After week 13, and 24 games into the season, the Caribou Cougars continue to widen their lead at the top of the BC Major Midget League and are dominant in almost every category.
The Cougars have only lost twice and tied once so far, posting a league leading 131 goals for, a league leading 43 goals against, and an almost league leading 541 PIMs (the Valley TBirds, 8-13-3, have 542).
Not surprisingly the Cougars have four players in the top 20 scoring department. 17 year old Austin Gray is in second place with 22G-22A, a point off league leading James Malm of the Valley West Hawks at 15G-30A; while teammate Steven Jandric, also 17, is right behind in third with 12G-26A. 16 year old Colton Thomas is seventh spot with 17-18 and 15 year old rookie Justin Almeida is close behind with 16G-17A.
Cougars #6 Todd Bredo (06-08-97) is second in offensive production among league D-men, with 9G-18A, behind Valley West Hawks Matt Barberis, 9G-28A.
The Cougars goaltending duo of Dorrin Luding 10-1-1; 1.83 GAA and Griffen Outhouse 10-1-0, 1.73 GAA are also leading the league.
The Okanagan Rockets are in second place with a record of 16-7-1, and are being lead offensively by Marcus Mitchell 18G-16A and Brandon Whistle 7G-21A. Jordan Reynolds 9-4-0, 2.82 and Cole Demers 8-2-1, 2.59 are backstopping the team with exceptional goaltending.
The NW Giants are two points back of the NE Chiefs in fourth spot, but have two games in hand, with a record of 15-7-0 vs the Chiefs 15-7-2. Beck Warm and David Tendick are right behind Demers and Reynolds near the top of the goalie stats sheet.
The NW Giants dropped two games last weekend to the 8th place Fraser Valley T-Birds, to fall five points behind the Rockets. They are currently tied with the Valley West Hawks, but have two games in hand on both the Hawks and the Rockets.
BCMML Standings, Dec 15, 2014
Forfeit Wins: 1
Vancouver NE Chiefs
Vancouver NW Giants
Forfeit Losses: 1
Valley West Hawks
South Island Royals
Greater Vancouver Canadians
Forfeit Wins: 1
Forfeit Losses: 2
Fraser Valley Thunderbirds
North Island Silvertips
Forfeit Wins: 1
Week 13 Game recaps courtesy of the BCMML.
Greater Vancouver Canadians vs. Valley West Hawks
Game 1: Greater Vancouver 4, Valley West 6
Game 2: Greater Vancouver 6, Valley West 1
This “home and home” series between Lower Mainland teams saw a split, with Valley West taking the first game and Greater Vancouver taking the second. In game 1, the Canadians scored four (4) goals (Michael Tilbury, Ryan Wilkinson (2), and Kyle Uy), but the Hawks prevailed thanks to a hat trick from Matt Barberis, and goals from James Malm (2) and Christian Bosa.
In game 2, it was the Canadians that scored six (6) goals, thanks to efforts from Wilkinson (2), Uy, Justin Schwartz, Samuel Atkins, and Tyler Chiu. Valley West’s lone goal was scored by Ben Evanish.
Vancouver Northwest Giants vs. Fraser Valley Thunderbirds
Game 1: NW Giants 1, Fraser Valley 4
Game 2: NW Giants 2, Fraser Valley 5
This was another home and home between Lower Mainland teams, with Fraser Valley taking both games against the usually potent Giants. In Game 1, Nic Ponak (2), Nate Castonguay, and Brett Clayton scored for the T-Birds, while Justin Wilson scored for the Giants.
In Game 2, Wilson and Will Warm scored for the Giants, but it wasn’t enough to stave off the five (5) Fraser Valley Goals by Ponak, Noah Wiebe, Brice Sharp, and Brett Clayton (2).
Cariboo Cougars vs. North Island Silvertips
Game 1: Cariboo 7, North Island 1
Game 2: Cariboo 4, North Island 1
The Silvertips made the long trek from Vancouver Island to Prince George, where they faced off against the league-leading Cariboo Cougars. Game 1 saw Cariboo’s offensive attack shine once again, with goals from Steven Jandric, Mitchell Williams (2), Justin Almeida, Austin gray, Wesley Shipton, and Todd Bredo. North Island’s goal came from Kyle Topping.
In Game 2, the Cougars again held the Silvertips to just one (1) goal (Matthew Cahill) while scoring four (4) by Riley Coish, Williams, and Jandric.
South Island Royals vs. Okanagan Rockets
Game 1: South Island 5, Okanagan 2
Game 2: South Island 3, Okanagan 7
The reigning MML champions visited Victoria, this weekend, where the Royals eagerly awaited them. In Game 1, the Royals scored five (5) goals (Parker Ellis, Brandon Tutte, Jarrett Malloch, Kurtis Gamble, and Andrew Jack) to the Rockets’ two (2) (Lucas Cullen and Brett Witala).
In Game 2, the Rockets had a reversal of fortune, scoring seven (7) goals (Brandon Whistle, Marcus Mitchell (3), Sam Binfet, Nicholas Higgs, and Cullen), while the Royals only mustered three (3) goals (Ryan Warner, Ben Berard, Malloch).
Kootenay Ice vs. Vancouver Northeast Chiefs
Game 1: Kootenay 1, NE Chiefs 9
Game 2: Kootenay 3, NE Chiefs 7
In Game 1, the Chiefs exploded for nine (9) goals (Harris Pearce, Chong Min Lee, Callum Volpe, Kyle Johnson (3), Marcus Murdock, and San Chung (2)) to Kootenay’s one (1) goal from Blake Sidoni.
In the second game, the Ice mustered three (3) goals from Aigne McGeady-Bruce, Matthew Alderson, and Sidoni, but is wasn’t enough after the Chiefs tallied seven (7) goals (Chung, Johnson, Devon Stafford (2), Ronnie Wilkie, Jeffrey Wong, and Parker Colley).
The BC Hockey Major Midget League was established in 2004 to provide elite level 15, 16 and 17 year olds an opportunity to play within their own age group at a high level and be developed for the next level of hockey. These teams have an opportunity each year to compete for the National Midget Championship.