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. So far the BC teams have not fared well, with just one win in 11 games. After three games, Finland U17 seems to be the team to beat for the championship, scoring 31 GF vs 4 GA.
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 all playing in the 5 division, 25 team tournament, against the top teams in Western Canada, as well teams from Europe and the US.
The Rockets and the Cougars are in the same pool, the other pools have one BC team in each. Here’s update on each team. Divisional standings to end of play Saturday night at end of report.
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 Rockets had a bye Saturday.
NW Giants: 0-1-1
The Vancouver NW Giants, who are in a tight race with the Rockets for first place in BCMM 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. However, the Giants battled back and Justin Szeto tied the game for the Giants in the dying seconds. Final 5-5.
Leduc is in third place in the northern division of the AMHL. The NW Giants are tournament defending champions.
On Saturday, the Giants dropped a 4-3 decision to the Swiss U17 national team. The score was tied 3-3 at the end of two; Mokhtari, Stout and Thompson tallied for the NW Giants. The Swiss outshot the Giants 37-20.
Valley West Hawks: 0-1-1
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 team played Alaska Jr. Aces to a 4-4 draw Saturday evening for their second game of the tourney. The Aces had dropped their first game to SSAC 4-2.
NE Chiefs: 0-3-0
The North East Chiefs are now 0-3. They lost both their opening games, 6-1 vs the Regina Pats Canadians on Thursday, and 5-1 on Friday vs CAC Gregg Distributors, currently the second place team in the AMHL northern division.
The Chiefs lost their third Saturday, 3-2 to Sherwood Park Ennis Kings, despite outshooting the Alberta team 35-13. Sherwood Park are the top team in the northern division of the AMHL.
Caribou Cougars: 0-2-0
The Caribou Cougars dropped their opener 6-1 to the Notre Dame Argos on Friday, and their second game 6-2 to the Red Deer Optimist Chiefs on Saturday. The Chiefs outshot the Cougars 35-11.
SI Royals: 0-2-0
The South Island Royals met the the Finnish U17 team in their first game Friday and were downed 13-0 by the powerhouse Finns. On Saturday the team were outscored 5-1 by the Calgary Buffalos (13-9-4 in AMHL). Shots were 30-19 for the Buffs.
The tournament started Boxing Day and finishes New Years Day.
Divisional Standings to end of games Saturday:
|Moose Jaw Generals||3||2||1||0||0||4||7||8||28||0.67|
|Vancouver NW Giants||2||0||1||1||0||1||8||9||24||0.25|
|Leduc Chrysler Oil Kings||2||0||1||1||0||1||6||7||26||0.25|
|Regina Pat Canadians||3||2||0||1||0||5||13||6||54||0.83|
|Sherwood Park J Ennis Kings||2||1||0||1||0||3||7||6||32||0.75|
|CAC Gregg Distributors||2||1||1||0||0||2||7||5||36||0.50|
|Vancouver NE Chiefs||3||0||3||0||0||0||4||14||34||0.00|
|SSAC BP Athletics||3||2||1||0||0||4||11||6||34||0.67|
|Alaska Junior Aces||2||1||0||1||0||3||8||6||41||0.75|
|Prince Albert Mintos||2||0||1||1||0||1||3||6||24||0.25|
|Valley West Hawks||2||0||1||1||0||1||5||9||36||0.25|
|Notre Dame Argos||3||3||0||0||0||6||16||7||30||1.00|
|Red Deer Optimist Chiefs||3||1||1||1||0||3||13||11||32||0.50|
|Lloydminster Baker Hughes Bobcats||3||0||2||1||0||1||11||18||62||0.17|
|South Island Royals||2||0||2||0||0||0||1||18||26||0.00|