 5-4 win. 

International Hockey Academy (4) vs BWC Academy (0)U18 Prep

Brenner Fyfe (29/29) stopped all 29 shots he faced and Reyd Langan, Ethan Adair (1G, 1A), Justice Loewen and Gavin Garland (1G, 2A) all scored as IHA upset BWC Academy 4-0. Aidan Fischer (19/22) and Massimo Urbani (7/8) combine for 26 saves in the loss. 

North Shore Warriors (7) vs Delta Hockey Academy (4) U16 Prep

Cameron Collins (3G, 2A), Lucas Jakubec (2G, 2A) and Matteo Paradiso (4A) paced the North Shore offence to a 7-4 win over Delta. Beckham Brossard (31/35) made 31 saves to earn the win for North Shore. Imaan Atwal, Nicholas Campbell, Jasper Fellbaum and Dalton Toma scored for Delta in the loss.  

Prairie Hockey Academy (3) vs Okanagan Hockey Academy (1) U18 Prep

Ty Pratte scored for PHA while Stein Dostal responded for OHA as the first period ended tied 1-1. Dmitri Toporowski (1G, 1A) would score the lone second period goal and Jacob Michelson would add another for PHA with eight seconds remaining in the game as Prairie defeated OHA 3-1. Liam Ernst (26/27) made 26 saves in the win. Jesse Sanche (35/38) stopped 35 shots in the loss.