It was the final week of regular season Major Midget League action, as the playoff positions were solidified. Eight (8) of the league’s 11 teams will now go on to the playoffs, seeking the Cromie Memorial Cup.
Kootenay Ice vs. Vancouver North West Giants
Game 1: Kootenay 2, Vancouver NW 6
Game 2: Kootenay 4, Vancouver NW 10
The Giants made their last road trip of the regular season to Kootenay, where they picked up some more points against the Ice. In Game 1, Bradley Ross scored two (2) goals for Kootenay but it wasn’t enough as the Giants put six (6) in the back of the net – Josh Latta, Kevin Wong, Jackson Leppard, Will Warm, Liam Kindree, and Justin Wilson each scored in the win. The Giants found even more offense in Game 2, with Latta (2), Leppard, Mitchell Williams, Kyle Kaufmann, Jason Village, Lucas Barker, Jack Graham, and Trevor Longo scoring. Reid Wilson, Hunter Floris, Kobe Nishida, and Bradley Ross scored for the Ice in the loss.
Okanagan Rockets vs. Cariboo Cougars
Game 1: Okanagan 1, Cariboo 3
Game 2: Okanagan 4, Cariboo 6
The Cougars travelled to Kelowna to take on the Rockets, and left with two (2) wins after two (2) hard-fought games. The Cougars opened the scoring in Game 1, with Devin Sutton finding the net with 12:25 to go in the first period. Okanagan’s Powell Connor scored less than five (5) minutes later, ending the first frame tied at one (1). Cariboo’s Josh Maser and Trey Thomas scored in the last two (2) periods to get the 3-1 win for the Cougars. In Game 2, The Rockets had a 4-2 lead going into the third period thanks to goals from Eli Zummack (2) and Coleton Bilodeau (2), but the Cougars responded with four (4) goals in the third period to take the 6-4 win. Ethan O’Rourke scored a hat trick for the Cougars, while Daine Dubois, Jonas Harkins, and Darian Long also scored in the win.
South Island Royals vs. Fraser Valley Thunderbirds
Game 1: South Island 3, Fraser Valley 3
Game 2: South Island 4, Fraser Valley 5
The Royals and Thunderbirds skated to a 3-3 tie in Game 1 – Holden Cochrane, Tyler Pang, and Joe Stafford-Veale scored for the Royals, while Jake Mulder, Kyle Davis, and Mackenzie Wight scored for the Thunderbirds. In Game 2, the Royals led 2-1 after the first period thanks to goals from Lach Hadley and Cochrane. The Thunderbirds pulled ahead 3-2 in the second off goals from Wight, Justin Plett, and Jonathan Stein. The Royals tried to get back into the game with third period goals from Jarrett Malloch and Hadley, but Fraser Valley’s Wight scored two (2) more goals to get the hat trick and the win for his team.
Thompson Blazers vs. Vancouver North East Chiefs
Game 1: Thompson 1, Vancouver NE 7
Game 2: Thompson 3, Vancouver NE 8
The Chiefs dominated Game 1 from the opening puck drop, scoring six (6) unanswered goals from Liam Evenson (3), Brett Didyk, Jaden Narduzzi, Chong Min Lee, and Liam Ryan. Jett Saharchuk scored the Blazers’ lone goal. In Game 2, the Blazers put three (3) on the board thanks to the efforts of Jaxon Reid, Jacob Boston, and Ryan Chyzowski, but it wasn’t enough as the Chiefs found the back of net eight (8) times – Jonny Sheardown, Ethan Reilly, Jessie Young, Sho Takai, Sean Gulka, Logan Bromhead, Lee, and Narduzzi each scored for Vancouver NE.
North Island Silvertips vs. Valley West Hawks
Game 1: North Island 2, Valley West 6
Game 2: North Island 3, Valley West 9
The first-place Valley West Hawks went on their final road trip of the regular season to play the Silvertips in Nanaimo, and they headed back to Langley with two (2) wins. In Game 1, Ethan Schmunk and Kyle Pow scored for the ‘Tips, but the Hawks scored a total of six (6) goals to get the win: Calder Newson (2), Carson Franklin, Luka Burzan, Brendan Marfleet, and Ben Evanish each found the back of the net. In Game 2, the Silvertips had a 3-1 lead going into the second period thanks to the efforts of Schmunk, Cole Broadhurst, and Cole Pridham, but the Hawks scored eight (8) unanswered goals in the last two (2) periods to take the 9-3 win. Evanish (3), Christian Bosa (2), Justyn Gurney, James Malm, Michael Farren, and Colten Gerlib scored for the Hawks.
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 TELUS Cup, Canada’s National Midget Championship.
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