The puck dropped on the 2016 - 2017 Major Midget League (MML) season this weekend with 10 games 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. Valley West Hawks
Game One (1): South Island 2, Valley West 6
Game Two (2): South Island 3, Valley West 4
The Valley West Hawks showed why they finished at top spot of the regular season last year, scoring a flurry of goals in the second to lead them to 6 – 2 win in game one (1). Aidan Barfoot (Richmond), Jonas Leas (North Vancouver), Tyler Ho (Surrey) and Jarret Raymond (Squamish) netted their first goals of the season for the Hawks, while Brandon McClintick (Victoria) and Alexander Benger (Victoria) scored for the Royals. South Island battled hard in game two (2), forcing overtime to determine the victor. Ryan Strange (Victoria) scored a pair for the Royals and Evan Easton (Duncan) added a power play goal in the third to tie the game and force overtime. Barfoot netted two (2) goals for the Hawks, Kabir Gill (White Rock) added one (1) and Justyn Gurney (North Delta) scored the game winner with less than 30 seconds remaining in overtime.
Thompson Blazers vs. North Island Silvertips
Game One (1): Blazers 3, Silvertips 1
Game Two (2): Blazers 2, Silvertips 4
The Thompson Blazers and North Island Silvertips split their double header in Kamloops. In game one (1), the Blazers took an early first period lead thanks to the efforts of Jett Saharchuk (Fort St. James) and Jayden Castle (Kamloops). Jared Winkel (Lantzville) put the Silvertips on the board with a power play goal midway through the second period. Seji Brown (Kamloops) scored an insurance goal late in the third to secure the Blazers victory. The Silvertips netted three (3) unanswered goals from Luciano Wilson (Duncan), Jacob Gosling (Nanaimo) and Jerzy Gus (Port Alberni) early in the second period of game two (2) that helped them to victory. Trent Thompson (Salmon Arm) and Ethan Tucker (Smithers) netted goals for the Blazers and Keaton Mastrodonto (Powell River) rounded out the games scoring for the Silvertips.
Okanagan Rockets vs. Fraser Valley Thunderbirds
Game One (1): Rockets 3, Thunderbirds 2
Game Two (2): Rockets 3, Thunderbirds 5
Game one (1) between the Okanagan Rockets and Fraser Valley Thunderbirds was a close battle. Nowel Maarhuis (Chilliwack) opened the game scoring for the Thunderbirds early in the first, but was matched by Rockets defenseman Dylan Prpich (Kelowna) late in the period. Max Kryski (Kelowna) gave the Rockets their first lead of the game midway through the second. Just over a minute into the final frame, Baxter Anderson tied the game for Fraser Valley when he found the back of the net on a power play. With less than five (5) minutes remaining in the game, Cody Schiavon (West Kelowna) netted the game winner for the Rockets. Game two (2) was no different. Jonathan Rees put the Thunderbirds on the board first in the opening period and Prpich answered back for the Rockets in the second to tie the game at one (1). Jayden Genberg scored an unassisted goal to give Fraser Valley the lead late in the second, but shortly after, Eli Zummack (Kelowna) tied the game for the Rockets. The Thunderbirds outscored the Rockets in the third period 3-1 to take the win and split the series. Jake Mulder (Abbotsford), Dylan Debruyn (Chilliwack) and Anderson picked up the Thunderbirds late goals and Tanner Bahm (Dawson Creek) scored the Rockets final goal.
Kootenay Ice vs. Cariboo Cougars
Game One (1): Ice 2, Cougars 8
Game Two (2): Ice 0, Cougars 6
The Cariboo Cougars outscored the Kootenay Ice 14 – 2 in their double header matchup. In game one (1), the Cougars had a 3-0 lead heading into the final frame where they unloaded on the Ice and scored five (5) goals. Darian Long (Prince George), Trey Thomas (Williams Lake), Joel Patsey (Hazelton), Mason Richey (2) (Prince George), Riley Krane (Dawson Creek), Brandon Dent (Prince George) and Brandon Rowely (Dawson Creek) scored goals for the Cougars. Owen Titus (Fruitvale) and Ethan Jang (Rossland) picked up a point for their efforts for the Ice. The Cougars couldn’t be stopped in the second game, outscoring the Ice 6-0. Jeremy Gervais (Prince George), Myles Mattila (Prince George), Hunter Floris (Vanderhoof), Patsey, Richey and Dent scored for Cariboo.
Vancouver North West Giants vs. Greater Vancouver Canadians
Game One (1): Giants 3, Canadians 3
Game Two (2): Canadians 4, Giants 5
The Vancouver North West Giants and Greater Vancouver Canadians renewed their Lower Mainland rivalry in their close home and away double header. Both teams netted a pair of goals in the first; Sasha Mutala (Vancouver) and Michael Araki-Young (Richmond) scored for the Canadians and Trevor Longo (North Vancouver) and Matteo Pecchia (West Vancouver) found the back of the net for the Giants. Just over 10 seconds into the third, Logan Doust (North Vancouver) gave the Giants their first lead of the game. Noah Kelly (Tsawwassen) answered back midway through the final frame to tie the game. Neither team could beat the opponents’ goaltender in overtime to break the tie. The Giants opened game two (2) with three (3) goals in the opening period. Kyle Jenning (North Vancouver), Marcus Van Der Made (West Vancouver) and Ethan Reilly (Burnaby) helped their team to an early lead. The Canadians answered back with a pair of goals thanks to Scott Atkinson (Vancouver) and Nathan Kelly (Tsawwassen). Liam Kindree (North Vancouver) increased the Giants lead midway through the second and Emerson Kostner (Richmond) brought the Canadians back within one (1) later in the period. Jack Graham (West Vancouver) scored the eventual game winner for the Giants midway through the last frame. With just two (2) seconds remaining on the clock, Henry Rybinski (Vancouver) netted the Canadians final goal.
The BC Hockey 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 National Midget Championship.
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