The Lloydminster Bobcats captured the 2016 Pacific Midget Regional Championship with a 5-3 win in game two (2) to sweep the best-of-three (3) game series. The Bobcats will represent the Pacific region at the 2016 TELUS Cup, taking place April 19 – 24, 2016 in Quispamsis, New Brunswick.
Game One (1)
In front of a sold out crowd at the Lloydminster Civic Community Centre the Valley West Hawks took on the Lloydminster Bobcats in the first game of the Pacific Midget Regional Championship series. The Bobcats opened the scoring on the first shot of the game coming from Parker Saretsky. Five (5) minutes later, the Bobcats added another to make it 2-0 with a shorthanded goal from Tre Doyon. The second period saw the teams exchange Power Plays, but it was the Bobcats who capitalized on one (1) of theirs with Zane Franklin scoring to make it 3-0. The Hawks pushed hard in the third period and finally were rewarded with a Luka Burzan goal with just over five (5) minutes to play. That was as close as the Hawks would come; the Bobcats added an empty net goal to make it a 4-1 final.
Game Two (2)
The Hawks came out strong to open game two (2), but again it was the Bobcats who would strike first with a goal from MacGregor Sinclair. Unfazed, the Hawks continued to push and notched the game at one (1) with a breakaway goal from James Malm. Late in the first, the Bobcat’s Logan Gaine restored the lead off a questionable goal with the net coming off as the puck crossed the line. Early in the second period the Bobcats made it a 3-1 game with a power play goal from TJ Lloyd. Bobcats built off their momentum and early in the third added another power play goal. The Hawks would not go easy, first it was Ben Evanish and then minutes later Luka Burzan scored to make it a 4-3 game. The Hawks pushed hard, but could not find an equalizer. Bobcats added an empty net goal to make it a 5-3 final.
The Alberta Midget AAA Championship series ended yesterday with the Bisons winning the best of five (5) series 3-2 over CAC Greg Distributors. The Chiefs swept the Cariboo Cougars in a three (3) game series to claim the Major Midget League championship.
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 National Midget Championship.
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