December 26, 2017
Week 13 of BC Major Midget League wrapped up Thursday, with an unusual weekday game featuring the league leading Valley West Hawks and the Greater Vancouver Canadians at the Richmond Oval.
In a tight see-sawing battle, Valley West emerged on top of a 5-4 decision, and head into the Christmas break with a two point lead over the Cariboo Cougars.
The game completed the Hawks two game sweep of the Canadians, which started December 14 with a 4-1 win at the Langley Events Centre.
Cariboo meanwhile maintained their pursuit of the Hawks with 7-5 and 8-2 wins over the North Island Silvertips in Nanaimo, on December 16 and 17.
Fraser Valley T-Birds also put up two wins in their final pre-Christmas series vs the North West Giants, 6-3 and 6-1 in a home and home at MSA in Abbotsford and at 8 Rinks in Burnaby, to stay in third place overall.
The two losses bumped NW down a spot in the standings, to 5th place, where they remain tied with GVC with 25 points.
The Okanagan Rockets meanwhile jumped up two spots, past NW and GVC, with a three point weekend vs the South Island Royals on the Island. The Rockets opened with a 6-0 win Saturday in North Saanich; and then battled to a 2-2 tie Sunday at the Shawnigan Lake Arena for the single point.
The NE Chiefs remain in seventh place overall, after picking up three points in Trail vs Kootenay, December 16-17. The Chiefs picked up a point in game one Saturday in a 3-2 OT loss and finished up with a 3-2 win Sunday.
The Kootenay OT win increased their lead over the 10th place Blazers to four points.
Thompson Blazers had the bye weekend.
Here’s a recap of all the Week 13 series. Scroll down for standings and stats leaders.
VW Sweep GVC, 4-1; 5-4.
First place Hawks opened their series vs GVC with a game Thursday, December 14 at the Langley Event Centre and wrapped it up a week later at the Richmond Oval.
In game 1, the teams were tied 1-1 after the first on an early power play goal by the Hawks Josh Pedersen, and an even strength marker by Marcus Pantazis with 2:30 left in the period.
The Hawks opened a two goal lead with two more in the second, from Max Mohagen and Kyle Forbes, and then closed it off with an empty netter from Mogahen.
Elliot Marshall took the loss for GVC, Josh Dias got the win.
It was a different story a week later when the teams met in Richmond.
GVC opened with two goals in under two minutes on markers from Tyler Horstmann and Hayden Tuba.
The Hawks Nolan Krogfoss quickly got the Hawks back to 2-1 on a power play at the 15:48 mark.
Less than two minutes later, Gabriel Parent restored GVC’s two goal lead short-handed. But another power play goal, this time from Mogahen, finally finished the first period scoring, with 11:08 to play, 3-2 GVC.
In the second each team scored once, at the end of the period. Justin Sourdif briefly tied the game at 3-3, before Micheal Tersigni regained the lead for GVC with just six seconds left.
Josh Peterson then tied it up again for the Hawks, just over a minuted into the third. Caden Creasy game the Hawks their first lead of the game with 11:32 to go – a lead which held through the rest of the period to give the Hawks the two game sweep.
Mohagen, Krogfoss, Peterson and Creasy were all 1G-1A for the Hawks.
Jayden Shull got the win in relief for the Hawks, allowing one goal in 47 minutes of play.
Marshall took the loss. GVC took nine minors vs six for the Hawks.
The Hawks are spending the Christmas break in Calgary at the Mac’s Midget Tournament along with the Cougars, GVC, NW Giants and Fraser Valley – the top five BCMML teams when Mac’s team selections closed in early November.
Hawks open Boxing Day vs Airdrie CFR Bisons, then face Regina Pat Canadians, December 27; Calgary North Stars, December 28; and wrap the round robin vs Ontario Jr. Reign on December 30.
The Hawks will resume league play vs second place Cariboo Cougars at the Capital News Centre showcase in Kelowna January 13 and 14 in a showdown for first place.
Cariboo sweep North Island, 7-5, 8-2.
#2 Cariboo travelled to Vancouver Island for a two game match up vs the South Island Royals, and as anticipated came away with a couple of wins, although the first one was much closer than anticipated, 7-5, while the second finished 8-2.
Floris Hunter scored the first two of three on the night to open 2-1 lead for the Cougars in the first period, before goals from Josh Parkin and Davis Frank tied it up for the Royals 3-3, at the end of two.
Cariboo scored four in the third, vs two from the Royals to finish the game at 7-5.
Floris finished 3G, Brandon Dent 3A, Bett Fudger 2G and Brennan Lalgunas 2A for the Cougars.
Riley Gannon was 1G-3A for the Royals; Ethan Jones was 2A.
Austin Dendl took the loss, and Ryan Buchan got the win.
It was a different story in the rematch Sunday, as the Cougars opened a 4-2 lead in the first, and then finished with four more in the third, to wrap it up at 8-2.
Dent was 2G-2A, Mason Richey 2G-1A, and Floris 1G-2A for Cariboo.
Marcus Allen got the win.
Cariboo are spending the Christmas break in Calgary at the Mac’s along with Valley West, GVC, NW Giants and Fraser Valley.
Cougars open the Mac’s Boxing Day for Carolina Junior Hurricanes, then play Swift Current Legionnaires December 27, Knights of Columbus Pats December 28, and wrap the round robin vs Calgary Buffaloes December 29.
Cariboo will resume league play vs the Hawks at the Capital News Centre showcase in Kelowna January 13 and 14 in a showdown for first place.
T-Birds sweep NW Giants, 6-3, 6-1
This there was a lot on the line for both teams in this series, which opened Saturday, December 16 in Abbotsford and wrapped up Sunday at 8 Rinks.
A couple of wins by the Giants would have put them a just one point behind the third place T-Birds. For the T-Birds, a couple of wins over the Giants would mean opening the New Year with some serious distance between the two.
It would be the latter.
After a promising start on goals from Matteo Pecchia and Dominic Davis, the NW Giants opened a 2-0 lead after the first on the road in game one.
A couple of late goals in the second, from T-Birds Jackson Mainse and Justin Plett, both assisted by Matthew Konrad, tied it at 2-2 going into the third.
A quick goal 56 seconds into the third, the first of three in a row for Konrad, set the stage for the period.
Kyle Jennings scored for NW Giants with 9:03 left, right after Konrad’s second, to make it 4-3 and restore hope for NW. But Konrad’s third and a late goal by Mainse closed it out 6-3.
Konrad finished 3G-2A, Mainse 2G, Plett 1G-1A, and Ethan Bowen 2A. Pecchia was 1G-1A for the Giants.
Dawson Pelletier got the win, Niklas Hoem took the loss.
Three first period T-Birds goals in game 2 at 8 Rinks, set the stage for a 6-1 win over the NW Giants in game two.
Bowen lead the charge, scoring first just 1:23 into the game, and then closed the period with power play goal with 6:07 left.
Jimmy Darby got the Giants back into it with a goal just 2:01 into the second, but two goals from T-Birds Carter Anderson (PP/ES) put the game out of reach 5-1 end of two.
Nolan Wall got his second of the game with 3:08 left on another power play to finish it 6-1.
Nik Hoem took the loss, allowing three over 46 minutes in relief, while Pelletier went the distance for the T-Birds win.
Fraser Valley play their first game at the Mac’s on Boxing Day vs the Hungarian National U18 team, then face St. Albert Raiders December 28, Calgary Royals December 29, and finish their round robin vs the Tisdale Trojans December 30.
The Giants open their Mac’s in Calgary Boxing Day vs Belarus National U17s, then meet Red Deer Optimist Chiefs December 28, Saskatoon Contacts December 29, and wrap the round robin vs Calgary Flames December 30.
Rockets win and tie vs South Island, 6-0, 2-2
The Rockets entered the weekend series December 16-17 vs the South Island Royals, just two points back of the NW Giants and GVC.
After notching 3 of 4 possible points, vs two loss weekends by the Giants and GVC, the Rockets jumped past both teams from sixth to fourth place overall at the end of the weekend.
The Royals tie gave them their fifth point of the year.
In game one at the Panorama Rec Centre in North Saanich, Saturday, the Rockets opened a 2-0 lead in the first on a two quick goals, just nine seconds apart, early in the period, and then added a late one in the second, and closed with three in the final frame. A
All goals were even strength,
Mitchell Gove scored twice for the Rockets. Brendan Boyle and Brandon Della Paolera were both 1-G-1A.
Jason Alexander got the shutout.
It was a totally different game Sunday. The Rockets Brendan Anderson scored the lone goal in the first; followed by a lone goal in the second by South Island’s Ryan Spizawka.
In the third, Mitch Gove opened a 2-1 lead for the Rockets with 9:11 to go, but Rowan Miller would tie it up unassisted less than five minutes later to finish the scoring.
OT solved nothing and the game finished 2-2.
Chiefs vs Ice, split: ICE 3-2 OTW, 3-2W Chiefs
In this two game series at the Cominco Arena in Trail, the Ice took the opener 3-2 in overtime Saturday, December 16 and Chiefs answered 3-2 in regular time on Sunday.
In game one, both teams scored once in the first. Jiwan Kim opened for the Chiefs at 12:49 before Booker Daniel evened it up with 2:26 left in the period.
The Ice took a 2-1 lead into the third when Quaid Anderson scored with less than two minutes to play in the second.
Jack Steffans capitalized on the power play for the Chiefs with 4:15 left in the third to force OT.
Just 35 seconds into OT, Anderson finished it with his second of the game to deliver the Ice win.
Xavier Cannon record the win for the Ice. Logan Terness took the loss for the Chiefs.
On Sunday, the Chiefs opened a 1-0 lead after the first on a goal from Thomas Vela, and then opened a 3-0 lead mid-way through the second on goals from Cody Hough and Ryan Suzukovich.
Cody Stewart closed the gap to 3-1 with 8:25 left in the second.
Keenan Crossman scored for the Ice with three seconds left in the game to finish the scoring, 3-2 Chiefs.
Michael Harrouch got the win. Jake Kemp took the loss.
Standings: Week 13 (scroll down for scoring leaders and goalie stats)
|1||VW Hawks||24||20||3||1||0||41||143||62||397||4-1 W||5-4 W||n/c|
|2||Cariboo Cougars||24||19||4||1||0||39||118||69||370||7-5 W||8-2 W||n/c|
|3||FV T-Birds||24||16||6||1||1||34||113||75||500||6-3 W||6-1 W||n/c|
|4||OK Rockets||24||11||9||3||1||26||83||74||323||2-3 OTL||3-2 W||+2|
|5||NW Giants||22||12||9||0||1||25||80||71||453||3-6 L||1-6 L||-1|
|5||GVC||24||12||11||0||1||25||94||82||290||1-4 L||4-5 L||-1|
|7||NE Chiefs||24||10||10||1||3||24||81||85||402||2-3 OTL||3-2 W||n/c|
|8||NI Silvertips||24||8||14||2||0||18||72||110||573||5-7 L||2-8 L||n/c|
|8||Kootenay Ice||24||8||14||0||2||18||62||94||377||3-2 OTW||2-3 L||n/c|
|11||SI Royals||24||2||21||1||0||5||43||126||355||5-7 L||2-8 L||n/c|
Top 20 Scoring: Week 13
Top Goalies: Week 13