The Major Midget League entered the seventeenth week of play this past weekend with five (5) doubleheaders occurring across the Province. The games were played on Saturday, January 23 and Sunday, January 24. The following will provide game summaries for each of the five (5) doubleheaders.
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.
Valley West Hawks vs. Vancouver North West Giants
The Valley West Hawks are now tied with the North Island Silvertips for the final playoff spot in the MML standings after securing three (3) of a possible four (4) points…Mason Blacklock (Surrey, BC) led the way for the Hawks with three (3) goals and (1) assist in the weekend games…Curtlis Loik (North Vancouver, BC) finished the weekend with four (4) goals and Connor Rankin (North Vancouver, BC) finished with three (3) assists for the Giants…Kirk Thompson’s (Surrey, BC) 50 save performance in the second game of the weekend was the difference maker for the Hawks.
Kootenay Ice vs. South Island Thunderbirds
Dallon Stoddart’s (Nelson, BC) second goal of the game coming with only 12 seconds remaining in the third period secured a single point for the Ice…The Thunderbirds had a strong balanced attack in the first game with four (4) different players picking up goals: Garret Kemmler (Duncan, BC), Clay Carson (Victoria, BC), Kyle Richter (Victoria, BC) and Sam McMullen (Victoria, BC) each found the back of the net…The Ice’s three (3) goal outburst in the third period gave them the come-from-behind win; Troy Petrick (Nelson, BC) scored the game winning goal with 11 minutes left in the game.
North Island Silvertips vs. Cariboo Cougars
The Cougars three (3) short-handed goals in the first game was the difference maker for the team; two (2) of the goals came from David Stephens (Whitehorse, BC)…Evan Richardson (Nanaimo, BC) factored in all Silvertips goals this weekend finishing with two (2) goals and one (1) assist…Levon Johnson (Quesnel, BC) finished the weekend with two (2) goals and three (3) assists for the Cougars…Marcus Beesley (Prince George, BC) picked up his league leading 15th win in the first game of the weekend.
Okanagan Rockets vs. Thompson Blazers
The Rockets dominant offensive attack in the weekend games were too much for the Blazers to handle, 12 different players scored a goal for the Rockets…Weekend goal scorers for the Blazers were Tye Brandt (Kamloops, BC), Shane Danyluk (Salmon Arm, BC) and Sean Cameron (Kamloops, BC)…Connor Barrie (Vernon, BC) and Darren Hogg (Penticton, BC) had a strong weekend in net for the Rockets.
Greater Vancouver Canadians vs. Vancouver North East Chiefs