The first round of the playoffs took place last weekend, with eight (8) teams seeking the Cromie Memorial Trophy. Only four (4) teams will continue on the path to the MML Championship – catch up on all the series with our Playoff Quarterfinal recap.
#1 Cariboo Cougars vs. #8 Kootenay Ice
The Ice made their first-ever playoff appearance against the Cariboo Cougars, who have been at the top of the league standings all year. With a TELUS Cup berth already sealed up thanks to being the host team, the Cougars are eager to prove that they belong among the nation’s best teams. They made quick work of the Ice, defeating them in two (2) games. In Game 1, five (5) different Cougars scored, with Daine Dubois, Reid Perepeluk, Devin Sutton, Trey Thomas, and Brandon Fowley all finding the back of the net. Aiden Jenner scored the lone goal for Kootenay. In Game 2, Zach Wickson got the shutout in net as Floris, Trey Thomas, and Ty Kolle scored to earn the 3-0 series-clinching win.
#2 Vancouver NE Chiefs vs. #7 Valley West Hawks
Vancouver NE 5, Valley West 3
Vancouver NE 5, Valley West 0
The Chiefs found their rhythm in the last half of the season, and continued the momentum in their first-round series against the Valley West Hawks. In Game 1, Jessie Young, Ethan Leyh, Arshdeep Bains, and Liam Evenson notched second-period goals to give the Chiefs a 4-0 lead. Valley West attempted to even the score in the third, with Trevor Isaksson (2) and Aiden Barfoot tallying goals. Haydn Delorme scored for the Chiefs to wrap things up late in the third. In Game 2, Kolby Matthews earned the shutout in net and Christian Buono, Mitchell Booth, Young, Evenson, and Bains scored to get the 5-0 victory.
#3 Okanagan Rockets vs. #6 Vancouver NW Giants
The Giants pulled off the unexpected as they upset the #3 Okanagan Rockets squad in just two (2) games. In Game 1, the Giants got off to a strong start, with four (4) first period goals from Hudson Schandor (2), Liam Kindree, and Dominic Davis to finish the frame with a 4-0 lead. Davis would score another to make it 5-0 before the Rockets attempted a comeback, tallying three (3) goals in the second period (Coleton Bilodeau, Wyatt Head, Max Kryski). Bilodeau would notch one (1) more goal in the third period to make it 5-4, but the Rockets couldn’t get any more offense going as the Giants held on for the win. The Giants continued the momentum in Game 2, tallying five (5) more goals (Davis, Kindree, Schandor, Gianni Fairbrother, and Cole Moberg). Hayden Courtney scored the lone goal for Okanagan.
#4 Greater Vancouver Canadians vs. #5 Fraser Valley Thunderbirds
Greater Vancouver 3, Fraser Valley 2
Greater Vancouver 6, Fraser Valley 2
The Canadians and Thunderbirds played a close game on Friday, needing OT to determine the result. Fraser Valley took the early lead with a Brodi Stuart goal at 13:18 in the second and Baxter Anderson scoring with 10:43 to go in the third to get a 2-0 lead. The Canadians clawed their way back, with Scott Atkinson and Sasha Mutala scoring in the last three (3) minutes to tie up the game. Six (6) minutes into OT, Michael Araki-Young proved to be the hero, scoring the game-winning goal. The Canadians continued the momentum into Game 2, with Mutala and Ben Landon scoring first period goals to give the Canadians an early 2-0 lead. In the second period, Samuel Pouliot and Henry Rybinski made it 4-0 before Brodi Stuart put the Thunderbirds on the board. Justin Plett cut the lead to 4-2 early in the third, but Daniel Pearson and Atkinson sealed the game with a couple of goals to make it 6-2 final.
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.
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