Steven Jandric scored three times, including twice on the power play in the third, to lift the Cariboo Cougars to a 7-4 win over the Valley West Hawks on Saturday at Kin 1 in BC Major Midget League action.
Jandric helped the Cougars erase a 4-2 deficit heading into the third and scored the go ahead goal at 6:39 of the final stanza.
During the first two periods it was the Hawks who took advantage of Cougar penalties, going three-for-eight on the man advantage over the opening 40 minutes to build their lead. The tables turned in the third as the Cougars scored three power-play goals in the first seven minutes to retake command of the game.
First Jandric finished off a passing play which also included Austin Gray and Justin Almeida with the Cougars on a two-man advantage at 4:30. Just over a minute later, with the Cougars still on a five-on-three, Gray beat Hawks goalie Jakob Walter thanks to a feed from Darren Hards and Colton Thomas at 5:42. Finally at 6:39, Gray slid a cross-ice pass to Jandric, who had a wide open net to work with.
Gray iced it at 17:21, taking a slick feed from Jandric and roofing a shot over Walter.
Gray finished with two goals and two assists, while Jandric had the one assist to go with his three tallies.
Todd Bredo added an empty-net goal, shooting the puck into the gapping cage from the corner in the Cougars end of the rink.
The Cougars finished 3/8 on the PP, while the Hawks went 3/10.
With the game tied 1-1 after 20 minutes, the Cougars took their first lead of the game early in the second. Hards scooped up a loose puck in the neutral zone and with a Hawks defenceman pinching, had a clear path to the net. Hards kept a pair of backcheckers at bay and made a nifty move to lift a backhand into the top corner over the glove of Walter at 2:47.
The Cougars maintained the lead for most of the period, but the Hawks regained the advantage with three goals in the final five minutes of the period. First Ian Ross evened the score at 16:15, as his point shot beat a screened Griffen Outhouse.
Then, with Hards in the box for a four-minute head contact penalty, the Hawks struck twice. First Spencer Berry's point shot hit a body in front and beat Outhouse at 18:04, then Trevor Ayre set up an unmarked Jeffery Stewart in the low slot at 19:24.
Hards' penalty came shortly after Kolten Carpenter spent four minutes in the box for the same infraction.
Despite all the time spent a man down, the Cougars did generate some good offensive chances shorthanded. In the opening frame Thomas broke in alone on the penalty kill, but couldn't beat Walter. In the second Jandric and Almeida were unable to convert on a two-on-one.
The Cougars also got into penalty trouble early on, giving the Hawks three power plays less than seven minutes into the game. It caught up with the home side at 7:40 when Luke Gingras tipped in an Ian Ross point shot while the Hawks were on a two-man advantage. Gingras had a three-point day, adding two assists to his goal.
The Cougars got that one back at 17:07 when Chase Dubois sprung Jandric on a breakaway. The veteran forward showed his touch around the net, getting Walter to commit before sliding the puck home.
The two teams meet again on Sunday at 11:15 a.m. at Kin 1 to complete the weekend set.
Last Updated on Sunday, 21 September 2014 02:46
The Cariboo Cougars have finalized their roster for this season. 7 Players from the 2013-2014 season will be back with the team this year. 13 new players will don the Cariboo Cougars crest this season.
See our roster below.
Justin Almeida - '99 - Kitimat, BC
Steven Jandric - '97 - Prince George, BC
Austin Gray - '97 - Prince George, BC
Colton Thomas - '98 - Williams Lake, BC
Chase DuBois - '98 - Williams Lake, BC
Darren Hards - '98 - Prince George, BC
Brendan Moore - '98 - Smithers, BC
Riley Coish - '98 - Smithers, BC
Keith Redden - '98 - Quesnel, BC
Wesley Shipton - '97 - Dawson Creek, BC
Alex Hanson - '97 - Whitehorse, YT
Mitchell Williams - '98 - Prince George, BC
Kolten Carpenter - '97 - Williams Lake, BC
Joel Patsey - '99 - Hazelton, BC
Zack Smith - '97 - Prince George, BC
Todd Bredo - '97 - Prince George, BC
Jesse Pomeroy - '99 - Prince George, BC
Griffen Outhouse - '98 - Likely, BC
Dorrin Luding - '99 - Prince George, BC
* Bold = Returning Players
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 September 2014 21:41
Austin Gray has committed to the Prince George Spruce Kings for the 2015-2016. Gray was released today (Sept 11th 2014) by the Spruce Kings and sent back to the Cariboo Cougars for this season. We're thrilled to have Austin back with us, but are also very excited about his opportunity for next season and his junior hockey future!
The Spruce Kings have released this statement about Gray:
" The Prince George Spruce Kings have reassigned 1997 born local forward Austin Gray to the Cariboo Cougars. At the same time the Spruce Kings would like to announce that Gray will be an affiliate player with the Spruce Kings this season and has committed to the Spruce Kings for the 2015/2016 season.
“Austin had a tremendous training camp and played extremely well in 2 exhibition games for us. He is a very special player who possesses great speed and has a skill set that will enable him to be a very good player at our level in the years to come” said Spruce Kings General Manager Mike Hawes. “He will excel at the Major Midget level this season and then will join us full time next season and be a very big part of our team moving forward. Our fans will get to see Austin often this season as he will be our first call up when we need a player due to injury”. "
Once again we'd like to congratulate Austin on this achievement!
Last Updated on Friday, 12 September 2014 02:47
Brett Cullen sat down with Prince George Cougars Vice President of Business, Andy Beesley, recently to chat about his new role in the New Ice Age. Listen to the interview here:
Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 September 2014 18:13
Justin Almeida has had quite the year. The Kitimat native was selected 5th overall in the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft. He's graced the covers of magazines, he's won provincials and Westerns, now he will tackle his next challenge: playing in the BC Major Midget League. After spending several seasons with the North Shore Winter Club, Almeida has decided to return to his Northern roots and don the Cariboo Cougar crest this upcoming season.
We caught up with Justin this past weekend at summer evaluation camp to discuss his offseason training, as well as the upcoming season.
"My summer has been good, It's been crazy since the draft and I've been busy with hockey but I've had a few weekends off to just relax." he said, when asked about his offseason. "[Cariboo Cougars camp] provides fast paced hockey, it helps me get to know all the guys involved with the program, as well as giving me a chance to get back into game shape and show off all of my skills."
Justin has been in the spotlight for some time now; despite that fact, he doesn't let that disrupt his focus. "When I come here I'm just playing my game, I can block the media buzz out and just focus about what I do on the ice."
The Cariboo Cougars have built a partnership with Almeida's WHL Club, the Prince George Cougars, and he feels the relationship will benefit him: "They [PG Cougars staff] can come to the games and watch me to let me know what I could do better, I might get the chance to practice with them as well and that will make me an overall better player"
When asked about returning to Northern BC to continue his hockey career, Almeida responds "There's great pride here in the north, it'll be fun play here, everyone's so nice and welcoming."
The Cariboo Cougars organization is certainly looking forward to having Justin suit up for the club this coming season.
Last Updated on Friday, 15 August 2014 01:00