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MML Recap – Quarterfinals

Tuesday, March 08, 2016
 
Eight (8) teams battled it out in the Quarterfinal round of the Major Midget League playoffs, with plenty of exciting matchups, including one (1) series that took Game 3 into overtime. Catch up on all the MML playoff action with our recap.
 
#1 Valley West Hawks (33-6-1) vs. #8 Greater Vancouver Canadians (14-20-6)
Game 1: Valley West 8, Greater Vancouver 1
Game 2: Valley West 9, Greater Vancouver 2
 
The first-place Hawks hosted the Canadians over the weekend, and they continued their high-octane offense in the playoffs. The Hawks found the back of the net 17 times in just two (2) games, dispatching the Canadians quickly.
 
In Game 1, the Hawks jumped to a 3-0 lead by the last five (5) minutes of the second period thanks to goals from Bobby Russell, Oliver Alcock, and Justyn Gurney. The Canadians’ lone goal came from Eric Bourhill with 4:06 to go in the second period. After that it was all Valley West, with Ben Evanish (2), Ilijah Colina, Michael Farren, and Luka Burzan scoring to make it 8-1.
 
It was a similar story in Game 2 – Chris Douglas and Thomas Van Schoenberg scored for the Canadians, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a Hawks offense that scored nine (9) goals in two (2) periods. Colina netted a hat trick, while Russell, Gurney, Burzan, Josh Bruce, and James Malm (2) also scored in the game to sweep the series.
 
#2 Cariboo Cougars (29-8-3) vs. #7 South Island Royals (15-18-7)
Game 1: Cariboo 6, South Island 0
Game 2: Cariboo 5, South Island 2
 
The Royals made the long trip from Victoria to Prince George to face the second-place Cariboo Cougars, who have been solid all season long. Cariboo kicked their offense into high gear and relied on some solid goaltending from Dorrin Luding and Aaron Jakubowski to get the 2-0 series win.
 
In Game 1, Luding got the shutout after making 14 saves. South Island’s Austin Roden saw 43 shots, saving 37 of them. Ty Kolle (2), Reid Perepeluk, Tyler Ho, Trey Thomas, and Jesse Pomeroy scored for the Cougars in the 6-0 win.
 
In Game 2, the Cougars peppered South Island’s Zakery Myrowich with 53 shots. Myrowich was able to stop 48 of them, but the Cougars still captured the 5-2 win. Mason Richey, Devin Sutton, Darian Long, Daine Dubois, and Tyler Maser scored for the Cougars, while Joe Stafford-Veale scored both of the Royals’ goals in their season-ending loss.
 
#3 Vancouver North West Giants (27-9-4) vs. #6 Vancouver North East Chiefs (17-15-8)
Game 1: Vancouver NW 2, Vancouver NE 3
Game 2: Vancouver NW 7, Vancouver NE 2
Game 3: Vancouver NW 3, Vancouver NE 2
 
The #6 Chiefs gave the #3 Giants a run for their money in their quarterfinal series, pushing them to sudden-death overtime in Game 3.
 
In Game 1, the Giants had a 2-1 lead going into the third period thanks to goals from Carter Stephenson and Josh Latta. Liam Evenson scored for the Chiefs in the first period, and Hayden Delorme was able to tie the game with 16:09 to go in the third period. The game went to overtime, where the Chiefs’ Evenson was able to score with just 37 seconds left to get the dramatic upset win for his team.
 
In Game 2, the Giants showed off their offense, scoring seven (7) goals on the Chiefs. Justin Wilson scored a hat trick, while Stephenson, Latta, Mitchell Williams, and Mackenzie Gray also found the back of the net to even the series at 1-1. Evenson and Chong Min Lee scored for the Chiefs in the loss.
 
Game 3 was an instant classic. Due to a late (9:30PM) start and overtime, the game didn’t end until 12:30am. The Chiefs’ Lee opened the scoring three (3) minutes into the first period to give his team the 1-0 lead. After a Giants goal was disallowed due to a loose net, they got the equalizer halfway through the period. The Giants managed to get a 2-1 led after a defensive turnover by the Chiefs. Towards the end of the second period, the Chiefs’ Logan Bromhead found the back of the net to tie the game up. The teams battled it out in the third period, but neither could get a goal, sending the game to overtime. After the stroke of midnight, the Chiefs were looking for the “Cinderella” upset, but the Giants’ Williams scored just as a Chiefs penalty expired to give his team the win in the hard-fought series.
 
#4 Okanagan Rockets (23-12-5) vs. #5 Fraser Valley Thunderbirds (17-14-9)
Game 1: Okanagan 5, Fraser Valley 2
Game 2: Okanagan 3, South Island 2
 
The fourth-place Rockets hosted the fifth-place Thunderbirds in Kelowna for their quarterfinal series, with the Rockets claiming a 2-0 series victory.
 
In Game 1, Zach Erhardt (2), Coleton Bilodeau, Lucas Cullen, and Chase Stevenson scored for the Rockets as they scored three (3) third period goals to hold off the Thunderbirds. Justin Plett and Mackenzie Wight scored for the T-Birds in the loss.
 
In Game 2, the Thunderbirds got goals from Zac McKee and Jake Mulder, but the Rockets sealed the series win thanks to goals from Erhardt, Cullen, and Stevenson.
 
The four (4) winning teams will move on to the semifinals, taking place March 11 - 13, 2016. The MML Championship series will take place March 18 – 20, 2016. The MML champion will take on the champion of the Alberta AAA Midget Hockey League (AMHL) from April 1 – 3, 2016 in the Pacific Midget Regionals for the right to represent the Pacific region at the 2016 TELUS Cup, taking place April 19 – 24, 2016 in Quispamsis, New Brunswick.
 
The MML 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. For more information about the BC Hockey Major Midget League, please visit the League website at www.bcmml.net, follow along on social media at twitter.com/bchockey_mml, or email us at midgethockey@bchockey.net.
 
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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.
 
For more information about the BC Hockey Major Midget League, please visit the League website at www.bcmml.net, follow along on social media at twitter.com/bchockey_mml, or email us at midgethockey@bchockey.net.


 
 

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