February 6, 2018
After Week 17 in BC Major Midget League, the #1 Cariboo Cougars have edged past the idle #2 Valley West Hawks on a win and a tie vs GVC.
The three point weekend gives the Cougars a two point lead on the Hawks, but the Hawks now hold two games in hand. The Cougars were last in the lead after Week 9, and have been chasing the Hawks ever since.
#3 Fraser Valley T-Birds are seven back of the Cougars, in third place, after posting two wins over the North East Chiefs.
#4 Okanagan Rockets moved out last week’s three way tie with the NW Giants and GVC, and up two places in the standings with two road wins over the NW Giants, who slipped to #6.
#5 GVC picked up a point in their 4-4 tie in game two vs the Cougars to edge a point up on the #6 Giants.
#7 NE Chiefs did not change place in the standings in spite of their two losses vs the T-Birds.
#8 Thompson, on the other hand, moved up with a pair of wins over the Kootenay Ice, who swapped places with them and slid into the #10 spot.
#11 South Island Royals picked up their first back to back wins of the season on the weekend, vs rival #9 North Island, but remain in the basement, seven back of the Ice.
Leaders – Re-cap
The Cariboo Cougars battled a determined GVC team to a 3-2 win on Saturday and a 4-4 tie on Sunday, on the road at the Richmond Oval.
In game one, all goals were scored in the first period, with the Cougars jumping out to a 3-0 lead before GVC rebound with two late ones.
Craig MacDonald assisted on all three Cougars goals. Marcus Allen got the win; Jesse Makaj took the loss.
In game two, GVC opened a 2-1 lead after the first, and then both teams scored one in the middle frame to start the third with GVC up 3-2.
GVC went up 4-2 early in the third on a goal from Danny Pearson, but the Cougars clawed their way back on a goal from Lane Goodwin with 8:22 left; and then tied it up on a marker from Brandon Dent with 14 seconds to play.
Gabriel Parent scored two for GVC, Tyler Horstmann was 1G-1A. Riley Crane was 1A for Cariboo.
Elliott Marshall backstopped GVC, while Allen returned for the Cougars.
The Hawks were idle this weekend, and as a result slipped two back points of the Cariboo Cougars, who put up a three weekend on the win and a tie vs GVC.
Fraser Valley played the North East Chiefs in a home and home series, winning game one 6-3 in Abbotsford, and game two 3-1 at Burnaby 8 Rinks.
It was all Fraser Valley in game one, as the T-Birds opened a 2-0 lead after the first, and extended it to 5-2 after the second.
The Birds went up 6-2 early in the third before the Chiefs got back about three minutes later, to finish the scoring.
Gage Goncalves assisted on five T-Birds goals; Matthew Konrad was 2G-1A, while Ethan Bowen was 3A and Justin Plett was 2A.
Dawson Pelletier got the win, Logan Terness took the loss.
In game two, the Chiefs scored first and lead 1-0 after the first on a goal from Justin Scott. But the T-Birds answered with three in the second, including a pair from Gage Gonncalves, to finish the scoring.
Alex Rolfe got the win, while Michael Harroch took the loss.
After the weekend, Fraser Valley is 23-4-2-1; and the Chiefs are 10-18-1-3.
The Okanagan Rockets had a big weekend, downing the NW Giants in both games on the road at the North Shore Winter Club.
In game one, the Rockets scored the only goal in the first, and the Giants replied with two in the second, to make it 2-1 Giants after 40 minutes.
But it was all Rockets in the third, who scored three to close it out 5-2.
Game two was a much tighter game, with both teams scoring a single marker in the first, and one more each in the second, 2-2 after forty.
Again it was the Rockets who took the lead first in the final frame, on a goal from Tanner Brown with 9:32 left.
Giants’ Alek Sukunda would even it up, with 4:50 left and swing momentum back to the North West.
However, Rockets’ Jack Finley, scoring with just 37 seconds left, delivered the second win to the Rockets.
The four points moved Okanagan out of three-way tie for fourth – with the Giants and GVC – into sole possession of fourth.
GVC’s game two 4-4 tie vs the Cougars moved them up a point into fifth, while the Giants fell back to 6th overall.
Four teams are battling it out in the next four spots, and are within four points of each other.
The NE Chiefs remain in 7th spot this week, but are now 10 back of the #6 Giants and only one up on the Thompson Blazers and two up on the North Island Silvertips. Kootenay Ice remain four back of the Chiefs, in 10th spot.
The South Island Royals are still in last place, in spite of celebrating their first weekend of back to back wins.
Standings: Week 17 (scroll down for scoring leaders and goalie stats)
|1||Cariboo||32||24||5||3||0||51||151||89||532||3-2 W||4-4 T|
|3||FV T-Birds||30||21||7||1||1||44||139||94||584||6-3 W||3-1 W|
|4||OK Rockets||30||17||9||3||1||38||115||89||399||5-2 W||3-2 W|
|5||GVC||32||16||13||2||1||35||122||105||408||2-3 L||4-4 T|
|6||NW Giants||30||16||12||1||1||34||119||98||574||2-5 L||2-3 L|
|7||NE Chiefs||32||10||18||1||3||24||96||127||514||3-6 L||1-3 L|
|8||Thomp Blazers||30||11||18||0||1||23||81||119||641||6-2 W||2-1 W|
|9||NI Silvertips||32||10||20||2||0||22||93||149||651||2-4 L||1-5 L|
|10||Kootenay Ice||30||8||18||0||4||20||76||117||493||2-6 L||1-2 L|
|11||SI Royals||32||5||24||3||0||13||70||160||530||4-2 W||5-1 W|
Standings last week (Week 16):
|1||VW Hawks||30||23||4||2||1||49||164||79||530||6-4 W||2-3 L|
|2||Cariboo Cougars||30||23||5||2||0||48||144||83||514||6-3 W||8-3 W|
|4||NW Giants||28||16||10||1||1||34||114||89||562||4-6 L||3-2 L|
|5||GVC||30||16||12||1||1||34||116||98||370||4-3 W||3-2 L|
|6||OK Rockets||28||15||9||3||1||34||106||84||385||3-4 L||2-3 L|
|7||NE Chiefs||30||10||16||1||3||24||92||118||480||3-4 L||1-6 L|
|8||NI Silvertips||30||10||18||2||0||22||90||140||641||1-5 L||5-4 W|
|8||Kootenay Ice||28||8||16||0||4||20||73||109||437||3-4 L||2-3 L|
|10||Thomp Blazers||28||9||18||0||1||19||73||116||615||5-1 W||4-5 L|
|11||SI Royals||30||3||24||3||0||9||61||157||516||3-6 L||3-8 L|
Scoring Leaders: Feb. 4, 2018
|22||Buono, Christian||NW Giants||F||25||12||20||32||44|
Top Goalies: Feb. 4, 2018
|35||Niklas Hoem||NW Giants||20||12||6||0||2.77|
|35||Logan Terness||NE Chiefs||20||7||12||0||3.90|
|1||Michael Harroch||NE Chiefs||14||3||9||1||3.96|
|1||Jack Ford||NW Giants||10||3||5||1||4.05|