GAME DAY RECAP: March 4, 2024

Indigenous Sports Academy (6) vs Rink Hockey Academy Winnipeg (5) U17 Prep Tier 2

After the first period of play, RHA Winnipeg found themselves up a score of 3-0. River Arnason (1G, 1A) got things started with a goal down in close, which was followed up by two point shots from defenders. Casey Magarrell (1G, 1A) and Josh Shaganya were the beneficiaries of those two. However, ISA got back to within one after the second period after Dontae Bear and Holden Parada scored just 68-seconds apart. The offence would pick up in the final twenty after Courage Steinhauer-George (1G, 1A) tied things up at three a piece. RHA Winnipeg would pounce back into the lead shortly after Carter Haney (1G, 1A) and Haydne Shtykalo (1G, 1A) scored in quick succession. Later in the frame, Daine Thomas would strike on a penalty shot to bring things closer in reach for ISA. A few minutes would pass, then Tayvian Delorme (1G, 3A) would strip RHA Winnipeg of the puck and beat Chase Charriere (25/31) on a breakaway to tie everything up once more. With overtime looking likely, ISA made an entry late into the offensive zone where Steinhauer-George found Phoenix Evans lingering at the top of the circles. Evans would wire home the game winner glove-side, completing the comeback. Chauncy Jack (41/46) made 41-saves in the win.

North Shore Warriors Orange (3) vs Shawnigan Lake School (11) U17 Prep Tier 3

Highlighted by a seven-point performance from Victoria, BC’s McAllister Mugford (5G, 2A), Shawnigan Lake opened their CSSHL Western Championship with an offensive showcase. Shawnigan opened with seven straight goals before Robert Orr got NSW Orange on the board halfway through the second period. In the process, Nigel Alberts (1G, 3A) and Ethan Naus (2G, 2A) also provided four point efforts.

Delta Hockey Academy Black (0) vs South Alberta Hockey Academy (3) U17 Prep Tier 2

SAHA opened their playoffs with a tidy win over Delta Black, scoring once in each period and holding Delta Black off of the scoresheet. Ty Wasyluk scored the eventual game winner late in the first, putting home a rebound top shelf over the blocker of Jake Poblete (54/57). Grady McLeod and Theron Bensler added the other two tallies for SAHA while Mattias Radke (29/29) stopped all 29-shots en route to the first shutout of the 2024 CSSHL Western Championship.

King Heights Academy (2) vs Okanagan Hockey Ontario (6) Eastern U18 Prep

Vytas Lenkutis opened the scoring on a strong solo effort for King Heights, but a quick response from OHO’s Mavrick Boucher (3G) brought them back down to Earth. Jordan Laroda (3G, 2A) would score the first goal as a part of a five-point effort that included a hat-trick with one second left in the first. The duo of Laroda and Boucher continued to dismantle King Heights’ defence for the next two periods, racking up six goals and the eventual victory.

Prairie Hockey Academy Blue (2) vs BWC Academy White (5) U17 Prep Tier 3

A busy first period saw BWC Academy White jump to a 4-1 lead with the help of three individual goal scorers. Dane Svingen-Jones got the ball rolling with a shorthanded goal to break the ice while Mark Lee (2G) and Aiden Baker would add another three before the frame came to a close. PHA Blue’s Rieder Armstrong would resume the scoring in the third, but nothing else was able to be put past Josh Wu (25/27). Oleksii Zhekov (1G, 1A) scored the empty netter to seal the playoff win for BWC Academy White.

Edge School Gold (4) vs Edge School Maroon (0) U17 Prep Tier 1

“It’s such a unique scenario, you’re sitting next to these guys in class everyday” Holden Murphy (24/24) told the CSSHL after the game as both of Edge’s U17 Prep teams faced off to start off their CSSHL Western Championship. Gold had the early lead, scoring twice in the first to establish a lasting presence, including a shorthanded goal from Ryan Boyce at the halfway point of the frame. Scoring would take a dip in the second and would resume late in the third as Gold started to take a stranglehold on the game. Gold would go on to outshoot Maroon 11-3 in the final twenty. Murphy turned aside all 24 of Maroon’s attempts on goal, including 14 in the first period.

OHA Edmonton Black (2) vs OHA Edmonton (3) U17 Prep Tier 2

Between a hat-trick from Callum MacLean (3G) and a strong performance from Ethan Edwards (24/26), OHA Edmonton was able to barely edge out their U17 Prep peers. MacLean potted the first two while Riley Cumby came from behind for Black, scoring with only 6-seconds left on the clock. MacLean polished off his hat-trick with a deflection in front, giving OHA Edmonton a two goal lead after two. Black went on to outshoot their opposition 13-12 in the final frame, managing to squeeze one more past Edwards thanks to the offensive prowess of Calum Giese, but the comeback never came to fruition.

Okanagan Hockey Academy Black (7) vs Coeur d’Alene Hockey Academy (3) U17 Prep Tier 3

We wouldn’t see our first goal until the latter end of the first period, little did we know that goal would provide the kindling to a four goal explosion. OHA Black managed to score four in only 1:56 to end the first period, a pair coming off the stick of Maxx Parfitt (2G, 2A) with the other two coming from Ben Fragle (1G, 2A) and Blake Riley. That first period would go on to be the difference maker, as CDA and OHA Black would go tic for tac and score three a piece before the horn sounded. Jr Peebles (71/78) played his heart out in the loss, posting over 70-saves while Charlie Peppinck (19/22) picked up the win in a much more modest fashion.

Yale Hockey Academy (1) vs BWC Academy Gold (9) U17 Prep Tier 1

After running into penalty trouble in the first, Yale found themselves down by four after twenty minutes of play. BWC Academy Gold went 3/3 on the man advantage in the first period and even picked up a shorthanded goal on one of Yale’s opportunities. Jonathan Bitonti (3G, 1A) was a big contributor on the special teams, picking up a powerplay, shorthanded and even strength goal en route to a hat-trick performance. BWC Academy Gold’s offensive prowess continued to shine in the second as Colton Gerrior (2G, 1A) opened the scoring just 20-seconds into the frame. Kyounghun Oh would score the lone goal for Yale as they would go on to lose in a landslide to open up their postseason. 

Okanagan Hockey Academy (3) vs Pacific Coast Hockey Academy Blue (4/OT) U17 Prep Tier 1

Kadyn O’Brien opened the scoring 1:17 in but Eric Chenxi Jiang tied the game 1:27 later. Caleb Bedard restored the OHA lead before a Cadel Gourlay (1G, 1A) goal once again saw the game tied. Elliott Hill scored the lone second period goal as PCHA Blue grabbed their first lead of the hockey game. After pulling their goalie with more than four minutes remaining, Seth Flett and OHA tied the game in the final minute of play to force overtime. In OT Tristan Gravenor (1G, 1A) scored 1:13 in to give PCHA Blue a 4-3 win. Braxton Becker (38/41) and Micah Davidson (22/26) were in net for their respective teams. 

Wenatchee Wild Hockey Academy (2) vs Notre Dame Hounds (5) U17 Prep Tier 2

Jacob Boekelder (1G, 2A) and Reid White (2G) scored less than three minutes apart late in the first as Notre Dame grabbed a 2-0 lead. Cole Sherstan scored 4:15 into the first and White scored his second of the game 1:46 later as Notre Dame grabbed a commanding 4-0 lead. Brayden Barker got Wenatchee on the board midway through the second period, beating Dane Gillis (23/25). Ryder Gilroy (1G, 1A) and Dylan Johnson traded goals to close out the third period. 

Northern Alberta Xtreme White (3) vs Calgary International Hockey Academy (1) U17 Prep Tier 1

Number 1 seed CIHA grabbed a lead 2:06 into the game as Oliver Kramp put his team ahead of the 16 seed NAX White. Jackson Roberts tied the game in the second before Reese Hicks scored the eventual game winning goal for NAX White 7:06 into the third. Brady Whitehead added a late empty netter to secure the victory. Ty Swanson (28/29) made 28 saves for the win while Cole Prelusky (39/41) faced 41 shots in the loss. 

Prairie Hockey Academy White (4) vs Rink Hockey Academy Kelowna Black (2) U17 Prep Tier 1

Hudson Thiessen (1G, 1A) opened the scoring and Kane Domres (1G, 1A) added a power play goal shortly after as PHA White grabbed a 2-0 lead. Kale Prate added another PHA White power play goal 3:23 into the second. Owen Downey countered with a power play goal of his own and Benjamin Bowtell brought his team within one less than two minutes later. But Griffin Horne scored 1:20 into the second to give PHA White a two-goal cushion and Cameron Beisal (34/36) finished with 34 saves to secure a 4-2 win. Sartaj Dhami (35/39) made 35 saves in the loss. 

Rink Hockey Academy Kelowna Red (2) vs St. George’s School (6) U17 Prep Tier 2

London Taylor (2G) opened the scoring late in the first and Sam Auld (2G) extended the lead with 1:03 left in the period. Rhett Tubello (1G, 1A) would quickly respond for RHA Kelowna Red, scoring 39 seconds later. Harshaan Kaila (1G, 1A) restored the two goal lead with a shorthanded goal before Luke Silvernagle capitalised on the same power play opportunity 36 seconds later. Auld and Taylor would add third period tallies while an empty net goal by Isaac Derksen (1G, 1A) gave St. George’s their second shorthanded goal of the night. 

Notre Dame Red (2) vs Pilot Mound Hockey Academy (6) U17 Prep Tier 2

Carson Carels (1G, 2A) scored 1:52 in, Zane Price (2G) scored 1:20 later and Dwight Sawatzky found the back of the net 1:28 after that as Pilot Mound raced out to a 3-0 lead. Lewis Brown got Notre Dame Red on the board midway through the opening period. Price added his second of the game shortly before Benson Hirst (1G, 1A) scored a power play marker for PMHA to increase the lead to 5-1 heading into the third. Louis Dubray-Regnier (1G, 1A) gave Notre Dame Red early third period life with a power play goal but Brody Wytinck secured the Pilot Mound victory with 10 seconds remaining. Piet Mierau (45/47) made 45 saves and recorded an assist in the win. 

Delta Hockey Academy Green (1) vs Northern Alberta Xtreme Blue (2) U17 Prep Tier 1

After a scoreless first Lukas Lima scored on the power play 59 seconds into the second period to give Delta Green a 1-0 lead. Mats Lajoie tied the game with a power play goal of his own with 8:36 remaining. A 41 save effort from Parker Snell (41/42) took NAX Blue to OT where Kyle Dodd found the back of the net with 29 seconds left to give his team a 2-1 win. Ashton Thornton (27/29) made 27 saves in the loss.