Cariboo Cougars lead the way at midway point of BCMML season

in Other News, regular season

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December 4, 2014 – By Israel Fehr

With the league’s best offence and defence, it’s no surprise to find the Cariboo Cougars at the top of the BCMML’s standings through the season’s first 20 games with a 17-2-1 record.

The Cougars have scored 104 goals and only given up 40 at the midway point of the campaign. Paced by league leading scorer and captain Austin Gray (20-17-37), who recently signed with the WHL’s Portland Winterhawks and will join them next season, Cariboo places six players among the league’s top 20 scorers and three in the top five.

Over the last two weekends the Cougars faced off against the NW Giants and the Okanagan Rockets, the No. 2 and No. 3 teams in the standings respectively, and showed that right now they’re a class above their rivals. They blasted the Giants 5-1 and 4-1 and then followed that up with 4-1 and 3-0 wins over Okanagan, running their winning streak to eight games.

Also, eight players from the BCMML were named to the U-16 Team BC roster that will represent the province at the upcoming 2015 Canada Winter Games: G Dorrin Sekikawa-Luding  (Cariboo Cougars), D Nolan Kneen (Okanagan Rockets), F Justin Almeida (Cariboo Cougars), F Lucas Cullen (Okanagan Rockets), F Owen Hardy (North Island Silvertips), F James Malm (Valley West Hawks), F Jordan Sandhu (Greater Vancouver Canadians), F Brett Stapley (North Island Silvertips).

 

BCMML standings:

Team GP W L T PTS GF GA PIM PIM/G
Cariboo Cougars 20 17 2 1 35 104 40 394 19
Vancouver NW Giants 20 15 5 0 30 75 44 321 16
Okanagan Rockets 20 14 5 1 29 72 51 335 16
Valley West Hawks 20 11 6 3 25 83 62 357 17
Vancouver NE Chiefs 20 11 7 2 24 88 59 266 13
South Island Royals 20 11 8 1 23 80 73 390 13
Greater Vancouver Canadians 20 8 10 2 18 76 58 284 14
Fraser Valley Thunderbirds 20 6 11 3 15 67 72 476 23
North Island Silvertips 20 3 13 4 10 42 84 376 18
Kootenay Ice 20 3 15 2 8 49 113 342 17
Thompson Blazers 20 1 18 1 3 23 104 361 18