The Vancouver North East Chiefs (19-4-0-3) now sit at second place in the standings thanks to two (2) wins over the first-place Cariboo Cougars (23-4-1-0). Okanagan (19-5-0-2), Fraser Valley (16-8-3-1), and Valley West (16-9-1-2) round out the top five (5). Catch up on all the scores from around the Major Midget League with the Week 15 recap.
Thompson Blazers vs. South Island Royals
The Royals travelled to Kamloops to take on the Blazers, where they split the weekend series. In Game 1, Thompson opened the scoring, with Jett Saharchuk finding the back of the net midway through the first period. Unfortunately that would be the Blazers’ only goal of the afternoon, as the Royals Matthew Baird (2) and James Vince scored three (3) unanswered goals in the victory and Luke Sheldrake picked up the win in net. Blazers netminder Max Palaga came up big in Sunday’s game, backstopping the Blazers to a 3-0 shutout win with goals from Saharchuk and Matthew Facchinelli (2).
Vancouver NW Giants vs. Kootenay Ice
The Giants came on strong in Game 1, tallying four (4) powerplay goals in their win over the Ice. Marcus Van der Made scored in the first period to give the Giants a 1-0 lead headed into the first intermission, and the Giants followed with four (4) second period goals and another two (2) goals in the third period to dispatch the Ice 7-2. Matteo Pecchia scored a hat trick, while Ethan Reilly, Mackenzie Gray, and Gianni Fairbrother also scored. Ethan Jang and Simon Nemethy scored for the Ice in the third period to prevent a shutout. In Game 2, the Ice opened the game with a powerplay goal from Mathew Cooper in the second period, followed just a few minutes later by a goal from Christian Macasso. The Giants’ Dominic Davis scored with just 20 seconds left in the second period to make it 2-1, but that’s as close as the game would get as Kootenay’s Morgan Peace scored an insurance goal late in the third to make it a 3-1 game.
Vancouver NE Chiefs vs. Cariboo Cougars
The Cariboo Cougars had been rolling as of late, but the Chiefs seemed to have their number this weekend, claiming two (2) straight wins in a couple of close games. In Game 1, Vancouver NE opened the scoring with a goal from Juliano Santalucia with five (5) minutes to go in the first period. Ryan Suzukovich followed that up with what proved to be the game-winning goal in the second period, as the Cougars’ only goal was from Ty Kolle as time expired in the third period. In Game 2, the Chiefs once again got on the board first, with Mitchell Booth finding the back of the net at the 14:48 mark of the first period. The Cougars’ Hunter Floris responded less than five (5) minutes later to tie the game at one (1), and Daine Dubois gave Cariboo its first lead of the series late in the first period. The Chiefs fought back, with Ethan Leyh tying the game up at the 14:12 mark and Logan Bromhead scoring the game winner with 8:54 to go in the second period.
North Island Silvertips vs. Greater Vancouver Canadians
North Island 6, Greater Vancouver 5
Greater Vancouver 2, North Island 1
Game 1 proved to be an overtime thriller, with the Silvertips coming back from being to claim the victory. Greater Vancouver had a 2-0 lead late in the first period thanks to goals from Daniel Pearson and Jayden Ghieuw, but North Island’s Brady Kay cut into the lead with a goal with just 3:30 to go in the first. Greater Vancouver regained their two (2) goal lead at the 5:45 mark of the second off a goal from Sasha Mutala, and extended their lead with goals from Henry Rybinski and Mutala in the third. The Silvertips woke up, scoring four (4) goals in the final 10 minutes (including a hat trick from Keaton Mastrodonato and an additional goal from Mattias Dal Monte) to force overtime, where Luciano Wilson scored the winning goal with just 29 seconds to go. The Silvertips opened the scoring in Game 2 thanks to a goal from Mastrodonato, but the Canadians answered back in the third period, with Noah Kelly and Scott Atkinson scoring in the final four (4) minutes to steal the win.
Fraser Valley Thunderbirds vs. Valley West Hawks
Fraser Valley 3, Valley West 2
Valley West 4, Fraser Valley 1
The Hawks and T-Birds split their weekend series, with each team winning on home ice. In Game 1 in Abbotsford, the Thunderbirds emerged victorious thanks to a game-winning goal from Brodi Stuart, his second goal of the game. Justin Plett also scored in the win. Alek Sukunda and Aiden Barfoot scored in a losing effort for the Hawks. Valley West bounced back on home ice in Game 2, scoring three (3) unanswered goals (Trevor Isaksson, Jerret Raymond, Carson Franklin) before the Thunderbirds’ Baxter Anderson got his team on the board. Kabir Gill scored a final goal on the powerplay to late in the third to wrap up the Hawks’ victory.
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