The Cariboo Cougars remain atop the League standings after finishing the weekend with a tie and a win, while the Okanagan Rockets are just one (1) point behind after splitting their series. Greater Vancouver, Vancouver NE, and Fraser Valley round out the top five (5). Catch up on all the scores from around the Major Midget League with the Week 8 recap.
Fraser Valley Thunderbirds vs. Cariboo Cougars
Game 1: Fraser Valley 3, Cariboo 3
Game 2: Cariboo 1, Fraser Valley 0
The Thunderbirds and Cougars skated to a 3-3 tie in Game 1. Fraser Valley took a 3-1 lead early into the third period thanks to goals from Justin Hargrave (2) and Brodi Stuart. Devin Sutton scored the opening goal for Cariboo before Mason Richey and Daine Dubois scored in the third period to tie the game at three (3) goals apiece. In Game 2, Zach Wickson nabbed the shutout and Hunter Floris scored the only goal as the Cougars defeated to T-Birds 1-0.
Kootenay Ice vs. Valley West Hawks
Game 1: Kootenay 4, Valley West 3
Game 2: Valley West 4, Kootenay 1
The Hawks made the trip to Trail and were upset in Game 1, losing 4-3 to the Ice. A closely contested game, the Ice’s Kennan Crossman scored with just 28 seconds left to get the win. Ethan Jang and Reid Wilson (2) also scored for Kootenay, while Kabir Gill (2), and Calder Newson scored for Valley West. The Hawks bounced back in Game 2, nabbing four (4) goals in the second period from Tyler Ho, Bobby Russell, Aiden Barfoot, and Calder Newson. Aiden Jenner scored for Kootenay in the third period, but it wasn’t enough to spark a comeback.
Thompson Blazers vs. Greater Vancouver Canadians
Game 1: Greater Vancouver 4, Thompson 0
Game 2: Greater Vancouver 8, Thompson 3
Lukas Shaw picked up the shutout in Game 1 as the Canadians earned a 4-0 victory with goals from Michael Araki-Young, Jacob Letwin, and Ben Landon. In Game 2, the Blazers got on the board with goals from Luke Recchi, Evan Vinterlik, and Seiji Brown, and Greater Vancouver showed off their offensive firepower as Scott Atkinson (2), Daniel Pearson (2), Sasha Mutala, Chris Douglas, Jayden Ghieuw, and Araki-Young combined for eight (8) goals in the win.
Vancouver NE Chiefs vs. Okanagan Rockets
Game 1: Vancouver NE 5, Okanagan 2
Game 2: Okanagan 4, Vancouver NE 3
The Chiefs halted the Rockets’ winning streak thanks to some offensive firepower. Okanagan’s Jeffrey Karpowich scored the opening goal, but the Chiefs responded with four (4) unanswered goals from Haydn Delorme, Logan Bromhead (2), and Mitchell Booth to take a 4-1 lead into the third period. The Rockets’ Seth Barton attempted to spark a comeback, finding the back of the net at 16:21, but Arshdeep Bains scored with 10 minutes remaining to secure a 5-2 win for Vancouver NE. Okanagan bounced back for Game 2, although it was another close game. The Chiefs’ Liam Evenson opened the scoring, with the Rockets’ Coleton Bilodeau responding to tie the game 1-1 after the first period. In the second period, Vancouver NE took a 2-1 lead thanks to a goal from Delorme. The Rockets gained the edge in the third period, taking a 3-2 lead off of goals from Bilodeau and Max Kryski. With just over eight (8) minutes to go, Vancouver NE’s Ethan Leyh tied the game up to send it into overtime, where Okanagan’s Rayman Bassi scored the game winner just 30 seconds in.
Vancouver NW Giants vs. South Island Royals
Game 1: Vancouver NW 4, South Island 4
Game 2: Vancouver NW 12, South Island 0
The Giants and Royals skated to a 4-4 tie on Saturday, with Liam Kindree (2), Kyle Jennings, and Ethan Reilly scoring for Vancouver NW and Matt Berryman (2), Evan Easton, and Matthew Baird scoring for South Island. In Game 2, the Giants’ offense let loose, with Kindree (2), Logan Doust (2), Ethan Reilly (2), Matteo Pecchia, Jacob Fournier, Hudson Schandor, Zach Bolton, Dom Davis, and Marcus Van der Made scoring and Jesse Makaj recording the shutout.
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