Sunday, April 5, 2009
The Pacific Midget Regional’s Championship series resumed last night with the Vancouver North West Giants taking on the Calgary Buffaloes in the second game of the best of three (3) series. Calgary won game one (1), 3-1. The game started just after 7:00 pm in front of a sell-out crowd at the Burnaby Winter Club.
The Giants came out flying in the first period and were rewarded with an early Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Burnaby, BC) power play goal at the 1:26 mark. After exciting back and forth action, the Giants added to their lead at 13:32 of the first when Steven Iacobellis (Burnaby, BC) scored. The Giants quickly added to their lead when Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored a sensational goal at the 15:23 mark. The Giants were not done in the first adding their fourth (4) goal of the game at 16:53 with a Malcolm McKinney (West Vancouver, BC) marker.
The Buffaloes came out determined in the second period to get back in the game. Dylan Nowakowski (Calgary, BC) scored at 3:16 and cut the Giants lead to three (3). This did not faze the Giants. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins completed the hat trick at 11:43 of the second period with a great shot over the top shoulder of the Buffaloes goaltender. Before the period was over, Michael Aviani (North Vancouver, BC) scored to give the Giants the 6-1 lead.
The Buffaloes were unable to get back into the game as the Giants applied great defensive pressure in the third period. The Buffaloes added two (2) late goals, but it was too little too late, Giants win game two (2) 6-3.
Khaleed Devji (West Vancouver, BC) had a great game in the win for the Giants finishing with 17 saves.
Game three (3) of the Championship Series is set for this afternoon at 2:00 pm at the Burnaby Winter Club. The game will be webcasted on the BC Hockey and Major Midget League website. Colin Tiggelaar the voice of the Surrey Eagles of the BCHL will be doing the play-by-play announcing. Pre-game starts at 1:50 pm.
Game One (1) webcast
Game Two (2) webcast
have been archived on the BC Hockey and Major Midget League website and can be viewed at anytime.
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. Playing at this 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.
For more information about the Major Midget League, please visit the Major Midget League website at