Six teams from the BC Major Midget League are participating in the 35th Annual Mac’s Midget Tournament in Calgary, western Canada’s premier test of midget hockey.
The Okanagan Rockets (1st in BCMML), Vancouver NW Giants (2nd), Valley West Hawks (3), Vancouver NE Chiefs (4th), Caribou Cougars (6th) and South Island Royals (7th) are playing in the 5 division, 25 team tournament, against the top teams in Western Canada, as well teams from Europe and the US.
BCMML leaders Okanagan Rockets won their first game Thursday, 4-2 over Calgary Flames, then tied Red Deer Optimist Chiefs 3-3 Friday. The Flames are currently placed sixth in the southern division of the AAA Alberta Midget Hockey League. The Optimists are back to back national Telus Cup midget champions and are currently in third place (14-5-5) in the southern division.
The Vancouver NW Giants, who are in a tight race with the Rockets for first place in league play, jumped out to an early 3-0 lead vs the Leduc Kings in their first game of tourney Friday night, but couldn’t hold off the determined Leduc team, who held a 5-3 lead at the midway point of the third. Justin Szeto tied the game for the Giants in the dying seconds.
Leduc is in third place in the northern division of the AMHL. The NW Giants are tournament defending champions.
The Valley West Hawks (3rd in BC) struggled in their first game, a 5-1 loss to Edmonton based South Side Athletic Club; winners of last year’s Western Canada Bantam Championship. David Quenneville had two for the SSAC. They are in sixth place in the northern division of the Alberta league.
The Valley West Hawks struggled in their first game, a 5-1 loss to Edmonton based South Side Athletic Club; winners of last year’s Western Canada Bantam Championship. David Quenneville, who played in that championship last April, had two for the SSAC. SSAC are in sixth place in the northern division of the Alberta league.
The North East Chiefs lost both their opening games, 6-1 vs the Regina Pats Canadians on Thursday, and 5-1 vs CAC Gregg Distributors, currently the second place team in the AMHL northern division.
The Caribou Cougars dropped their opener 6-1 to the Notre Dame Argos.
The South Island Royals met the the Finnish U17 team in their first game Friday and were downed 13-0 by the powerhouse Finns.
The annual tournament starts Boxing Day and finishes New Years Day.