The Cariboo Cougars remain atop the MML standings with a 16-1-1 record after two (2) wins over the weekend. The Okanagan Rockets (14-3-0) lost both games to the Thompson Blazers, but still remain in the #2 spot. Vancouver North East (12-4-0), Valley West (10-5-1), and Greater Vancouver (10-7-2) round out the top five. Catch up on all the scores from around the Major Midget League with the Week 10 recap.
Greater Vancouver Canadians vs. Fraser Valley Thunderbirds
Fraser Valley 4, Greater Vancouver 1
Fraser Valley 3, Greater Vancouver 3
The Thunderbirds’ Brodi Stuart opened the scoring but Greater Vancouver’s Henry Rybinski scored less than 10 seconds later to tie things up. The tie was short lived as Fraser Valley scored three (3) unanswered goals (Baxter Anderson, Carter Graham, Jonathan Rees) to win 4-1. In Game 2, the Canadians jumped to a 2-0 lead early in the first thanks to goals from Sasha Mutala and Scott Atkinson, but Fraser Valley’s Jake Mulder and Justin Plett responded to tie the game 2-2 heading into the first intermission. Greater Vancouver’s Chris Douglas scored with a minute to go in the second period to give his team the lead, but Liam Visram scored midway through the third frame to tie things up, ending the game in a 3-3 tie.
Vancouver NE Chiefs vs. North Island Silvertips
Vancouver NE 7, North Island 1
Vancouver NE 9, North Island 1
The Chiefs got the chance to work on their offense this weekend, tallying 16 goals against the Silvertips. In Game 1, Logan Bromhead, Liam Evenson, Sho Takai, Christian Buono, Liam Ryan, Jonny Sheardown, and Emmett Garrett found the back of the net. In Game 2, Ethan Leyh tallied a hat trick while Haydn Delorme (2), Jessie Young (2), Takai, and Buono also tickled the twine. To their credit, the Silvertips didn’t get shutout, with Keaton Mastrodonato scoring in Game 1 and Jared Winkel scoring in Game 2.
Cariboo Cougars vs. Vancouver NW Giants
The Cougars hosted the Giants for two (2) games and swept the weekend series with a couple of closely contested games. The Giants opened the scoring in Game 1, with Hudson Schandor finding the back of the net just two (2) minutes into the game. Jesse Pomeroy responded on a power play midway through the period to tie things up. A little over a minute into the second frame, the Giants took the lead thanks to a goal from Dominic Davis. At 11:51 Cariboo’s Trey Thomas tied things up, sending the game into OT, where Darian Long scored to get the Cougars the win. In Game 2, Cariboo’s Devin Sutton scored less than a minute into the game to give his team a 1-0 lead before Mackenzie Gray responded to tie things up just four (4) minutes later. The Cougars’ Jeremy Gervais scored to put Cariboo up 2-1 heading into the intermission. Mason Richey and Zach Bolton exchanged goals in the second period to give the Cougars a 3-2 lead heading into the final frame, while Trey Thomas, Jarin Sutton, and Krane scored three (3) straight unanswered goals to put the Cougars up 6-1 with just over five (5) minutes to go. Cach Bolton and Trevor Longo scored in the final five (5) minutes in an attempt to spark a comeback, but the Cougars held on to win 6-4.
South Island Royals vs. Kootenay Ice
The Royals scored a 3-0 win over the Ice in Game 1 thanks to the efforts of Luke Sheldrake, who earned a shutout in net. Evan Easton, Ryan Strange, and Alexander Benger each scored in the win. In Game 2, the Ice responded, opening the scoring with a goal from Aiden Jenner. The Royals scored early in the second to tie things up (Easton). Ethan Jang scored a hat trick in the second period, with an interruption from Hunter Gruben of the Royals. South Island tied the game thanks to two (2) third period goals from Brendan Martin, but Kootenay eventually prevailed in OT with a game-winning goal from Christian Macasso.
Okanagan Rockets vs. Thompson Blazers
Thompson surprised the Rockets over the weekend, stealing two (2) consecutive games in the home-and-home series. In Game 1, Evan Vinterlik and Luke Recchi opened the scoring to give the Blazers a 2-0 lead after the first period. Jeffrey Karpowich put the Rockets on the board at 9:23 in the second, but Carter Eschyschyn regained the Blazers’ two (2) goal lead with a goal at 5:07. Wyatt Head scored with just over two (2) minutes to go to make the score 3-2. Dylan Prpich scored in the third period but the Blazers held them off with goals from Trent Thompson and Matthew Facchinelli to get the win. In Game 2, Karpowich, Prpich, and Wyatt Head scored for the Rockets, but it wasn’t enough as Vinterlik, Recchi, Eschyschyn, Thompson, and Facchinelli found the back of the net to get another win for the Blazers.
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