The Cariboo Cougars (19-2-1-0) and Okanagan Rockets (16-4-0-2) sit at the top of the standings for another week as the Vancouver North East Chiefs (13-4-0-3), Valley West Hawks (13-6-1-2), and Fraser Valley Thunderbirds (11-7-3-1) round out top five (5) spots. Catch up on all the scores from around the Major Midget League with the Week 12 recap.
Greater Vancouver Canadians vs. Vancouver NW Giants
Greater Vancouver 4, Vancouver NW 4
Vancouver NW 3, Greater Vancouver 1
The Giants and Canadians skated to a 4-4 tie in Game 1 after a very evenly matched game. Greater Vancouver’s Sasha Mutala opened the scoring less than three (3) minutes into the first period on a power play, but the Giants answered back with a power play goal of their own from Dominic Davis to end the first frame in a 1-1 tie. Henry Rybinski scored early in the second to put the Canadians up 2-1 before Justin Fodchuk evened the score midway through the period. With 2:32 to go in the second, Emerson Kostner put the Canadians up 3-2, while Chris Douglas scored at the 16:37 mark of the third to extend the lead to 4-2. The Giants kept pushing and evened the score thanks to two (2) goals from Liam Kindree, ending the game in a tie. In Game 2, the Giants’ Hudson Schandor opened the scoring less than a minute into the game to give his team a 1-0 lead. Ben Landon scored the equalizer in the second, but Matteo Pecchia and Kindree found the back of the net in the third to seal up the win for the Giants.
Valley West Hawks vs. South Island Royals
Valley West 5, South Island 3
Valley West 7, South Island 6
The Royals gave the Hawks a hard time in their two (2) game series, but Valley West ultimately came out on top in both contests. In Game 1, the Royals jumped to a 3-0 lead midway through the second period thanks to goals from Matt Berryman, Ryan Strange, and Joe Leakey. The Hawks responded, scoring five (5) unanswered goals (Tyler Ho – 2, Bobby Russell, Aiden Barfoot, Carson Franklin) to get the 5-3 win. Game 2 was a barnburner, with the Royals and Hawks exchanging goals until Russell eventually scored the game-winner for Valley West with 9:10 remaining. Ho, Franklin (2), Jerret Raymond, Calder Newson, and Nolan Krogfoss also scored for the Hawks, while Strange (2), Berryman (2), Lucas Yesaki, and Brendan Martin scored for the Royals.
Fraser Valley Thunderbirds vs. Okanagan Rockets
Fraser Valley 2, Okanagan 1
Okanagan 4, Fraser Valley 1
The Thunderbirds and Rockets split their weekend series, with Game 1 heading to overtime. The Rockets were headed to a 1-0 win off a goal from Brandon Della Paolera, but Fraser Valley’s Dawson Penner sent the game into OT with a goal with just four (4) minutes remaining. In OT, Nowel Maarhuis secured the win with an unassisted goal. Okanagan bounced back in Game 2, with Garret Watson opening the scoring just 17 seconds into the game. Fraser Valley’s Jonathan Rees quickly answered back to make it 1-1, but the Rockets went on a 3-0 run (Max Kryski, Coleton Bilodeau, Rayman Bassi) to get the 4-1 win.
North Island Silvertips vs. Thompson Blazers
The Blazers made the trip to Nanaimo to face off against the Silvertips, where they split the series 1-1. In Game 1, the Silvertips managed to score four (4) first period goals (Will Norman – 2, Joshua Zary, Rick Takeda), but the Blazers kept up the steady pressure and won 6-4 thanks to goals from Tyson Gayfer, Mitchell Fargey, Jett Saharchuk, Tyson Stewart, Evan Vinterlik, and Jayden Castle. In Game 2, Spencer Deakin backstopped the Silvertips to a 6-1 victory, allowing only one goal (Seiji Brown). Keaton Mastrodonato netted a hat trick and Mattia Dal Monte (2) and Grady Robertson also found the back of the net in the win.
Cariboo Cougars vs. Kootenay Ice
The Cougars showed off their offensive firepower against the Ice over the weekend, tallying 18 goals in two (2) games. In Game 1 Zach Wickson got the shutout as Mason Richey netted a hat trick and Jeremy Gervais (2), Craig MacDonald, Ty Kolle, and Reid Perepeluk also finding the back of the net. In Game 2 Mathew Cooper scored to prevent the Ice from being shut out for the second game in a row, but Cariboo dominated as Gervais (2), MacDonald (2), Hunter Floris (2), Richey, Devin Sutton, Joel Patsey, Daine Dubois scored.
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