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MML Recap – Semifinals

Monday, March 14, 2016
 
Both semifinal series went to three (3) games, making for an exciting weekend of Major Midget League (MML) hockey. Catch up on all the action with our playoff recap.
 
#1 Valley West Hawks vs. #4 Okanagan Rockets
Game 1: Valley West 6, Okanagan 2
Game 2: Valley West 1, Okanagan 2
Game 3: Valley West 6, Okanagan 4
The Rockets opened the scoring in Game 1, with Chase Stevenson finding the back of the net just two (2) minutes into the first period. The Hawks found their groove in the second and third periods, scoring six (6) unanswered goals by Christian Bosa (2), James Malm (2), Ben Evanish, and Carson Franklin. The Rockets’ Myles Matilla scored with 33 seconds to go to make it 6-2.
 
The Rockets came storming back in Game 2, not wanting to see their season come to an end. Stevenson again scored quickly, just 48 seconds into the game. Lucas Cullen scored early in the second period to put his team ahead 2-0. The Hawks got one (1) goal from Bobby Russell a few minutes later, but they were unable to tie the game.
 
With a trip to the Championship on the line, the teams played a back-and-forth game, with neither wanting to give up an advantage. The Hawks opened the scoring with three (3) unanswered goals in the first seven (7) minutes of the game, from Bradley Stonnell, Justyn Gurney, and Evanish. The Rockets’ Eli Zummack and Stevenson scored, narrowing the Hawks’ lead to 3-2 after the first period. After a fast-paced second period where one (1) late goal was scored by the Hawks’ Malm, the Rockets were trailing 4-2 going into the third. They got a goal from Jordan Todd less than two (2) minutes in, then the Hawks’ Bosa responded at 12:21. Luka Burzan made it 6-3 with 6:53 to go, all but ending the Rockets’ hopes of advancing. Zummack got one (1) more goal for the Rockets, but it wasn’t enough as the Hawks moved on to the MML Championship series.
 
#2 Cariboo Cougars vs. #3 Vancouver North West Giants
Game 1: Cariboo 2, Vancouver NW 3
Game 2: Cariboo 3, Vancouver NW 1
Game 3: Cariboo 2, Vancouver NW 1
 
The Cougars and Giants also played a close series over the weekend, going to three (3) games. The Giants claimed Game 1, holding on to their lead thanks to goals from Justin Wilson (2) and Liam Kindree. Riley Coish and Josh Maser scored for the Cougars, but it wasn’t enough to tie up the game.
 
In Game 2, the Cougars were searching for a win to stay in contention. They came out strong, scoring three (3) first period goals (Tyler Ho, Ty Kolle, and Maser). The Giants’ Jason Village scored in the second, but the Cougars were able to hold on to the two (2) goal lead to win Game 2.
 
Game 3 was full of action and excitement. The teams played a close, back-and-forth game. Cariboo’s Devin Sutton opened the scoring early in the second period, and the Cougars were able to defend the lead until there was just over five (5) minutes remaining in the third period. Carter Stephenson tied it up, forcing the game into overtime. The teams battled it out, forcing a second overtime, when Cariboo’s Trey Thomas was finally able to break through and score the series-winning goal.
 
The Hawks and Cougars move on to the MML Championship series, which 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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