Warman, SK – The BWC Bruins stormed to a dominant 9-2 victory over the Sask Valley Vipers on Sunday to be crowed 2017 Western Bantam Champions. BWC, who went undefeated with a 4-0-0 record to advance to the championship game, capped off an outstanding season, while losing only one game all year – in overtime.
The Bruins went 20-0-0 in regular season play, before going 7-0-1 in PCAHA Divison 1 play. They went 6-0-0 through the postseason to advance to the Western Bantam Championships.
This marks the second consecutive championship for BWC, who defended their title after defeating the Rocky Mountain Raiders in last year’s final, held in Okotoks, AB.
BWC was led up front by Kalen Szeto, who averaged 3 points-per-game, with 5 goals and 15 points through 5 games. Teammate Kyler Kovich led the tournament with 7 goals – and 13 points – through 5 games. 2003-born Trevor Wong played a key part of the equation for BWC, with 10 points in the tournament. In net, Koen MacInnes posted an excellent 3-0-0 record with a 950 SV% to help backstop his team. BWC posted a 23-8 goal differential throughout the tournament, and never allowed more than 2 goals against in any of their 5 games.
Sask Valley, who hosted this year’s event, went 2-1-1 through the round robin to finish second and earn a berth in the championship game, where they ultimately fell to BWC. They were led up front by Josh Pillar, who had 6 goals and 9 points through 5 games, including a hat trick in the opening game of the tournament.
Rounding out the top three was the Fort Saskatchewan Rangers, who went 3-2-0, finished third at the event, led by a strong goaltending performance from Sebastian Cossa, and balanced offense with contributions from Noah Boyko, Alex Thacker, Raphael Pelletier and Jesse Nash.
For more on the 2017 Western Bantam Championships, including final standings, results, and stats, visit wcbhc2017.ca.