After splitting the weekend, the Cariboo Cougars remain at the top of the MML standings with a 17-2-1 record through the midway point of the season. Okanagan also remains in the #2 spot with a 15-4-0-1 record, while Vancouver North East (13-4-0-3), Valley West (11-6-1-2), and Fraser Valley (10-5-3-1) round out the top five (5) spots. Catch up on all the scores from around the Major Midget League with the Week 11 recap.
Valley West Hawks vs. Vancouver North East Chiefs
Valley West 3, Vancouver NE 2
Vancouver NE 6, Valley West 2
The Hawks and Chiefs played a home-and-home series, with each team winning on home ice. In Game 1, Valley West’s Kabir Gill opened the scoring just over five (5) minutes into the game, but the Chiefs’ Logan Bromhead scored with 5:53 remaining to tie it up 1-1 heading into the first intermission. The Chiefs got a 2-1 lead after Arshdeep Bains scored midway through the second, while Valley West tied things up early in the third period thanks to a goal from Jonas Leas. In the overtime period, the Hawks picked up the win thanks to a goal from Mitch Savage. Scoring information for Game 2 was not available at the time of publishing.
Fraser Valley Thunderbirds vs. Vancouver North West Giants
Fraser Valley 3, Vancouver NW 2
Vancouver NW 3, Fraser Valley 0
Another home-and-home series was played between the Giants and the Thunderbirds, with both teams winning at their home rinks. At Game 1 in Abbotsford, the T-Birds claimed the 3-2 victory with goals from Andrew Sorensen, Brodi Stuart, and Justin Plett. Hudson Schandor scored both goals for the Giants. Scoring information for Game 2 was not available at the time of publishing.
South Island Royals vs. North Island Silvertips
North Island 5, South Island 1
North Island 5, South Island 2
The Silvertips took both games over the Royals this weekend, outscoring South Island 10-2 in the process. In Game 1, Joshua Zary opened the scoring to put North Island up 1-0 late in the first, before Matt Berryman tied things up just 40 seconds into the second period. The Silvertips then ran away with the game in the third frame, with Mattias Dal Monte (2) and Chase Heslop (2) each finding the back of the net twice. In Game 2 it was a similar story, with the Silvertips’ Jared Winkel opening the scoring. South Island’s Sean Strange made it 1-1 just over five (5) minutes into the second period, but Nanaimo took a 3-1 lead thanks to goals from Luciano Wilson and Jerzy Gus. South Island’s Alexander Benger attempted to spark a comeback, finding the back of the net with 6:07 to go, but the Silvertips’ Will Norman and Brady Kay both scored to seal the deal with a 5-2 final score.
Okanagan Rockets vs. Cariboo Cougars
The weekend’s premier matchup was in Kelowna, with the #1 Cariboo Cougars visiting the #2 Okanagan Rockets. Cariboo continued their winning ways in Game 1, eking out a 4-3 win over the Rockets thanks Daine Dubois scoring his second goal of the game with just 34 seconds left in the third period. Devin Sutton and Mason Richey also scored for the Cougars, while Coleton Bilodeau, Jeffrey Karpowich, and Mitchell Gove scored for Okanagan. In Game 2, the Rockets snapped the Cougars’ winning streak, scoring three (3) goals in the second period to secure the win. Tyler Maser and Darian Long scored for Cariboo, while Max Kryski (2) and Wyatt Head (2) scored for Okanagan.
Kootenay Ice vs. Thompson Blazers
The Ice’s offense started off hot in Game 1, scoring three (3) first period goals (Reid Wilson, Ethan Jang, Aiden Jenner) and another in the second period (Mathew Cooper) before the Blazers’ Ethan Tucker got his team on the board. Owen Titus scored midway through the second as his team skated to a win. The Blazers kept things close in Game 2, but the Ice prevailed after a tight contest. The Ice went up 2-0 midway through the first period thanks to goals from Jang and Morgan Peace. The Blazers’ Tucker once again scored his team’s only goal as Thompson was unable to put another past Kootenay goaltender Jaysen MacLean.
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.