The opening day of the Macs Midget tournament in Calgary has come to a close with mixed results for the five BC Major Midget League teams entered this year.
One BC team is competing in each of the five pools, which also generally include two teams from the Alberta Midget League, an 18 team league with a 10 team northern division and an eight team southern division. The pools also include one top team from the Saskatchewan Midget League, and one team from further field, either US, Eastern Canada, or Germany.
In Day 1, only #1 BC-ranked Prince George Cougars, pulled off a win, a 6-3 victory against #6 Alberta-ranked Lethbridge Hurricanes.
#2 Okanagan Rockets lost 5-2 to the #2 overall Alberta team, Calgary Buffaloes.
#3 NW Giants played to a 1-1 tie vs #8 Alberta ranked, Calgary Flames.
#4 NE Chiefs lost 7-2 to the #7 UFA Bisons.
#5 Valley West Hawks tied the Huron Perth Lakers 3-3. Rookie James Malm scored a hat-trick for the Hawks. The Lakers play in the Ontario Alliance hockey district in a nine team league that offers freedom of movement for tryouts for players from anywhere in the London-Kitchner-Waterloo-Windsor-Lambdon catchment area. The Lakers are currently in 6th place with a 9-13-3 record.
Notably, the only European team in the tournament, the German u-17 Nationals shutout the #3 Alberta ranked Calgary Royals 5-0.
Game recaps follow, will files courtesy of the Macs Tournament.
Scroll down to bottom of page to see the comparative rankings of the Western Canadian teams.
Lethbridge Hurricanes – 3 Cariboo Cougars – 6
The Cariboo Cougars defeated the Lethbridge Hurricanes 6-3 at the Flames Community Arena, in a game that was tied 3-3 until the middle of the third. Colton Thomas led off the scoring for the Cougars, before Tanner Thompson netted one in reply for the Hurricanes. Cariboo’s Conor MacEachern would add another marker in the middle of the first, to give the Cougars a 2-1 lead after one. Todd Bredo would open the scoring on the power play only 39 seconds into the second to give Cariboo a two goal lead, which would be short-lived as goals from Taner Miller and Grayson Constable from Lethbridge left the game tied at the midway point. The Cougars would pull away in the middle of the third, with goals by Austin Gray, Justin Almeida, and Steven Jandric.
Calgary Buffaloes – 5 Okanagan Rockets – 2
The Calgary Buffaloes downed the Okanagan Rockets 5-2 in a heated battle at the Max Bell Arena. Carter Rhine of Okanagan opened the scoring, but the Calgary Buffaloes answered back with three goals of their own before the end of the first frame. In the second period both teams went scoreless, despite a full two minute, two-man advantage for the Rockets. Matthew Phillips of the Buffaloes finished off a hat trick with a short-handed marker with just over 2 minutes remaining to complete the scoring.
Calgary Flames – 1 Vancouver NW Giants – 1
The Calgary Flames and Vancouver NW Giants skated to a 1-1 tie in a goaltending battle at Father David Bauer Arena. Affiliate Brady Chin of the Giants opened the scoring late in the second period with assists from new addition Jason Village and d=man Ryan Pouliot. Markus Boguslavsky answered back with Calgary’s only tally at the beginning of the third frame, assisted by Matteo Aiello and Donovan Pederson. Fifteen year old David Tendeck stopped 30 shots for Vancouver while Josh Williams responded with 32 saves for the Flames.
UFA Bisons – 7 Vancouver NE Chiefs -3
In a roaring game at the Father David Bauer arena, the UFA Bisons overpowered the Vancouver NE Chiefs, netting seven goals. The Bisons got started early potting three goals in the first period before Jeff Wong of the Chiefs answered back with one before the period ended. The teams battled through a fairly evenly matched second period with one goal each. In the third period the UFA Bisons pulled away with three more goals to for a 7-3 final. Gary Haden of the Bisons picked up a hat trick for a four point game.
Huron Perth Lakers – 3 Valley West Hawks – 3
The Huron Perth Lakers and the Valley West Hawks played a close game at the Father David Bauer Arena, tying a 3-3.
Valley West’s rookie James Malm potted two goals early in the first period, with the second coming while short a skater. Braedyn Aubin and Nick Jung of the Lakers scored a minute apart late in the first to tie that game at 2 at the end of the first period. Huron Perth took the lead in the dying minutes of the second on a goal by Mackinnon Hawkins on the power play. Malm completed his hat trick near the midway point of the third period tie that game and complete the scoring.
A comparative look at the Western Canada teams follows in the chart below.
Stats are based on regular season standings in home league for the five BC, nine Alberta and five Saskatchewan teams entered in the tournament this year.
|Rank||BCMML teams||GP||W||L||T||OTL||Win %||GF||GA||GPG||Pts|
|Rank||AMHL teams||GP||W||L||T||OTL||Win %||GF||GA||GPG||Pts|
|3N||SSAC BP As||23||11||6||6||–||0.478||90||73||3.91||28|
|5N||GP Ernies Storm||23||11||7||5||–||0.478||77||68||3.35||27|
|Rank||SK Teams||GP||W||L||T||OTL||Win %||GF||GA||GPG||Pts|