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, it’s been a rough ride for most BC teams.
Only the Kelowna based Okanagan Rockets, in first place of the BC Major Midget Hockey League, are undefeated, with 2 wins and a tie, after three games.
The Vancouver NW Giants, in second place in the BC League, have a tie and two losses. The Valley WEst Haks have two losses and a tie, the other three BC teams have yet to post a win or a tie.
Here are the results so far:
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.
On Sunday, the Rockets downed the Caribou Cougars 6-2, outshooting them 34-16. Liam Finlay scored twice; Jake Kyrski and Tyler Jost each had a goal and two assists in the win.
NW Giants: 0-2-1
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.
On Sunday, the team dropped their second decision, 3-1 in a penalty filled contest against the Calgary Northstars. The Giants peppered Northstars goalie Dererk Mazil with 49 shots. The Giants were nailed with 69 minutes in penalties, the Northstars with 57, most of them in the closing minutes of the game.
Valley West Hawks: 0-2-1
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.
On Sunday the Hawks faced the Prince Albert Mintos, a perennial top Saskatchewan squad, and were downed 6-4, on an empty netter.
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: 0-3-0
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.
On Sunday, the Cougars lost to BC rivals Okanagan Rockets 6-2.
SI Royals: 0-3-0
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 Royals scored 5 goals Sunday, but it wasn’t enough to down the Lloydminster Bobcats. Final was 8-5.
The tournament started Boxing Day and finishes New Years Day.
Divisional Standings to end of games Sunday:
|Moose Jaw Generals||3||2||1||0||0||4||7||8||28||0.67|
|Vancouver NW Giants||3||0||2||1||0||1||9||12||93||0.17|
|Vancouver NE Chiefs||3||0||3||0||0||0||4||14||34||0.00|
|Regina Pat Canadians||4||2||1||1||0||5||14||9||68||0.63|
|CAC Gregg Distributors||3||2||1||0||0||4||12||9||50||0.67|
|Alaska Junior Aces||2||1||0||1||0||3||8||6||41||0.75|
|Prince Albert Mintos||3||1||1||1||0||3||9||10||59||0.50|
|SSAC BP Athletics||4||3||1||0||0||6||16||9||54||0.75|
|Valley West Hawks||3||0||2||1||0||1||9||15||40||0.17|
|Notre Dame Argos||3||3||0||0||0||6||16||7||30||1.00|
|Red Deer Optimist Chiefs||4||2||1||1||0||5||17||11||38||0.63|
|South Island Royals||3||0||3||0||0||0||6||26||42||0.00|