December 29, 2017, noon Pacific
Five BCMML teams are competing in the 2017 Mac’s AAA Midget Hockey Tournament, in Calgary, Alberta. One team has been placed into each of the five Round Robin Pools. The teams will play four round robin games to start.
To mid-day Friday, the top three BC teams, Valley West Hawks, Cariboo Cougars, and Fraser Valley Thunderbirds remain in contention for the playoff round.
The Macs tournament has been running since 1978 and attracts top teams from across Western Canada and the USA, plus a few select clubs from Europe, including national teams from Hungary and Belarus this year.
BC team reports for Mac’s play so far:
The Valley West Hawks are the number 1 team in the BCMML, a position they have held for the past four weeks.
The Hawks are currently 20-3-1-0 OTL, with 143 GF – 62 GA, 397 PIM in league play.
So far they are faring best of all the BC teams, with a win and two ties in their first three games, and are leading their pool, with a game to play. However, at both Calgary Northstars and Regina Pat Canadians – who they’ve tied – have two games to play.
The Hawks opened Boxing Day vs Airdrie CFR Bisons with a 5-3 W.
They tied the Regina Pat Canadians 3-3 Wednesday morning, and Calgary Northstars 2-2 Thursday afternoon,
After a welcome day off, they’ll wrap vs the Ontario Jr. Reign 8:00 AM Pacific on December 30.
The Northstars downed the Reign 5-1 on Boxing Day, and Airdrie edged them 4-3 on the 27th – they were off Thursday, and meet Regina Pat Canadians Friday afternoon.
Pool Standings end of December 28:
|VALLEY WEST HAWKS||3||1||0||2||4||10||8||26|
|REGINA PAT CANADIANS||2||1||0||1||3||7||3||44|
|AIRDRIE CFR BISONS||3||1||2||0||2||7||12||64|
|ONTARIO JR. REIGN||2||0||2||0||0||4||9||54|
Game 1 Update: 5-3 EN win vs Airdrie
Hawks win the opener 5-3 vs Airdrie (#9 AMHL South, 7-15-2), with two goals in the third to break a 3-3 tie.
Airdrie opened a 2-1 lead after the first, and Hawks battled back with goals from Max Mohagen and Nolan Krogfoss in the second to tie it up.
Krogfoss scored with 2:33 left in the third to give the Hawks their first lead of the game. Dawson Penner scored the empty netter with 55 seconds left to clink it.
Mohagen 1G-3A was player of the game for the Hawks. Justin Sourdif was 3A, Krogfoss was 2G. Josh Dias got the win, stopping 18 of 21.
Hawks fired 30 shots on Steven Bacovsky. Jake Petrie was 2G for Airdrie.
Game 2 Update: 3-3 vs Regina Pat Canadians
The Hawks were back on the ice for game two Wednesday morning, facing the Regina Pat Canadians, in a game that would be all about special teams.
The Canadians got things rolling with just 44 seconds into the game, on a shorthanded goal from Matthew Cullings.
Mohagen evened it up at even strength with 5:26 left in the period, on a play from Sourdif and Krogfoss.
Reece Henry got the only goal in the second, to give the Pats a 2-1 lead going into the third.
Regina would go up 3-1 on a Chase Nameth power play goal before Krogfoss scored on another power play at 10:08, from Mohagen and Sourdiff.
Josh Pederson tied it on a short-handed goal, assisted by Tyler Chyzowski with 6:14 left, to finish the scoring, 3-3.
Josh Dias of the Hawks and Nathan Moore of the Canadians both stopped 16 of 19.
Game 3 Update: 3-3 vs Calgary Northstars 2-2
The Hawks faced off against the #5 ranked South division Calgary Northstars (13-5-3, 94GF-62GA) Thursday afternoon for their third game game in three days.
After scoring two late first period goals, from Kabir Gill at 1:09 and from Justin Sourdif on a power play at 0:53, the Hawks took a 2-1 lead into the second, but that would be it for Hawks goals.
After a scoreless second, Northstars’ Brendan Adams scored midway through the final frame to close out the scoring, 2-2.
Gill was 1G-1A to lead the Hawks. Josh Dias was terrific stopping 39 of 41. Sam Smith stopped 18 of 20 for the Northstars.
The Cariboo Cougars, who represent North Central British Columba are currently in second place in the BCMML.
The team is 19-4-1-0 OTL, 118GF-69GA record, 370 PIM in league play.
So far the Cougars are 1-1-1 at the Mac’s, and will play their fourth game in four days Friday evening.
They opened the tournament on Boxing Day with a 10-0 win vs the Carolina Junior Hurricanes, and followed up with a 5-5 tie on Wednesday afternoon vs the Swift Current Legionnaires.
The Cougars were back on the ice for a tough 9:00 AM (Mountain time) start on Thursday, and lost 2-0 to the Knights of Columbus Pats of Edmonton, who are currently in second place of the AMHL North division, with a 13-9-2, 81GF-62GA record.
They finish with a game vs the Calgary Buffaloes, 7:00 PM (Pacific time), December 29. The Buffaloes are currently in second place in the AMHL South Division, with a record of 18-5-2-, and 127 GF – 47 GA.
The Buffalos and Knights of Columbus are leading the Cougars by a point, and both have a game in hand after day three.
The Buffaloes blew out Swift Current 9-1 on Boxing Day and after a day off, also clobbered Carolina, 15-1.
After their game vs the Cougars, the Buffs will finish Saturday, with a game against the Knights. KoC will play Swift Current Friday.
Pool standings end of December 28:
|KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS PATS||2||2||0||0||4||12||1||16|
|SWIFT CURRENT LEGIONNAIRES||2||0||1||1||1||6||14||16|
|CAROLINA JR HURRICANES||3||0||3||0||0||2||35||12|
Game 1 Update: 10-0 W vs Carolina
Cougars open with 10-0 win vs Carolina. Score was 1-0 after first, 9-0 after second.
Brennan Algunas was 1G-1A, Mason Richey 1G-2A, Craig MacDonald 3A. Brett Funder and Brendan Pigeon were 1G-1A. Marcus Allen stopped 14 shots. Shots were 33-14.
Game 2 Update: 5-5 vs Swift Current
In game two Wednesday afternoon (5:15 local time), the Cougars jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first, on a goal by Brandon Dent with 13:30 to go, and then on a Mason Richey power play marker with 38 seconds left.
In a wild second period, the Cougars scored three in a row, including two more power play goals – by Hunter Flores, and Richey, and an unassisted even strength goal by Brennan Malgunas, to take a 5-0 lead with 14:03 left in the period.
But Legionnaires quickly turned the tables; scoring four in a row, including three power play goals, to finish the period 5-4, Cougars.
A lone goal in the third by Swift Current’s Jacob Pillar, his third of the game, about seven minutes in tied up, and the game finished 5-5.
Malgunas was 1G-3A for the Cougars. Richey was 2G, Floris and Dent were both 1G-1A.
Shots were 29-25 for Swift Current. Marcus Allen stopped 24 for Cariboo. Cody Levesque was 14-14 over 34:03 in relief for Swift Current.
Game 3 Update: 2-0 EN loss to Knights of Columbus
After a tough 5-4 win the Wednesday, the Cougars were back on the ice for an early 9:00 AM local time game vs one of the top Alberta teams, the Knights of Columbus Pats from Edmonton.
A single goal by Pats’ Jake Aston late in the second held til Brett Rylance finished with an empty netter with 1 second left in the game.
Marcus Allen saved 29-30, Braedan Stephen stopped 21 for the shutout.
The Fraser Valley Thunderbirds are currently in third place of the BCMML, with a record of 16-6-1-1 OTL, with 113 GF – 75 GA, 500 PIM.
Fraser Valley played their first game at the Mac’s on Boxing Day vs the Hungarian National U18 team winning 7-2.
After a day off Wednesday, the T-Birds fell to St. Albert Raiders 5-1 late Thursday afternoon.
They are currently tied with the Tisdale Trojans in pool play and are two back of the leaders with a game in hand.
They’ll meet Calgary Royals, 1:30 PM, December 29, and wrap up their round robin vs Tisdale Trojans, 8:00 AM, Saturday, December 30 (Pacific times).
The Royals lost 4-3 to St. Albert in their opener, then downed the Hungarians 5-1 and Tisdale 3-1.
Tisdale downed St. Albert 5-2 on Wednesday, and lost 3-1 to the Royals on Thursday.
Pool Standings mid-day, December 29.
|St. Albert Raiders||3||2||1||0||4||11||9||26|
|Fraser Valley Thunderbirds||2||1||1||0||2||8||7||32|
|Hungarian National U18||2||0||2||0||0||3||12||46|
Game 1 Update:
T-Birds won their Boxing Day opener 7-2 vs the Hungarian National U18. The score was 4-0 after first, 5-1 after second. The Hungarians lost 5-1 to the Calgary Royals in their second game.
Justin Plett with hat trick, Jackson Mainse with 2G. Harkirat Gill and Ethan Bowen 1G-1A. Dawson Pelletier with win.
Game 2 Update:
In game two Thursday afternoon, the T-Birds got behind 2-0 after the first on a pair of even strength goals, before Will Dow-Kenny narrowed the gap to 2-1 with the only goal in the second period.
In the third it was all St. Albert, scoring three goals in under four minutes in the first half of the period. Two of the goals were power play goals.
Gabe Beingessner finished in nets, stopping 3 in 10:29.
Shots were 33-27 for the T-Birds. The Raiders got goals from five different players. Brett Bamber was 1G-1A, Eddie Gallager and Zachery Carlson were 2A. Evan Fradette stopped 32.
The Vancouver Giants are currently tied in 5th place of the BCMML with the Greater Vancouver Canadians.
The NW Giants are 12-9-0-1 OTL, 80GF-71GA.
After three games the Giants are 0-2-1.
The Giants opened their Mac’s in Calgary Boxing Day with a 11-2 loss vs defending champion Belarus National U17s.
After a day off, they met #3 ranked South Division Red Deer Rebels (16-3-5, 72GF-41GA) Thursday afternoon losing 4-2, after being down 3-0.
They met Saskatoon Contacts in an early game Friday morning, tying them 6-6, coming from a 6-2 deficit.
They’ll wrap with a game vs Calgary Flames, 1:30 PM (Pacific), Saturday, December 30.
Pool Standings mid-day, December 29.
|Red Deer Optimist Chiefs||2||2||0||0||4||7||4||26|
|Belarus National U17||3||2||1||0||4||17||7||36|
|Vancouver NW Giants||3||0||2||1||1||10||21||30|
Game 1 Update:
NW Giants fell 11-2 to defending champion Belarus National U17s in game 1. Shots were 39-11 Belarus. Belarus with four power play and two short-handed goals. 4-1, 8-1, 11-2 peiord scores. NW goals by Matteo Pecchia and Jason Chu.
Game 2 Update:
After a scoreless first, Red Deer opened a 2-0 lead at the end of two, on a power play goal from Deegan Mofford at 9:44 and an even strength marker from Ryan McBeath.
Red Deer went up 3-0 on another power play on a goal from Brett Meerman, at 13:04.
Two quick power play goals from the Giants got them right back in the game. D-man Jimmy Darby got the first one at 11:03, followed by one from Christian Buono at 10:17, to make it 3-2.
But Red Deer’s McBeath scored late to close it out 4-2.
Nik Hoem stopped 34 of 38 for the Giants. Bretton Park stopped 19 of 21 for the Chiefs.
Game 3 Update:
The Giants met the Saskatoon Contacts for an early 8:00 AM (Pacific) Friday morning, and tied 6-6, after going down 6-2 in the second period.
Kyle Jennings scored late in the second to make it 6-3. Connell made it 6-4, Jason Chu closed the gap to 6-5, and Connell closed with his second to finish 6-6.
Christian Buono and Jimmy Darby got the first two.
Greater Vancouver Canadians are currently tied with the NW Giants in 5th place of the BCMML.
GVC are 12-11-0-1 OTL, 94 GF vs 82 GA.
Greater Vancouver opened their Mac’s tourney Boxing Day with a 6-1 loss vs the Okotoks Bow Mark Oilers.
Game two, Thursday morning dealt out more of the same, a 7-0 loss vs the Prince Albert Mintos.
New York Jr. Islanders, 8:00 AM, December 29; and
Lethbridge Hurricanes, 1:30 PM, December 30.
All times Pacific.
Game 1 Update: 6-1 loss to Okotoks
GVC lost their Boxing Day opener 6-1 vs Okotoks (#7 AMML South 12-8-4), shots were 31-22 GVC.
Tyler Hostmann with lone GVC marker.
Score 1-0 after first, 4-1 after second.
Game 2 Update: 7-0 loss to Prince Albert
GVC were shut out 7-0 by Prince Albert Mintos in their second game of the tournament, on Thursday.
The Mintos opened a 3-0 lead in the first and scored two more in the second and third. Shots were 28 to 16.
Mintos Alex Moar was 2G-2A, Parker Fofonoff was 2G-1A. Cale Elder got the shutout. Remarkably, no penalties.
Game 3 Update: 6-5 loss to New York Jr. Islanders
Game details not available at posting.
Pool Standings noon, Friday, December 29.
|New York Jr. Islanders||4||2||0||2||6||12||9||36|
|Okotoks Bow Mark Oilers||2||1||0||1||3||9||4||42|
|Prince Albert Mintos||3||1||2||0||2||7||6||14|
|Greater Vancouver Canadians||3||0||3||0||0||6||19||12|
Wondering how the Alberta teams stack up? Here’s a look at current league standings just prior to Mac’s.
Alberta Midget Hockey League Stats:
|1||Lethbridge Midget AAA Hurricanes||24||18||3||3||88||46||39|
|3||Red Deer Optimist Chiefs||24||16||3||5||72||41||37|
|7||Okotoks Bow Mark Oilers||24||12||8||4||85||79||28|
|8||Canadian Women’s Olympic Team||13||7||4||2||39||31||16|
|9||Airdrie CFR Bisons||24||7||15||2||59||84||16|
|1||St Albert Tire Warehouse Raiders||25||13||8||4||70||51||30|
|2||Knights of Columbus Pats||24||13||9||2||81||62||28|
|3||Sherwood Park J.Ennis Kings||25||9||13||3||67||81||21|
|4||Leduc Chrysler Oil Kings||25||7||12||6||76||88||20|
|5||SSAC Boston Pizza Athletics||24||5||11||8||72||88||18|
|6||Grande Peace Ernies Sports Storm||24||6||13||5||63||89||17|
|7||CAC Gregg Distributors||23||6||15||2||62||94||14|
|8||Fort Saskatchewan Boston Pizza Rangers||25||6||17||2||57||97||14|
|9||Lloydminster Bandit Energy Bobcats||23||5||16||2||62||109||12|
|10||MLAC Beverly Optimists||25||1||20||4||49||117||6|