The Vancouver North West Giants have jumped out to an early lead in the BC Major Midget League, opening with a 4-0-0 record and 8 points after two weekends of play.
Hot on their heels are three teams with three wins. The Cariboo Cougars are also undefeated in second place with a 3-0-1 record ant 7 points followed by the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds and the Greater Vancouver Canadians, both 3-1-0.
The NW Giants 17 GF is good enough for second overall and their stingy 5 GA, also second overall (both by a difference of 1), is also impressive. The Giants’ Nash Dabb is leading the team’s scoring with 4G-2A, with Wilson Northey at 3G-3-A and Mateo Colterlaro at 0G-6A.
The FV Tbirds, are posting an even stingier 4 GA after 4 games; compared to the Cougars 11 against.
Two teams have only played twice so far. The Okanagan Rockets are 2-0, and the Kootenay Ice are 0-2.
The NE Chiefs and Thompson Blazers are also winless at 0-3-1 and 0-4-0 respectively.
Early scoring leaders are GVC’s Kyle Uy with 4G, 7A; and Valley West Harks Luke Gingras 4G,5A and Trevor Ayre 2G,4A in second and third.
Five doubleheaders were played at the league’s first Showcase Weekend of the year at the Richmond Oval, last Saturday and Sunday.
Here are game summaries, from the weekend, scroll down for team standings and offensive scoring Top 20.
Vancouver Northeast Chiefs vs. Cariboo Cougars
Game 1: Vancouver NE 2, Cariboo 3
Game 2: Vancouver NE 3, Cariboo 3
Game 1 saw Cariboo take the lead early, with Justin Almeida scoring 15 minutes in to give the Cougars a 1-0 lead after the first period.
The second period started off with a quick goal from the Chiefs’ Caleb Fantillo, who scored just over a minute in. However, the Cougars responded quickly, with Darren Hards scoring about 30 seconds later. Hards would also score the game winner less than two (2) minutes later on his second goal of the game.
A scoreless third period saw Cariboo hold onto the lead for the win.
Game 2 was evenly matched – the Chiefs’ Jeffrey Wong scored halfway through the opening period, but the Cougars’ Austin Gray answered with less than four (4) minutes remaining.
In the second period, Cariboo took the lead when Wesley Shipton netted a goal on the power play, but Vancouver NE responded less than 30 seconds later with a tally from Devon Stafford.
The Chiefs’ San Chung scored five minutes into the final frame, but Cariboo’s Gray scored his second on another powerplay goal to even it up. Both teams battled for the final half of the third, but the game ended in a tie. Vancouver NE is now 2-1-1, while Cariboo is now 3-0-1.
Valley West Hawks vs. Thompson Blazers
Game 1: Valley West 5, Thompson 1
Game 2: Valley West 6, Thompson 0
Valley West started off hot, scoring two goals in the first two periods. Luke Gingras opened the scoring with a goal in both the first and the second, while Logan Webber and Jeffrey Stewart followed.
Tyler Ward scored the lone goal for Thompson, in the second period. Stewart scored a second goal in the third period, bringing the Hawks’ total to five.
The second game of the doubleheader saw an onslaught of goals from the Chiefs, and they showed they had plenty of firepower to go around, with six different players scoring.
Trevor Ayre scored in the first; Stewart, Gingras, and Matt Barberis scored in the second; and Ben Evanish and Christian Bosa scored in the third.
Luke Gingras is now second in the league for points, with four goals and five assists for a total of nine points.
Ayre is third in the league for points, with two goals and six assists for a total of eight points.
Valley West is now 2-2-0, while Thompson is 0-4-0.
Fraser Valley Thunderbirds vs. North Island Silver-tips
Game 1: Fraser Valley 3, North Island 1
Game 2: Fraser Valley 2, North Island 3
In Game 1, the Thunderbirds opened the scoring with a short-handed goal from Alex Furlan.
North Island evened it up in the second thanks to a goal from Owen Hardy, but Fraser Valley’s Marshall Skapski scored the game-winner just over four minutes into the third period, and Noah Wiebe got the insurance goal with about four minutes left to play to seal the win for the T-Birds.
Game 2 was chippy at times, with both teams combining for 57 penalty minutes.
The Thunderbirds scored the first goal with a tally from Mackenzie Wight, but North Island responded with 6:12 remaining in the first.
Fraser Valley ended the first period up 2-1 after a late goal by Davin Padgham. However, that would be the last time the Thunderbirds would hold the lead, as the Silvertips’ Jack Long scored in the second and Nico Somerville scored the game winning goal in the third to give North Island their first win of the season.
Fraser Valley is now 3-1-0, while North Island is now 1-3-0.
Vancouver Northwest Giants vs. South Island Royals
Game 1: Vancouver NW 6, South Island 1
Game 2: Vancouver NW 3, South Island 2
The Royals scored the first goal of Game 1, with Kayden Peck scoring at 12:36, but after that it was all Vancouver NW.
In the first period, Wilson Northey scored at 6:33 and Kevin Wong scored with just 46 seconds remaining.
The second period was a close battle, but the Giants blew it open in the third, with four goals in the last period of play. Keegan Jones, Nash Dabb, and Desi Burgart scored, while Wong netted his second of the game.
Game 2 saw the Giants up 3-0 after goals from Ryland Chernomaz, Wilson, and Burgart. However, the Royals didn’t give up that easily, and attempted to mount a third period comeback with goals from Tanner Sidaway and Parker Ellis, but ultimately came up just one goal short.
Vancouver Northwest Giants are now at the top of the standings at 4-0-0, while South Island is 1-3-0.
Greater Vancouver Canadians vs. Kootenay Ice
Game 1: Greater Vancouver 3, Kootenay 0
Game 2: Greater Vancouver 5, Kootenay 2
After having a bye during the first week of the season, Kootenay was eager to get onto the ice at Showcase Weekend.
Unfortunately for the Ice, Greater Vancouver’s Tyler Shugrue had the shutout, while Samuel Atkins scored one (1) goal and Kyle Uy added two (2) more to make it a 3-0 win for the Canadians.
In Game 2, Greater Vancouver came out of the first period with a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Matheson Kroeker and Ante Mustapic.
Kootenay scored two goals in the second period, with Luke Madge and Garret Patterson chipping in. Greater Vancouver also got two goals in the second period from EJ Shaw and Sami Pharaon, with another in the third period from Ryan Wilkinson to bring the final score to 5-2 for the Canadians.
After this weekend, Uy is the MML points leader, with four goals and seven assists for a total of 11 points.
Greater Vancouver is now 3-1-0, while Kootenay is 0-2-0.
|Vancouver NW Giants||4||4||0||0||8||17||5||36||9|
|Fraser Valley Thunderbirds||4||3||1||0||6||15||4||62||15|
|Greater Vancouver Canadians||4||3||1||0||6||18||13||40||10|
|Valley West Hawks||4||2||2||0||4||17||11||66||16|
|North Island Silvertips||4||1||3||0||2||6||13||57||14|
|South Island Royals||4||1||3||0||2||14||19||48||12|
|Vancouver NE Chiefs||4||0||3||1||1||9||14||48||12|
Top 20 Offensive
|12||Uy, Kyle||Greater Vancouver Canadians||F||4||4||7||11||6|
|11||Gingras, Luke||Valley West Hawks||F||4||4||5||9||6|
|25||Ayre, Trevor||Valley West Hawks||F||4||2||7||9||4|
|11||Hards, Darren||Cariboo Cougars||F||4||1||7||8||4|
|15||Mitchell, Marcus||Okanagan Rockets||F||2||5||2||7||0|
|10||Gray, Austin||Cariboo Cougars||F||4||4||3||7||6|
|18||Jandric, Steven||Cariboo Cougars||F||4||4||3||7||10|
|20||Seidel, Owen||Greater Vancouver Canadians||F||4||2||5||7||6|
|19||Sandhu, Jordan||Greater Vancouver Canadians||F||4||1||6||7||0|
|17||Stewart, Jeffrey||Valley West Hawks||F||4||5||1||6||4|
|16||Peck, Kayden||South Island Royals||F||4||4||2||6||4|
|16||Dabb, Nash||Vancouver NW Giants||F||4||4||2||6||0|
|9||Thomas, Colton||Cariboo Cougars||F||4||3||3||6||4|
|19||Northey, Wilson||Vancouver NW Giants||F||4||3||3||6||4|
|17||Coutre, Cam||South Island Royals||F||4||1||5||6||4|
|2||Barberis, Matt||Valley West Hawks||D||2||1||5||6||2|
|23||Coltelaro, Mateo||Vancouver NW Giants||F||4||0||6||6||4|
|15||Choi, Danny||Fraser Valley Thunderbirds||F||4||2||2||4||0|
|14||Cullen, Lucas||Okanagan Rockets||F||2||2||2||4||0|
|9||Castonguay, Nate||Fraser Valley Thunderbirds||F||4||1||3||4||0|
The BC Hockey Major Midget League was established by BC Hockey 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 rather than playing in junior with 18,19, and 20 year olds. The league is sponsored by the WHL.
Major Midget teams have an opportunity each year to compete for the National Midget Championship, whereas Midget teams are limited to Provincial competitions.
Last year’s BC MM Champions were the Okanagan Rockets, defeating the Vancouver NW Giants in the BC finals. The team won bronze at the Telus Cup, losing to gold medalists Prince Albert Mintos in the semis, then defeating the Toronto Young Nationals 3-2.
The Rockets’ Tanner Wishnowski was awarded top scorer and top forward, while Liam Finlay was awarded most sportsmanlike.