Floris paces Cariboo Cougars to 9-0 win over Thompson with six point effort

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It was the Hunter Floris show at Kin 1 on Sunday as his six point effort gave the Cariboo Cougars a convincing 9-0 victory over the Thompson Blazers.

The 17-year-old from Vanderhoof collected four goals and two assists, much to the delight of Head Coach Tyler Brough.

“His game speaks for itself. I have said right from the beginning he has been excellent for us both on and off the ice and he scores goals not a lot of guys in this league can’t score, when the puck is on his stick it’s a good opportunity.”

The Cougars built sizeable intermission leads of 2-0 and 4-0 courtesy of Floris (2), Brandon Dent and Craig MacDonald beating Blazers netminder Ethan Langenegger who allowed nine goals on 41 shots.

The onslaught continued in the third as Floris completed his big game with two more goals along with singles from Brennan Malgunas, Brendan Pigeon and Riley Krane.

Brough says the team never took its foot off the gas peddled, something that was a bit of an issue earlier in the season.

“In games past we did not have that extra push and we’ve been okay with winning that game four nothing when we shouldn’t be but I was pretty proud of the guys to go out in the third and not necessarily wanting to hammer another team but for our group right now we need to have that hunger to finish games out.”

Cariboo outshot Thompson 43-19 with Marcus Allen picking up the shutout in goal.

The Cats improve are now 17-4-1-0 and just two points back of the Valley West Hawks.

A 6-4 victory was clinched by Cariboo on Saturday courtesy of a Mason Richey hat-trick.

Cariboo heads to Nanaimo next weekend when the play against the North Island Silvertips.

From there, the Cougars will head to the coveted Mac’s Midget AAA Hockey Tournament from Calgary, Alberta starting on Boxing Day.

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