Monday, January 9, 2017
After the holiday break, the Cariboo Cougars (23-2-1-0) remain comfortably atop the league standings after two (2) wins over the fifth-place Valley West Hawks (15-8-1-2). The Okanagan Rockets (19-5-0-2) also picked up two (2) wins, while the Vancouver North East Chiefs (17-4-0-3) and Fraser Valley Thunderbirds (15-7-3-1) round out the rest of the top five (5). Catch up on all the scores from around the Major Midget League with the Week 14 recap.
Vancouver NW Giants vs. Okanagan Rockets
The Rockets took both games over the Giants this weekend, dominating the offensive end of the ice. In Game 1, Coleton Bilodeau (2), Max Kryski, Dylan Prpich, and Rayman Bassi opened the scoring with five (5) unanswered goals. Justin Fodchuk put the Giants on the board midway through the second and Matteo Pecchia made it 5-2, but the Giants were unable to mount a comeback as they lost 5-2. The Rockets’ offense continued in Game 2, with Jeremy Hite (2), Jordan Robinson (2), Wyatt Head, Brandon Della Paolera, and Kryski finding the back of the net. Hudson Schandor scored the lone goal for Vancouver North West.
Vancouver NE Chiefs vs. Thompson Blazers
Scoring information for Game 1 wasn’t available at the time of publishing. In Game 2, the Blazers bounced back after an 8-0 loss, forcing the Chiefs into OT. Vancouver NE’s Liam Ryan scored in the first and the Chiefs held a 1-0 lead for most of the game, until Thompson’s Ethan Tucker tied things up with less than four (4) minutes remaining in the third period. Midway through OT the Chiefs prevailed, with Christian Buono scoring the game-winning goal.
Kootenay Ice vs. Greater Vancouver Canadians
Greater Vancouver 9, Kootenay 3
Greater Vancouver 3, Kootenay 2
The Canadians got to show off their offense in Game 1, tallying nine (9) goals against the Ice. After a 1-1 tie following the first period, Greater Vancouver scored four (4) goals in the second and another four (4) goals in the third to come out with a 9-1 victory. Canadians captain Scott Atkinson had a remarkable game, scoring six (6) goals and adding an assist for a total of seven (7) points. Noah Kelly, Chris Douglas, and Thomas Von Schoenberg also scored for the Canadians, while Aiden Jenner, Christian Macasso, and Reid Wilson scored for the Ice. Kootenay kept Game 2 much closer, forcing OT. The Canadians’ Daniel Pearson opened the scoring midway through the first period, but the Ice responded with two (2) goals (Morgan Peace, Johnny Elias) to take a 2-1 lead into the second intermission. In the third period, Michael Araki-Young scored with just 5:18 remaining to force overtime, and Henry Rybinski scored the winning goal with 1:16 remaining in the extra frame.
Valley West Hawks vs. Cariboo Cougars
The Cougars continued their hot streak from the Macs Tournament, winning both games over the Hawks. In Game 1, Cariboo’s Jeremy Gervais (2), Mason Richey, Tyler Maser, Brandon Rowley, Reid Perepeluk, and Trey Thomas scored a total of seven (7) goals as the Cougars cruised to victory. Nolan Krogfoss scored the lone goal for the Hawks on the power play. In Game 2, Cariboo opened the scoring early with Devin Sutton and Daine Dubois finding the back of the net to give their team an early 2-0 lead. Valley West’s Bryce Anderson put the Hawks on the board with 5:29 to go in the first period. Cariboo made it 3-1 late in the second off a goal from Mason Richey. In the third period Valley West’s Brayden Wick cut the Cougars’ lead to 3-2, but Sutton and Dubois would each score another goal to make the final score 5-2.
Fraser Valley Thunderbirds vs. North Island Silvertips
Fraser Valley 3, North Island 1
Fraser Valley 7, North Island 1
The Thunderbirds and Silvertips played a close game on Saturday, with Fraser Valley coming out on top by a score of 3-1. The T-Birds’ Baxter Anderson scored all three (3) of his team’s goals in the win, while Keaton Mastrodonato scored the only goal for North Island. In Game 2 the Thunderbirds got the chance to show off their offensive capabilities, finding the back of the net seven (7) times, including two (2) power play goals and two (2) shorthanded goals. Anderson (2), Justin Plett, Brodi Stuart, Jake Mulder, Jonathan Rees, and Dawson Penner scored for the T-Birds, while Mastrodonato scored for the Silvertips.
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