The puck dropped on a new Major Midget League (MML) season this weekend with 10 games taking place around the province. While there were some familiar faces on the benches, there were also plenty of new players getting their first taste of MML action. Next weekend, teams will head to Richmond for the first of two (2) Showcase Weekends.
South Island Royals vs. Greater Vancouver Canadians
South Island 1, Greater Vancouver 5
South Island 5, Greater Vancouver 2
Greater Vancouver showed off their offensive firepower early, scoring five (5) goals in their first game of the season to get a 5-1 win. Brennan Gaytmenn, Noah Kelly, Nick Marsh, Michael Matson, and Michael Araki-Young netted their first goals of the season for the Canadians, while Lach Hadley scored the lone goal for the Royals. South Island answered back in the second game of the weekend, scoring five (5) goals of their own thanks to the efforts of Hadley, Alexander Benger, Brandon McClintick, Jarrett Malloch, and Holden Cochrane. Gaytmenn and Tyson Lin scored third period goals for the Canadians, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Royals’ five (5) goal lead as the Royals took the second game 5-2.
North Island Silvertips vs. Vancouver North West Giants
North Island 1, Vancouver NW 9
North Island 3, Vancouver NW 7
Vancouver North West also showed off their offensive power this weekend, scoring a total of 16 goals over their two (2) games. In Game 1, Jackson Leppard scored four (4) goals, and Josh Latta, Kevin Wong, Lucas Barker, Mateo Coltellaro, and Kyle Kaufmann also got their names on the score sheet. Dawson Frank scored for North Island to make the final score 9-1 for the Giants. Game 2 was a similar story, with Coltellaro (2), Kaufmann, Mitchell Williams, Carter Stephenson, and Justin Wilson (2) scoring for the Giants. Cole Pridham, Coal Broadhurst, and Will Norman scored for the Silvertips to make it 7-3.
Thompson Blazers vs. Fraser Valley Thunderbirds
Thompson 3, Fraser Valley 2
Thompson 2, Fraser Valley 6
The Thompson Blazers got their first win of the season early thanks to a tight 3-2 win over the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds. The Blazers’ Ryan Chyzowski opened the scoring to take a 1-0 lead into the second period. The T-Birds’ Justin Plett tied the game up early in the 2nd period, while Thompson’s Austen McKean scored to make it 2-1. Fraser Valley’s Baxter Anderson scored with just 24 seconds remaining in the 2nd period to make it a 2-2 tie. After a hard-fought third period where it looked like the game was destined for a tie, Thompson’s Chyzowski scored with less than six (6) seconds remaining to seal the 3-2 win for his team. Fraser Valley bounced back for Game 2, scoring a resounding six (6) goals to secure the 6-2 win. Noel Maarhuis, Matthew Dyck, Jonathan Stein, Zac McKee, Jonathan Rees, and Justin Hargrave scored for the Thunderbirds, while Chyzowski and Bryce McDonald scored for the Blazers.
Cariboo Cougars vs. Valley West Hawks
Cariboo 3, Valley West 4
Cariboo 5, Valley West 5
Valley West made the trek up to Prince George to open up the MML season, and they were able to leave with three (3) points in the standings. Game 1 was hard-fought, with the teams exchanging goals in a back-and-forth matchup. Josh Bruce, Bradley Stonnell, and Ben Evanish (2) scored for the Hawks, while Chase Dubois, Ty Kolle, and Riley Coish scored for the Cougars in a 4-3 loss. Game 2 was also a very even matchup, with the teams eventually drawing a 5-5 tie – Tyler Maser, Jesse Pomeroy, Jeremy Gervais (2), and Colton Thomas scored for the Cougars, while Evanish (3), Christian Bosa, and Luka Burzan scored for the Hawks.
Okanagan Rockets vs. Vancouver North East Chiefs
Okanagan 2, Vancouver NE 4
Okanagan 4, Vancouver NE 0
The reigning MML champions visited the Rockets in Kelowna to kick off their title defense. The Rockets had a 2-0 lead midway into the first period thanks to goals from Benjamin Dietrich-Scammell and Eli Zummack, but the Chiefs scored four (4) unanswered goals – Brett Didyk (2), Sho Takai, and Marcus Murdock – to take Game 1 4-2. The Rockets rebounded in Game 2, scoring four (4) unanswered goals on their own from Dietrich-Scammell, Ethan Trampuh, Matt Kowalski, and Coleton Bilodeau to win 4-0.
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.
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