December 4, 2017
Week 11 of BC Major Midget League wrapped up this weekend, marking the half-way point of the regular season, with all teams having played 20 games.
With another two game sweep, last week’s new leader Valley West Hawks – edged another two points ahead of the second place Cariboo Cougars.
The Hawks had been chasing the Cougars for top billing since Week 5, while holding a pair of games in hand over the span. Last week they passed the idle Cougars with a pair of lopsided shutout wins (8-0, 6-0) over the South Island Royals.
This week, the Hawks downed the 7th place North Island Silvertips, 10-4 and 6-4, in a couple of testy affairs (and 9 goals by Nolan Krogfoss), while the Cougars and Okanagan Rockets split their series, with a pair of 6-1 decisions.
In another two win series, the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds defeated the Royals, and moved up one slot in the standings into third place, hopping over the Greater Vancouver Canadians, who had the bye weekend. The T-Birds are now one point up on GVC, and five points back of Cariboo.
The North West Giants also added four points on a two win weekend, to move into a fourth place tie with GVC. Both now have 25 points, and identical 12-7-0 records.
With their split with the Cougars, the Okanagan Rockets remain in sixth place, but they are now five points back of the NW Giants.
In another split, coupled with two losses by the Tips, the NE Chiefs move into a seventh place tie with North Island. Both have 17 points, though the Tips have one more win.
The Blazers and Ice are also tied, with 14 points in the next slot, with Royals trailing by 10.
Here’s a recap of all the Week 11 series. Scroll down for standings and stats leaders.
North Island at Valley West, Hawks sweep 10-4, 6-4
Wild one, as Krogfoss scores nine goals, 4 in game one, 5 in game two; players ejected.
In game one Saturday in South Surrey, the Hawks opened up with a five goal first period vs a single by the Tips. Nolan Krogfoss scored a hat trick in the period.
Both teams scored a goal in the second, including another by Krogfoss, with some mayhem breaking out early in the period in the form of a scrap and third man in. The Tips Isaac Alvarado was assessed a total of 30 minutes in penalties in the scrum, while Justin Sourdiff was off for five and a ten for the Hawks. The Hawks Braydon Clark got the match on third man in. All three sat for game two.
In the third, the Hawks opened with a goal by Brayden Wick about seven minutes in, before the period closed with five goals in the final 3:36, three by the Hawks and two by the Tips, plus another fight, with Hawks Kaden Creasy and Tips Cody Shepheard engaging.
Arshdeep Bains assisted on all four of the Krogfoss goals, plus on another by Wick (2G), and scored one himself, unassisted, for a six point game. Max Mohagen was in on three of the Krogfoss goals, and one by Walker Erickson, for 4 points, while Kyle Forbes had 2A.
The Tips scored all four of their goals on the power play. Joshua Zary scored one and assisted on two. Ethan Jones was 1G-1A.
Only one Hawk goal was on the pp.
In game two Saturday, it was more of the same.
On the scoring side of things, Krogfoss scored five of the Hawks’ six goals. Bains assisted on four of them, plus on the one by Cameron MacDonald, while Mohagen was in on the first four, before getting tossed.
The Hawks went up 3-2 after one, 5-3 after two, with each team scoring one in the third.
Joshua Zary scored twice for the Tips and assisted on a goal by Ethan Jones. Zachary Blanchard was 1G-1A in the first period.
On the scrum side of it, which broke out withe 12:17 left in the second period, Blanchard was assessed a double minor and a game, while the Hawk’s Kabir Gill and Mogahen were handed a misconduct and game misconduct, respectively.
The third was relatively quiet, with just three minors assessed.
OK Rockets at Cariboo Cougars, split, 6-1, 6-1
In game one in Prince George Saturday, the Cougars would dominate with four power play goals, starting with two in the first period, to make it 2-0 after 20.
Mason Richey and Jacob Gendron tallied.
Each team scored once in the second period, with Mitchell Gove opening for the Rockets on the power play with 14:11 left.
Cougars’ Craig McDonald scored at even strength with 3:03 left in the second and then opened with an early goal in the third to open a 4-1 lead.
Max Arnold scored with 8:00 left, before McDonald completed the hat trick to finish the scoring at 6-1.
McDonald would finish 3G-1A, with Brandon Dent notching 3 first assists.
In game two Sunday, Brendan Boyle opened the scoring just 21 seconds into the game for the Rockets.
Mason Richey would even it up at 1-1 end of first on a power play, for the only Cougars goal of the game.
In the second the Rockets scored two, on markers from Tanner Brown and Ben King, and then added three in the third to reverse the previous day’s 6-1 decision.
King was 1G-2A, while Brendan Boyle was 2G. Brandon Della Paolera and Mitchell Gove were 2A.
Cole Schwebius got the win.
South Island at Fraser Valley, FV sweep 7-3, 9-0.
In game one Saturday in Abbotsford, the home team opened a 1-0 lead after one with late goal by Jason Bowen, assisted by Carter Anderson.
In the second, both teams scored twice, with Gage Goncalves scoring the first of a pair 1:40 in and then Brax Klassen answering quickly for South Island just 32 seconds later.
Royals’ Hunter Gruben then tied it up with another quick goal, just over a minute later to make it 2-2.
Fraser Valley went up 3-2 late in the period on Goncalves’ second.
Eathan Bowen opened the third with a quick goal less than a minute in, 4-2.
The Royals’ Connor Eddy answered shortly, but the T-Birds roared right back, with Mathew Konrad scoring the first of two, with 14:52 left, and then again with 11:34 left, to put the T-Birds up 6-3. Andrew Sorenson finished the scoring with 2:18 to give the T-Birds game one.
Goncalves was 2G-3A, Matthew Konrad was 2G-2A.
Dawson Pelletier got the win.
Game 2 – T-Birds 9 – Royals 0
In game two on Sunday in Abbotsford, Konrad scored a goal in each period, along with a pair from Sorenson, to lead the attack for the T-Birds. Konrad also put up a pair of assists for a 5 point game. Ethan Bowen scored once and assisted on three others.
Period scores were 2-0, 5-0, 9-0.
North West Giants vs Kootenay Ice, NWG sweep, 3-1, 3-0
The North West Giants hosted Kootenay Ice at UBC Saturday, winning 3-1 and at 8 Rinks on Sunday, winning 3-0.
In the game Saturday, the Giants Matteo Pecchia opened the scoring on a power play with 42 seconds left in the first, with a low shot from the slot, assisted by Christian Buono.
Dom Davis went high blocker from bottom of the left circle to make it 2-0 at the end of the second. Tyler Christall and Ben Landon assisted. Shots were 22-7 NWG.
Kootenay’s Jess Ihas scored with 9:21 left in the third to close it to 2-1, but a goal by Giants’ d-man Jason Chu would seal it for the Giants, 3-1. Jacob Fournier and Kyle Jennings assisted.
Niklas Hoem got the win, while Xavier Cannon took the loss.
In game 2 at 8 Rinks on Sunday, NW Giants Jack Ford notched his first shutout, in a 3-0 win.
Matteo Pecchia scored the first two, from Cooper Connell in the first, and then from Fournier and Buono with 15:13 remaining in the second. Connell would finish the scoring with a goal late in the second.
No scoring in the third.
Thompson Blazers at NE Chiefs, split 5-3 Chiefs, 3-2 Blazers
The Blazers visited the Chiefs for two games at Planet Ice in Maple Ridge on the weekend.
In game one Saturday, the Blazers opened a 2-1 lead after the first, on goals from Brendan Krischner and Trent Thompson, before the Chiefs Logan Kurki scored late in the second to even it at 2-2.
The Chiefs then opened with two quick goals in the third on markers from Jack Steffens and Justin Scott, and then made it 5-2 on an empty netter by Ryan Denney.
The Blazers Peyton Kelly scored the final goal with six seconds left, on a power play.
Denney was 1G-1A and Kyler Kovich was 2A for the Chiefs.
Logan Terness got the win between the pipes.
In game two Sunday, Aidan Sutter put the Blazers up with 2:02 left in the first, and then Nicolas Bolin scored with 33 seconds left in the frame to open a 2-0 lead.
In the second it was Evan Vinterlik scoring to make it 3-0 before Chiefs Jihan Kim and Dylan Ford closed the gap, to finish the scoring at 3-2 Blazers.
Ethan Langenegger got the win for the Blazers, Terness to the loss.
Standings: Week 11 (scroll down for scoring leaders and goalie stats)
|VW Hawks||20||17||2||1||0||35||121||51||343||10-4 W||6-4 W||n/c||2W|
|Cariboo Cougars||20||15||4||1||0||31||88||58||330||6-1 W||1-6 L||n/c||split|
|FV Tbirds||20||12||6||1||1||26||91||63||408||7-3 W||9-0 W||+1||2W|
|NW Giants||20||12||7||0||1||25||76||59||415||3-1 W||3-0 W||+1||2W|
|OK Rockets||20||9||9||1||1||20||69||69||277||1-6 L||6-1 W||n/c||split|
|NI Silvertips||20||8||11||1||0||17||62||89||529||4-10 L||4-6 L||n/c||2L|
|NE Chiefs||20||7||10||1||2||17||66||79||319||5-3 W||2-3 L||+1||split|
|Thomp Blazers||20||7||13||0||0||14||48||78||505||3-5 L||3-2 W||+1||split|
|Kootenay Ice||20||6||12||0||2||14||51||76||308||1-3 L||0-3 L||-1||2L|
|SI Royals||20||2||18||0||0||4||40||108||303||3-7 L||0-9 L||n/c||2L|
Top 20 Scoring: Week 11
|22||Buono, Christian||NW Giants||F||17||11||11||22||28|
Goalie Stats: Week 11
|35||Niklas Hoem||NW Giants||14||9||4||0||2.25|
|35||Logan Terness||NE Chiefs||12||5||6||0||3.70|
|1||Jack Ford||NW Giants||5||1||4||0||5.08|