Monday, November 03, 2014
Seven weeks into the Major Midget League season, some teams are starting to go on a roll. The NW Giants are no longer undefeated and a new team has moved to the top of the standings.
After two (2) wins this weekend, the Cariboo Cougars are now at the top of the league with an 11-2-1 record.
The Cougars are also dominating the stats board, with Austin Gray leading the league in points (14G, 14A, 28pts) and teammates Steven Jandric and Colton Thomas following closely behind. Cariboo’s goalies are also not to be forgotten, with Griffen Outhouse (8-1) and Dorrin Luding (6-1-1) leading the league.
Vancouver Northwest Giants vs. Vancouver NE Chiefs
Game 1: Vancouver NW 2, Vancouver NE 3
Game 2: Vancouver NW 1, Vancouver NE 3
The Chiefs put an end to the Giants’ 10-0-0 start to the season with a 3-2 win in Squamish. Desi Burgart scored both goals for the Giants, while the Chiefs got goals from Ziyan Karim, Ronnie Wilkie, and Caleb Fantillo.
Game 2 shifted from Squamish to Coquitlam, and the Chiefs felt even more comfortable at their home rink, winning by a two (2) goal margin. Nash Dabb got the lone goal for the Giants, while Parker Colley, Mathew Davis, and Karim scored for the Chiefs.
Okanagan Rockets vs. Greater Vancouver Canadians
Game 1: Okanagan 3, Greater Vancouver 2
Game 2: Okanagan 2, Greater Vancouver 4
The Rockets took an early lead thanks to first period goals from Levi Johnson and Connor Bowey. Greater Vancouver attempted to even the score with two (2) goals in the second period from Tyler Chiu and Kyle Uy, but Okanagan got a second period goal from Sam Binfet that turned out to be the game winner.
In Game 2 it was Greater Vancouver that got off to a good start, taking an early lead thanks to three (3) first period goals from Gary Dhaliwal, Tyson Lin, and Uy. Okanagan got second period goals from Brett Witala and Marcus Mitchell, but the Canadians’ Uy got the game winner to split the series.
Fraser Valley Thunderbirds vs. Valley West Hawks
Game 1: Fraser Valley 3, Valley West 3
Game 2: Fraser Valley 4, Valley West 2
Game one between the TBirds and the Hawks ended in a tie after plenty of back-and-forth action at the Abbotsford Centre. Valley West got the first two goals from James Malm and Tyson Talhan, but Fraser Valley’s Nic Ponak responded later in the second period.
The Hawks got their third goal from Daniel Chifan with 7:49 remaining in the third, but the Thunderbirds responded with two (2) late goals from Marshall Skapski and Jamie Housch to get the tie.
The second game took place in Langley, and it was a close game once again. After a back-and-forth game, Fraser Valley was able to break it open thanks to two (2) third period goals. Christian Bosa and Malm scored for the Hawks, while McKee, Mackenzie Wight, Marshall Skapski, and Nolan Ferguson scored for the Thunderbirds.
South Island Royals vs. Thompson Blazers
Game 1: South Island 6, Thompson 0
Game 2: South Island 3, Thompson 0
The first game between South Island and Thompson took place on Halloween night, and it turned out to be a nightmarish affair for the Blazers.
After making the trip from Kamloops, Thompson got blanked 6-0 in Esquimalt. The Royals got goals from Cam Coutre, Parker Ellis, Cam Kinsman, Jordan Guiney, Kurtis Gamble, and Kayden Peck.
Unfortunately, the second game wasn’t that much better for the Blazers, with two (2) of the Royals’ goals coming shorthanded, and the third coming on the power play. Coutre got two goals for South Island, while Brandon Tutte scored the third. Goaltender Austin Roden got both shutouts for the Royals.
Kootenay Ice vs. Cariboo Cougars
Game 1: Kootenay 1, Cariboo 11
Game 2: Kootenay 1, Cariboo 8
It’s not often you see 11 goals scored in a hockey game…or 19 goals scored over the course of one weekend.
To say that Cariboo’s offense is running on all cylinders would be an understatement. In Game 1, the Cougars exploded for 11 goals, getting tallies from Justin Almeida (3), Austin Gray (3), Colton Thomas (2), Steven Jandric, Mitchell Williams, Jesse Pomeroy, and Riley Coish.
Four (4) of the Cougars’ 11 goals came on the power play. Hawn Campbell got the lone goal for Kootenay.
In Game 2, Tyler Van Steinburg got the only goal for the Ice while, eight (8) different Cariboo players scored goals: Chase Dubois, Todd Bredo, Joel Patsey, Darren Hards, Almeida, Gray, Thomas, and Jandric.
The BC Hockey Major Midget League was established in 2004 to provide elite level 15, 16 and 17 year olds an opportunity to play within their own age group at a high level and be developed for the next level of hockey. These teams have an opportunity each year to compete for the National Midget Championship.