10 of the MML’s 11 teams gathered in Richmond this weekend for the first of two (2) Showcase Weekends at the Richmond Oval. While there were some familiar matchups, such as a rematch of last year’s MML Championship between Vancouver North East and Cariboo, or even last weekend’s series between Vancouver North West and North Island, there was plenty of fresh action on the ice that made for some entertaining games.
Vancouver North East Chiefs vs. Cariboo Cougars
Vancouver NE 1, Cariboo 2
Vancouver NE 3, Cariboo 1
The Chiefs took on the Cougars in their first meeting since last season’s championship series. The Cougars took Game 1 with a 2-1 win thanks to goals from Joel Patsey, while the Chiefs’ lone goal came from Sean Gulka. The Chiefs responded in Game 2, netting a 3-1 win off of goals from Marcus Murdock, Hayden Delorme, and Liam Ryan. Cariboo’s Riley Coish scored midway through the third, but was unable to spark a comeback for the Cougars.
Valley West Hawks vs. Thompson Blazers
Valley West 7, Thompson 1
Valley West 7, Thompson 2
Valley West showed off their offensive firepower this weekend, scoring 14 goals over the course of two (2) games. Christian Bosa (4), Carson Franklin, Ilijah Colina, and Kabir Gill scored for the Hawks, while Bennett Hunter scored the Blazers’ only goal of Game 1. In Game 2, Thompson managed to get two (2) goals past the Hawks, but Valley West still got seven (7) goals from Justyn Gurney, Ben Evanish (2), Mike Farren, Calder Newson (2), and Bosa to win Game 2 7-2.
Fraser Valley Thunderbirds vs. Okanagan Rockets
Fraser Valley 4, Okanagan 4
Fraser Valley 3, Okanagan 6
Game 1 between Fraser Valley and Okanagan was an even matchup, with both teams skating to a 4-4 tie. The Thunderbirds had a 4-1 lead early in the third period, thanks to goals from Baxter Anderson, Kyle Davis, and Zac McKee (2). Okanagan’s Powell Connor scored in the 2nd, and Alec Zawatsky, Jordan Todd, and Matt Kowalski scored in the third to tie up the game. The Rockets took this momentum into the second game of the weekend, with Hayden Dick, Matt Kowalski, Shawn Guison, Todd, and Zawatsky (2) making it 6-3 against the T-Birds. Jonathan Stin, Jake Mulder, and Anderson scored for Fraser Valley.
Vancouver North West Giants vs. North Island Silvertips
Vancouver NW 8, North Island 0
Vancouver NW 6, North Island 4
The Giants blanked the Silvertips, scoring an 8-0 victory in Game 1 thanks to goals from Josh Latta, Mitchell Williams (2), Jack Graham, Lucas Barker, and Jason Village (2). David Tendeck got the shutout for Vancouver North West. The Silvertips got some offense going in Game 2, but even with four (4) goals from Keaton Mastrodonato, Dawson Heathcote (2), and Cole Broadhurst, they couldn’t beat the Giants. Williams (2), Wilson, Jackson Leppard (2), and Carter Stephenson made it 6-4 for the Giants.
Greater Vancouver Canadians vs. Kootenay Ice
Greater Vancouver 4, Kootenay 1
Greater Vancouver 1, Kootenay 0
Kootenay played their first games of the season after starting on a bye, and they played some tough-nosed hockey in Richmond. In Game 1, Kootenay’s Shawn Campbell opened the scoring, but Greater Vancouver responded with four (4) unanswered goals from Eric Bourhill, Tyson Lin (2), and Michael Matson. In Game 2, the teams battled to a hard-fought 1-0 win by the Canadians, with Brennan Gaytmenn scoring the only goal of the game.
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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