Monday, November 18, 2013
The ninth week of regular season play in the Major Midget League took place over the weekend with 10 games across the province.
At the top of the league, the Okanagan Rockets, who took sole possession of first place in last week by virtue of two home ice wins against Vancouver NW Giants.
The Rockets split their series this weekend vs the Vancouver Canadians, winning the first 3-1 and losing the second 3-2.
The NW Giants meanwhile posted two lop-sided wins in their games vs the Kootenay Ice, 9-1 and 10-3. The two wins closed the gap with the Rockets to two points (27 for Rockets, 25 for Giants).
The two teams have two games in hand on third place Valley West, who are a single point behind the Giants.
Below, reports from the weekend’s five (5) doubleheaders.
Valley West Hawks vs. Vancouver North East Chiefs
Game One (1): Hawks 3 – Chiefs 2
Game Two (2): Chiefs 5 – Hawks 7
The Valley West Hawks and Vancouver North East Chiefs met for a home and away matchup over the weekend where the Hawks came away with a pair of wins. The first period in game one (1) proved to determine the outcome of the game as all five (5) goals were scored within 10 minutes.
Justin Wilde (Surrey) opened the scoring for the Hawks just under four (4) minutes into the game off passes from Jesse Lansdell (Langley) and Davante Stephens (White Rock). A minute later, Stephens made it a two (2) goal game when he found the back of the net with help from Lansdell and Spencer Gerth (Langley).
Eric Callegari (Langley) scored the Hawks third goal midway through the period, assisted by Matt Bradley (Surrey) and Wilde. Connor Burk (Coquitlam) got the Chiefs on the board off a pass from Alex Rasovic (Anmore) followed by a power play goal by Matthew Davis (Port Moody) just a minute later.
The Hawks opened the scoring in game two (2) with an early power play goal Luke Gingras (Langley) off a pass from Ty Westgard (White Rock), followed by their second goal less than 30 second later by Shakeel Ebrahim (Surrey).
Burk got the Chiefs on the board just over a minute later with help from Austin Campeau (Anmore) and Parker Colley (Pitt Meadows). At the midway point of the opening period, Matt Bradley (Surrey) scored an unassisted power play goal for the Hawks. The Hawks made it a four (4) goal game with a pair of back to back goals in the second thanks to Lansdell and an unassisted goal by Gingras.
Before the end of the second, Caleb Fantillo (Coquitlam) scored the Chiefs second goal off a pass from Ziyan Karim (Port Moody). Less than a minute into the third, Jordan Henderson (Coquitlam) scored a power play goal for the Chiefs with help from Burk. Bradley and Wilde each scored in the third for the Hawks, which was followed by a pair of goals for the Chiefs thanks to San Chung (Coquitlam) and Henderson.
Greater Vancouver Canadians vs. Okanagan Rockets
Game One (1): Canadians 1 – Rockets 3
Game Two (2): Canadians 4 – Rockets 3
The Greater Vancouver Canadians hosted the Okanagan Rockets over the weekend where the two (2) teams split their doubleheader. Kobe Oishi (Kelowna) opened the scoring for the Rockets late in the first when he found the back of the net off passes from Tanner Campbell (Kelowna) and Steven Fiust.
Midway through the middle frame, Tyson Jost (Kelowna) made it a two (2) goal game for the Rockets with help from Mahlon Head (Kelowna). The Canadians got on the board half way into the third when Kyle Uy (Vancouver) scored, assisted by Owen Seidel (Richmond) and Braeden Gurney (Delta). With less than 30 seconds remaining in the game, Linden Hora (Kelowna) scored the Rockets final goal off a pass from Tanner Browne (Kelowna).
In game two (2), Dante Hannoun (Delta) opened the scoring for the Canadians just under three (3) minutes into the game with help from Uy and Ryan Jones (Delta), followed by their second goal by Uy. Before the end of the first, Campbell got the Rockets on the board off passes from Oliver Mitchell (Kelowna) and Fiust.
The Canadians scored a pair of back to back goals early in the second thanks to Josh Murphy (Vancouver) and Scott Munro (Vancouver). Campbell scored his second goal of the game for the Rockets, assisted by Jake Kryski (Kelowna) and Gen Bryshun (Kelowna) late in the middle frame. Early in the third, Campbell found the back of the net, for a hat trick, with help from Browne and Kristan Blumenschein.
Vancouver North West Giants vs. Kootenay Ice
Game One (1): Giants 9 – Ice 1
Game Two (2): Giants 10 – Ice 3
It was a tough weekend for the Kootenay Ice as they lost a pair to one (1) of the top teams in the league, the Vancouver North West Giants.
The Giants opened the scoring in game one (1) when Nash Dabb (North Vancouver) found the back of the net with help from Owen Stout (West Vancouver) and Quinn Benjafield (North Vancouver). The lone Ice goal came late in the first when Sam Weber (Nelson) scored off a pass from Ryan Neil (Fruitvale).
The Giants scored four (4) straight goals in the second thanks to Benjafield, Mitchell Stapley (North Vancouver) and a pair from Dante Fabbro (Whistler). The Giants added to their lead in the third with four (4) more goals: by Tak Anholt (North Vancouver), Stout, Dabb and Ryland Chernomaz (North Vancouver).
The Giants took an early lead in the first period of game two (2) with four (4) straight goals by Quinn Thompson (West Vancouver), Dabb, Benjafield and Jack Tadey (North Vancouver).
By late in the second, the Giants had added four (4) more goals thanks to Dabb, Keyvan Mokhtari (Burnaby) and a pair by Stout.
With just under a minute remaining in the middle frame, Spencer McLean (Montrose) got the Ice on the board with help from Justin Podgorenko (Nelson) and Sawyer Hunt (Nelson).
Stout scored his third of the game off a pass from Benjafield followed by Ice’s second goal thanks to Kadrian Klimchuk (Castlegar). Before the end of the game, Dabb scored his hat trick goal for the Giants and Ross Armour netted one (1) for the Ice.
Fraser Valley Thunderbirds vs. Thompson Blazers
Game One (1): Thunderbirds 8 – Blazers 1
Game Two (2): Thunderbirds 3 – Blazers 3
The Thompson Blazers visited the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds in Chilliwack over the weekend where the team went home with a loss and tie. In game one (1), Cole Perison (Kamloops) opened the scoring with a power play goal for the Blazers just over two (2) minutes into the game, assisted by Tylor Seabrooke (Kamloops) and Dante Caillier (Kamloops).
The Thunderbirds answered back 10 seconds later thanks to Andrew Strelezki (Mission), from Justin Bowerman (Mission) and Austin Wellsby (Chilliwack). Late in the period, Cody Paivarinta (Abbotsford) scored the go ahead goal for the Thunderbirds followed by an unassisted goal by Nicholas Ponak (Abbotsford).
The Thunderbirds scored a pair of power play goals in the second thanks to Strelezki and Evan Cusmano (Abbotsford). Ponak netted a pair and Keanu Jarvis scored for the Thunderbirds in the third.
The Thunderbirds took an early lead in game two (2) with three (3) first period goals thanks to Bowerman, Ponak and Dryden Downing (Chilliwack). The Blazers answered back in the second to tie the game. Nii Noi Tetteh (Revelstoke), Dexter Robinson (Kamloops) and Riley Barnes (Merritt) scored the Blazers goals.
Cariboo Cougars vs. North Island Silvertips
Game One (1): Cougars 6 – Silvertips 2
Game Two (2): Cougars 5 – Silvertips 2
The North Island Silvertips made the long road trip to visit the Cariboo Cougars where they lost the pair in Prince George.
The Cougars opened game one (1) with a pair of goals in the opening period thanks to Steven Jandric (Prince George) and Chase Dubois (Williams Lake).
Just over two (2) minutes into the second, Hunter Findlater (Powell River) got the Silvertips on the board off a pass from Mathieu Jallabert (Nanaimo). Findlater scored his second goal a few minutes later, assisted by Dylan Coghlan (Nanaimo) and Joe Surgenor (Courtenay). The Cougars added two (2) more goals in the second from Dubois and Isaiha Berra (Prince George).
Dubois picked up a hat trick in the final frame when he scored the Cougars fifth goal which was followed by another goal from Jandric.
The Silvertips got off to an early start in game two (2) with a pair of goals in the opening period thanks to Surgenor and Trent Bell.
The Cougars answered back in the second scoring two (2) of their own by Riley Pettitt (Whitehorse) and Jandric. Just past the midway mark of the third, Jesse Roach (Quesnel) scored the go ahead goal for the Cougars off passes from Bryan Allbee (Prince George) and Berra.
Late in the period, the Silvertips pulled their goalie for the extra attacker, but the Cougars were able to net a pair thanks to Cole Morris (Prince George) and Greg Dakus (Prince George) just four (4) seconds apart.
Standings and Top Scorers:
|Vancouver NW Giants||16||12||3||1||25||77||35||174||10|
|Valley West Hawks||18||12||6||0||24||80||59||281||15|
|Vancouver NE Chiefs||16||7||6||3||17||54||45||194||12|
|South Island Royals||16||7||7||2||16||66||62||229||14|
|Greater Vancouver Canadians||18||7||10||1||15||58||61||313||17|
|North Island Silvertips||16||6||8||2||14||50||60||288||18|
|Fraser Valley Thunderbirds||16||5||9||2||12||58||75||255||15|
|9||Tyson Jost||Okanagan Rockets||F||13||13||17||30||35|
|14||Colton Kerfoot||Vancouver NW Giants||F||16||12||15||27||18|
|15||Haydn Hopkins||South Island Royals||F||16||10||17||27||15|
|18||Nick Guiney||South Island Royals||F||15||14||11||25||18|
|7||Liam Finlay||Okanagan Rockets||F||10||7||18||25||2|
|14||Andrew Strelezki||Fraser Valley Thunderbirds||F||16||16||7||23||14|
|18||Quinn Thompson||Vancouver NW Giants||F||15||12||11||23||12|
|24||Tanner Campbell||Okanagan Rockets||F||16||11||12||23||26|
|8||Jordan Funk||Valley West Hawks||F||17||7||15||22||16|
|9||Jesse Roach||Cariboo Cougars||F||16||8||13||21||24|
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.
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