November 14, 2017
The Cariboo Cougars are leading a contingent of five BCMML teams that will be making the trek to Calgary over the Christmas break, to compete in the prestigious Mac’s AAA Midget Tournament.
The Cougars lead a group made up of the top five in current league standings – followed by the Valley West Hawks, Greater Vancouver Canadians, Vancouver North West Giants and the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds.
The Cougars, who claimed the Mac’s title in 2014 and were eliminated in the playoff semifinals the past two years, lead the 11 club BCMML with a 12-3-1-0 record.
The Mac’s features a 25-team male division and annually draws participants from Canada, the United States and Europe.
The Cougars have now been asked to attend the Mac’s for 11 consecutive years. They are returning this year as BCMML Champions – they defeated the Greater Vancouver Canadians last spring for the title.
In 2014, the Cougars beat the Regina Pat Canadians 2-1 in double overtime in the final. In 2015, they were knocked out by the Lloydminster Bobcats and, last year, they fell to the Belarus National Under-17 team, which went on to take gold.
The North West Giants also have strong history tournament, and will be looking to regain their former glory after failing to qualify last year. The Giants were crowned champions in 2009 and 2012, and were runners up in 2007 and 2008.
Valley West – just two points back of the Cougars at the moment, with two games in hand – are returning for their second straight year, and were the 2015-2016 BCMML champions.
The Fraser Valley Thunderbirds are making their first appearance at the tournament.
As usual, the championship final will be held at the Scotiabank Saddledome, home to the NHL’s Calgary Flames.
The Cougars had a 13-game unbeaten streak snapped when they lost 7-2 to the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds on Sunday at Kin 1. The Cats prevailed 4-3 the previous day.
The Cariboo club will host the Vancouver Northwest Giants this coming weekend. The games are Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 10 a.m., both at Kin 1 in Prince George.
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|2||VW Hawks||14||11||2||1||0||23||79||39||167||1-2 L||5-5 T||n/c|
|3||GVC||16||9||6||0||1||19||66||50||162||2-3 L||3-2 W||n/c|
|4||NW Giants||14||9||5||0||0||18||60||44||320||1-4 L||4-3 W||n/c|
|5||FV Thunderbirds||14||7||5||1||1||16||61||50||290||3-4 L||7-2 W||n/c|
|6||OK Rockets||14||7||6||1||0||15||53||52||195||2-1 W||5-5 T||up 1|
|7||NE Chiefs||14||5||6||1||2||13||46||54||192||bye||bye||down 1|
|8||Kootenay Ice||14||5||7||0||2||12||42||55||190||4-2 W||2-3 L||n/c|
|9||NI Silvertips||14||5||8||1||0||11||39||62||368||3-2 W||2-3 L||n/c|
|10||Thomp Blazers||14||5||9||0||0||10||34||58||310||4-1 W||3-4 L||n/c|
|11||SI Royals||16||2||14||0||0||4||37||78||231||2-4 L||3-2 W||n/c|